Originally Published October 7, 2021
Updated October 20, 2021
After three thrilling seasons, the infamous Ozark series will end its money laundering, cartel boss drama with one last extended season. Ozark Season 4 promises to answer questions that have plagued viewers since the beginning of the series.
At the top of the list: Will the trials the Byrdes have undergone and the wrongs they have committed be worth it in the end?
The series premiere for Season 4 won’t air until some time in 2022. But we do have some exciting details about show’s fourth and final season! And we’ll keep updating this post as more news surfaces.
Ozark Season 4 Release Date
Updated October 20, 2021
Netflix has officially announced the Ozark Season 4 release date. Part 1 of the new season will be released on Friday, January 21, 2022. This release will include the first 7 episodes of the final season. And the second part of the season is expected to follow sometime in 2022 (no release date yet for those final 7 episodes).
Ozark Season 4 Trailer – Teaser
Want a teaser into the first episode? Netflix released the clip below in late September 2021 at their TUDUM event.
When will we see a full Ozark Season 4 trailer? For Season 3, the trailer aired the same month as the premiere. And with no premiere date set yet, other than sometime in 2022, we might just have to wait.
Ozark Season 4 Filming and Plot
Filming on the final season began November 9th, 2020 in and around Atlanta, GA. And while star Jason Bateman was going to direct the first two episodes of the new season, he opted to not to this time around.
“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 in Summer 2020.
He continued, saying “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 wrapped on the series on October 8, 2021.
How Many Episodes Can Fans Expect
We’re getting four extra episodes for Ozark Season 4! Fans can expect 14 episodes in total. However, there is a downside.
The last season is split into two parts. So once Episode 7 airs, we’ll have to play the waiting game once again. However, both halves of the season are expected to air in 2022.
“A supersized season means super sized problems for the Byrdes. I’m excited to end with a bang(s).” Bateman commented on the extended season.
What bang is he referring to? What else can the writers put the Byrdes through? He goes into more detail, saying how he was “interested in the big question [showrunner Chris Mundy] has the opportunity to answer: Are they [the Byrdes] 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?”
Ozark has a lot of ground to cover in these last episodes. On top of dealing with the consequences of the Byrde’s previous conflicts, they must also confront new dangers from characters like Omar Navarro (Felix Solis), Darlene Snell (Lisa Emery), Maya Miller (Jessica Frances Dukes) and Frank Cosgrove Sr. (John Bedford Lloyd).
Then there’s the matter of the kids, Jonah and Charlotte. Marty and Wendy tend to forget about them all the time. And at some point as we approach the end, we’re sure that’s going to come back to haunt them.
But above all, Ozark Season 4 will have to answer the ultimate question: Will the Byrdes family pay for their wrongs?
Was it all worth it? With all the heartache and danger they’ve crawled their way through, did the Byrdes ultimately build a life they’re happy with? Or was it all for nothing?
Chris Mundy, expands on this sentiment Bateman shared with their quote to Entertainment Weekly.
“I think it [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 turn the biggest mistake of their lives into this huge advantage, and how much will karma catch up with them if they do?” Mundy commented.
Every character has big decisions to make and the ghosts of their pasts to contend with.
While details are still sparse for Ozark Season 4, we can be sure of two characters that won’t be returning: Wendy Byrde’s brother Ben Davis as played by Tom Pelphrey and Helen Pierce as played by Janet McTeer. Unless they make a reappearance in some sort of flashback, we can safely assume that we won’t be seeing these two familiar faces, due to their deaths in Season 3.
Jason Bateman (Marty Byrde) and Laura Linney (Wendy Byrde) will return as well Felix Solis, who plays Omar Navarro, the cartel owner.
Julia Garner (Ruth Langmore) will also be returning. Garner won two consecutive awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance as Ruth. So it will be exciting to see what she does with the character in this last season!
According to Billboard, rapper Killer Mike will make a cameo appearance with Ruth during the final season as well. And Damian Young will continue to play Jim Rattelsdorf.
New Cast Members
As far as new additions to the cast, Alfonso Herrera (The Exorcist) and Adam Rothenberg (Mad Money) join for Season 4. They will be regulars as Javi Elizonndro and Mel Sattem, respectively. Javi is Navarro’s nephew, who pretends to act as a loyal lieutenant, but secretly plans to steal the cartel for himself. Mel will act as an ex-police officer that becomes a private investigator.
Veronica Falcón (Jungle Cruise) will join as Camilla, the sister of Navarro and mother to Javi.
And lastly, Bruno Bichir (Sicario: Day of the Soldado), Katrina Lenk (Tommy), Eric Ladin (American Sniper), Ali Stroker (Christmas Ever After), and CC Castillo (Outer Banks) will play recurring characters.
The Cast’s Farewell
Jason Butler Harner, who was best known for playing FBI agency Roy Petty, took to Instagram to celebrate the end of filming for Season 4.
“Today is my birthday and also the last day of shooting for @ozark. Roy’s long dead but today I salute this phenomenal company. I’ve never loved a crew more or learned more from a whole experience. Thank you all – esp the force that is JB, the genius Chris Mundy, the truly singular & beloved Laura, and the GOAT script supervisor Pam.”
His post closed out, saying “Sending all of you such love on this day.It’s been an incredibly challenging, lengthy year for all of you and a phenomenal, seminal journey. I hope you all get to rest and relish in your incredible accomplishment. Congratulations. I’m in awe of each and every one of you.”
He also included a brief teas for fans, saying, “And people – I only know a few spicy tidbits and …. Y’all are gettin’ a juicy AF last season!”
The Final Season of Ozark: The End of an Era
Since its premiere in 2017, the series has gotten 32 Primetime Emmy Award nominations. And that ended up in multiple wins for both Bateman and Garner. While it’s always bittersweet to see a show you’ve loved come to an end, Ozark Season 4 promises to end the show by doing justice to its characters and answering questions central to the series.
Can’t wait until next year to watch more Ozark? You can always rewatch your favorite episodes on Netflix. Fans are already deciphering the symbolism of the one and a half minute clip Netflix released in September. Let us know your thoughts and theories in the comment section below!Recommend0 recommendationsPublished in