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Netflix series Ozark has followed the trials and tribulations of the Byrde family ever since they had their hand forced by a Mexican drug cartel. Wendy (played by Laura Linney) and Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) uprooted their family from well-to-do Chicago for the Ozarks, Missouri. The family has been laundering drug money for the Navarro Cartel ever since and trying to keep one step ahead of the FBI – but could the Byrdes finally want out?
Will the Byrdes go into witness protection in season 4?
WARNING: This article contains spoilers from all seasons of Ozark
Fans of Ozark were surprised to learn the show would be coming to a head after Netflix renewed it for one last season.
The fourth and final outing will be split into two with a total of 14 episodes.
Viewers will see whether Wendy and Marty can stay alive while working for the Navarro Cartel.
They will also continue to have the FBI on their backs as the agency tries to pick up on any dodgy dealings in their riverboat casino business, which is a front for their illegal enterprises on behalf of the cartel.
In season three, FBI agent Maya Miller (Jessica Frances Dukes) tried to cut a deal with Marty but in turn he tried to win her over and get her to work for the cartel.
The final outing is likely to see this tension continuing to play out between the two of them.
Additionally, after the final scene in season three, Wendy and Marty may be reassessing their life choices and could want to leave their life of crime behind.
The couple were reeling in shock after they witnessed the murder of cartel attorney Helen Pierce (Janet McTeer), realising they too could suffer a similar fate if they weren’t careful.
Perhaps a deal with the FBI for witness protection could be an option for them and an enticing one.
Alternatively, their kids Jonah (Skylar Gaertnar) and Charlotte (Sofia Hublitz) could be taken into witness protection should anything happen to Wendy and Marty.
This second scenario seems more likely as the two teens are less involved in their parents’ illicit activities and there isn’t a paper trail leading them to the cartel.
Season two seemed to rule out an escape plan for Marty and Wendy, who were scheming to flee from the Ozark and head to the Gold Coast of Australia.
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Fans have previously speculated on Reddit about why the Byrdes didn’t go into witness protection with one user called human_experience123 saying: “I’m wondering what marty is thinking by not going to the FBI and getting witness protection, he refuses it and insists on washing money.
“I don’t really get where his head’s at this point, is it because he thinks he’ll be killed if he does? Isn’t the risk of dieing lower at least with the FBI, he could move out of the country [sic].”
While others pointed out witness protection would defeat the purpose of the show. But with Ozark coming to an end, now would be the best time to see this come into play.
One user called tberey responded, saying: “1 – would seem to ruin the whole plot of the show.
“2 – witness protection doesn’t mean the cartels can’t find him. And if they do, they will kill him and his family, and he knows that.”
User jnr63 said: “Probably true. But because of this Marty and Wendy at the very least are going to jail or they are going to die (didn’t Rachel say this at some point?).
“I see no happy ending. And for me an 18 month prison term is a good ending.
“Marty did this initially to survive. Why the hell does he continue now? Is it because he enjoys this specific job or because he is going to use the money to buy an expensive car or remodel the house?”
User jamesmcc814 added: “FBI can only move them within the country I’m pretty sure and Marty knows what the cartel is capable of, and doesn’t want to spend his life hiding and scared for him and his family’s life.”
Ozark seasons 1 to 3 are streaming on Netflix now
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