The Byrdes are taking one last flight. Ozark season 4 is the super-sized final chapter of the Netflix crime drama and finally has a release date. It feels like forever since we saw the jaw-dropping season 3 finale. Netflix also released a teaser trailer to tide fans over until January.
Ozark follows Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) after he gets in trouble with a Mexican cartel and relocates his family to Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks region to set up an even bigger money laundering scheme for them. After settling down into the area, he and wife Wendy (Laura Linney) become involved with local criminals like the Langmore and Snell families, as well as the Kansas City Mafia.
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Ozark followed in the mold of Breaking Bad, which also revolved around an average family man turning into a criminal antihero. And like that series, Ozark became a perennial awards nominee (and winner). Bateman won a SAG Award, while Garner took home her second straight Supporting Actress Emmy last fall.
The final season will be supersized, with a total of 14 episodes divided between two halves.
"We're so happy Netflix recognised the importance of giving Ozark more time to end the Byrdes' saga right," showrunner Chris 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."
Here's what we know so far about Ozark season 4.
Ozark season 4 release date
Netflix has set the Ozark season 4 release date Friday, January 21, 2022.
That's a little under two years after season 3 dropped in March 2020. Netflix first announced in June 2020 that Ozark would return for a fourth and final season.
Even with production delays brought on by the pandemic, many fans believed season 4 might premiere by late 2021, but that didn't work out. An April earnings letter to Netflix shareholders, for instance, didn't mention Ozark among the projects arriving by Q4 2021 — though the list did include The Witcher season 2 and Cobra Kai season 4.
The final season will be divided into two parts, but there's no word on when Ozark season 4 part 2 might debut. Netflix could roll it out later in 2022.
Ozark season 4 teaser trailer
The first Ozark season 4 teaser trailer gives a glimpse of what the Byrdes can expect from the ominous warning delivered by Navarro in the finale: "Today is a beginning."
Over shots of the Langmore trailers and the Byrdes' home, various characters speak increasingly portentous lines. Marty begins with, "Money is, at its essence, that measure of a man’s choices," followed by Wendy saying, "Sometimes, if you don’t move forward, you die."
Ozark season 4 sneak peek
We're not calling Jason Bateman a liar, but the below clip (he claimed) is what happens when Marty and Wendy open up a new beauty shop and are experimenting with a new mousse. But ... that "mousse?" It looks like blood and innards, at least to us.
Ozark season 4 filming updates
Ozark season 4 filming began in November 2020, following strict coronavirus pandemic safety protocols.
Due to those standards, Jason Bateman decided not to direct any episodes in the final season, though he has helmed the first two episodes of the three previous seasons.
“As normal, I was going to do the first two episodes, but as we were looking through the protocols, the guidelines, all the complications with COVID, [and] the producer side of me made me think it’s just not responsible to have one of the actors direct the first two, given that we’re still going to be getting our perimeter safe,” Bateman told IndieWire.
“Because if one of the actors gets sick, we all have to go home for weeks. If one of the crew members gets sick — while I’m making sure their salary is protected while they’re in quarantine — we can hire a replacement. So it just didn’t seem smart for me to [direct] the first two [episodes].”
Filming on season 4 concluded in early October.
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Ozark season 4 set photos
With Ozark season 4 production underway, cast members been sharing behind-the-scenes set photos. Skylar Gaertner posted an Instagram story (now expired, but can be found at Daily Express) featuring co-star Julia Garner.
Robin Wright (yes, the star of House of Cards) is directing an episode this season. "I'm so thankful for all of you," she wrote in the caption, referring to the cast and crew. The photo reveals she was directing a scene in the casino.
Wright also shared a video glimpse of the "famous Langmore trailers":
Ozark season 4 episodes
Ozark's final season will have 14 episodes, which is more than the 10 episodes of each previous seasons. The 14 episodes will be divided into two parts of seven episodes each.
"A super sized season means super sized problems for the Byrdes," Bateman said. "I'm excited to end with a bang(s)."
So far, we only know the title for Ozark season 4, episode 1: "The Beginning of the End." Very appropriate.
