Wes Wrench, also known as Mr. Wrench, is the central antagonist of FX's black comedy-crime drama Fargo. He is one of two secondary antagonists of Season 1 (alongside his partner Numbers), a minor character in Season 2, and a supporting anti-hero/final antagonist in Season 3.
Often bullied for his impairment as a boy, Mr. Wrench grew up in the American Midwest, close friends with Grady Numbers. When playing ball with his friend Numbers, he expressed his dislike of the game. Two older kids attacked the pair, but the fight was interrupted by Hanzee Dent. (Palindrome)
Mr. Wrench is a very tall muscular man standing at 6'21/2. He has dark blonde curly hair with lengthened sideburns. He has blue eyes and most often wears a brown (or in season 3 a black) suede leather jacket.
Wrench is first seen with Grady driving down the freeway to Hess & Sons Transport. There, they meet with Max Gold (Just after Numbers & Wrench killed a owner and a civilian respectively after Numbers kills a robber at a gas station in a deleted scene). Numbers tells Max they are from Fargo, North Dakota, and have come over to find out what happened to Sam Hess. They are told he was murdered, and Max gives them a description of the man that came into the shop the same day who he suspects to be the one who killed Hess.
Wrench, along with Numbers, visits The Lucky Penny, the place where Sam was murdered. They speak with the owner of the club, as well as Paprika, the girl Sam was with right before he died. She says it could be Lenny, another man who frequently visits the club and fits the description. They find Lenny drinking at the bar and talk to him. Lenny threatens to stab them, and Wrench knocks him out and he is put in the trunk of their car.
They return to the Hess & Sons with Lenny, only for Max to tell him that he doesn't think it's him. Wrench is later seen with Numbers dragging Lenny out onto the frozen lake and dropping Lenny into an ice hole while he is still alive and conscious.
Wes and Grady watch Lester Nygaard and Gina Hess at the Hess residence while hidden in the bushes, seeing Gina begin to flirt with Lester before he sees them after Mickey shoots Moe with a crossbow in the backyard while roughhousing.
Grady and Wes later arrive at Lester’s workplace, Bo Munk Insurance Shop, and corner him after he answers a phone call. Grady asks him about his affiliation with Sam Hess. Wrench, in sign language, taunts Lester who confusedly responds that he has a deaf cousin. Before the two men can get any more information from Lester, Molly Solverson arrives at the door. Lester makes up a conversation with the two as they leave to avoid suspicion from Molly, Grady playing along before Wes and him depart.
At Lou's Coffee Shop, Wrench and Numbers sits for breakfast and discuss their theory on why Sam Hess was killed. Grady suspects that Lester Nygaard had his wife, Pearl, and Gina's husband, Sam, killed in order to continue on with his affair with Gina and so she could collect Sam's life insurance in the process. Grady makes it clear that he wants them to make the hit and head home quick, but Wrench wants them to be certain that Lester is the true culprit, as they took the wrong person the last time around. They bicker for a few moments, drawing attention from the rest of the diners in the restaurant as well as Lou who is visibly suspicious of the pair. Finally, they both agree to grab Lester and get him talking before they leave, Grady refusing to look at Wrench's signing outside which draws a few eyes from inside the restaurant.
Later in the day, Lester walks out of his workplace only to be thrown by Wrench and Numbers into the trunk of their car. They drive him over to the lake that they dumped Lenny in and drag him out onto the ice before Wrench begins drilling a hole in the surface. Grady pins Lester down and tries to get him to confess, but Lester refuses, frantically responding that it was the "other guy". Before Grady can get any more answers, Lester shocks him with a taser he had hidden in his pocket and flees. Grady and Wes follow Lester out to the highway to find that he's in the back of a cop car and is driven away from the scene.
The pair stop at a bar in Bemidji later in the night to have a few drinks. While Grady, already tipsy, orders from the bartender, he confronts Wes for glaring at him from the other side of the room. They quickly devolve into a fight, attacking each other and destroying the interior of the bar in the process. They are then presumably arrested for the incident and escorted into the same jail cell as Lester, just as they had planned, the two looming over Lester as Grady cracks a smile.
In the jail cell, Lester sits in between Numbers and Wrench, profusely sweating. Wrench stands and watches the guard outside as Lester attempts to apologize to Grady, though he is quickly incapacitated by Wrench who stuffs a sock into his mouth. Numbers asks Lester who "the man" was that he was referring to back at the lake, though Lester refuses. Upon further pressing the subject, they get him to finally confesses and reveal that Lorne Malvo was the one who killed Sam as well as the fact that he is probably in Duluth since that is where Lester's car was impounded. The guard comes back to release the pair after their bail is paid and before they leave, Numbers tells Lester that if he's in danger, they can help. Lester curtly refuses the offer.
Later in the evening, an unknown man with a police badge delivers a file to Numbers and Wrench which has an image of Lorne Malvo from the Bemidji Police. The man's face is not shown.
While a blizzard begins to hit Duluth, Grady and Wrench split between two cars surrounding Lorne Malvo as he is headed to the Gustafson parking garage to retrieve Stavros’s blackmail money. They pin Malvo’s car in between their vehicles, causing him to crash. Wrench exits his vehicle with a handgun and fires a few rounds towards Malvo who promptly ducks out of the way. Wrench approaches the driver’s side window to get a clearer shot, but Malvo kicks the door, causing him to be knocked over. Grady then exits his own car with a machine gun and begins shooting at Lorne’s windshield.
The two men, now both armed with machine guns, approach the vehicle only to find that Malvo had escaped through the passenger side door. The alarm of a parked car further behind them begins to go off and they head towards it, though Malvo is still nowhere to be seen.
