Ozark season 4 theories: Ruth Langmore to reunite with Byrdes – despite Darlene alliance

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The fourth and final season of Ozark is teed up perfectly to be the most dramatic and explosive in the show’s history. Heading into the final run on Netflix, Marty (played by Jason Bateman) and Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney) are currently at loggerheads with Ruth Langmore (Julia Garner) and Darlene Snell (Lisa Emery) with the latter employing the help of the Kansas City Mob against the Byrdes’ alliance with the Navarro Cartel. And with several deaths inevitably on the way, fans are eagerly tipping which character will get their comeuppance – but a new theory suggests Ruth will team back up with the Byrdes to ensure it’s not her. Here’s how.

Ruth cut all ties with Marty and Wendy as the third season of Ozark drew to its explosive and bloody close.

After falling in love with Wendy’s brother Ben (Tom Pelphrey), Ruth had finally found a relationship and person who she cared dearly for.

However, Ben proved far too big an obstacle for Wendy and Marty’s criminal operation with the cartel after he discovered the truth about their illegal enterprise.

As a result, Ben was killed and taken out of the picture courtesy of wicked lawyer Helen Pierce (Janet McTeer) and hitman Nelson (Nelson Bonilla) – with Wendy fully aware of the sacrifice.

Ruth furiously confronted Wendy and Marty about the betrayal and in a foul-mouthed outburst quit working for them as the death of Ben proved one step too far.

Their relationship was already strained mainly thanks to the fact Marty and Wendy didn’t retaliate physically against Frank Cosgrove Jr (Joseph Sikora) who’d just brutally attacked her.

After relying so heavily on the Byrdes, Ruth now needed somewhere else to turn and sought solace in Darlene.

Darlene had embarked on a romance with Ruth’s cousin Wyatt (Charlie Tahan) and now with Ruth on her side, she looks an even more formidable force against the Byrdes as she vies for top spot in the Ozarks.

But could Ruth soon switch sides once again and let her fondness for Marty get the better of her?

One fan has put the theory forward to the fandom – and appears to have a lot of backing.

Taking to Reddit, Ozark fan chetknow suggested: “So the Byrdes have pretty much done everything possible to get Ruth to hate them. She killed her uncles and now Wyatt has issues with her, all to protect Marty.

“They killed Ruth’s dad. Ruth gets her ass kicked by Frank Jr and she had the reasonable expectation that there would be retaliation but Marty shut that idea down immediately without even hinting at considering retaliation.

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“That hurt Ruth. Finally, Wendy kills her brother which also was Ruths romantic love.”

They continued: “I predict season 4 will start with Ruth remaining an operative of the Snells.

“Probably midway through Marty convinces her that he was wrong and ruined her life.

“By the final episode Ruth and the Byrdes will have completed their reconciliation and Ruth will be back with the Byrdes.”

And the theory certainly garnered support, with another Ozark fan agreeing: “I mean, there’s no way she’s still aligned with Darlene by the end. I just can’t see that working out long term. I think she ends up good with Marty.”

“Remember when Ruth told Helen she was quitting Byrde Enterprises and that she had no problem with Helen personally? Even though Helen literally had Ruth tortured,” said a second.

“That is what I think is going to happen. For the first couple of episodes of season 4 she’s going to avoid them.”

Fans will have to tune into Ozark season four when it airs to find out for sure.

Ozark is available to stream on Netflix now.

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