The Cousin of Death, the first episode of Ozark Season 4part 2, begins with a bloodbath. The symbols seen in the title “O” at the start of each episode have become iconic with the Netflix series starring Jason Bateman. The signs for the first in Ozark’s last chapters are bobcats. Ruth Langmore has a particular relationship with the animals.
Over the course of the seasons, Ruth has been through a lot. However, as her character absorbs innumerable blows, she also becomes very silent and reserved. So to know what is exactly going on in her mind is a mystery. But Chris Mundy, the great architect of the show, includes details in the show that guide us through the complex character of Ruth.
So how do two Bobcats in the inaugural episode of the show’s last season’s second part help us to understand Ruth? Let us find out.
Ruth Langmore and the two Bobcats
Ozark Season 4 Part 2 begins where the first half of the season ended. Javi Elizonndro (Alfonso Herrera Rodrguez) has killed Wyatt (Charlie Tahan) and Darlene (Lisa Emery), and Ruth (Julia Garner) is over herself with sorrow. She remembers when Wyatt was alive and the time they spent hiding from their traumatic childhoods and, subsequently, creating plans for their piece of property throughout the episode.
Ruth eventually hallucinates seeing two bobcats crossing a roadway when she travels to Chicago to get payback. This could be a callback to a season 1 moment. Russ (Marc Menchaca) and Boyd Langmore (Christopher James Baker) bought two bobcats in the first season of Ozark to breed them. The only issue with their purchase is that they bought two female bobcats.
The bobcats would become a metaphor for Ruth, Wyatt, and Three’s(Carson Holmes) troubled house, the Langmore household. They become a metaphor for Ruth’s loss in The Cousin of Death.
Ruth Langmore has always been a topic for huge debates among the fans of Ozark. Sometimes it’s about whether she is more hated or loved. But one thing is for sure. Her character has been through the most in the show’s four long seasons.
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