After giving fans the runaround for 22 months – and dropping a first look trailer that betrayed very little less than a month ago – Netflix has finally locked in a release date for Ozark season 4. Kicking off the new year in explosive fashion, Part I of the crime drama’s “supersized” final instalment is now scheduled to arrive on January 21st of 2022.
“A supersized season means supersized problems for the Byrdes… I’m excited to end with a bang,” says series lead, director, and executive producer Jason Bateman; which is borderline hilarious considering how the stakes have consistently been raised for the Byrdes throughout Ozark’s entire run with virtually no ceiling.
“We’re so happy Netflix recognized the importance of giving Ozark more time to end the Byrdes’ saga right,” says co-creator Chris Mundy, directly referencing the upcoming 14-episode run (split into seven-episode deliveries) as opposed to the usual 10.
“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 a refresher, in keeping with tradition, Ozark season 3 concluded on yet another tense note. Mexican cartel leader Omar Navarro (Felix Solis) requested Marty (Jason Bateman) and Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney) attend his son’s second baptism with attorney Helen Pierce (Janet McTeer) in tow.
Upon their arrival, Navarro orders the latter’s execution by the hand of her own bodyguard/enforcer, Nelson (Nelson Bonilla). Like any good villain, that’s when Navarro turns to Mr and Mrs Byrde, affirming this is simply the beginning of increased co-operation between the three parties. And it becomes very clear refusal isn’t exactly on the cards.
The first look teaser which premiered at the recent Netflix Tudum fan event ostensibly picks up immediately after with Bateman’s Marty and Linney’s Wendy noticeably shaken, cleaning the blood and other chunks of dearly departed Helen from their hair/face/clothing. It’s just enough to pique your interest but nowhere near enough to satisfy any sort of curiosity.
Similarly, the latest trailer features nothing more than overhead shots of Ozark itself with rather ominous narration, before revealing a closing shot of Bateman’s Marty and Linney’s Wendy walking out into Navarro’s party – cleaned, dressed, and ready to go. Not much else is clear, apart from the fact season 4 will mark a definite end to the Byrde’s transition from an otherwise regular suburban Chicago family to a full-blown criminal enterprise.
Once again, Netflix’s Ozark season 4 has a confirmed release date of January 21st of 2022 – check out the teaser trailer above + first look below.