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Ruth Langmore, portrayed by actress Julia Garner, is the villainious tritagonist, as well as the overall central antagonist of the Netflix series Ozark, serving as the villainious tritagonist of Season 1, Season 2, Season 3 and the first half of Season 4, before becoming the central antagonist for the second half of Season 4. She is 19 years old when the series begins and makes her first appearance in Episode 1, initially meeting Marty Byrde by stealing money from the family's room at the Lazy O Motel.

Background[]

Ruth grew up in the family trailer compound largely independent. Her mother died when she was 8 due to a hit and run and her father, Cade Langmore, was incarcerated for most of her adolescence. She is close to her cousins, Wyatt Langmore and Three Langmore, and encourages them to pursue education and avoid falling into the so-called "Langmore Curse." Her survival instincts honed early in life, she not only dominates her criminally-minded uncles, Russ Langmore and Boyd Langmore; she also makes the decision to kill them both. When she learns that Russ is working as an FBI informant and that he and Boyd are planning on killing Marty, Ruth reaches an impasse. Ruth is not a cold-blooded killer like Darlene or a political sociopath like Wendy, but she knows that if her uncles murder Marty, everything she has worked for would be destroyed, and her family could be implicated as well. She rigs the dock at the Blue Cat Lodge and electrocutes both her uncles.

From that point, as the series progresses, Ruth becomes an invaluable business partner for Marty Byrde. After initially blackmailing him into hiring her, Ruth starts out as a dishwasher in the Blue Cat Lodge. She goes on to run the strip club and then operates the casino, gradually learning more about the laundering business at every point. It is through Ruth's evolution from trailer trash to business woman that we see the conflict between an intelligent and ambitious woman who has overcome so much--and yet remains tied to her rough background in many ways. Her father and uncles are clearly threatened by her successes while Marty is keen to exploit her talent.

In spite of occasional conflict, she is loyal to Marty, and even tolerates it when he does not retaliate against the unfair beating she took from Frank Cosgrove Jr. of the Kansas City mob. However, she ultimately falls out with the Byrdes in season 3 when she learns that Wendy not only had her father killed, but is also behind the death of her lover, Ben Davis. These losses hit Ruth hard, and she realizes that the only loyalty she's ever received has come from her own family. The Byrdes pay plenty of lip-service to her, but never tangibly support or protect her.

Ruth quits Byrde Enterprises and goes to work with Darlene Snell and Wyatt moving heroin off the Snell farm. She enacts vengeance against Javi when he kills Darlene and Wyatt. Unfortunately though, instead of getting any kind of personal satisfaction or a happy ending, Ruth is shot and killed by cartel leader, Camila Elizonndro.




Personality[]

Tough as nails with the mouth of a sailor, Ruth manages to hold her own in most situations. While she engages in the Langmore business of petty larceny, working for Marty Byrde and learning the laundering business really unlocks her ambitious nature--and many who come to know her are at once daunted by her biting intelligence and business sense. She is guarded around most people, and has a keen sense of judgment.

Ruth does have a soft side though, especially when it comes to her cousins, Wyatt and Three. She continually aspires to a better life for them all and feels tremendous guilt over the deaths of Boyd and Russ.

Quotes[]

This is your life. It ain't fucking mine.

Ruth

I don't know shit about fuck.

Ruth


“Get some, skinny bitch!”

"What the fuck are they gonna do now? Scissor?"

“YOU’RE A FUCKIN' LIAR! AND I'M GONNA KILL YOU! I'M GONNA KILL YOU IF YOU DON’T TELL ME! THIS WASN'T THE FUCKING KC MOB, AND THEY KILLED DARLENE TOO! YOU KNOW ANYBODY ELSE WHO MIGHT WANNA KILL HER, HUH? YOU FUCKING CANT!! OR WHAT, YOUR WHOLE FUCKING FAMILY WILL BE MURDERED, HUH? IF YOU WANT TO TRY TO STOP ME, YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO FUCKING KILL ME!!! NO, YOU’RE GONNA STEP THE FUCK BACK FROM ME, OR I'M GONNA TAKE THIS FUCKIN' RIFLE AND BLOW YOUR FUCKIN' GUTS OUT ALL OVER THE FUCKIN' YARD!”

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Murders Committed[]

Throughout the series, Ruth Langmore has committed 3 murders:

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