Ozark season 2 cast: Who is Lisa Emery? Who plays Darlene Snell?

The popular crime drama series Ozark landed on Netflix for a third series back in March 2020 and the series was well-received by fans. 

The nail-biting series stars comedy actor Jason Bateman, who fans see in a whole different light, and actress Laura Linney.

Among Ozark’s gallery of heavies, drug dealers and cartel chiefs, Darlene Snell (played by Lisa Emery) stands out as a particularly evil character.

Fans were keen to find out more about her role in Ozark series two, and here is everything you need to know about where you may have seen Darlene Snell actress Lisa Emery before.

Who is Lisa Emery?

Lisa Emery is a 66-year-old American actress born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, best known for her roles in Netflix’s Jessica Jones, 2013 Tina Fey comedy Admission and 2002 Richard Gere thriller Unfaithful.

Before her work as Darlene Snell on Ozark and on Jessica Jones, Lisa Emery previously has had recurring roles on Louis CK comedy series Louis and mid-00s sitcom Ed.

She has also appeared in nine different roles in the Law and Order universe, appearing in the main show five times, once in Criminal Intent, twice in Special Victims Unit, and once in Trial by Jury.

Lisa Emery has also appeared in a season one episode of Sex and the City where she played Ruth, a woman who gets Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall) to have a threesome with her and her husband in order to save their marriage.

Other recent TV roles included bit parts in The Sinner, Damages, Fringe and American Sherlock Holmes modernisation Elementary.

She has also had an extensive career in theatre, appearing across American in classic plays like What the Butler Saw and Abigail’s Party, plus an adaptation of Muriel Spark’s novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

Her work on stage has been nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play three times: for Marvin’s Room in 1992, Abigail’s Party in 2006 and in 2011 for The Collection & A Kind of Alaska.

Her role in Ozark, however, is her most prominent role to date, and she has so far been credited in 19 of the show’s 20 episodes.

Who is Darlene Snell?

Darlene Snell is a character described by various reviewers as “absolutely terrifying,” and “unhinged.”

She is introduced in the series as the wife of local heroin farmer Jacob (Peter Mullan) who has a violent temper and does not like to be called a redneck.

This was something cartel member Del (Esai Morales) found out too late in the season one finale, when he called her family “a bunch of rednecks.”

Darlene responded by shooting him in the head, and season two begins with the pair trying to cover up the cold-blooded murder.

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This was not the end of her murdering on-screen, however. In season two, it is heavily implied that she kills husband Jacob for trying to strike a deal with Marty (Jason Bateman).

Darlene ends up doing dealings with Marty herself, getting him to hand over baby Zeke, the child of Mason Young (Michael Mosley) who was killed accidentally by Marty.

In return, she allows Marty permission for Marty’s casino business to go through on land owned by the Snells.

She reappears in season three and Darlene avenges Ruth by shooting and wounding Frank Jr., then brings Frank Sr. into her business as a peace offering.



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Fans were left feeling spooked after seeing Darlene talking to a dead Jacob in the third series about how angry she was after seeing Wendy, and Wyatt admits he sometimes talks to his dead dad. 

Some viewers took to Twitter to explain what they thought of her character, with one fan saying: “Ozark has really awesome, well written female characters.

“Whether you love or hate them – from Ruth, to Wendy, to crazy-a** Darlene, scary Helen, even Charlotte is starting to come into her own.”

Her character was one of the most hated in the series, with one fan saying: “Someone needs to take out Darlene in Ozark! My goodness I can’t stand her.”

Ozark is available to watch on Netflix now

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