WARNING: The following contains SPOILERS for Ozark season 4.
Netflix’s Ozark season 4 brings back plenty of key cast members and culminates in the deaths of several major characters – a bittersweet finale to the one of the most groundbreaking antihero crime dramas on television. Ozark follows Wendy and Marty Byrde who have become money launderers for the Navarro Cartel, a prominent drug operation out of Mexico. Each successive season of Ozark sees the Byrdes become entrenched deeper and deeper in the cartel’s operations. By the end of Ozark season 4, several key characters end up dead, and it becomes truly apparent that the Byrdes are the real villains in Ozark.
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The almost two-year gap between Ozark season 3 and Ozark season 4 only increased anticipation for the show’s final season. Netflix has chosen to split Ozark’s final season in two, debuting the first 7 episodes in January 2022 with 7 more following in April. In the last season, the writers have kept the core cast of the show small, choosing to focus on the compelling themes and dynamics that the series has developed over the years. As a result, Ozark season 4’s character deaths not only serve to punctuate these themes but also do justice to the respective ill-fated journeys of these characters.
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Ozark’s well-rounded final season features a stellar cast of players, a satisfying conclusion to the major storyline, and even easter eggs that reference Ozark season 1. Throughout most of Ozark season 4, Marty and Wendy Byrde continue their ongoing struggle – for and against – the Navarro cartel, getting deeper into the pockets of both the cartel and the U.S. government. Here are Ozark season 4’s key players.
Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde
The patriarch of the Byrde family (and the entire reason they are involved with the Navarro Cartel in the first place), Marty is a former financial advisor who now owns several businesses in the Ozarks that he uses to launder money for Omar Navarro. Throughout the show, Marty has tried to leave the cartel and the Ozarks so his family can lead a normal life, which he continued to do in Ozark season 4. Bateman is primarily known for his comedic roles rather than dramatic turns and the actor has starred in series like Arrested Development and notable movies like Horrible Bosses and Game Night.
Laura Linney as Wendy Byrde
Laura Linney is back as Wendy Byrde, the embattled matriarch of the Byrde family who has turned to the dark side over the course of the series. In an effort to protect her family, Wendy delivered her brother Ben to the cartel so he could be killed and Ozark season 4 deals with the fallout from that decision as Wendy continues to turn all the bad her family has done into something good. Linney’s storied career spans hit movies like The Truman Show and Mystic River and other television projects like The Big C and Tales of the City.
Skylar Gaertnar as Jonah Byrde
Jonah has always been the one who seems to take this family’s life of crime in stride, but the death of Jonah’s uncle Ben Davis at Wendy’s hands proved to challenge Jonah’s loyalty to the family. Jonah remains as inquisitive and clever as ever in Ozark season 4. Gaertnar has also starred in Netflix’s Daredevil series as a young Matt Murdock.
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Sofia Hublitz as Charlotte Byrde
Initially resistant to her family’s move to the Ozarks, Charlotte eventually came around and now finds herself a part of the family business. As she continues to come into her own, Ozark season 4 could see Charlotte working with her mom and dad in increasingly dangerous ways. Hublitz has also starred in movies Ida Red and the upcoming thriller Master.
Julia Garner as Ruth Langmore
Julia Garner is back in the role that won her two Primetime Emmy Awards for Best Actress. Garner plays Ozark’s Ruth Langmore, once the child of a local crime family. Over the course of the series, Ruth has risen in the ranks of the Byrde family and has gained the trust of Marty and Wendy. That trust was put to the test in season 3 as she embarked on a brief and tumultuous relationship with Wendy’s brother Ben. The end of Ozark season 3 saw Ruth confronting Wendy about Ben’s death, leading to her quitting her job for the Byrde family and eyeing an alliance with the cartel’s enemy and former heroin queenpin Darlene Snell. Garner may be best known for her role in Ozark, but the actor has also garnered acclaim for her turn in The Americans and The Assistant. She can also be seen in Netflix’s Inventing Anna.
