Ruth Langmore is dead, according to Ozark showrunner Chris Mundy, and will most likely not feature in any prospective spinoffs. The money-laundering Martin “Marty” Byrde (Jason Bateman) transferred his family from Chicago to Missouri in a half-baked attempt to please a prominent drug cartel when Netflix’s panic-inducing crime drama launched in 2017. Marty meets Ruth Langmore (Julia Garner) in the Ozarks, who has proven to be equally as clever as her master and more compelling—and terrifying—than those who began the series with far more power and influence.
Self-proclaimed businessman Javi Elizondro shoots newlyweds Darlene Snell and Wyatt Langmore in the stunning finale of Ozark season 4, part 1. Ruth chases down the cartel’s leader in the second half of season 4 and exacts her retribution for her cousin’s murder. Ruth acquires two independent enterprises, clears her criminal record, and appears to turn her life around in subsequent episodes, making her fate in the Ozark series finale all the more contentious. Camila Elizondro, a newly minted cartel boss, scares Clare Shaw into saying Ruth was the one who murdered her son. Camila doesn’t waste any time in carrying out her vengeance, shooting Ruth in front of her trailer. With news that Netflix is working on Ozark spinoffs, viewers are asking if Ruth would have made it.
Season 4 of Ozark has a major plot hole in Ruth Langmore’s timeline.
Ozark showrunner Mundy discusses how the conclusion more than indicates Ruth is dead in a recent interview with TVLine. “Half of the authors, or maybe a little under half of the writers, felt that there was something good to know that Ruth would be out there in the world and doing well,” Mundy says of the show’s writers. If everyone gets off too easily, however, “it didn’t feel honest.” “I’m sorry; she totally, absolutely is,” Mundy said when asked if Ruth was dead.
The Ozark showrunner described how the tough and emotional decision to kill Ruth tied back to the show’s central subject of capitalism’s cruelty. Ozark’s story addresses the contrast between the Langmores and the Byrdes as a deconstruction of class. Ruth is portrayed by Garner, and Marty is portrayed by Bateman. There’s a winner and a loser, with the latter treading on the former and leaving her for dead. The Langmores are (essentially) all dead as a result of the Byrdes, who get off scot-free, at least politically.
Marty and Wendy return home to see Mel Sattem holding the cookie jar with Ben’s ashes in the Ozark finale. The private investigator was unable to accept their offer of a better life/career since he could not sell his soul. Before the end credits roll, Jonah Byrde executes the former Chicago cop, proving that the Byrdes “[won’t] get to win…the world doesn’t operate that way.” Ozark’s ending is extremely contentious, in addition to that perplexing and senseless car wreck. The final episode has a series low IMDb rating of 6.9, which is certainly influenced by the fact that the peerless Ruth Langmore is unmasked as dead.