Ozark is officially coming to an end. Netflix announced the hit drama will return for its fourth and final season.
The streaming giant says the upcoming season “will mark the final chapter in the Byrde family’s journey from suburban Chicago life to their criminal enterprise in the Ozarks.” The drama was renewed for 14 final episodes. However, the final season comes in two seven-episode parts, according to Deadline.
Series lead and executive producer Jason Bateman says the series plans to go out in a major way. “A super-sized season means super-sized problems for the Byrdes. I’m excited to end with a bang(s),” Bateman said.
Many of the show’s stars are set to return, including Bateman. Also returning are Laura Linney, Julia Garner, Sofia Hublitz, Skylar Gaertner, Charlie Tahan, and Lisa Emery. In addition to Bateman, executive producers returning include Mark Williams, John Shiban, Patrick Markey and Bill Dubuque. For the final season, Linney will be serving as co-executive producer as well.
Jason Bateman and the ‘Ozark’ Showrunners’ Statements
At Deadline’s Contenders Television livestream event, Bateman spoke about the most recent third season. “We are very proud of what we did, but we would be lying if we said we didn’t have a little virus aid,” Bateman said. “We had some gratuitous timing with the show coming out when everyone had nothing to look at except their walls and television. Hopefully people liked what they were looking at.”
The series debuted in 2017. To date, it earned 14 Emmy nominations. Ozark also received two Golden Globe nominations and six Screen Actors Guild award nominations. Bateman took home an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series while Julia Garner won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Ozark follows Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman), a financial advisor-turned-money-launderer from Chicago. In order to settle a debt with the Mexican drug cartel, Byrde moves his family to the Lake of the Ozarks.
Showrunner Chris Mundy shared a statement voicing his excitement for Season 4. “We’re so happy Netflix recognized the importance of giving Ozark more time to end the Byrdes’ saga right. 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.”
Cindy Holland, vice president of original content at Netflix, also delivered a statement about the show’s return. “Ozark is a gripping drama that has captivated audiences all around the world and garnered tremendous critical acclaim. We’re so grateful to Chris, Jason, Laura, Julia, and the entire cast and crew for all their tireless dedication to the show and can’t wait to see how the Byrdes’ journey comes to a close.”
Netflix did not announce a premiere date for the final season.