After four intense seasons, Ozark is coming to an end on Netflix. How does the multi-award winning series with Jason Bateman and Laura Linney end? Warning, spoilers.
Warning, spoilers. The following paragraphs reveal the events of the last episodes of the Ozark series.
Previously on Ozark
The first part of the fourth and final season ofozark ended with a shocking twist that would have profound consequences for the Byrde family. Marty’s decisions and betrayals (Jason Bateman) and Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney) greatly affected their children Charlotte (Sofia Hublitz) and Jonah (Skylar Gaertner) but also their former protege Ruth Langmore (Julia Garner).
The latter will seek revenge on the Byrdes following the death of her cousin Wyatt Langmore (Charlie Tahan), killed by Javi (Alfonso Herrera), the nephew of Omar Navarro (Felix Solis), the leader of the Mexican drug cartel, for whom the Byrdes are laundering money. At the same time, Javi killed Darlene Snell (Lisa Emery), the local heroin producer who stood up against the cartel, and Wyatt’s girlfriend.
This umpteenth killing profoundly upset the balance and arrangements of the Byrdes with the cartel, the FBI and the gangsters of the Ozark Mountains. The only question that lingered at the end of the first part of season 4 of the Netflix series was: will the Byrdes really make it?
A bitter victory
In the final episodes of Ozark, available since April 29 on Netflix, Ruth’s response was not long in coming. The young woman tracks down the Byrdes and follows them at the right time to kill Javi and get revenge for Wyatt’s death. The business launched by Wendy as an escape takes a hit in the wing and it is now necessary to justify Javi’s death to Navarro.
As if that weren’t enough, Nathan Davis (Richard Thomas), Wendy’s abusive and alcoholic father, seeks answers about the disappearance of his son Ben (Tom Pelphrey), killed by the cartel because of Wendy. And he also wants custody of Charlotte and Jonah, who have distanced themselves from their mother, just to hurt Wendy.
Besides, the Byrdes must also make sure to maintain their status as powerful philanthropists in the Ozark Mountains with all their businesses and the casino, and also honor their deal with the FBI and Navarro. Finally, the family is under threat from Mel Sattem (Adam Rothenberg), a private detective investigating the disappearance of Helen Pierce (Janet McTeer), Navarro’s former lawyer who was killed by the cartel boss.
That’s a lot for Marty and Wendy, who are always on the brink of cracking up, getting tricked or getting killed. But they have more than one trick up their sleeve. Over four seasons, Marty and Wendy have become real criminals, dangerous manipulators and fiends of capitalism who have come to conquer and plunder the Ozark Mountains with the cartel’s dirty money.
The Byrdes then bet everything on a final masterstroke by involving Camila Elizonndro (Veronica Falcon), Navarro’s sister and Javi’s mother, in a new deal with the FBI that would allow them to finally get out of this trap and enjoy the lucrative income of their companies and their foundation by getting out of illegality .
And unlike Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in breaking Bad, of which Ozark is often cited as a worthy heir, the Byrdes will really pull through. And their victory will be at the expense of Ruth Langmore, who will be killed by Camila, but also of Navarro, trapped and killed by the Byrde and Camila, and finally of Mel, killed by Jonah.
It is therefore the white and wealthy family of criminals who win out over the poorest, the left behind and the communities that were there before them, in the cynical image of today’s society. Even if Mel wanted to reverse the trend by wanting to prevent them from becoming “the Kochs, the Kennedys or whatever family for whom [ils se prennent]”the Byrdes proved him wrong.
At the end of the series, all of the Byrdes’ enemies are six feet under and the family comes out of it more united than ever. Except that they will never be truly free. This cynical end, which sees the family of criminals getting away with it when they should be paying for their actions, still leaves her with a bitter taste since she will still have to put up with Camila, who seems much more ferocious. than her brother and the FBI, who shouldn’t let her go anytime soon, but also deal with the aftermath of Ruth’s death.