‘Ozark’: Lisa Emery Reveals How She Feels About Her Character Darlene Snell — ‘I Can’t Think of Her as Evil’

In the world of Ozark, there’s no one more unpredictable than Darlene Snell, played by Lisa Emery. Darlene is impulsive and it gets her into trouble on more than one occasion. She’s the wife of Jacob Snell (Peter Mullan), that is until she kills him. She takes the drug business for herself and starts to create her own legacy with a new family in season 3 of Ozark.

Darlene Snell is vicious

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Viewers get to see Darlene’s vicious side on many occasions. She advocates for violence frequently when speaking with her husband, and it’s clear who is more dangerous.

The most impulsive death at the hands of Darlene comes when a member of the Navarro cartel calls Darlene and her husband rednecks, something she can’t let go. She shoots his head off with a shotgun, and she doesn’t seem to have any remorse for her actions either, which lead the Byrdes into a dangerous situation with the cartel.

She has no problem killing anyone if it suits her needs. She even laces heroin with fentanyl, which ends up killing 57 people and the cartel doesn’t take kindly to it. They shoot at Darlene and Jacob, and Jacob even gets shot but somehow makes it through it all.

Darlene is always trying to undermine the Byrdes even though they are business partners. She causes a lot of trouble when it comes to the casino they are creating, and Jacob eventually starts to see his wife’s true colors, but not fast enough it seems.

When she realizes her husband is going to kill her, she kills him by poisoning his coffee with cherry pits. Darlene then takes the drug business for herself and manages to get the child she’s always wanted. Darlene has no problem killing when it fits with her plans and it seems to be something she enjoys. Killing her husband was more than shocking because it was clear that she was devoted to him, at least to a fault, and she still took his life.

Lisa Emery reveals how she feels about her character Darlene

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In 2018, Lisa Emery spoke with the New York Post about her role as the capable and unpredictable Darlene. She says she actually doesn’t think of her character as “evil” and the part is “a joy to play.”

“I have to say, I can’t think of her as evil or else what would be the point?” Emery said. “She has to have some kind of really strong convictions about what’s been done to the Snell family. I think she’s twisted but I think I have to believe in her. For me, it’s a joy to play that side of somebody, that scary stuff. It’s because you get to throw it all out there.”

Darlene continues causing trouble in season 3

At the time, it wasn’t known if there would be a season 3, which happens to be action-packed. Emery spoke about not wanting her character to be killed off though, which fans know doesn’t happen in season 3. Darlene actually goes on to cause all types of trouble wherever she can. She even manages to hold on to the baby that was once a local pastor’s child.

“But I don’t want to be killed off,” Emery explained. “I don’t think that will happen really soon … but Darlene is on an arrow-straight track to hell. I think she’s such a fighter and will do anything to keep that baby.”

It’s hard not to enjoy watching every minute that Darlene Snell graces the screen in Ozark.