Roy Petty was a detective hunting down the main characters in Netflix’s Ozark. Fans still have plenty of questions regarding the character.
The Netflix series Ozark is remarkable in part because of the wide array of characters that it presents to the audience. Obviously the central characters are the Byrdes, the couple who flees to the Ozarks in order to set up a money laundering operation for a drug cartel.
Just as interesting, however, is the character of Roy Petty, the relentless FBI agent who basically makes it his life’s work to bring about the downfall of the Byrdes. As compelling as he is, however, there are still quite a few things about him that, quite frankly, don’t make a lot of sense.
What Happened To His Ex?
It turns out that Agent Petty has quite an interesting backstory, and one of those involves one of his ex-boyfriends. The viewer sees that they actually had a pretty committed relationship, but things must have gone sour at some point (as it does for so many of the characters), because, by the time the series takes place, there isn’t any sign of him.
It leaves the viewer wondering what exactly happened between the two of them, as well as wondering why the series didn’t clear up that mystery.
Why Was His Death So Sudden?
Anyone who has seen the show knows that Roy meets a rather gruesome end when he’s bludgeoned to death by Ruth’s ex-con father (gruesome and sudden deaths are a hallmark of this show, as it turns 0ut). It’s a brutal send-off for this character, particularly since he’s been there through the first two seasons.
While it’s in keeping with the show’s unflinching depiction of death, it does make one wonder why the writers couldn’t have thought of a more dignified way of closing out his story rather than having him murdered and his body sunk in the river.
Why Is He So…Intense?
From the moment that he appears in the show, Roy makes it pretty clear that he’s not exactly the most balanced person (much like Ruth, another fascinating creation of the show).
He is, to put it mildly, one of the most emotionally intense and unbalanced characters in a show that’s not really known for depicting normal people. There’s still quite a lot about this personality that doesn’t make a lot of sense, since the viewer only gets periodic glimpses into his past and his relationship with his mother.
Why Was He So Obsessed With Marty?
Likewise, it’s a little bit unclear why Roy takes such a passionate interest in the Byrdes and why he’s so relentless in his pursuit of them. Obviously, as an FBI agent, this is his job, but he seems to be almost manic in his desire to see the entire family brought down.
It would have made more sense if the show had taken some more time to show his background and then connected this to his pursuit of Marty and Wendy.
What Happened To His Mother?
As the second season neared its conclusion, it became pretty clear that Petty was going to have to say goodbye to the Ozarks in order to go take care of his mother. However, his death headed off whatever other conclusions might have been reached in that regard.
It’s hard not to think that if the show was going to make a point of depicting their relationship, that it would also have given it a more satisfactory conclusion.
Why Doesn’t The FBI Seem More Concerned About His Death?
Once Agent Petty exits the scene, his role is taken up by two other agents (one of whom happens to be another of his exes). However, the third season doesn’t really pay a lot of attention to Petty’s death or the circumstances surrounding it.
While this makes sense in that the series clearly wants to move on to new stories, a lot of viewers are probably a little stumped about why the FBI seems to care so little about what happened to one of their agents.
Why Did He Think Trashing The Hotel Room Was A Good Idea?
At one point, Agent Petty, in a fit of rage, ends up trashing his hotel room. He doesn’t just make a mess. He literally destroys almost everything in sight. While this can, of course, be explained by his emotional distress, it’s hard not to think that it probably wasn’t the best of things to do.
If anyone should have the ability to keep their emotions at least somewhat under control, it should certainly be an FBI agent, but clearly that’s beyond Petty’s abilities.
What’s The Story Between Him And Agent Trevor Evans?
Petty seems to have an almost pathological attraction to bad romances, and that includes engaging in a relationship with one of his fellow agents. While it’s made clear that Petty and Evans dated at some point in the past, the series doesn’t really give much explanation as to the details (particularly after Petty’s death).
It’s one of those narrative dead-ends that leaves some unanswered questions hanging around that are frustrating because they could easily have been answered with a few more moments of screen time.
Why Didn’t He Think It Was Possible To Fall In Love With Russ?
One of the most tragic aspects of the first season was the doomed romance between Roy and Russ, the latter of whom is a member of the troublesome Langmore family.
Petty is clearly not an idiot, so it really doesn’t make sense why he thought it was in any way a good idea to get into a sexual relationship with a person that he was going to end up using for his own purposes (particularly since he ended up truly falling in love with Russ).
Why Did He Think It Was A Good Idea To Give Rachel Drugs?
Roy Petty is one of those people who really does think that the ends justify the means, and to that end, he gives drugs to Rachel, one of Marty’s business associates.
Clearly, Roy thinks it’s okay to do this because it will lead him to Marty, but even so, one can’t help but wonder why he in any way thought this idea wasn’t going to blow up spectacularly (even aside from the obvious immorality of giving someone drugs).
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