Felix Solis as Omar Navarro
The fearsome leader of the Navarro Cartel, Omar killed Helen in front of the Byrdes at the end of Ozark season 3. His reasons for wanting to work with the Byrdes remain unclear, but he obviously sees value in the fact that Marty and Wendy have managed to outsmart just about everyone who has gotten in their way. Besides Ozark, Solis has starred in The Good Wife, The Family, and Ten Days in the Valley.
Jessica Frances Dukes as Maya Miller
Jessica Frances Dukes is back as Special Agent Maya Miller, an FBI forensic accountant who was sent to audit the Byrde’s casino boat in season 3. Since then, Maya has become more entrenched in the Byrde’s affairs and has a begrudging respect for Marty’s money laundering skills. Ozark season 4 sees Maya and Omar scheming against each other through the Byrdes. Dukes is known for a recurring role in Jessica Jones and appearances in NCIS: New Orleans and New Amsterdam.
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Alfonso Herrera as Javi Elizonndro
Ozark season 4 introduces Omar Navarro’s fearsome nephew Javi Elizonndro Navarro, a high-ranking cartel lieutenant who studied in prestigious universities abroad. Following the events of Ozark season 3, Javi becomes an integral player in the Navarro cartel as well as the evolution of Marty, Wendy, and Ruth in the Ozarks. Alfonso Herrera has starred in a slew of Spanish language television series and movies, but to stateside audiences, he is perhaps best known for his role in the Wachowski sisters’ Netflix show Sense8.
Verónica Falcón as Camila Elizondro
Introduced in Ozark season 4, part 2, Camila Elizondro is the mother of Javi. Camila is highly invested in the future of the Navarro cartel. Despite being a latecomer to the series, Camila proves herself to be a worthy player in the criminal underworld. Verónica Falcón is a Mexican actress famous for her iconic role in Queen of the South, and also appears in the HBO reboot of Perry Mason.
Ozark Season 4 Supporting Cast
Lisa Emery as Darlene Snell: Darlene Snell entered into a relationship with Wyatt Langmore at the end of Ozark season 3 and sought to restart her heroin operation. This puts her in direct conflict with the Navarro Cartel when season 4 begins. Emery has a vast resumé in both television and film, making appearances in shows like Sex and the City, Damages, Law and Order: SVU, and (like her Ozark co-star), the MCU Netflix show Jessica Jones.
Charlie Tahan as Wyatt Langmore: After entering into a relationship with Darlene, Ruth’s cousin Wyatt is more entrenched in the drug trade than ever. Wyatt is also helping Darlene raise baby Zeke. Tahan has had recurring roles in Wayward Pines and Castle Rock and he also played Scarecrow in the Gotham television series.
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Adam Rothenberg as Mel Sattem: Ozark season 4’s most mysterious new character, Adam Rothenberg’s Mel Sattam is a private investigator and former police officer looking into the disappearance of Helen Pierce, who was murdered by Omar Navarro at the end of season 3. Adam Rothenberg also appears in the period crime mystery Ripper Street, Mad Money, Tennessee, and The Immigrant.
Ozark Season 4 Character Deaths: Every Major Character Who Died
Ozark season 4 ends with the deaths of Omar Navarro, Ruth Langmore, and Mel Sattem, each marking a key turning point in the future of the Byrdes and the leadership of the Navarro cartel. Orchestrated by Marty, Wendy, and Camila, Omar’s death shows that even the great Navarro cartel leader can be outsmarted by the Byrdes, who have also secured the loyalty of Camila as the new cartel boss. Ruth Langmore getting killed by Camila gives the cartel leader a sense of justice for her son Javi’s death at Ruth’s hands – but also proves that although Camila might be more reasonable, she’s as much of a monster as Javi, Ozark’s most hated villain. Lastly, with Jonah dealing the killing blow to Mel Sattem, it’s clear that Jonah, whom audiences literally saw growing up throughout the previous seasons, is now an unquestionably loyal soldier of the Byrdes. Jonah even shatters the urn containing Ben’s ashes when he shoots Mel, implying that he’s willing to let go of the past, as long as it keeps his family safe. The Byrdes may have gotten away with it all, complete with their entire family intact, but ultimately, it came at the cost of their humanity.
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