Created by the duo Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams for streaming platform Netflix, ‘Ozark’ is a crime drama show of brooding intrigue and sinister repercussions. When Martin “Marty” Byrde relocates to Osage Beach, Missouri, with his wife, Wendy, he is under immense pressure to prove himself to a menacing Mexican drug cartel. As their money-laundering scheme goes haywire, Marty gives his word to the organized mafia that he would build an even bigger money laundering operation in the titular Lake of the Ozarks.
As the drama progresses, the Byrde family is plunged into a world replete with crime families and mafia moguls. Since the premiere of the freshman season in July 2017, the show has spawned three seasons, garnering overwhelming fan approval and critical praise in the process. After the cliffhanger finale of the third season, you must be wondering about the prospects of the fourth installment. In that case, let us bring you up to speed with the latest developments.
Ozark Season 4 Release Date
‘Ozark’ season 3 premiered in its entirety on March 27, 2020, on Netflix. The third season comprises ten episodes with a runtime ranging from 53 to 66 minutes per episode. Let us now spill the beans on the anticipated fourth season of the enthralling crime drama.
On June 30, 2020, three months after the third season’s premiere, Netflix renewed the show for a fourth haul. In a bittersweet announcement, the streamer also divulged that the upcoming installment would be the show’s final run. The fourth and final season will have four more episodes than season 3, bringing the episode count to a total of 14 – split into two parts.
They're going to go out with a bang.
Ozark will be back with an expanded 14-episode final season. pic.twitter.com/otIoUeTXyH
— Netflix (@netflix) June 30, 2020
The fourth season was previously rumored to premiere in September 2021. Taking into account that it is still in its filming phase, it seems that we shall have to wait a bit longer to catch the thrill and action of season 4. Filming reportedly commenced on November 9, 2020, and is scheduled to conclude by October 8, 2021. If everything goes as planned, we expect ‘Ozark’ season 4 to release sometime in Q2 2022.
Ozark Season 4 Cast: Who is in it?
This is a show where several characters seem to be conjured only to be killed off. However, the central cast members whose characters remain alive by the end of season 3 will reprise their roles in the fourth iteration of the show. The core cast duo includes Jason Bateman and Laura Linney, who will don the garb of Martin “Marty” Byrde and Wendy Byrde, respectively.
Among other prominent cast members of the show, we will see Sofia Hublitz (Charlotte Byrde), Skylar Gaertner (Jonah Byrde), Jessica Frances Dukes (FBI Agent Maya Miller), and Julia Garner (Ruth Langmore). Felix Solis and Damian Young will have more screen presence, as their respective characters, Omar Navarro and Jim Rattelsdorf, have been promoted to series regulars in season 4.
The fresh faces added to the cast of the fourth season are Alfonso Herrera (Javi Elizonndro), Bruno Bichir (Navarro’s priest), Adam Rothenberg (Mel Sattem), and CC Castillo (Leigh Guerrero). Javi is a member of the Navarro family, Mel is a cop-turned-private investigator, and Leigh is a Sheriff in Missouri. Additionally, Katrina Lenk (Clare Shaw), Eric Ladin (Kerry), Bruce Davison (Randall Schafer), Veronica Falcón (Camila), and Ali Stroker (Charles-Ann) will also be seen in important roles.
Ozark Season 4 Plot: What is it About?
In the season 3 finale, mafia boss Navarro invites Marty, Wendy, and his previous employee Helen to his son’s baptism ceremony. Under the guise of a social meet, Navarro means business – he sides with the Byrde family while Helen is killed off. Navarro hugs Marty and Wendy, suggesting the beginning of a new alliance. However, the confrontation with Helen makes Jonah realize the truth about his parents. Ben’s death deeply affects Ruth, who consequently quits working for the Byrdes to join Darlene’s operation.
The fourth installment will pick up right after the events of the finale of the third season. Marty and Wendy Byrde will attain immense power in the gang after pulling off two seemingly impossible feats. They have come a long way from the first season, and the fourth season might see them putting on the robes of the “bad guys.” With Jonah possibly figuring out Wendy’s role in Ben’s death, the relationship between the mother and son will presumably take a hit.
Ben’s tragic demise is likely to create a domino effect, which could lead to Wendy’s relationship with the family being tainted. Hopefully, the season will shed some more light on FBI Agent Maya Miller’s character. For most parts of the third season, she is busy gathering pieces of evidence of Marty’s money laundering gig. However, it is speculated that she is an FBI insider working for Navarro. In season 4, we shall know whether there is any credibility to this hypothesis.
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