It’s almost comical how the stakes have been consistently raised for the Byrdes in Netflix’s Ozark, but with the imminent release of its fourth and final instalment, season 4 has the freedom to shoot skyward, leaving nothing left in the tank nor any lingering concerns about having to top itself with a follow-up – at least based on the teaser trailer.
As a refresher, 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). In classic villain fashion, that’s when he turns to Mr and Mrs Byrde, affirming this is the beginning of increased co-operation between the three of them. And it becomes very clear refusal isn’t exactly on the cards.
The first look – 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.
Last year, Netflix announced Ozark would be wrapping it up with a “supersized” run of fourteen episodes as opposed to the usual ten. Split into two parts, each one consisting of seven episodes, marking a definite end to the family’s transition from an otherwise regular suburban Chicago family to a full-blown criminal enterprise.
“We’re so happy Netflix recognized the importance of giving Ozark more time to end the Byrdes’ saga right,” says showrunner Chris Mundy.
“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.”
“A supersized season means supersized problems for the Byrdes,” says Jason Bateman himself.
“I’m excited to end with a bang.”
Ozark season 4 is expected to hit Netflix streaming queues sometime in 2022 (no confirmed release date just yet) – check out the first teaser trailer above.