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Ozark season 4 release date, cast, story, season 3 recap and everything we know

Ozark season 4
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Ozark season 4, the last season of the Netflix crime drama due to be released in two halves of 7 episodes, should end the story with a bang. Since it debuted in 2017, Netflix subscribers have wrapped themselves up in the lies, deceit and murder that's engulfed the morally corrupt Byrde family, and after a shocking twist in the final seconds of season 3, we can’t wait to see how Ozark finally ends. 

Surprising viewers season after season, Ozark delivers a dark, grizzly drama that somehow manages to make the number-crunching behind a drug cartel seem entertaining as all hell. The Byrde family’s descent into this criminal underworld has been the driving force of the show, with the cartel higher-ups slowly creeping their way closer to the Ozarks with each season.

Things got personal in season 3, however, as Wendy’s brother Ben, played by Tom Pelphrey, was brought into the mix, proving to be a real test of Wendy’s commitment to the cartel.

In June 2020, Netflix renewed Ozark for a 14-episode season 4, to be divided into two sets of seven episodes, and filming commenced last year – so we won't have to wait forever to find out what happens next. 

So, as the slow-cranking tension comes to a snapping point, what can we expect from the show’s fourth and final season? And when can we expect to see Ozark season 4 release on Netflix? Read on for everything we know so far.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The fourth and final season of cartel drama Ozark, which follows the Byrde family as they launder millions in drug money. 
  • Where can I watch it? As with the previous seasons, Ozark season 4 will be available exclusively on Netflix, only this time it'll be divided into two sets of seven episodes that'll be released separately.
  • When can I watch it? We have our fingers crossed that we'll see the first half of season 4 some time this year, as the show went into production again in late 2020.

Ozark season 4 release date: 2021, hopefully

Ozark season 4 entered production in November, but a release date for the final episodes is yet to be confirmed. The final season will comprise 14 episodes, divided into two sets of seven episodes to be released at different times. Our expectation is that we'll see at least the first half of Ozark season 4 later in 2021 – with the remaining episodes following in 2022. This is just speculation on our part, however. 

Star Jason Bateman seemed confident that the series' production was going to move ahead safely. "Everything is moving well toward that, and we’re very confident in the guidelines and protocols we’re going to be following. We've got tons of consultants, [and] we're learning a lot from other productions."

Bateman has also said that the Ozark season 4 release date will be determined by whether the show stays in production mid-pandemic without any delays – so hopefully the measures they're taking on-set will help get the show out faster.

Ozark season 4 cast: new and old faces

Here's who we expect to see in the Ozark season 4 cast:

  • Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde
  • Laura Linney as Wendy Byrde
  • Julia Garner as Ruth Langmore
  • Lisa Emery as Darlene Snell
  • Sofia Hublitz as Charlotte Byrde 
  • Skylar Gaertner as Jonah Byrde

The fourth season of Ozark will see a host of returning (and surviving) characters as the show reaches its dreaded climax. Jason Bateman, who just won the SAG Award for Male Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Marty Byrde will return, along with his onscreen wife Wendy, played by the fantastic Laura Linney. Rounding out the Byrde family are Skylar Gaertner and Sofia Hublitz as Jonah and Charlotte.

Sadly, scene-stealer Tom Pelphrey won’t be returning this season as Wendy’s brother Ben after his heart-breaking exit in season 3. Additionally, we don't expect to see Janet McTeer return from the dead as Helen, who came to her shocking, bloody end in season 3’s final moments. That said, series favorite Julia Garner will return as the indomitable Ruth Langmore.

With their unexpected love affair, we are sure to see more of Charlie Tahan as Wyatt Langmore and Lisa Emery as Darlene Snell, and with an increased presence last season, Felix Solis will be back as the intense cartel boss Omar Navarro – this time as a series regular.  

