The last series ended with a literal bang and the first look at the fourth season promises the same suspenseful rollercoaster. Here’s what we know about Ozark season four so far.
Warning: this article contains spoilers for the previous seasons of Ozark.
Ozark fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief as the new series finally has a release date. Having last graced our screens nearly two years ago, fans of the thrilling drama have been eagerly anticipating its return after *that* shocking cliffhanger finale of season three.
The series, created by Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams, follows the Byrde family and their extraordinary turn from mundane suburban life to running a dangerous criminal enterprise. Using the picturesque Ozarks in Missouri as its backdrop, the series explores capitalism, relatable family dynamics and how the Byrdes manage to survive in their new surroundings.
Ozark has been long adored for its depictions of family life, female entrepreneurship and brilliant casting. Starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney as Marty and Wendy Byrde, this series is set to follow the couple after the finale saw them both rocked by the surprise execution of Helen Pierce, played by Janet McTeer.
Finally though, Netflix has given us a brand new trailer for the upcoming season and it looks to be as tense as ever. Opening up with a strained business meeting between Marty, Wendy, Darlene and Wyatt at the casino, the Bydres are surprised to learn that Ruth is now part of Darlene’s operations.
“What’s this message from Mexico that was so important you had to drag us all in here?” Darlene asks.
Marty simply replies: “The Navarro cartel has been made aware that you intend to start producing heroine again. They have instructed us to warn you their response is going to be quick and it’s going to be brutal.” Darlene laughs but if the montage of clips are anything to go by, Navarro’s men have no qualms in assassinating the opposition.
As the trailer quickly progresses, we learn that Navarro wants to “cut a deal with the FBI” leaving Marty and Wendy stressed about their options and level of family protection. We see Wendy tell FBI Agent Miller: “If you won’t protect my family, I won’t protect yours.”
As well as 14-year-old Jonah getting involved with the money laundering, flyers of Wendy’s missing brother Ben littering the town and clips of some pretty epic showdowns, it also looks like gunpoint confrontations will be a common theme of the upcoming series – we cannot wait.
Watch the new trailer for Ozark here:
Here’s everything we know about the next season so far.
What is season four of Ozark going to be about?
One episode of Ozark is enough to get our heads around but season three was one of the most emotionally charged so far. With the arrival of (and subsequent order of murder put out on) Wendy’s brother, Ben Davis (Tom Pelphrey), we saw a sister-brother dynamic unfold that didn’t end too well.
Most of all though, the dynamic between the Byrdes and Omar Navarro (Felix Solis) was the main plot of the last series and sets to remain the same in the upcoming one too. With illicit phone calls from Wendy and a seemingly strong relationship with cartel lawyer Helen Pierce that abruptly ended in her death, there’s no guessing what drug boss Navarro could be capable of next.
The trailer shows us that the series will pick up from that very day at Navarro’s son’s baptism party. But with Ruth (Julia Garner) now loathing the Byrdes and teaming up with Darlene Snell (Lisa Emery) on her opium empire, it seems as though competition (and all the danger that comes with it) will naturally be at the heart of the next series.
Who will star in Ozark season four?
The new season will retain its regular cast and see Emmy award winners Jason Bateman, Laura Linney and Julia Garner all reprise their roles as Marty, Wendy and Ruth.
We’re also set to be introduced to some new characters as Bruce Davison, Ali Stroker (The Glee Project) and Veronica Falcón (Jungle Cruise) have all been announced to join the cast also. Their roles are currently unconfirmed.
Is there a trailer for Ozark season four?
Yes, and in true Ozark fashion, none of the released snippets give much away. The official date announcement trailer was released on 19 October 2021 and is full of ominous shots of well-known settings in the series.
Bateman can be heard narrating “money is, at its essence, that measure of a man’s choices” and while we know this could signal his new working relationship with Navarro, there’s no telling what it could imply later in the series.
The date announcement can be found here:
And we’ve also been treated to another trailer that was released on 17 November 2021. Talking about the “snowball effect”, the trailer underlines the fact that “all decisions have consequences”.
We see shots of the Byrde family interspersed with an eerie rewinding loop of shots that remind us of all the people involved in the ensuing drama.
You can watch the official Netflix trailer here:
Is there an official release date for Ozark?
Yes! The trailer states that part one of the new series will be available to stream on Netflix on 21 January 2022.
This new series will follow a different format to its previous seasons and will be released in two mini series’ rather than one. Each part will comprise of seven episodes each.
There isn’t currently an official release date for the second part but it will most probably be announced after the fourth season premiere.
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Has Netflix released anything else about Ozark?
You’re in luck as Netflix seems to be treating us here as they’ve also released a “first look” at the new series. We’re plunged into yet another tense scene that takes off right where we left Marty and Wendy in season three.
You can watch it for yourself here:
We now also have some first-look images to whet our Ozark appetite, as Netflix released some suitably dramatic stills on their Twitter:
Is this the final season of Ozark?
Unfortunately, yes. Netflix has confirmed that this will be the last season of the hit series but that’s not to say it won’t go out without a bang.
Although showrunner Chris Mundy has stated that “it could be four [seasons], it could be seven,” this is indeed the last series of the drama.
Felix Solis who plays Omar Navarro in the series told Deadline: “All good things must come to an end. This was a good job that must come to an end. We don’t want to wait until it’s not good for it to end.”
Image credit: Netflix