Fans have been comparing Ruth Langmore of ‘Ozark’ to Lady Jesse Pinkman of ‘Breaking Bad’. Let’s see what they have to say!
Popular Netflix series ‘Ozark’ has often been compared to the concept of one of the classic and most-loved drama shows ‘Breaking Bad’. Before ‘Ozark’, ‘Breaking Bad’ led us into the world of intricate meth cooking. On the other hand, ‘Ozark’ has been one of the most binge-watched series on Netflix this year. Fans of both the shows have been comparing their respective drug cartel plots. However, this is not the only similarity.
- The dynamic mentor-student duos
- The uncanny resemblance in the lives of Langmore and Pinkman
- They both lose someone they love
- Emmy acclaimed performances
‘Ozark’ revolves around the Byrde family, but it is Ruth Langmore who grabs everyone’s attention.
Her portrayal on-screen has been reminding people of Jesse Pinkman on ‘Breaking Bad’. We found some similarities between the characters that you might have missed out on.
The dynamic mentor-student duos
If you’ve watched ‘Breaking Bad’ and the ‘Ozark’, then you would have come across the similarities between the two characters. Both act as the perfect wingman to their counterpart masterminds and give the audience the perfect mentor-student vibes. Just like Walter White has Pinkman, Byrdes has Ruth by his side. Both of them are young, street smart, have great survival instincts, and have surrounded themselves with a life of drugs and violence.
Both Jesse Pinkman of ‘Breaking Bad’ and Ruth Langmore have won Emmy Awards for their roles in the respective popular series
Fans are quick to call Ruth Langmore the female Jesse Pinkman of ‘Breaking Bad’ due to her attempt at impressing Marty in season 1 of ‘Ozark’. When Marty doesn’t wish to get his hands dirty, he pushes his young mentee ahead, similar to Walter White and Jesse Pinkman’s relationship. Even though both showcase themselves as strong-headed individuals, they also display an upheaval of emotions due to the myriad of situations that they are surrounded by.
“Ruth Langmore is basically the female version of Jesse Pinkman. They both look up to the series leading character as their father figure (Jesse Pinkman -Walter White; and Ruth Langmore – Marty Byrde), and they also tend to steal almost every scene they’re figured in”, said one fan on Reddit.
The uncanny resemblance in the lives of Langmore and Pinkman
Ruth Langmore has been shown to belong to a rough household. Her father is earlier shown to be in jail, who is later released in season 2 of ‘Ozark’. He harasses her both physically and mentally. Hence, it is affirmed that Ruth Langmore’s childhood wasn’t nearly as normal as she would have fancied. Despite the traumatic experiences, Ruth does everything to feature in her Daddy’s good books, but sadly every attempt goes fatal as nothing is ever good enough.
Almost similar to the life of Langmore is that of Jesse Pinkman in ‘Breaking Bad’. Though Jesse belongs to a wealthy family, he wishes to learn and impress his father-figure mentor, Walter White. He is the brain behind the meth and the key to reaching the top of the drug world empire.
Just like Walter White has Pinkman, Byrdes has Ruth by his side.
They both lose someone they love
One of the most primitive coincidences is that Langmore and Pinkman love someone that comes with a fair share of struggles. Ruth falls in love with Wendy’s brother, Ben Davis. She later discovers that Ben is suffering from bipolar disorder. He also struggles in taking medication for his illness. Ben’s death in ‘Ozark’ occurs after Wendy reveals his location to Helen. He is then taken down by a cartel hitman.
In ‘Breaking Bad’, Jesse Pinkamn falls for his next-door neighbour and supervisor, Jane Margolis, who is a former addict. She works hard to quit drugs but falls back into it after getting into a relationship with Pinkman. Jane soon dies due to an overdose.
Emmy acclaimed performances
Adding to the list of coincidences, these iconic roles are portrayed by two spectacular actors, Aaron Paul and Julia Garner. Both Jesse Pinkman of ‘Breaking Bad’ and Ruth Langmore have won Emmy Awards for their roles in the respective popular series. Aaron Paul has won the Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Julia Garner has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2019 and 2020.
In season 3 of ‘Ozark’, we saw Ruth leaving Byrdes and working with the family’s rival Darlene Shell. However, fans will have to wait for the release of ‘Ozark’ Season 4 to learn the future of Ruth and Marty. Whether it will be like Pinkman and White’s relationship at the end of ‘Breaking Bad’ or not.