By Ashton Samson
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Once a Langmore, always a Langmore, once a Byrde, always a Byrde? Is Ruth Langmore going to ditch the Langmore legacy and better her reputation or is she doomed in eternal hellfire, stuck in the Ozarks forever? The same goes for Jonah Byrde; will he escape the clutches of his conventional, turned ruthless and power-hungry parents to live a life of his own or is it his destiny as well to remain in the place where everything seems to go wrong? Most importantly, are Marty and Wendy going to finally terminate their life of crime that has transformed them into greedy, corrupt monsters or will they too be forever lost in the Ozarks?
These were the kinds of questions that I had after watching the brilliant first half of the final season of Netflix’s hit, Ozark and I quickly realized that the nature of my inquiries was tied to the inclusion of two specific storylines that I was fascinated by throughout the season. The increased presence of Julia Garner (Ruth) and Skyler Gaertner (Jonah) emphasizes a unique and fascinating theme, that of the destruction of the nuclear family on a literal and metaphorical level. Marty and Wendy, ruthless as ever, accentuate the ever-present, but increasingly intriguing and relevant corruption of the American Dream. These two themes combine to create my favorite season of Ozark thus far.
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There’s a reason why Julia Garner won two Emmys in a row for Ozark! She has always been the highlight of the show from my perspective. Her level of commitment to the character Ruth is exceptional; from the brilliantly sarcastic and witty one-liners she delivers to the intense emotional outbursts that are required of her, Garner never disappoints. I have always been able to recognize how talented Skylar Gaertner is, but have in the past felt like his character Jonah was underused. This season quickly rectifies this issue and utilizes the talent of Garner to create a fantastic storyline that is daring, bold and thematically profound.