Ozark: Why did Rachel Garrison star Jordana Spiro really leave Ozark?

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Netflix series Ozark is going to be making a comeback for one last outing. Season four was confirmed by the American streaming platform earlier this year. The final outing will be 14 episodes which will be divided in half.

Why did Rachel Garrison star Jordana Spiro really leave Ozark?

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from all seasons of Ozark

Rachel Garrison (played by Jordana Spiro) was a tragic figure, who was introduced in season one of Ozark.

She was the owner of the Blue Cat Lodge, which Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) bought over to use as a front to launder money for the Mexican cartel.

As time went on, Rachel found out the real reason Marty had purchased her business, which left her furious.

Marty attempted to reassure her and told her she would be kept out of all the illicit side of things.

However, the revelation created a wedge between Rachel and Marty which was the beginning of the end.

Rachel ended up working as an FBI informant for Roy Petty (Jason Butler Harner) but it didn’t quite work out when she failed to deliver.

Season two saw Rachel’s life taking a tragic turn after she returned to the Ozarks with a drug addiction following a brief period away.

Despite Marty giving her hush money with the promise of a new life, she ended up dying after taking poisoned drugs.

From the looks of it, Rachel’s demise was a narrative decision rather than a choice by the star to leave the show.

If anything, Rachel is simply another victim of the Byrdes and the Mexican drug cartel albeit indirectly.

Speaking about starring in Ozark, actress Spiro appeared on KTLA 5 in 2018 ahead of season two and said: “It’s awesome, it’s even more exciting than the first. It’s just the best show to work for.

“I pinch myself when I’m working on it. I’m so thrilled.”

Spiro is also a director and writer and explained why she went back into college despite her acting career.

She said: “I really wanted to be the driver of my own stories.

“I felt like I had some things to say and I wanted to get a foundation underneath me to really understand how to write scripts and how to direct and all of that, so I just did that.”

Her directorial debut Night Comes On premiered at the Sundance Festival in 2018 and won a Jury Award.

Spiro said she would “absolutely” like to do more directing alongside her acting career.

The star went on to explain: “In a perfect world I’d get to balance them both out.

“They feel like very different things to me, so one is sort of a relief from the other.”

On whether she’d direct and star in a project, she explained: “No, I’ll never say never but Jason Bateman does that so beautifully. He’s incredible at it.

“He said, ‘The time I have to spend watching playback and watching takes and everything that kinda slows the day down is the time I don’t have to spend dealing with – because I already know the neuroses of my lead actor.’”

Since starring in Ozark, Spiro has gone on to feature in To the Stars, Evil and continued her role as Sarah Weller in Blindspot.

According to IMDb, she is next going to be starring in Small Engine Repair and Vegas High.

Ozark seasons 1 to 3 are streaming on Netflix now

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