If you like your TV shows heavily desaturated, mildly Jason Bateman, and a tiny bit polo shirt, then you’ve probably heard of Ozark. Netflix’s Midwestern crime-and-drugs drama is about to debut its fourth and final season, which will be split in two parts, amounting to a total of 14 episodes—but since the third season wrapped up way back in early 2020, we haven’t learned much about the plot going forward, until now. On Thursday morning, Ozark debuted a new trailer that outlines what’ll likely be the main beats of the first few episodes.
In the preview, which you can watch below, we learn that Omar Navarro is looking to get out of the drug biz. He wants Marty and Wendy to broker a deal with the FBI to get him a litany of perks, probably under threat of death. Meanwhile, the Langmore-Snells are back to growing opium, and it looks like Jonah is a full-on money launderer now? Read on for everything you need to know about the final season of Ozark, including its release date, trailers, more plot details, relevant tidbits from interviews with the stars and creators, and more.
When is Ozark coming back for Season Four?
In the summer of 2020, Netflix announced that Season Four of Ozark would be the series’ last, wrapping up the saga of the Byrde family for good. Even more, the final episodes would be split into two parts the streamer revealed. Instead of the normal 10-episode drop, Ozark will release two parts that will each run seven episodes long.
“We’re so happy Netflix recognized the importance of giving Ozark more time to end the Byrdes’ saga right,” Ozark show-runner Chris Mundy said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. “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.”
Part I will drop on January 21, 2022. Hopefully, we see Part II not too long after that. Regardless, Ozark star Jason Bateman says it’ll be worth the wait.
What will Ozark Season Four be about?
Well, if Marty and Wendy, covered in Helen Pierce brains (sorry), hugging Omar Navarro didn’t clue you in—Season Four of Ozark will follow the Byrdes as they navigate life as direct reports to the cartel’s head honcho. The first trailer for the new season, which debuted in September, seemed to confirm this. Instead of a montage of Season Four moments, we only glimpse a single scene. We pick up with Marty and Wendy in what looks like the immediate aftermath of Pierce’s death. They wipe blood off each other, both (justifiably!) feeling pretty damn tense. It’s a classic Marty-Wendy moment: a tender marital moment wrapped up in this messed-up, bloody shit they’ve wrapped themselves in. The clip ends with the couple sensing someone approaching. And now, with the newest trailer, we know that the Byrds’s main mission is helping Navarro retire without any consequences.
Now, let’s rewind a little bit to run down everything else we know about the new season. In June 2021, we finally got our first bit of substantial Ozark news in about a full year, when The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Veronica Falcón and Ali Stroker will join the cast in key roles. Here’s how THR described their roles:
If anything, this confirms that Season Four will largely focus on the Byrds’s budding relationship with the Navarro family. More than that, though, it seems like there will be some major turmoil within the cartel’s ranks. It’ll be interesting to see if Omar’s family does indeed make a play for a power position and try to usurp him. On the Langmore side of the plot, it’s a little harder to speculate, other than the fact that Ruth will be in trouble, working with Darlene Snell, and in need of said assistance. Thursday’s trailer might lend fuel to the fire of a contingent of Ozark followers who believe Ruth will die in the series’s final episodes.
Plus, the news that Ozark brought on Killer Mike, AKA one half of venerable hip-hop duo Run the Jewels, is as welcome as anything we’ve heard about the new season. Billboard describes his role as a cameo, so we’re not sure when (or where) he could factor into this global adventure. Either way, it looks like House of Card’s Robin Wright will be behind the camera, directing at least one episode—and you can bet she’ll bring some of that cutthroat edge from the Netflix series into play here.
Now, Ozark wouldn’t be Ozark if the entire Ozarks weren’t gunning after Marty and Wendy as they try to launder their money in peace. At the end of Season Three, Darlene Snell plays Nick Fury and puts together the Ozark Avengers, and recruits the Langmores and the Kansas City mob to build back up her humble drug-making-and-distributing business. Bet on Darlene and recent Byrde Enterprises dropout Ruth to go after the Byrdes in Season Four. The latter, especially, considering that Mundy teased a Ruth v. Marty and Wendy showdown in future episodes. Then, of course, there’s a quote Mundy gave before the official Season Four announcement, which makes it sound like Ruth could come out on top when Ozark wraps up for good.
“If we’re lucky enough to get a Season Four, I think it 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,” he said. “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?”