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Martin "Marty" Byrde
Money is, at its essence, that measure of a man's choices.

Martin "Marty" Byrde is the main character in Ozark. He is the husband of Wendy Byrde, father of both Charlotte and Jonah Byrde, and a financial advisor turned money launderer for the Navarro Drug Cartel.



Marty is a very analytical individual, contrasting sharply with the stereotypical "man of action" protagonist. The decisions he make are meticulous and data driven, which caught the attention of the Navarro Drug Cartel.

After Marty is forced to kill Mason Young when he kidnapped Wendy, Marty is racked by guilt over his actions. Though he has done some very unethical things for the good of his family, he is not a cold-hearted criminal.

Marty tends to bury his emotions, as noted by Rachel after Buddy Dyker's funeral.


Wendy Byrde

Wendy and Marty Byrde have been married for close to 20 years. Together they have 2 children, Charlotte and Jonah. Their relationship is strained at the beginning of the show as Marty has found out that she is cheating on him with Gary Silverberg through a private investigator. However, it is evident that she does care about him in Blue Cat, as she is extremely distraught when Marty explains that he is going to commit suicide to save the family.

Rachel Garrison

Marty and Rachel have a complicated relationship. Marty purchased the Blue Cat Lodge to use in his money laundering operation. Rachel despised Marty when she discovered his true intentions, but stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from Marty's office before skipping town and developing a crippling opioid addiction.

Rachel later relies upon Marty when she is forced by Roy to be an informant for the FBI. She kisses him after Buddy's funeral to stop him from discussing his private investigator while she was wearing a wire. The following day, they kiss again. Marty sees Rachel from a final time when he gives her a ticket to Miami and a stay at a rehabilitation center. Rachel kisses him once more before he leaves. Wendy suspected her husband and Rachel of having an affair, but their relationship never became sexual.


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Marty: "You see, the hard reality is how much money we accumulate in life is not a function of who's president or the economy or bubbles bursting or bad breaks or bosses. It's about the American work ethic. The one that made us the greatest country on Earth. It's about bucking the media's opinion as to what constitutes a good parent. Deciding to miss the ball game, Del play, the concert, because you've resolved to work and invest in your family's future. And taking responsibility for the consequences of those actions. Patience. Frugality. Sacrifice. When you boil it down, what do those three things have in common?"- Sugarwood

Marty: "I mean why does he have to feel bad just so you can feel good? Plus when you disrespect him, you disrespect this whole place. And you might be able to get away with that crap at the dive bars your used to going to but not here. I won't tolerate it."

Big Redneck: "You won't tolerate it?"

Marty: "That's right. I won't tolerate it."- Blue Cat

Marty: "Yeah I don't think you're aware, but a few weeks ago I was in your club and I was talking to a few people you employ and I found out you like to vacation in Panama. I thought why Panama? Why not Mexico or Belize? Unless it had something to do with the fact Panama is a hub for money laundering."

Bobby Dean: "Want my fucking lawyer"

Marty: "You want the Panamanian lawyer? The one that sets up the shell companies for you to launder your money through your club. I mean what are the odds that we both done considerable time in Panama? That's like..What is it? Three to one at least. What are the odds that we both recognise the value of the legal community in that country? That's five to one I'll bet ya. But what are the odds that we would both be drawn to the work of the contracts lawyers at the law firm of Machado Filippo? Those odds are very long. Yeah?"

Bobby Dean: "I ain't fucking talking to you."

Marty: "It's okay, you can just listen.'Cause I'm just thinking out loud about how shell companies work. Y'know the, the miracle really that makes it possible to move money around without countries being able to track it. I'm just, I'm fascinated by it. What has me thoroughly taken is how a man can own and operate a company without ever putting his name on it, so that every move, every transaction is perfect undetectable. Think about that. How is that possible? How if you never put your name on a company do you ever even own the company? I don't get it, I mean it's something to ponder isn't it? I mean that guy would have to be in possession, physical possession, of that company's bare shares. Yeah? The piece of paper, the deed to his empire. It would all come down to that wouldn't it? And if he was in possession of that piece of paper, where do you think he'd keep it? You think he'd put it in the safe? In a manila the false bottom of that safe? Now I don't go to church and I don't consider myself a Christian. I don't consider myself anything, but I do like to think that I follow a certain code. So even though I now am in possession of that little piece of paper...I'm not gonna take your club. I'm gonna buy it. And as I said...I'm able to make you a very fair offer. So...One seventy five?

- Tonight We Improvise