Ozark season 4: Release date, cast, trailer and latest news for Netflix thriller

Here's everything we know about season four of the Netflix thriller. **CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR SEASON THREE**

Julia Garner plays Ruth Langmore in Ozark

Fans of Netflix hit Ozark have been waiting almost two years for season four to arrive – and now we finally have a release date and a teaser trailer!

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The first half of Ozark’s final season will reach our screens in January next year, making the seven episodes in part one a late but great Christmas present.

Season four’s sinister trailer teased the darkness to come, with Jason Bateman’s Martin Byrde heard saying: “Money is, at its essence, that measure of a man’s choices,” before Julia Garner’s Ruth Langmore says: “Why do I have this feeling we both know that you’d be better off dead?”

The cast and crew finished filming the series earlier this month after beginning almost a year before, with Bateman and Garner as well as their co-stars Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz and Skylar Gaertner bringing the popular crime drama to a close once and for all.

While fans will undoubtedly be disappointed that the show is ending after four series, it’s set to go out with a bang, as promised by Bateman himself, who said back in June 2020: “A super-sized season means super-sized problems for the Byrdes.”

Meanwhile, the likes of Ali Stroker (The Glee Project) and Veronica Falcón (Jungle Cruise) will be joining the show for its farewell season, as well as rapper Killer Mike, who makes an unexpected cameo.

Read on for everything we know so far about Ozark season four, which cast members will be returning and our theories around the upcoming episodes.

Ozark season 4 release date

Jason Bateman and Laura Linney in Ozark (Netflix)

The first half of Ozark’s fourth and final season will arrive on Netflix on Friday 21st January 2022. 

The new season will be split into two parts, with a total of 14 episodes set to air in 2022.

Jason Bateman, the show’s star and Emmy-winning director, revealed in an interview with IndieWire that production started in November 2020, with safety measures in place against the virus.

“We’re going to start November 9th. Everything is moving well toward that, and we’re very confident in the guidelines and protocols we’re going to be following. We’ve got tons of consultants, [and] we’re learning a lot from other productions.”

However, Bateman added that he probably won’t direct the first two episodes as originally planned.

“It’s just not responsible to have one of the actors direct the first two, given that we’re still going to be getting our perimeter safe [from COVID-19 infection],” he said. “Because if one of the actors gets sick, we all have to go home for weeks.”

And it sounds like the production has been strictly adhering to COVID safety guidelines.

“The health and safety of our Ozark family is our first priority,” a spokesperson for the MRC production company said. “Our team has approached return to production with a mandate of exceeding guidelines outlined by the CDC, government officials and others; and we expect our protocols to evolve as we learn from the industry and our own productions.

“As we aim toward a return, we are working with the unions, health officials, our consultants, and Netflix on our COVID safety guidelines and protocols. Upon approvals from our partners and the implementation of safety required in this new environment, we are targeting a November start date.”

Ruth actress Julia Garner revealed in interview with W magazine that production is scheduled to finally finish in October 2021, nearly a year after filming began.

In April 2020, 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 writers 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.

However, at a roundtable discussing the season three finale in February 2021, Bateman hinted that production could be sped up thanks to the vaccine rollout.

Bateman told Deadline: “As far as when it’s gonna come out, it’s really going to be reliant on, you know, if we can stay in production. There’s sort of this race, the whole world is in between vaccinations and these variants.

“I mean, basically, it’s going to get to us a whole lot quicker now that Joe Biden’s got his hand on the wheel. It would have taken longer with the last administration, so I think we’re gonna get it to TV sooner thanks to Uncle Joe.”

Is Ozark season 4 the final season?

Yes indeed. Netflix has confirmed that season four is the end of the line for Ozark, but they seem content on making the finale a genuine television event.

Not only will the season have an expanded 14-episode run, but it will also be released in two separate batches of seven, spreading out the suspense even further.

Ending on season four appears to be a slight variation from the original plan hinted at by showrunner Chris Mundy, who previously suggested that the show could go on for longer.

“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.”

At a SAG Awards panel, however, the cast said it makes sense for the series to end with its fourth season before it is drawn out longer than necessary.

