Season three of Ozark may have finished in March, but fans are still waiting to hear whether another series of the Jason Bateman-led crime drama is on its way.
Despite the show’s two year hiatus viewing figures surged for Ozark series three, leaving many fans – old and new – left looking for answers: 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, surely one of the most popular – and most talked-about – shows on Netflix.
Will there be a season 4 of Ozark?
Nothing has been officially announced by Netflix just yet. But the streaming giant would be foolish to kill off such a popular drama – and it sounds like the team behind Ozark are up for making more.
Jason Bateman, who plays Marty, told Collider in April that the Ozark team are “operating under the hope” that a season four will happen.
“I know [showrunner Chris Mundy] and his team are hard at work figuring out what that fourth season would be if that official pick-up lands,” he added.
Showrunner Chris Mundy has previously said that, if all goes to plan, Ozark should run for five seasons.
“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.”
And although 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?
If season four is commissioned, we may still have a little while to wait before it hits our screens.
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, 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.”
However, the TV industry is even more unpredictable than ever at the moment thanks to the disruption of the coronavirus epidemic. So we’ll just have to sit tight and see what happens!
What happened in Ozark season 3?
As we’ve come to expect from the drama, the third season managed to pack a lot of action into its ten episode run.
The series saw Marty taken captive by crime boss Omar Navarro while things weren’t any more rosy for Wendy who was forced to put a hit out on her brother Ben in a bid to save the rest of her family from the wrath of the cartel.
Meanwhile the series also saw the Ruth grow increasingly unhappy with her connection to the Byrdes – eventually seeing her join with Darlene and agreeing a deal with the KC Mob.
What will happen in season 4 of Ozark?
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 cartel 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 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?”
Did Helen die in Ozark?
Yes – Ben wasn’t the only character to meet an untimely end, with Helen Pierce murdered by Navarro right in front of the Byrdes.
Who’s in Ozark’s 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 Jr (Joseph Sikora) 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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