Ozark season 4: How will Ben’s death affect Wendy and Marty? Star opens up
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Netflix series Ozark will be coming to an end with season four, which will be the last one. The final series will be split into half with two blocks comprised of seven episodes each. But some fans are curious about how the death off Ben Davis (played by Tom Pelphrey) will affect Marty (Jason Bateman) and Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney).
How will Ben’s death affect Wendy and Marty?
WARNING: This article contains major spoilers from Ozark season 3
Viewers were left bereft after Wendy made the decision to have her younger brother assassinated because he knew too much and had become a liability.
Wendy was beside herself with grief after giving cartel hitman Nelson (Nelson Bonilla) the kill order.
To make matters worse, Ben and Wendy had had a heart-to-heart over dinner at a restaurant where she asked him about his future.
Ben opened up about wanting to settle down and have a happy life, making Wendy’s decision all the more brutal.
The moment of Ben’s death played out off-camera, leading some fans to hope the bipolar substitute teacher could have survived somehow.
However, Ozark’s programme-makers have quashed this theory and confirmed Ben’s fate.
Showrunner Chris Mundy told a PaleyFest panel recently: “I love the fact that people love [Ben] enough to come up with that theory. I wish it were true. But it ain’t true.”
Nonetheless, Mundy suggested there could be implications on the couple for the death.
He explained: “I think you’re gonna learn what they want their endgame to be.
“And they’re going to have to reckon with it a little bit…
“If they’re trying to [find] an out, they’ve got to figure out if that’s what they want. And, if so, what’s the version of it that they want?”
Mundy’s words don’t give much away but they do hint the Byrdes’ have an ultimate plan for survival.
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There were already hints Ben’s death would have big consequences, particularly for Jonah Byrde (Skylar Gaertner) who took the loss hard.
Jonah cradled the ashes of his beloved uncle in his hands and later ended up walking around his home firing a rifle in an angry rampage.
His actions hinted at trouble on the horizon with Jonah potentially turning against his parents.
There could be a division within the Byrde family going forward which is going to have problems as the show wraps up and the family are thrust into fresh danger.
Speaking about the overall story arc for season three, Mundy said: “We were trying to dig into the marriage ever more.
“So, we had our cliff-hanger coming out of season two. It was really more emotional and it was like, ‘Who am I married to now? Is that something that I want?’
“So, we really wanted to dig into that in as many ways as possible and throw as many different relationships at it.
“And this idea that expansion can equal security or safety or status quo can equal safety and how can each person be right and yet one path’s gotta win.
“We really wanted to play with that. We always think of the show as driven through the family and driven through the marriage, but we really wanted to double down there in season three.”
Ozark season 1 to 3 are streaming on Netflix now
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