Other than the returning cast, Ozark season 4 will introduce a host of new characters. As the Byrdes squirm their way into the political realms of the Ozarks, X-Men’s Bruce Davison will appear as a powerful retired U.S. senator that can be bought for the right price, as reported by Deadline. The outlet also confirmed that Ozark season 4 will introduce actors Alfonso Herrera, Adam Rothenberg, Damian Young, Bruno Bichir, CC Castillo, and Katrina Lenk to the cast – collectively, they will make up the bulk of both the Navarro crime family and the law enforcement circling them. 

Ozark season 4 story: what's going to happen next year?

Ozark season 4

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We already know that Ozark season 4 will start just ten minutes after the bloody conclusion of season 3, as per a Deadline panel with Jason Bateman. "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."

Beyond the blood-speckled launch, however, the final season will undoubtedly explore whether the Byrdes will finally manage to wriggle their way to the top. And, as showrunner Chris Mundy asks in conversation with Entertainment Weekly, “how much karma will catch up with them if they do?”. 

Dropping his intermittent directing duties for Ozark season 4, Bateman says that while he doesn’t write the series, he does know where everything ends. Speaking with IndieWire, Bateman kept with Mundy’s train of thought when it comes to approaching the end of the Byrdes' story.

“...I was interested in the big question he [Mundy] has the opportunity to answer: Are they going to get away with it, or are they going to pay a bill? What does he want to message to the audience about the consequences of what the Byrdes have done – or lack thereof?”

After just 30 episodes, the Byrdes have left a trail of bodies behind them as they seeped their way into the Ozarks, and with the locals, FBI, cartel, and the mafia watching their every move, we're expecting an explosive finale. 

As cartel boss Navarro has embraced the Byrdes – with the execution of Helen in season 3 – Marty and Wendy have proved they're well and truly in too deep. The Byrdes, however, may find a way to make their newfound friends work in their favor. 

Outside the immediate threats to the Byrdes, season 4 will have its work cut out for it, as characters like Darlene and Wyatt – who have been around since season 1 – are steadily aiming their sights towards the money-laundering pros. However, it is Ruth that is set to cause heaps of anxiety after cutting ties with the family at the end of season 3. 

Speaking with EW, Mundy hinted at his plans for Ruth in Ozark season 4. “Ruth's arc is that she thought she wanted to be Byrde and realized that not only is it okay to be a Langmore, she actually prefers to be a Langmore.”

It'll be sad to see the show come to an end, but we're hoping it goes out on a high. With the Ozark locals slowly starting to turn against the invasive Byrdes, it looks like we are set for a tension-ridden ride. Bateman teases that a super-sized season means super-sized problems for the Byrdes”.

We can’t wait to see how it all ends when Ozark season 4 (hopefully) launches later this year. 

Ozark season 3 recap: where did it begin and end?

Ozark: Season 3

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Ozark season 3 literally started with a bang as we got our first glimpse of the deadly cartel war. As the riverboat casino was circled by the FBI, and the future of the Navarro cartel seemed uncertain, the Byrde family’s commitment was being tested at every turn throughout season 3. Yet it wasn’t just their commitment to the cartel being tested, as the loveless couple endured a season-long power dynamic, which saw Wendy take the reins after going all-in during the previous season. 

Ozark season 3 saw the introduction of Wendy’s brother Ben, who threw many spanners into the works. Ben added fuel to the fire of Marty and Wendy’s conflict, romanced Ruth, and climatically outed Helen as a cartel lawyer in front of her oblivious daughter. This final act secured his grim fate: Wendy shockingly proved her loyalty by handing her brother over to the cartel, which likely saved her family, but resulted in the previously loyal Ruth cutting her ties with the Byrdes. 

With family business impacting the cartel, Marty and Wendy finally realized they had to work together, as Helen turned her sights on the couple. Yet as they jetted off to Mexico at the invitation of Navarro, it all seemed too late – that is, until Helen was shot upon their arrival. With Helen’s blood splattered across their faces, Navarro offered a disturbing hug and ominously stated “this is just the beginning”, concluding season 3 with the Byrdes well and truly in too deep. 

Wherever Ozark season 4 takes us next, we can't wait.