Ozark Season 4 closes with Byrdes finally getting what they want, but with the death toll of the three main characters. In the past, Ozark creators have said that Ozark season 2, which is part of the Netflix programs of April 2022, is the real end of the series. Surprisingly, the final episode of Ozark season 4, episode 14 titled “A Hard Way To Go” is open.
In Ozark’s last episode, Wendy and Marty Byrde end up defending the Byrde Family Foundation, which makes them politically “bullet-proof.” However, when Camila Elizondro got Clare Shaw to reveal that it was Ruth who had killed Camila’s son Javi, the Byddes backed away to allow Camila to kill Ruth. While former Navarro cartel official Omar Navarro was also photographed by his sister Camila, another problem arises with an independent investigator and Chicago police officer Mel Sattem, who killed Jonah shortly before the bills were released.
Ozark’s fate, as expected, is full of strange twists and turns. As Marty and Wendy allow for the rise of the more dangerous and cunning king of drugs than Omar, it is undeniably clear that the Byrdes are real Ozark criminals. Here’s everything viewers need to keep in mind about the end of Ozark season 4.
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Jonah points to Mel’s gun, but the screen darkens before the gunfire, which is why some viewers are confused as to whether Jonah actually took the gun or not – but it is clear that Jonah pulled out a gun. The gun is even accompanied by the sound of clay being broken, which means that Jonah once again struck down the goat cake pot that Mel was carrying as evidence of Ben’s murder.
This last incident in Ozark’s case confirms that the children stay with Wendy and Marty – good or bad – and that they are ready to do whatever it takes to keep the family together, even shooting a Chicago police officer.
Jonah immediately set fire to the pot on which Ruth had placed Ben’s ashes. While this may seem innocuous to Jonah, it actually reflects the power of Jonah and Ruth on the Ozark. As Wendy tells Ruth, Ruth makes it clear that she is the only one who will listen to Jonah. When Ruth made it clear to Jonah and Charlotte that they were going to stay with their parents, Ruth subsequently turned Jonah over to be a loyal soldier for Marty and Wendy.
Wendy, Marty, and Camila stopped Omar Navarro from appearing dead while escaping from prison, allowing Camila to rise as head of the Navarro party while and at the same time dispelling any allegations that she had killed her brother. Meanwhile, Ruth Langmore has died as the last sheep of Byrdes’ sacrifice to finally get what they want, indicating that although the Bydes have found a way out of the game, they too have become the most dangerous players in the game.
As for Mel Sattem, he died simply because he was so close to the truth – Ozark’s twisted reputation in the old detective story. Omar’s death proves that he is not a real criminal, Ruth’s death proves that the real Ozark criminals are Byyrdes and Mel’s death sows new seeds for other investigators to follow, meaning that the story may never end.
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The Bydes did not run away with everything because when Jonah and Charlotte found out that Ruth was ‘lost,’ they would know that she was really dead and that Marty and Wendy were somehow involved. Furthermore, although Byrdes finally reached an agreement with the FBI, protecting them from being prosecuted, Jonah’s shooting of Mel shows that nothing has really changed for Byrdes.
As Byrdes now needs to deal with Mel’s body-hiding, the consequences of Ruth’s death, and any new problems that will arise in helping the new Navarro leader cartel crown, it is business as usual in the Ozarks. Meanwhile, the Byrde Family Foundation itself, with Wendy Byrde’s plans and political goals, will likely be part of a much bigger and more serious crime than drug use and mass murder. The Byrdes have abandoned the law, but not themselves, and certainly not in the place they established in the area under international crime.
In the end, the car accident did not say anything about the main building, as the Bydeses were not injured in the accident, which seems to have no other purpose than to disrupt the actual ending. This is because the game’s creators needed red herring to make the Ozark finale twist really unpredictable.
By mocking the incident at the beginning of Ozark season 4, the writers misled viewers into coming up with various Ozark fans’ ideas about fate, which gave the writers the opportunity to direct the fate in areas not expected by viewers. That being said, a car accident also spells the lives of Byrdes in the Ozarks. Byrdes crashes into unforeseen circumstances, survives, recovers, and prepares for the next car crash, which is also how Ozark ends up.
Wendy and Marty do not look away from Camila who kills Ruth, as failure to do so could threaten everything created by the Bytes. Also, Mel called it when he said that Byrdes could not just turn into Kochs or Kennedy, because the world does not work this way, Wendy replied, “Since when?” As the Byrdes put their personalities aside to seek their seats next to the country’s political leaders, many members with darker secrets than Marty or Wendy, the Bydes eventually embraced their true identity.
Ruth discloses details of the deaths of Darlene Snell and Wyatt Langmore to Sheriff Wonoff’s acting Roniff Wycoff in the pre-final episode, as well as details about the Navarro team’s involvement in the whole affair – giving Ronnie a clue that could lead to Byrdes. Ruth did this to free the main police suspect in killing Wyatt and Darlene.
However, when the police accidentally find out that Ruth is missing or dead, Ronnie may start pulling the strings. In addition, if Chicago police contact Ozarks police regarding their missing officer Mel Sattem, who was recently reinstated as a police officer by the efforts of Marty and Wendy, Ronnie will have more than enough reasons to start investigating Byyrdes.
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