Omar Navarro actor Felix Solis told Deadline: “All good things must come to an end. This was a good job that must come to an end. We don’t want to wait until it’s not good for it end.”

It looks hopeful that the crime show will stick the landing too – with Skylar Gaertner, who plays Jonah Byrde, also telling Deadline that the production team “pull all the stops with the finale”.

“We have so much confidence that everyone’s going to pull it off perfectly,” Gaertner said, adding that this season’s experimental storytelling will play with the surviving characters.

Although showrunner Chris Mundy previously told The Hollywood Reporter that he had “always talked about it as as five seasons”, he’s since expressed his excitement at ending – and doing justice to – the Byrde family saga in the extended fourth season.

The acclaimed crime drama stars Jason Bateman as Marty, and promises to bring the Byrde’s family criminal relationship with the Navarro drug cartel to a dramatic and “great” conclusion.

Speaking about the final, extended season, Mundy also told Gold Derby: “Knowing it’s the end and to write to an end is really helpful. But getting a little more time to tell it is great honestly.”

Ozark season 4 cast

Felix Solis plays Omar Navarro in Ozark

It seems the 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.

Fans can also look forward to an Oscar-nominee joining the Ozark season four cast.

Bruce Davison (X-Men) will join the cast, playing the recurring role of Senator Randall Schafer, who Deadline describes as “a powerful retired Illinois U.S. Senator who is accustomed to doing things his way,” but who can be bought for the right price…

The introduction of the character suggests that the Byrde family have set their aspirations high this season – but with every high comes a low, as we’ve learnt from previous seasons.

Veronica Falcón and Ali Stroker (The Glee Project) have also been cast, as Camila Elizonndro (an aspiring cartel boss) and Charles-Ann (an old friend of Ruth’s), respectively.

The introduction of Falcón’s character in particular speaks to a potential new ally (or foe, depending on how things pan out) for the Byrde family: Camila Elizonndro, whose ambitions may well outmatch those of her brother, drug cartel leader Omar Navarro (Felix Solis).

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.

Despite being the final season, Ozark is still adding plenty of new characters – with Jessica Frances Dukes teasing that we will finally see characters that have only been mentioned by name so far while at a SAG Awards Panel.

Rapper Killer Mike will reportedly be making an unexpected cameo in a scene alongside rap enthusiast Ruth Langmore (played by Julia Garner), who is at her “lowest point” following a shock season three death.

Killer Mike said of his Ozark role, “I went from waiting to find out what happens next [in the show] to being a part of it… I’m excited.” (via The Express)

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.

Despite the show’s frequent comparisons to the equally bloody Breaking Bad, it doesn’t sound like Marty Byrde (played by Arrested Development star Bateman) will follow in Walter White’s doomed footsteps – and will instead survive the final season.

In a recent interview, showrunner Mundy contradicted a review that predicted a Breaking Bad-style ending for Ozark. “I know their idea was a very Breaking Bad ending. And that’s not been the intention from the beginning,” he told Netflix.

Some other fans reckon Sam will get off rather more lightly, but until season four comes we won’t know anything for sure – and there are bound to be all sorts of interesting theories out forward until then!

Showrunner Chris Mundy has also opened up about the challenges of working not only on an extended deadline, but navigating the writers’ room via video call (via Gold Derby): “It’s hard enough to do an extra four when we’re all together, it’s even trickier to hold all that info in your heard for 14 but we’re managing.”

Ozark recap: What happened in season 3?

As we’ve come to expect from the drama, season three managed to pack an awful lot of action into its 10-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.

Did Helen die in Ozark?

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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.

Speaking to Deadline, McTeer revealed that she knew in advance that Helen would be killed off, before describing her reaction to the death scene: “When I read it [in the script] I laughed out loud. It’s always good fun when you get a really good death.”

Is Ben Davis definitely dead?

Wendy’s bipolar 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 trailer

The trailer for Ozark season four is finally with us and was revealed, among many other things, at the big Netflix TUDUM event. And in case you missed it, here it is below.

A second teaser followed on 19th October, confirming the season’s release date and revealing more of what to expect from the upcoming episodes. (Hint: it’s not sunshine and rainbows.)

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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