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Anyone else still reeling from that insane season 3 finale? Same. But don’t worry; even if you haven’t caught up, we’re not spoiling anything except for Ozark’s season 4 release date spoiler and news surrounding Netflix’s top show. Whether you’ve wrapped up your viewing on the Byrde’s latest escapades, or are still churning through and wondering whether you can expect to see more next year—we got you.
Well, to be more precise: Jason Bateman, who plays the impeccably coolheaded Marty Byrde (alongside Laura Linney as wife Wendy Byrde, and the inimitable Julia Garner as Ruth Langmore), has the updates. The 51-year-old actor also happens to produce and direct a number of the series’ episodes, meaning he has some knowledge about Ozark’s future. He hinted about Ozark’s future in an interview with Collider back in April, explaining that the series would wrap in “three seasons, four seasons, five seasons, something like that.” Now, we know the ending is officially near.
Read on below for what we gleaned from Bateman and Netflix’s latest announcements, and check out other series on Netflix you can check out while we wait for Season 4 of Ozark.
Will there be a season 4?
Yes! On Tuesday, June 30, Netflix announced that Ozark was renewed for an expanded fourth and final season. The “super-sized season” will air in two 7-episode installments, making for 14 episodes in total. Showrunner Chris Mundy and lead actor and director, Jason Bateman, were excited as ever about the announcement:
“We’re so happy Netflix recognized the importance of giving Ozark more time to end the Byrdes’ saga right,” Mundy said in a statement. “It’s been such a great adventure for all of us—both on-screen and off—so we’re thrilled to get the chance to bring it home in the most fulfilling way possible.”
As for what that looks like, Bateman reveals that “a super-sized season means super-sized problems for the Byrdes,” before adding, “I’m excited to end with a bang(s).”
When’s the release date?
Under normal circumstances, new seasons of Ozark typically land in late summer, with Season 3 having arrived a little later than usual as a winter/early spring release. But we might be seeing an even longer timeline this time around. Given ongoing production postponements and considerations for social distancing, filming is likely to move far slower than previous seasons. At the earliest, we can hope to see a fourth season of Ozark in Summer 2020.
Who’s in the cast?
If you’ve watched Season 3 of Ozark, you know that one of the most powerful performances was delivered by a character we’d never met before now. While it’s unclear if Ozark will try to make good on that fresh talent strategy, we can definitely expect to see our series regulars returning in Season 4 (except, for *ahem* everyone we lost—if you know, you know).
That includes, but is not limited to, the likes of Bateman, Linney, and Garner, as well as the Byrde kids (Sofia Hublitz as Charlotte Byrde and Skylar Gaertner as Jonah Byrde) and the rest of the Langmore crew (Charlie Tahan as Wyatt Langmore) and Lisa Emery as Darlene Snell. And, of course, Felix Solis as the terrifying druglord, Omar Navarro.
Why is season 4 the finale?
Here’s the thing: A show like Ozark can’t go on forever before everyone, uh, either ends up dead or things get stale. And that’s even according to Bateman, who admitted that Ozark “doesn’t feel like it’s a 12-season show” in the past.
“If you keep going for a whole lot longer, you’re going to go over the cliff, or up over the peak of the mountain and you end up jumping the shark,” Bateman told Collider in April. “So, given the intelligence of Marty Byrde and Wendy Byrde, if they keep going at this pitch for much longer, they’re either going to be killed or put in jail. The alternative is to flatten out that pitch so that you don’t end up jumping the shark, but then you start stalling just for additional episodes and seasons. So, I’m not sure where and when it’ll end, but given their intelligence, it doesn’t feel like it’s a 12-season show.”
So, let’s take Bateman’s word for it: Wrapping up Ozark now rather than later is probably for the better—even if it’s hard to accept!
Ozark season 3 is currently available to stream on Netflix.