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‘Big Sky’ Star John Carroll Lynch Up for Major Award for Double Roles on Show

by Megan Molseed
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It’s certainly a moment to recognize when an actor takes on a double role in one of television’s most popular television dramas. And then, when this double role has an actor portraying a murderous and human trafficking police officer on the hit ABC series Big Sky in the first season and then the officer’s twin – who is also a kidnapper – in the next season, the double role deserves an award nomination!

This is exactly what happened to Big Sky’s John Carroll Lynch recently as the longtime actor was nominated for a Satellite Award for his portrayal of Rick and Wolfgang Legarski in the hit ABC detective series.

Sure, John Carroll Lynch played each character in separate seasons. But, he has still remained part of one of Big Sky’s biggest storylines.

“Congratulations to @MrJCLynch for his Satellite Award nomination for Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries, Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television!” wrote the Big Sky Twitter page in a Friday evening post.

In the first season of Big Sky, John Carroll Lynch portrayed Rick Legarski a State Trooper who leads a human trafficking syndicate within Big Sky country.

Towards the end of the ABC show’s first season, Cassie Dewell (Kylie Bunbury) shoots the kidnapper and killer in the head.

However, fans of the series soon learned the evil was not down and Rick Legarski had survived the shooting.

‘Big Sky’ Villian Is Finally Taken Down

As the first season of Big Sky wrapped up, Rick had woken up from a coma in the hospital. But, it seemed that the state trooper was suffering from short-term memory loss.

However, Rick’s wife Merilee (Brooke Smith) did not believe the story.

Merilee overhears her husband apologizing to some of his victims suggesting that the memory loss was, in fact, fake.

To make matters worse, Rick’s lawyer tells Merilee that Rick has the chance to avoid prison. The thought of Rick escaping punishment for his cruel deeds is too much for Merilee to take. She then takes matters into her own hands and kills Rick as he lay in his hospital bed.

It Wasn’t The End of The Legarski’s!

Clearly, after this shocking death, fans did not expect to see John Carroll Lynch return to Big Sky when the second season premiered this fall. But, in a shocking moment, Lynch’s face was one of the first we saw as season two premiered.

In this storyline, however, Lynch is no longer portraying Rick Legarski. Instead, he plays Rick’s twin brother Wolfgang who has taken it upon himself to capture Rick’s human trafficking partner in crime, Ronald.

New episodes of Big Sky air on Thursday night at 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, 9 p.m. Central.