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Wendy’s (player by Laura Linney) brother Ben (Tom Pelphrey) arrived in the Ozarks to reconcile with his older sister after being fired from his job as a teacher. Netflix viewers saw Ben’s reckless nature from the off, after beating and bloodying a student before heading to live with the Byrdes. Little did he know he was about to discover his sister and her husband Marty’s (Jason Bateman) criminal operation for the Navarro Cartel which would result in deadly consequences.
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WARNING: This article contains major spoilers from Ozark season 3.
Spotting the threat Ben posed on her business, Wendy did everything she could to stop him from blowing the lid off their operation.
And when she spotted he’d stopped taking his medication for his bipolar disorder, Wendy seized the opportunity to have him taken to a psychiatric hospital.
However, Ben’s new girlfriend Ruth Langmore (Julia Garner) wasn’t going to sit idly by and watch her boss take her new lover away and used her ties to have him discharged.
Ruth’s actions would prove fatal, however, as Ben’s first stop upon his release was to furiously confront the cartel’s lawyer Helen Pierce (Janet McTeer).
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Ben laid all his cards on the table, screaming at Helen for her business alongside his sister and brother-in-law in front of her teenage daughter Erin (Madison Thompson).
Not one to be undermined or shy away from taking drastic decisions, Helen recognised the threat Ben now posed to the organisation and knew he had to be taken out of the picture.
In heartbreaking scenes, it appeared Wendy and Marty agreed and Ben’s sister led him to an isolated diner under the guise that she was helping him escape.
Instead, hitman Nelson (Nelson Bonilla) arrived at the scene and killed Ben before returning his body to Marty to cremate at his funeral home.
However, all may not have been as it seems as one fan has suggested Ben was saved as part of a wider plan by the Kansas City Mob and its leader Frank Cosgrove (John Bedford Lloyd) – and there’s some evidence to support it.
Under the Reddit thread ‘[Spoilers] Reasons and my take on the crazy s**t that happen in the end of season 3’, user gegebhatt explains.
They state: “Okay so you all know how we never see Ben’s face after they imply that he was taken out.
“I think that the mob was keeping a close look at Helen’s activities and had already intervened and saved him and knew that Helen was trying to bring them down instead of helping them grow the business.”
After all, Helen was working behind the scenes to scam the Byrdes and their affiliates out of the Navarro Cartel’s operation.
Could the KC Mob have taken it upon themselves to save Ben in order to have leverage on Helen?
Also, considering the large team at his disposal, it’s not unlikely that Frank could have had someone keeping tabs on the Byrdes and Helen and been aware of their plan to murder Ben.
With Marty cutting ties with the mob earlier, could Frank have foiled his plan and abducted Ben for leverage on the Byrdes in season four?
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The theory looks unlikely but stranger things have happened in the world of Ozark.
One thing that is for sure is that Helen won’t be posing any more of a threat to the Byrdes should season four roll around.
Helen was killed by Nelson in the final moments of season three as Omar Navarro (Felix Solis) made it clear the Byrdes were his number one pair.
Ozark is available to stream on Netflix now.
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