Money, cartels, power and drama, what more could one want when the pandemic locked us indoors. Having to be indoors most of the time, lots of time to binge on TV shows and Ozark was already on its third season serving us quite a twist from its original plot.
The first season starts with Marty Byrde and his family forced to move to a holiday town. It has a lot of drama that sheds light on many family setups. Marty, the financial advisor turns who out to be a money launderer for a cartel and is trying to save his family’s from being killed by moving to a new town; Ozark based on a calculated assumption that it will make him launder more money in a short space of time.
Apart from staying in a house that came with a man; Buddy dying from cancer and cartel problems, he knows his wife; Wendy was cheating on him and even watches a recorded video of an intimate moment between his wife and her lover but he doesn’t divorce her as they agree to “co-parent”. His children start acting out, Charlotte hangs out with a Wyatt kid and Jonah guts dead animals to lure cultures so that he can study them. They manage to secure some business fronts but face resistance from the poppy farmers who end up settling for an arrangement. A local family, the Langmores are also intertwined to the Byrdes as Ruth kills his uncles to protect Marty which disappoints her dad since he didn’t know one of his brothers had been turned C.I by detective Petty.
In the second season, the ten episodes initially bring us hope of a restored father-daughter relationship for Ruth as her dad gets out of prison. Instead of staying out of town when Darlene kills the cartels’ frontman, Wendy is convinced by the kids to come back. The former blue moon owner skips town with a portion of the cartel’s money, only to get hooked to drugs and be turned into a C.I by detective Petty. The FBI raids the Byrde house and the money Charlotte stole when they were packing money. Buddy helps Wendy to burn the poppies at their partner’s farm and Darlene keeps the grudge. A preacher goes crazy and abducts Wendy as payback but ends up killed as Marty chooses to save his wife. As the season goes to an end the cartel wants more money, a casino apparently which brings in new investors; Charles Wilkes who ends up having a soft spot for Wendy. A chain of deaths follows when Marty finds out who has been feeding the FBI, she has feelings for him but she dies from an overdose, Ruth’s dad kills detective Petty, Darlene kills her husband. Ruth ends up confessing to her nephews and her dad is shot on his way out of town.
The third season not only shows extreme side effects of the war the Navarro cartel with the Langunes cartel is caught up in but also shows the power-hungry side of Wendy. Wendy’s “unhinged” brother Ben comes to the Ozarks. The lawyer and new frontman for the cartel; Helen Pierce also moves to The FBI is at the casino and Marty is determined to turn one of the lead FBI agents; Maya after his abduction. Wendy is told upfront by Navarro that they are not partners, he is using her because he owns her. Helen’s daughter is flirting with an undercover agent. Wendy’s brother Ben is in love with Ruth and it saves her from a crossfire caused by the cartel war. Marty gets a call that alerts him the fed he is trying to turn is onto them and unfortunately for Ruth, her toughness winds her in hospital. Ruth’s nephew, Wyatt doesn’t show up when she needs him the most and it has his brother worried but Darlene tries to help Wyatt deal with it by turning him against Marty who has cut ties with the direct link to Ruth’s attacker.
A calculated move goes wrong at the Byrde foundation gala as Ben makes a scene and it lands him back into the institution. Darlene manages to get Ben and even hides him after he confronts Helen which creates trouble for the Byrdes but brings together Ruth and Wyatt. Whilst Wendy goes on the run with Ben, Marty has to deal with Helen but turns out Ben can’t be saved. Navarro’s girlfriend is gunned down and Helen screws over the Byrdes whose family has already torn apart. Ruth quits, Darlene shoots her Ruth’s attacker in the balls and recruits Ruth. The season ends with Marty and Wendy covered in Helen’s drains.
This could only mean that if given the green light, the Byrdes are still in the money laundering business but they probably have Jonah, Darlene and the Langmores to deal with.
The way the series starts, instantly tells you that the past doesn’t matter as you move and start a new life. Marty isn’t your typical looking cartel member so its easy to get attached to him considering we are introduced to him as the perfect father and husband who is being cheated on because he works late to provide for his family. As the series moves along the plot starts shifting from Marty and bringing out his wife into the limelight as she gets more invested in the business. You would almost think the death of their cartel frontman means they get off free but the cartel’s claws sink deeper into their lives leaving Wendy actually wanting more. Every season has a variation and the third season brings in a cartel war meaning Marty has more in his plate. You would love the communication between Marty and Wendy because most of the times they are very transparent with each other and despite how rough things get they love each other