They decide to split up in their pursuit to find Lorne. Wes scouts the area but is shot down by Molly in the whiteout after he passes by her, Molly thinking he is an oncoming suspect.
In the hospital, Wrench is recovering from being shot by Molly Solverson. She comes to visit him, though due to him being handcuffed, he cannot use sign language. He motions for her to hand him a whiteboard and writes the question: Partner? Molly reveals that Numbers is dead and Wes turns away, defeated. She asks if he can speak and he writes that he is deaf but can read lips. Molly asks about Lorne Malvo, though Wes only shifts to alleviate some of his pain. Molly tells him that she’s never shot anyone before but she knows that he likely has. She asks what the point of it all means, since Grady is dead and Wes will now spend the rest of his life in jail. He doesn’t respond and merely looks away, visibly mournful. Molly leaves.
In Duluth, Wrench’s hospital room is being watched over by a guard who leaves to use the restroom before Lorne Malvo appears, sneaking up behind the police officer and strangling him to death with the loop of a belt. Lorne then goes into Wrench’s room and waits for him to wake up, reading off Wrench’s medical file. Malvo discovers that he’s deaf, telling Wrench once he’s awoken about the few people he’s worked with who had physical handicaps, but that he’s never met one who had no sense of hearing. Lorne then tells Wrench that he was the one who killed Numbers, to which Wrench attempts to attack him but is restrained by a set of handcuffs to his bed. Wrench attempts once more after Lorne further reveals he also killed off the remaining members of the Fargo Mob. Lorne stands to make leave, though he pauses to admit that Wrench and Numbers came the closest so far to kill him, giving Wrench the key to the handcuffs and the compromise that if Wrench still feels raw about the ordeal later on, he can come and find him. Lorne exits the scene and Wrench stares out towards him, bewildered before he takes the key.
Wrench's photo is seen on the board of evidence. Next to his photo reveals a new article that's says in bold words "Officer killed as shootout suspect escapes custody".
A younger Grady and Wes are shown in a park playing ball although Wes declares that he doesn't like the game, much to Grady's annoyance. The two sign to each other in argument until a group of older kids approaches and attacks them. They have a scuffle until Hanzee Dent appears and breaks the children apart.
Wrench is revealed to be on the same bus as Nikki Swango who is handcuffed beside him before they set off to the Minnesota State Penitentiary. While on the way, Yuri walks out in front of the bus, causing the bus to crash and flip onto the road. Nikki and Wes are forced to the side, with Nikki knocked unconscious as Yuri, Meemo, and Golem board the bus, beginning to weld away the prison gate in order to get to Nikki.
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As Meemo sits at a stop light on the way to move the semi-truck base to a new location, he and the other henchman are ambushed by Nikki and Wrench. Wrench shoots up the cab of the semi and the following vehicle then he and Nikki hijack the semi. They take the truck to a junk yard where they break into the back and steal Varga’s hard drives and the books for the Stussy company, leaving the truck to be destroyed. Later on Nikki blackmails Varga with the stolen information and they agree to meet in a hotel lobby. When the negotiations begin to take a turn, Meemo, hidden in an upstairs room, prepares to take a shot at Nikki but Wrench appears behind him and puts a gun to his head then gives Nikki a signal with his walkie. Nikki tells Varga to have her money by tomorrow and she and Wrench exit the hotel together.
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- 102 - The Rooster Prince
- 103 - A Muddy Road
- 104 - Eating the Blame
- 105 - The Six Ungraspables
- 106 - Buridan's Ass
- 107 - Who Shaves the Barber?
- 108 - The Heap
- 210 - Palindrome
- 307 - The Law of Inevitability
- 308 - Who Rules the Land of Denial?
- 309 - Aporia
- 310 - Somebody to Love
This is a list of victims Mr. Wrench has killed:
- Unnamed man (January 21 2006) (Deleted scene) (Shot) (The Rooster Prince)
- Lenny Potts (January 22 2006) (dropped in an ice hole alongside Grady Numbers) (The Rooster Prince)
- Golem (December 24 2010) (head cut of with a chain alongside Nikki Swango) (Who Rules the Land of Denial?)
- Yuri Gurka (December 25 2010) (ear cut off and later bled out) (Who Rules the Land of Denial?)
- Meemo (March 2011) (shot to death) (Somebody to Love)
- 4 unnamed Narwhal henchmen (March 2011) (shot to death) (Somebody to Love)
- Emmit Stussy (September 2016) (shot in the back of the head) (Somebody to Love)
- Potentially numerous other hits
- Mr. Wrench's first name is revealed in the credits of Palindrome as Wes.
- Wes Wrench is the only character to appear in three seasons.
|Season 1 characters|
|Main||Lorne Malvo • Molly Solverson • Gus Grimly • Lester Nygaard|
|Recurring||Ben Schmidt • Bill Budge • Bill Oswalt • Bo Munk • Burt Canton • Chaz Nygaard • Don Chumph • |
Gina Hess • Grady Numbers • Greta Grimly • Ida Thurman • Jemma Stalone • Kitty Nygaard • Knudsen •
Linda Park • Lou Solverson • Max Gold • Pearl Nygaard • Stavros Milos • Vern Thurman •
Wally Semenchko • Webb Pepper • Wes Wrench
|Season 3 characters|
|Main||Emmit Stussy • Ray Stussy • Gloria Burgle • Nikki Swango • V.M. Varga • Yuri Gurka|
|Recurring||Donny Mashman • Ennis Stussy • Golem • Horst Lagerfeld • Jakob Ungerleider • |
Larue Dollard • Maurice LeFay • Meemo • Moe Dammick • Paul Murrane • Ruby Goldfarb •
Stella Stussy • Sy Feltz • Wes Wrench • Winnie Lopez