Why did Navarro kill Helen?

The season three finale of Ozark concluded with Helen Pierce being killed on the orders of Navarro’s cartel, after she seemingly failed at her task.

Ozark’s season three finale saw the end of lawyer, Helen Pierce’s storyline after she was shot in the head by hitman, Nelson.

This was ordered by the head of the Navarro Cartel, Omar Navarro, who believed that Helen had become a liability after her family started to discover the truth about her job.

Helen’s death was seen as a major plot twist in the series, as it meant that the mediator between the mob boss and his victims had been removed.

In a February 2021 interview with Express.co.uk, Ozark actor, Nelson Bonilla, spoke about the final scene.

He stated, “From the beginning, we saw a very capable Helen willing and able to make the tough calls. Helping the Navarro Cartel navigate the legalities of doing business. With all her gifts and tenacity, Helen was just another attorney. She could never pull off what the Byrdes did. After delivering on the casino boat, unfreezing the accounts and now on the eve of turning an FBI agent, Helen never stood a chance.”

Janet McTeer, who played Helen, was also aware of her character’s imminent death and was open to having her killed as part of the season three finale.

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