Darlene Snell is a main character in the Netflix series, Ozark.
Darlene Snell is a powerful matriarch in the Ozark series. Although she quotes Bible verses, she enacts violent deeds often.
Darlene is married to Jacob Snell. As young adults, she made sure that Jacob would fall in love with her over any other woman.
Darlene is a cold and rash woman with little to no remorse over the violent decisions she has made. She lacks foresight in thinking of consequences to her actions, instead she relies on her husband to clean up the aftermath of her reckless behavior. A proud woman, she is quick to anger if she feels slighted or disrespected by anyone and has no scruples over murdering guests in her home if they have violated her twisted code of etiquette.
Darlene has exhibited some racist and bigoted behavior, as she justified Hitler's rise of power, has made derogatory comments about the Mexican cartel members, and used a racial slur to refer to Vietnamese soldiers.
Darlene is also in desperate need to have a child. After Jacob murders their associate, Ash, whom Darlene loves as a son, she tries to rectify her motherly instinct by attempting to adopt. When her application is denied, she asks Wendy Byrde for the parental rights for Zeke, the son of the Pastor Mason Young. Wendy refuses to give the child up, and Darlene becomes enraged. She then proceeds to kidnap Jonah Byrde, and cut his hair in order to send a message. She threatens to tear down the deal that was made by her late husband regarding the casino. In an attempt to prevent a war, Marty Byrde proceeds to hand Zeke over to Darlene, an act that Wendy does not agree with.
Tell me Jacob. What the fuck happens if I undermine you?Darlene
I love you, Jacob. You just rest. I'll make sure it means something.Darlene
Actress Lisa Emery on Darlene Snell:
"Every time I get a script, I’m surprised, which is great. It’s not like, ‘Oh, there she goes again!’ I think it’s unpredictable what a great mother she is in her own way."  - Lisa Emery in July 2020 Interview with The Natural Aristocrat.