Ozark season 3 final scene explained: Was Helen’s fate confirmed in this scene?

Netflix has yet to confirm whether Ozark season four will be going ahead. Many fans are curious to know more about where the show will be going next. However, others are still reeling from the huge twist at the end of the third outing.

Was Helen Pierce’s fate confirmed in Ozark season 3?

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Ozark season 3

Season three of Ozark concluded with cartel lawyer Helen Pierce (played by Janet McTeer) shot in the head by hitman Nelson (Nelson Bonilla).

She was killed on the orders of the cartel after she seemed to fail at her task and her family started to discover the truth about her job.

Earlier in the series, Helen asked Nelson to tell her when her time was up, hinting she seemed aware her time could be up.


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She was also tortured at the start of season three after she was waterboarded by henchmen as she tried to reassure the mafia her family was in the dark about her work.

The final scene meant Marty (Jason Bateman) and Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney) were now very deep in with Omar Navarro (Felix Solis).

Helen was essentially a mediator between the mob boss and the couple but has now been removed as possibly a weak link in his business.

The decision to kill off Helen was a plot one and proved to be one of the most unexpected moments in the series.

In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk. Ozark actor Bonilla spoke about this final scene.

He said: “First of all, Janet McTeer is amazing. I mean it is a sobering moment when you find out you will be working with an Academy Award Nominee. Watching her work was like being in a masterclass every day. Such a beautiful person.

“The easy answer is Nelson was ordered to. I have seen some of the online chatter about her death but all things being considered, weighing out the options as to who was the most valuable or who brought more to the table, easily it was the Byrdes.

“From the beginning we saw a very capable Helen willing and able to make the tough calls. Helping the Navarro Cartel navigate the legalities of doing business. With all her gifts and tenacity, Helen was just another attorney. She could never pull off what the Byrdes’ did. After delivering on the Casino boat, unfreezing the accounts and now on the eve of turning an FBI agent, Helen never stood a chance.”

Bonilla went on to shed light on filming the final scene, saying: “The day I found out what was going to happen was weeks before we shot the scene. I believe it was when we were shooting the scene from episode five when Helen asks Nelson would he let her know if he ever got the call to take her out. There was a lot going on that day.

“I just flew in from New Orleans that morning where I was shooting a pilot for another show. So, I had little time to get settled in. We had a guest director for this episode by the name of Cherien Dabis. I remember thinking that I needed to make my introduction so we could determine how we were going to approach the scene.

“As we were discussing the different ways we would go about it, Janet shows up with this serious look on her face and says, ‘I think we need to talk… In private’.

“She took us inside the Byrde house and begins to tell us what eventually happens to Helen, and more importantly that it was Nelson who pulls the trigger. We all took a collective breath.

“I remember having to sit down for a second before I got up to give Janet a big hug. It was a very emotional moment for us all.”


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He added: “At least those of us who did not know, and there were a lot us. Even the script supervisor wasn’t in on it.

“So, by the time we got to the day and that specific scene, it was simply about all the technical issues we had to deal with. Rehearsal, angles, speed and of course, splattered brain matter.”

From Bonilla’s words, the final scene was quite an emotional moment for the cast to film.

As a character, the hard-nosed attorney was an important figure and her death is going to have repercussions.

Ozark seasons 1 to 3 are streaming on Netflix now

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