It’s not like we didn’t expect it, but things are clearly ramping up dramatically for the fourth and final season of Ozark. With the first half of Ozark season 4 dropping this month, Netflix has lifted the cover on the full trailer, releasing a more detailed look ahead of the January 21st premiere.
As we noted when the first teaser trailer was released, nothing needs to be left lingering in the tank now that the end-game for Ozark is in sight, leaving the Byrdes to (hopefully) wrap their obligations to drug kingpin Omar Novarro (Felix Solis) and the heavy hand of the Novarro cartel empire. Of course, we aren’t expecting an easy way out for Marty (Jason Bateman) and Wendy (Laura Linney). It appears the cost of closure when it comes to cartel business is to slide further into the game.
The first major scene hinted from the trailer is a sit-down with the Byrdes paying a visit to Darlene (Lisa Emery) and Ruth (Julia Garner) to issue a threat direct from the Mexican drug cartel.
“They have instructed us to warn you their response is going to be quick and it’s going to be brutal,” says Marty. With Wendy adding, “We’re just the messengers here.”
As we can see from the trailer, the show’s two primary protagonists, it seems, have taken up the mantle of Helen Pierce. That could be placing Marty on an even tighter collision course with Ruth, begging echoes of the tense relationship between Walter White and Jesse Pinkman in Ozark’s closest comparison, Breaking Bad. While we don’t think the cartel will kidnap Ruth, forcing a guilt-ridden Marty to rig a car with a swivelling machine gun in a rescue attempt, the potential for the obvious faux-father, faux-daughter dynamic to sit as the show’s emotional wild card is there.
It also appears that Marty and Wendy’s 14-year-old son, Jonah, may start taking on the family business of laundering drug money. Last we saw from the show’s youngest star, he was nervously unloading a shotgun in response to some footsteps, leaving us on a bit of a double-cliffhanger as Ozark Season 3 came to a close just under two years ago.
Showrunner Chris Mundy has turned the MRC Television series, which streams exclusively via Netflix, into one of the best-reviewed shows of the past for years, and more than a few Emmys have slid Ozark’s way since. There’s little doubt what’s left of Ozark will keep building on the acclaim. It certainly looks like things are heading in the right direction. But don’t take it from us, scroll back up and watch the Ozark season 4 trailer for yourself.
In addition to Emmy-winning turns from Bateman, Linney, and Garner, Ozark is built with a strong cast that also includes Sofia Hublitz, Skylar Gaertner, Jessica Frances Dukes, Damian Young, Charlie Tahan, Alfonso Herrera, Adam Rothenberg, John Bedford, Joseph Sikora, Bruno Bichir, Katrina Lenk, CC Castillo, Ali Stroker, Bruce Davison, and Veronica Falcón. Bateman serves as an executive producer alongside Mark Williams, John Shiban, Patrick Markey, and Bill Dubuque, while Linney is credited as co-executive producer.
Part I of Ozark season 4 premieres on January 21st on Netflix Australia, consisting of seven episodes. The premiere date for Part II has not yet been released. For everything else coming to Netflix this month check out our monthly-updated Netflix release schedule.