Ozark season 4: Will Jonah become a killer? Behaviour expert spots ‘gang leader’ signs

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Ozark season 4 is looking likely for Netflix following the cliffhanger ending which saw Wendy (played by Laura Linney) and Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) officially join Omar Navarro (Felix Solis). Throughout the series fans have been keeping an eye on the couple’s son, Jonah (Skylar Gaertner), who has grown much closer to the inner circle of the cartel. Behaviour analyst Nick Davies has spoken exclusively to Express.co.uk about whether Jonah has the traits to become a killer in season 4.

Will Jonah become a killer?

Jonah Byrde was familiar with the Navarro cartel from the very first season, as he was eager to find out more about how the cartel worked.

He ended up watching videos on his computer which showed the cartel torturing people, and he developed an understanding of the world of money laundering.

Jonah even helped his dad Marty to ‘clean’ some of the cartel money they took over to The Ozarks, and he has continued to develop a dark side since.

He held cartel lawyer Helen Pierce (Janet McTeer) at gunpoint and he was left full of anger and rage having found out his mum ordered for his uncle Ben Davis (Tom Pelphrey) to be killed.

Nick Davies said there were definitely indicators showing Jonah could become a gang leader in a new season.


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In one scene Jonah refuses to sign a form showing his support for a ban on drugs, as he knows his family is involved with drug trafficking.

Davies said: “In the clip of Jonah at school, he’s developed his ability to critique information very early and can separate facts from opinions and emotion.

“This is his ‘adult’ ego-state which normally develops around 18 onwards, this type of critical thinking is usually explored at university.”

Jonah is known for being very wise for his age and he shows all the personality traits and intelligence of someone much older.

Speaking of the adult ego-state, Davies said: “It is essential for survival as it is able to analyse and interpret data very quickly externally and internally, it is rational, logical and reasonable.”

In another scene, Jonah is practicing his shooting skills, and he is asked to shoot at beer bottles for target practice.

To the surprise of his peers, he manages to hit the bottles the first time, and Davies said he was starting to show signs of a dark side.

He said: “He’s the young teenager who is teased for not having smoked pot before, and I’m guessing he is starting to get tired of being pushed around.

“But he’s developing obviously behind closed doors as he fires three perfect shots and is not rattled by the request of a bottle being shot off his head.

“He is displaying what we call ‘parts conflict’ – so what we see is a geeky, weak exterior, but his inner ‘shadow self’ is a competent, angry, ruthless character.”

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Answering the question as to whether he could become a killer or gang leader in the future, Davies said “he has all the qualities to fulfill this and use his intellect to become a ruthless leader”.

He said: “This is how most gangsters start off, extreme bullying and being pushed around starts to create an inner opposite ego-state that eventually becomes the exterior.

“But the weaker part becomes hidden on the inside and the insecurity drives the outer.”

He described ‘parts conflict’ as being where part of our character is split, similar to Jekyll and Hyde.

In Jonah’s case he may have a timid, weaker side and the opposite side is a confident, focussed and ruthless character.


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Fans already believe Jonah has a strong chance of joining the Navarro cartel, seeing as his parents are both now heavily involved.

They expect Jonah to be one of the main antagonists in a new season, saying he is a younger and more dangerous version of his dad.

There is one scene where Jonah shoots his first deer and fans can see him becoming an assassin or shooter for the cartel.

Fans have even called for a spin-off series based on Jonah as an adult, where he is the leader of a money-laundering operation.

Viewers have taken to Twitter to call the youngest member of the Byrde family a future “kingpin”.

Ozark is available to watch on Netflix now

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