Wendy Byrde: “That’s the Thing No One Tells You About Evil”

“That’s the thing that no one tells you about evil. They make it seem like there are two clearly marked paths with flashing signs pointing out each way: sin and redemption. I mean, they tell you Adam and Eve knew that they could eat from every single tree in that garden, except one. But the truth is, evil comes when the righteous path is so hidden it just looks like there’s only one way out. The truth is Adam and Eve probably grabbed that apple because they were fucking starving, and it was the first tree they saw. Not that that’s any excuse. Or that I ever deserve your forgiveness. I just I don’t want you to make the same mistake. I don’t want you to do something you regret because you think there’s only one way. There is another path for you. It’s a better path. I can help you find it. You have no idea what I would have done if someone had come along and done that for me.”–Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney) to Pastor Mason Young (Michael Mosley) in Ozark (Season 2, Episode 7, One Way Out)

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