Darlene Snell is a powerful matriarch in the Ozark series. Although she quotes Bible verses, she enacts violent deeds often.
Darlene became involved with the Byrde family after their work with the cartel interfered with the Snell Family's heroin distribution network. Eventually, the two groups would form a partnership, though neither side trusts the other.
In The Big Sleep, Darlene laces a batch of heroin to be sold to the Navarro Drug Cartel with fentanyl, a much more potent and potentially lethal narcotic. The FBI notes that there were at least 22 fatalities and seven patients in critical condition as a result of her tampering. Rachel Garrison was among one of those hospitalized. Helen later states the final death toll was 57.
Due to Darlene's actions, the cartel opens fire on her and Jacob while they are returning home from church. Jacob is wounded, and the Snells decide that they will no longer allow construction of the casino boat on their property. Marty Byrd and Helen Pierce convince Jacob to change his mind using legal threats. Darlene does not take well to this, and poisons her husband with cyanide made form cherry pits, resulting in his death,
Soon after, Darlene intimidates the Byrdes into giving her Zeke by forcibly shaving Jonah's head while he is riding his bicycle. In exchange for Marty giving Zeke to Darlene, the Byrdes are allowed to open their riverboat casino and are no longer personally threatened by the remaining member of the Snell family.
Darlene is a cold and rash woman with little to no remorse over the violent decisions she has makes. She lacks foresight in thinking of consequences to her actions, instead relying on her husband to clean up the aftermath of her reckless behavior.
A proud woman, she is quick to anger if she feels slighted or disrespected by anyone and has no scruples over murdering guests in her home if they have violated her twisted code of etiquette.
Darlene is also in desperate need to have a child. After Jacob murders their associate, Ash, whom Darlene loves as a son, she endeavors to rectify her motherly instinct by attempting to adopt. When her application is denied, her irrational and erratic behavior cause her to “bargain” for Pastor Mason Young's son.
Darlene is married to Jacob Snell. As young adults, she made sure that Jacob would fall in love with her over any other woman. She stole the show with her bold attention and brash ways.
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"Tell me Jacob. What the fuck happens if I undermine you?"
"I love you, Jacob. You just rest. I'll make sure it means something."
Did you know that Darlene Snell wants a baby very badly after her own child dies?