We Finally Know ‘Ozark’s Season 4 Release Date—& It’s Sooner Than You Think

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It’s been over a year since the Byrde family has graced our screens, but the wait will soon be over thanks to what we know about Ozark’s season 4 release date. Whether you’ve wrapped up your viewing of Marty’s latest escapades, or are still churning through season 3 and wondering when you can expect to see more—we got you.

Jason Bateman, who plays the impeccably coolheaded Marty Byrde (alongside Laura Linney as wife Wendy Byrde, and the inimitable Julia Garner as Ruth Langmore), hinted about Ozark’s future in the past. The 52-year-old actor also happens to produce and direct a number of the series’ episodes, giving him some insider knowledge about Ozark season 4. In an interview with Collider in 2020, Bateman revealed that the series would wrap in “three seasons, four seasons, five seasons, something like that.” Now, we know the ending is actually 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 Ozark season 4.

Is Ozark season 4 confirmed?

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 is Ozark’s season 4 release date?

After months of anticipation, Netflix officially announced Ozark’s season 4 release date in a teaser video on Tuesday, October 19. The clip, which you can watch below, revealed that Part 1 of Ozark season 4 will premiere on Netflix on January 21, 2022.

Under normal circumstances, Ozark season 4 probably would have arrived sometime during the summer of 2020, however production was postponed due to the pandemic. Given that Ozark season 4 is also a two-part affair, it makes perfect sense that production took some time—and we imagine it will all turn out to be worth the wait once we watch the Byrdes for the final time.

Who is in the Ozark season 4 cast?

If you’ve watched Ozark season 3, 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 for Ozark season 4 (except, for *ahem* everyone we lost—if you know, you know).

Ozark’s season 4 cast includes 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 Netflix series’ terrifying druglord, Omar Navarro.

Is Ozark season 4 the last season?

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 is available to stream on Netflix. 

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