OZARK bosses have been forced to defend a shock double death in the fourth season after fans were left horrified by the reveal.
The new season of the Netflix show brings in a dangerous new player, Javier Elizonndro – the nephew of cartel boss Omar Navarro – and he makes life even harder for the Byrdes.
In truly dramatic scenes, Darlene Snell and Ruth’s cousin Wyatt Langmore were killed off in the first part of the fourth season.
The double murders in the seventh episode shocked viewers, with the lovers shot dead by Javi Elizonndro soon after tying the knot as he repeatedly warned them not to farm drugs.
Ruth discovered the slain couple in their home, with the ending hinting that she will be hellbent on revenge in the final episodes of the thrilling drama.
Shedding light on why the scenes were necessary, showrunner Chris Mundy revealed it had a lot to do with setting up Ruths story arc for the next chapter.
He revealed to Entertainment Weekly: “It wasnt something that was immediately planned, but a lot of it too had to do with Ruth and trying to get her to the most raw place we could get her, he said.
“Obviously, that character has been through a lot in our four seasons on the show.
“But Wyatt was the thing she cared most about in the world and we really wanted to leave her going into the final little bit deciding, whats the best path forward?”
Fans will have to sit tight until season four part two is released to see just how Ruth responds to Wyatt and Darlenes murders.
Ozark is available to stream on Netflix now.