Gripping Netflix crime drama Ozark has been renewed for a fourth and final 14-episode season – after the third run was hailed as a triumph by fans and critics alike.
As well as ramping up the drama, the third run was surprisingly more humorous than the two that preceded it – with Jason Bateman recently admitted that he was responsible for the show’s more sombre tone in the first two seasons.
He said, “Humour has always been there and I carry a little baggage for being sort of ‘known’ for comedy before this show, so I thinned a little of that stuff out in the first season and a little in the second season.
“By the time I sort of trusted that people understood what we were going for with this show, I stopped being such a nuisance with that.”
Bateman (Arrested Development) stars opposite Laura Linney (The Big C) in the show, with the pair playing a married couple who move to the mountainous Ozarks after a money laundering scheme goes drastically wrong.
With the fourth season set to be the show’s last, fans will hope to finally get answers to some of Ozark’s biggest questions. Will Marty and Wendy outrun their enemies? Will they take a deal with the FBI or will their luck run out?
Here’s everything we know so far about the future of Ozark on Netflix…
Will there be a season 4 of Ozark?
Yes – on 30th June 2020, Netflix confirmed that the show would be returning for a fourth season – and also revealed that the next season will be the show’s last, split into two seven-episode batches.
Showrunner Chris Mundy had previously said that, if all goes to plan, Ozark should run for around five seasons – although he conceded then that there was some flexibility on the exact number.
“We’ve always talked about it as five seasons,” he said during a panel discussion with The Hollywood Reporter. “It could be four, it could be seven… but that always seemed like a good number to us.”
Although at that point he said he didn’t yet have a specific overall ending in mind, he explained: “We’re building little things in, if we keep on track for the emotional ending we’re guessing we’ll have.”
When will season 4 of Ozark be released on Netflix?
We may have quite some time to wait before its available to stream on Netflix.
Season one came out in July 2017, followed by season two in August 2018. Season three took a little longer to make, launching on 27th March 2020; by that measure, in normal times, RadioTimes.com predicts we could be looking at a fourth season in mid to late 2021.
In April, Jason Bateman told Collider that each season requires four months of writing and six months of production, adding: “I think the fastest we can turn around a full season, from starting the writes room to having Netflix push it out, is basically 12 months. There’s just no way to do it any quicker.”
But of course, these are far from normal times and the television industry has been hugely affected by the coronavirus pandemic, which has stalled production on virtually every major drama series that had been due to film.
UK broadcasters have recently drawn up guidelines for filming during the COVID-19 crisis and it’s safe to assume the US will implement its own measures soon enough, given the sheer amount of television produced in the country.
What happened in Ozark season 3?
As we’ve come to expect from the drama, season three managed to pack an awful lot of action into its 1-episode run.
Marty was taken captive by crime boss Omar Navarro (Felix Solis), while things weren’t any more rosy for Wendy who was forced to put a hit out on her own brother in a bid to save the rest of her family from the wrath of the cartel.
Meanwhile the season also saw Ruth grow increasingly unhappy with her connection to the Byrdes – eventually joining with Darlene and agreeing a deal with the KC Mob.
Ozark season 4 theories
The end of season three saw Marty and Wendy Byrde working more closely with the Navarro cartel than ever, after crime boss Omar Navarro announced that this was the beginning of increased cooperation between the three of them. The Byrdes had won Navarro over by working (briefly) with the FBI to end the gang war by bringing down the rival Lagunas cartel.
We also expect to see more on Ruth and her decision to cut ties with the Byrdes – how will things work out for her, Darlene and the KC Mob?
Season four may also look at Wendy’s decision to let her brother Ben die and what affect this might have on her and the rest of her family – particularly Jonah Byrde who took his uncle’s death badly.
It remains to be seen exactly what would happen in season four, but there are plenty of unfinished storylines to pick back up! The show’s lead writer Craig Mundy said: “I think it will be about if the Byrdes can they turn the biggest mistake of their lives into this huge advantage, and how much will karma catch up with them if they do?”
And with the fourth season now confirmed to be the final run, fans will be hopeful that as many loose ends as possible can be wrapped up – and have themselves been putting forward theories as to what might happen.
Many viewers have guessed that Marty and Wendy. could both end up dead, while others have suggested that some of the supporting cast’s days could also be numbered – including Sam Dermody (Kevin L. Johnson) with one Reddit user claiming that the character is most likely to fold under pressure and become an FBI format, indicating that he could very well be killed.
Some other fans reckon Sam will get off rather more lightly, but until season 4 comes we won’t know anything for sure – and there are bound to be all sorts of interesting theories out forward until then!
Did Helen die in Ozark?
That’s right, Ben wasn’t the only character to meet an untimely end in season three, as Helen Pierce was murdered by Navarro right in front of the Byrdes.
The cartel lawyer had wanted Marty and Wendy dead so that she could take over their business, making her one of Ozark’s most threatening antagonists – that is, until she was unexpectedly shot in the head in Mexico.
Hiro Koda, the stunt coordinator who orchestrated the brutal scene, told Express.co.uk: “When Helen was killed at the end, that was a very challenging sequence to do. It turned out perfectly and looked amazing but we had to work out her placement.
“We had to work out how much debris and blood would come out on top of Wendy and Marty, and seeing her fall – there were no stunt doubles. It’s about precise timings.”
Helen had been played by English actress Janet McTeer, whose past credits include Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix and Glenn Close drama Albert Nobbs, for which she was Oscar nominated.
Is Ben Davis definitely dead?
Wendy’s brother Ben features heavily in the third season of Ozark and is pivotal to the fast-moving final few episodes. And although clearly the plot leads us to believe that Ben is killed, some fans remain convinced that there’s a further twist to come in that plot. We don’t actually see the body, and there is speculation among fan communities online that perhaps there’s more to the death than we are led to believe – and perhaps we will be seeing more from Ben in a season four?
Ozark season 4 cast
While casting has yet to be confirmed, we can make a good stab at predicting which core Ozark cast members will return – based mainly on who’s still alive.
Jason Bateman leads the cast of Ozark as Marty Byrde, with Laura Linney as Wendy Byrde. We can also expect to see more of their daughter Charlotte (Sofia Hublitz) and son Jonah (Skylar Gaertner).
Other key cast members include Julia Garner as Ruth Langmore, Charlie Tahan as Wyatt Langmore, Lisa Emery as Darlene Snell, and Felix Solis as cartel boss Omar Navarro.
It remains to be seen whether some of the supporting characters will still be part of the story, including FBI Special Agent Maya Miller (Jessica Frances Dukes), Frank Cosgrove Sr (John Bedford Lloyd) or Sam Dermody (Kevin L Johnson).
We won’t, of course, be seeing any more of Helen Piece (Janet McTeer) after Omar had her killed; nor will we see more of Ben Davis (Tom Pelphrey) after his untimely death or Marty and Wendy’s therapist Sue (Marylouise Burke) who met a similar grisly fate.
Where is Ozark filmed?
The drama is set around Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri – but not much of it is actually filmed there. Much of the filming takes place around Atlanta, Georgia, where the production team makes use of Lake Allatoona and Lake Lanier.
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