Where does the show go from there?
"This season was really about, on a plot level, Can this family survive? And on an emotional level: Can this family come back together?" Ozark's head writer Chris Mundy told us after the show premiered. The closing shot is as close to a happy ending as the Byrdes are going to get. But it's not really happy. Consider all the people who still pose a threat to their status quo:
Marty avoided these crazy heroin dealers' crosshairs by essentially becoming one of their employees, a development that's more a curse than a blessing. As we've seen, Darlene's prone to overreacting, her husband is a lot less forgiving than Del, both have something on the local law enforcement, and Ash isn't the kinda guy you want knocking on your door (mostly because he doesn't knock). If Marty doesn't please his new bosses, the Byrdes will have a special kind of hillbilly nightmare on their hands.
Marty's problems in Mexico are just beginning. Though the cartel's leader, Omar, agreed to a new deal with Marty, Del, now dead, was his most valuable Stateside envoy. And remember how mad Del was when Garcia went missing? This predicament is like that... but a thousand times worse. Also, Marty doesn't know it yet, but Rachel stole a shitload of the cartel’s money.
Ruth appears to be more friend than enemy by season's end, but according to Mundy, "There's a potential for that to turn into anger and resentment toward Marty." Her dad, Cade, true leader of the Langmores, has wanted Marty dead ever since learning of the shoobie's existence, and Mundy added that "there is a very, very strong chance that he is gonna get paroled in Season 2." Three and Wyatt don't seem like much of a threat now, but the latter is well aware his dad had plans to kill Marty. You wouldn't be crazy for expecting multiple Langmore revenge plots in the making.
If you thought that undercover fed Roy Petty (Jason Butler Harner) had a good reason to bust Omar’s operation (see: his mom), now he has a second (see: the death of an innocent lover). Catching Marty is now the key to catching Omar and mending his conscience.
The longtime Blue Cat Lodge owner, played by Jordana Spiro, left town with lots of dirty money. What's she going to do with it? "With the money and her understanding of what's going on, she has leverage and power," Mundy told us. "We always thought of the Byrde family as an invasive species on that place. Rachel's not a criminal like the Langmores, but we want her to extract whatever she wants from the situation after the Byrdes have messed with her life so much."
Michael Mosley's boat-loving preacher, Mason, lost his wife to the Snells. Or, in his eyes, did he lose her because of Marty, who came to town and flipped his world upside down with promises of a church? "He's definitely going to show back up," Mundy told us. "He hates Marty. The minute Marty came into his life everything fell apart," added Mosley, who's not convinced Mason will continue on a purely Christian path. "He has this craziness about him. He doesn't seem like he's afraid of much. There's some kind of bizarre death wish that he's got going on."
The other Byrdes
It's great Marty's family is reunited, but Jesus, they do not make life easier for him. Ever. Remember when Wendy emptied their bank accounts in the pilot? Or when Charlotte stole a boat with Wyatt and Three? Or when Jonah left his dad’s super-important luggage unattended? Marty, Charlotte, Jonah, and Wendy will all hopefully be smarter in Season 2, but if Season 1 taught us anything, expect goofs until this family doesn’t have any more toes to shoot.