Ozark season 4 finds the Byrde family elevated to higher ranks as the official face of the Mexican Navarro car. Impressed by Marty and Wendy’s involvement in Missouri politics and the FBI, not to mention the underground world, the cartel leader now puts his future in their hands.
With the goal of “cleansing” the cartel leader and their Byrde Family Foundation on the brink of receiving a heavy donation, a couple with moderate (high and “few” “powers” now full of hands. and Ozark season 4 part 1 closes on a really hot note. If you find that the credits start working soon, we are here to help you speed through all the mid-Ozarkseason-end issues.
Ozark Season 4 Part 1: Recap
The Ozark season opens Marty and Wendy Byrde have been instructed by Omar Navarro to draft an agreement with the FBI that allows the cartel leader to be completely unprotected by his charges and free to move to the US. In exchange, he promises to retire and discard an important part of his criminal empire.
Indeed, the request is annoying and takes all the tricks of Marty and Wendy to finally get Navarro a meeting with the FBI. At that moment, Ruth, frustrated with Wendy’s lies, leaves the casino and becomes Darlene’s hesitant partner due to her recent romantic relationship with Ruth’s cousin, Wyatt.
Ozark Season 4 Episode 7, the end of part 1, opens with Darlene and Wyatt getting married in a tender ceremony. At the time, Wendy and Marty accompanied Navarro to his meeting with the FBI, which did not go as planned. Instead of giving him protection, federal agents insisted that Navarro end up as a cartel leader and become a double-agent FBI agent.
The crime boss is not happy about the new deal but is forced to take it, and Wendy and Marty suddenly find themselves closer than ever so they can walk out of the car. However, Navarro was then arrested by Agent Maya Miller, causing the firm to collapse.
The case of Navarro’s arrest immediately falls to the Byrdes, and they move on to convince the crime boss’s nephew, Javi, to enter into a similar agreement with the FBI. Unbeknownst to Javi, the FBI planned to arrest him and only give him an agreement as an excuse to keep him in their presence.
Javi finally agrees, and the Byrdes begin preparations to finally leave the Ozarks permanently and return to Chicago. It is unclear whether Jonah plans to reunite them as he has been disappointed in the family since Ben’s death.
Ozark Season 4 Part 1 Ending, Explained
Shortly after meeting with the FBI, Javi visits an unsuspecting Darlene at her house and shoots her down. Wyatt can only look helpless as a vicious carjacker then shot Darlene’s husband in the head, killing him as well. When Ruth learned of the murder of her beloved cousins, she was shocked and threatened to kill Frank Jr. then Marty. Jonah finally tells him who is to blame for Wyatt’s death, and despite repeated warnings from Marty and Wendy, the ruthless Ruth leans out of her truck with a shotgun.
After seeing Wyatt’s body in Darlene’s house, Ruth actually tries to take the shortest route to her cousin’s murderer. He first phoned Little Frank and threatened to kill the KC mob leader, thinking he might have killed Wyatt because of his search for Darlene. Once she is sure it is not, the next people to come to Ruth’s mind are Marty and Wendy Byrde, which is not surprising because she (rightly) accuses the latter of killing both Cade and Ben.
So when Jonah learned that Javi had killed Wyatt, it seems that Ruth was probably heading in that direction. So, part 1 closes with Ruth on the way to Javi. However, he has not yet reached her, so Javi is still alive (for now). The fact that Ruth is standing at the side of the road means that she may have to decide what to do with herself before trying to confront the powerful Mexican chariot leader.
Commonly known as negligence, Ruth is smart enough to know how safe Javi is. Therefore, he may devise a plan to get her instead of going off with a gun, just to make sure he succeeds. Although Javi has not yet died, it seems that Ruth is about to take her revenge.
Our beloved Langmore, who has been known for his violent temper, has been caught in the crossfire in the past. However, he has clearly gone through that. Wyatt was the only person he loved (as he had always reminded her), and it seems that Ruth’s motive for thinking now was to avenge her innocent cousin’s death.
The FBI made the same agreement with Javi as they did with his uncle, although there are significant differences. As part of the deal, Javi is required to serve as head of Navarro’s fleet for ten years while also serving as an FBI informant (prior to his arrest, Omar Navarro is ordered to continue appearing for five years). However, an agreement with Javi could be a ploy as the FBI is actually planning to arrest him using Marty’s confession obtained from the trailer leader.
Although the FBI has not yet taken action against Javi, the fact that he was responsible for the bombing that killed the federal agents (and he strongly admitted to tape) means that any dealings with him will not be respected. Therefore, Javi was set up not only by his uncle and Marty but also by the FBI.
After all, a maniacal cartel holder can be very dangerous in the corner. To put things in perspective, the famous Omar Navarro seems to be afraid of one person, and that is his nephew, Javi.
The Byrde family’s plans to leave their criminal lives behind and return to Chicago begin to emerge as soon as Omar Navarro is arrested by Agent Maya Miller. So, by the end of the 4th season 1, they have not left the Ozarks, and with Ruth now considering killing Javi, Byrdes’ agreement with the FBI appears to be in serious danger (again). As long as they have an unfinished business with the cartel and the FBI, they will not be able to safely travel to Chicago. “Ozark.”
Our best understanding of the Byrde family finale comes from the first episode of Ozark season 4, which is a “pre-epilogue” of sorts and shows them in their pickup truck en route to Chicago. Jonah is also in the car with them in these scenes, telling us that the angry little boy finally decided to return to Chicago with his family.
The cause of this change of heart is not yet known. Also, in what is one of the biggest mysteries of Ozark season 4, the Byrdes family car was involved in a horrific accident and ended up looking crumpled up and down the side of the highway. “Ozark.”