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Ozark season 4 cast
The cast of Ozark is led by Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde, a former financial advisor turned money launderer, and Laura Linney as Wendy Byrde, a former political PR manager turned realty stager and lobbyist.
Also returning for season 4 is Julia Garner as Ruth Langmore, a member of a local crime family.
They will be be joined by:
- Sofia Hublitz as Charlotte Byrde, Marty and Wendy's daughter
- Skylar Gaertner as Jonah Byrde, Marty and Wendy's son
- Felix Solis as Omar Navarro, head of a Mexican drug cartel
- Lisa Emery as Darlene Snell, a member of a local crime family
- Charlie Tahan as Wyatt Langmore, Ruth's cousin
- Jessica Frances Dukes as FBI Special Agent Maya Miller
- John Bedford Lloyd as Frank Cosgrove, head of the Kansas City mafia
- Joseph Sikora as Frank Cosgrove Jr, a mafia member
- Robert Treveiler as John Nix, a local sheriff
- Kevin L Johnson as Sam Dermody, a real estate agent
- McKinley Belcher III as FBI Agent Trevor Evans
- Nelson Bonilla as Nelson, Helen Pierce's enforcer
- Veronica Falcón as Camila, Omar Navarro's sister
- Ali Stroker as Charles-Ann, a friend of Ruth’s mother
Several cast members will not be returning because their characters died in season 3 (unless via flashback). They include Janet McTeer as cartel attorney Helen Pierce, Tom Pelphrey as Wendy's brother Ben, and Marylouise Burke as therapist Sue Shelby.
Some new faces are hopping on board Ozark season 4. Bruce Davison is joining the cast as retired Illinois Senator Randall Schafer. More new cast members include: Alfonso Herrera as Javi, a member of the Navarro cartel; Bruno Bichir as Navarro's priest; Adam Rothenberg as private investigator Mel Sattem; CC Castillo as Sheriff Leigh Guerrero; and Katrina Lenk as Clare Shaw, the CEO of a biopharmaceutical firm.
Run the Jewels rapper Killer Mike is making a cameo appearance in one episode, where he'll interact with Ruth Langmore at her lowest point, according to Billboard.
"I went from waiting to find out what happens next to being part of it ... I'm excited, " Killer Mike said.
Other additions, according to The Hollywood Reporter, include Veronica Falcón as Camila, the sister of drug cartel leader Omar Navarro, and Ali Stroker as Charles-Ann, an old pal of Ruth’s mother. Both are said to have recurring guest roles in the final season.
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Ozark season 4 plot
Ozark season 4 will pick up right where the finale left off, with Marty and Wendy witnessing Helen Pierce get shot and killed at the hands of Navarro.
During a Deadline panel, Bateman said, "The next season, the first episode, is Laura [Linney] and I looking in the mirror just after that moment, cleaning Janet [McTeer] out of our hair. It's a nice 10 minutes later pick-up from it."
The Byrdes are now even more tied to Navarro, but they have other problems besides the cartel boss. Ruth has turned against them and is now working for Darlene Snell.
Showrunner Chris Mundy told EW.com, "I think [season 4] will be about whether or not Ruth really can create something of her own that she wants and is sustainable, or if she wants something else. And I think it will be about if the Byrdes can they turn the biggest mistake of their lives into this huge advantage, and how much will karma catch up with them if they do?"
Meanwhile, cast member Charlie Tahan, who plays Wyatt Langmore in the show, has told NME that he has found his character's development "nerve-wracking."
“With an ongoing show, you don’t have all the scripts, it goes on for years. So you know, you have no idea how the show’s going to turn out… But I mean I have a lot of trust with the writers at Ozark,” he said.
Ozark fans are also speculating about a possible showdown between Jonah Byrde and Nelson, the cartel enforcer who killed Jonah's Uncle Ben. The two had a close bond and Jonah angrily shot a gun after learning of Ben's death. Actor Nelson Bonilla, who plays hitman Nelson, recently shared an Instagram story that confirmed his return to the show.
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