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Every episode of the FX crime anthology Fargo opens with the same introductory text as the original Coen Brothers film the series is adapted from: “THIS IS A TRUE STORY.”

But in the third season, something changes. In the premieres of seasons one and two, “TRUE” was the last word to disappear from the screen. Season three fades it first, leaving a kind of winking admission to the viewer: “THIS IS A STORY.”

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