Ben Davis (played by Tom Pelphrey) may have only been introduced at the beginning of season three of Ozark but he certainly made quite the impact of the storyline and Netflix viewers alike. The reckless brother to Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney), Ben found himself in a number of less than favourable positions when he discovered the truth behind his sister’s money-laundering operation alongside Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman).
WARNING: This article contains major spoilers from Ozark season 3.
Ben’s opposition to Wendy and Marty’s operation ultimately proved to be his downfall as he couldn’t let his moral compass be skewed.
Wendy’s brother was left furious with his sister for the web of lies she’d spun to keep his nose out of her and her husband’s business.
However, she too noticed the less than reliable obstacle he would prove to the entire operation and, when noticing he’d stopped taking medication for his bipolar disorder, had him admitted to a psychiatric hospital.
Ben’s new girlfriend Ruth Langmore (Julia Garner) had other ideas and pulled some strings to have him released and unknowingly setting off a string of events which would lead to his death.
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Upon his release, Ben headed to the cartel’s lawyer Helen Pierce (Janet McTeer) and furiously berated her in front of her teenage daughter, Erin (Madison Thompson).
Ben exposed all of Helen’s secrets and thus, the threat he posed to the cartel proved too much.
In heartbreaking scenes, Wendy drove her brother out of the Ozarks to a remote diner and seemingly out of danger.
However, hitman Nelson (Nelson Bonilla) soon arrived after Wendy hastily made her exit and the rest is history.
Ben was killed and had his body returned to his sister’s funeral home to be cremated.
The shocking sacrifice took everyone by surprise in the series, sending Wendy into an alcohol-fuelled pit of despair and girlfriend Ruth cutting all ties with the Byrdes once and for all.
It also left viewers around the globe stunned to see the character killed off in his debut season but one eagle-eyed fan has pointed out a key clue which may have pre-empted his demise.
The clue comes moments before Marty helps Ben escape from Nelson in the casino in episode nine of season three.