an end worthy of one of the best contemporary series

Maybe the end of ozark, with a quarter divided into two parts, do not leave the emptiness that you feel when you finish a good book, for example; but this leaves the certainty that the story has reached as much as it could, that the intrigues developed have closed in a timely manner, without betraying the tension that has characterized the previous three seasons. A success.

When Netflix presented the first part of this fourth season, ozark could already be considered a natural substitute for breaking Bad. Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams, its creators, imagined a narration that drinks from the aforementioned series, almost like a tribute, while knowing how to find its own record. The second part of this final season reaffirms it and allows itself a painful and poetic end, like the essence of its story.

For four seasons, ozark little or nothing spared from violence and ethical tensions. Its protagonists, halfway between diplomacy and pragmatism, have seen only the blood of others splash on their feet, in most cases; in others it was his. This impulse between their actions and those of others, this tightrope walker, reaches a stage where, with luck, they can only defend themselves. But at what cost ?

Ozark and the Power

One of the concerns with this second part was the role that Wendyperformed by laura linney, after mutating into a more visceral version. This shy and insecure woman transformed into a character who acted like a wounded animal in most cases; he could be seen anticipating or reacting to scenarios. Its fragility remained as a memory.

His development in the second part of Ozark’s final season is consistent with this development, while allowing the viewer to suspect that he may be breaking. Until we find out it’s just another manipulative strategy. His story serves to move towards one of the paths proposed by the Netflix series: in this story, only efficiency counts to maintain power.

Although presented as a life or death impulse, most of the protagonists are crossed by their desire for power, their need to control, to protect what they consider as theirs, the whole empire of lies and blood they have built. They did so much to stay upright that they ended up melting into what they were forming, snowballed away, as you might expect.

That the outcome might be predictable posed a risk to ozark; the one he assumed and from which he came out naturally: during the final season the tension is maintained, the feeling that at some point a sigh can cause the house of cards to drift and leave the interested parties empty-handed. But no. Ultimately, they cling to what they’ve done, accepting that they may never be able to let go of their past.

Marty and Ruth as reflections of themselves

marty byrd (Jason Bateman) and ruth langmore (Julia Garner) are two sides of the same coin. They tried to defend their people against adversity and, later, against their own decisions. Both characters have the family as the axis of their stories. Yes, they want to survive, but they also try to get most of their loved ones to come down that path. Byrde reaches his narrative climax to practice, if only for a few moments, as the strongest man in the cartel; something that, being the centerpiece of the organization, it already was.

In the case of Ruth, this idea is truncated from previous seasons until she arrives alone in this second part of the last season of ozark. Although he tried, often some conditioning or external factor appeared that was beyond his control. The scenes in which she hallucinates the image of her first cousin Wyatt Langmore and imagines her loved ones accompanying her are a tribute to her initial interesta wink to the viewer, who remembers: this is not the plan she was considering.

On this trip, Marty Bryde has what she doesn’t have: a family. The character recognizes that, in the spiral in which he finds himself, Ruth is one of the collateral victims of their interests. While her particular ending allows her to salvage her quests, leaving several scenes where she loses control, hers is a failure that resonates like another member of her family.

The series could perhaps wonder if the main family does not suffer major losses. Although the last scene, after a series of death, corruption and power, completes the idea that runs through the entire final season: there is no way to get out unscathed (even as a spectator).