Ozark season 4: Darlene secretly cheated on husband Jacob in explosive new theory

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As fans eagerly wait for the new season of Ozark, some have taken to rewatching the Netflix crime series and have spotted an interesting detail. A new theory suggests that Darlene Snell (played by Lisa Emery) had been cheating on her husband Jacob Snell (Peter Mullan) before his death.

Darlene was introduced to viewers as the short-tempered villain, who alongside her husband Jacob, distribute heroin in the Missouri Ozarks.

As an Ozark native, Darlene wasn’t too pleased to see the arrival of the Byrde family who had moved from Chicago.

Family matriarch Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) had relocated his family in an agreement that he would wash over $800 million in under five years for the Mexican drug cartel.

This was the only way Marty could keep his life after another money laundering deal went wrong.

The Snell’s raged war with the Byrdes after it seemed that they were trying to take over as the new crime couple of the Ozarks.

In season two, Darlene and Jacob became divided after it was revealed that Jacob wanted to form an alliance with Marty, whereas Darlene wanted to get rid of the Byrdes.

In a heated discussion, Jacob overruled Darlene and insisted that they would do business with them.

However, Darlene was furious and killed her husband by poisoning him and making it look like he suffered a heart attack.

Despite ultimately murdering her husband, Darlene and Jacob’s relationship looked solid.

In season two Ozark provided viewers with flashbacks of their relationship at the start, when they were much younger, showing how stable the pair had been.

So not only was it a shock to viewers that Darlene killed Jacob because she refused to compromise but it was also a shock to learn that she may have cheated on him while he was alive.

One eagle-eyed fan took to Reddit to post their theory: “At the beginning of Wyatt and Darlene’s relationship (before they were sleeping together) it was hinted at that Wyatt was a replacement for Ash.”

“Darlene said that Ash lived in a cabin before him and this might also explain why Jacob killed Ash so effortlessly depending on whether or not he knew.”

After Jacob’s death, Darlene became romantically linked with Wyatt Langemore (Charlie Tahan), which caused controversy amongst locals because she was old enough to be his grandmother.

In season two Ash worked for the Snell family and was sent to cover tracks after Darlene and Jacob had killed cartel boss Del (Esai Morales).

However, Ash was later murdered by Jacob as he was caught and cartel attorney Helen Pierce (Janet McTeer) gave them an ultimatum to pay $5 million for Del’s life.

Instead of paying, Jacob used Ash’s death as a trade deal, otherwise, without payment, Darlene would have been killed.

Another fan took to Reddit’s comment to agree with this theory: “Yeah her bitterness towards losing Ash really felt like she was involved with him.”

“When Jacob said ‘I never could keep up with you, Darlene’ it could mean a lot of things; her ambition, her fury, and as we saw with Wyatt even her sex drive.”

Fans will have to wait until the release of season four to see if Darlene will ever admit to this affair.

Ozark is available to stream on Netflix

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