Ozark: Why did Ruth Langmore really join Darlene Snell? Star weighs in

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Netflix is yet to confirm whether its given season four of Ozark the green light. The Emmy Award-winning series recently returned to screens with its searing third series, which saw the tables really turning in the saga of Wendy (played by Laura Linney) and Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) as they got their hands dirtier in their dealings with the Navarro Cartel. However, the continued association between the Mexican cartel and Byrde Enterprises came at a heavy price.

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Ozark season 3

Season three ended with Omar Navarro (Felix Solis) having the cartel’s attorney Helen Piercer (Janet McTeer) killed off and working directly with the Byrdes.

Also, Ruth Langmore (Julia Garner) made the tricky decision to quit working for the couple after they failed to protect her from the KC Mob and Frank Cosgrove Jr (Joseph Sikora), who beat the casino worker to a pulp.

In a strange twist of fate, Ruth ended up joining forces with the Byrdes’ nemesis Darlene Snell (Lisa Emery).

Darlene was already in a relationship with Wyatt Langmore (Charlie Tahan) and getting Ruth into her orbit seemed to be the icing on the cake for the heroin queenpin.


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Going forward, Ruth and Darlene are going to be a force to be reckoned with and could bring much strife to the Chicago couple.

The most recent series saw tensions flaring up between Darlene and the Byrdes as baby Zeke became a bartering chip.

Wendy tried to prove the drug dealer was a bad mother and take the child away from her.

Baby Zeke is going to continue to cause anger between the two sides.

However, the Byrdes losing Ruth could be a source of more trouble for them.

Why did Ruth Langmore really join Darlene Snell?

While it’s not clear why Ruth decided to essentially switch sides, part of the reason may be because she finally understood she would never be a Byrde.

Due to the lack of action after her attack, Ruth knew she would never really be valued by them despite their assurances.

Also, Ben Davis’ (Tom Pelphrey) death which was ordered by Wendy was another reason for her leaving the Byrdes.

One other reason which may have led to Ruth leaving was her beloved cousin Wyatt was with Darlene and the only way to still have him around would be to form this alliance.

Going forward, Ruth’s new partnership with Darlene could lead to further character development with the young woman really coming into her own.

In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Ozark star Trevor Long – who is better known as Cade Langmore in the show – shared his thoughts on where the union between Ruth and Darlene could go next.

He said: “I don’t know. I don’t know if the writers even know at this point. But obviously she’s going to join with Darlene and it’s going to be ugly.

“I think there’s going to be confrontation between the Byrdes and Darlene’s camp with Ruth. It’s going to get ugly.


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“My sense is there’s going to be a lot of blood being spilled and it’s going to be interesting to see how the cartel now works in this triangle of struggle: the Byrdes, the Snells and the cartel.

“My guess is they’re probably going to kill the cartel guy at some point. He’s going to be taken out, my guess.”

Reflecting on what his deceased alter-ego would make of this association, Long said: “I think Cade will be all for it.

“You learn a lot more about the Langmores when [Darlene] talks to Wyatt about ‘how you come from a long line of strong people, about making moonshine’.

“She knows of the Langmores and to be honest, I was surprised they never ran into each other in season two – the Snells and the Langmores.

“I always thought they would, there would be some sort of showdown or some sort of collaboration or something but no.”

He added: “I think Cade would surely rather her hanging out with Darlene, she’s more of my type, more of my people than this Marty Byrde guy. You know, anyone but Marty Byrde.”

While this is simply speculation at this stage, should Ozark season four get the go-ahead, fans can expect some fireworks going forward.

Ozark seasons 1 to 3 are streaming on Netflix now

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