Helen made herself expendable. Despite Marty's failings, he has proven to be very valuable. Initially, laundering the money in the Ozark, then getting the casino established proved his worth. Wendy pitching the legitimacy angle to Navarro also proved their worth. Helen was right in her understanding of Navarro's moods, but she seriously misjudged on the last one. Although, she had no way of knowing the Byrde's did an end run around her. Her ambition exceeded her station and she paid the price.
Darlene, Darlene, Darlene. With that kind of retaliation, NO WAY she should have made it to the end of this episode. Having Frank Jr beat to a pulp and winding up in the hospital, OK. Blow off his junk and all bets are off. Ruth is fair game too since she isn't with the Byrde's anymore. Cut off the head (Darlene) and her empire is over. She's getting a percentage of the casino, but she doesn't have the cartel backing her. As much as she is out in the open, killing her would be too easy. Last season, she and her husband only survived the previous hit because the plot called for it. I fully thought when Wyatt and Ruth were overlooking the poppy fields someone was going to shoot Darlene in the head. Her end is not going to be pretty.
Ben had some excellent scenes, but I was ready for him to be gone. Regardless of how Ruth feels, SHE was the catalyst that led to Ben's death. And, it's not like she didn't see that Ben was a ticking time bomb. Wendy had it right when she yelled at Ruth about not knowing the full scope of Ben's psychosis.
Like the Byrde children, especially Charlotte. She was the voice of reason, on more the one occasion, and not the petulant teenager as many shows write teenage girls. The kids didn't play as big a role, but they were effective in what they were given.