Ozark Star Reveals Unique Way She Learned About Ruth’s Fate

Julia Garner reveals the very unique way she learned of her character Ruth Langmore’s ultimate fate in Netflix’s hit series Ozark season 4.

Warning: this article contains spoilers for ozark season 4

ozark Star Julia Garner reveals the unique way she learned of her character Ruth’s fate. Netflix’s popular crime drama debuted in 2017, following the story of Marty Byrde as he moved his family from Chicago to the Lake of the Ozarks following a botched money laundering deal. With Jason Bateman, Laura Linney and Julia Garner, ozark is critically acclaimed, racking up countless nominations and wins for overall tone, direction, and cast performance. ozark told its story across four seasons, with the season 4 finale released on Netflix in April 2022.


As the Byrde family settles into their new life in the Ozarks, Marty meets the Langmore family. In particular, career criminal Ruth Langmore takes a keen interest in Marty’s business dealings, hoping to find a way to make money. Although she grew up in a notorious crime family, Ruth is a smart and ambitious young woman who seeks money and power in hopes of giving her family a better life. When Ruth meets Marty, she sees this opportunity. Throughout the series, Ruth strives to become a smarter criminal. But as in any life of crime, there is a significant amount of danger and risk involved, and the ozark The Season 4 finale saw Ruth’s death.

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In a recent interview with WeatherGarner revealed the unique way she learned of Ruth’s fate in ozark. While discussing the subject, Garner revealed that she meditated to center herself before getting into character, eventually stepping back and making way for Ruth to appear. During one of his meditations before ozark season 4, Garner asked “Ruth” what she was afraid of. According to Garner, “She told me she was afraid of dying. Which was very weird because Ruth is never afraid of dying.” Less than a minute after completing his meditation, Garner received a phone call from ozark showrunner Chris Mundy wanting to discuss the final season. Right away, Garner asked Mundy if Ruth would die, Mundy responding, “How did you know?” Garner’s response: “I didn’t know, but Ruth knew she wasn’t going to be an old lady.”


Born into the Langmore family, Ruth’s fate was seemingly sealed from the start. Langmores are notorious career criminals in the Ozarks. Ruth’s father is incarcerated from the start of the tale and is finally shot in season 2. And while Ruth has met his end in the ozark season 4 finale, many other Langmores succumbed to a similar fate. In fact, Ruth served that fate on her uncle, Russ Langmore, by electrocution, later confessing to her cousin Wyatt what she had done. And in ozark season 4 part 1, Javi murders Wyatt Langmore and his wife Darlene due to Darlene’s refusal to stop producing heroin. So while it was a polarizing and emotional ending for Ruth, a life of crime has no mercy, and Langmore’s curse finally found its way to her.

Garner revealing how she meditates to get into character offers fascinating insight into how the actor pulled off his stellar portrayal of the doomed character. Ruth Langmore is one of the most interesting and dynamic characters in ozark, which is probably why his disappearance in the series finale was so polarizing. However, the character’s fate matches his lifestyle, whether or not it is difficult for the audience to accept. Now, with the whole saga of ozark completed, audiences can revisit Ruth’s journey from beginning to fatal end.

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