‘Ozark’ Season 4 Reportedly Wraps Production — What to Expect

Ozark fans have been eager for the show’s return ever since the season 3 finale, which saw the murder of Helen Pierce. Unfortunately, it’s been a long wait due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. But now, it looks like production on Ozark Season 4 is finally complete.

Jason Bateman and Laura Linney on 'Ozark'
Jason Bateman and Laura Linney on ‘Ozark’ | Netflix

What happened last on ‘Ozark’

Ozark is a drama series following financial advisor Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) as he moves his family from Chicago to Missouri to wash money for a Mexican drug cartel. It premiered on Netflix in 2017 and exploded to become one of the streamer’s most popular shows ever, captivating viewers with its storytelling and characters.

The last season premiered in March of 2020, chronicling Marty and his wife Wendy (Laura Linney) trying to keep their casino afloat. It looked like they were going to be killed by Omar Navarro (Felix Solis) for a string of missteps that happened throughout the show. But he decided to spare them after they helped him end a war with a rival cartel, choosing instead to kill Helen (Janet McTeer), who had been trying to cut out the Byrdes.

Now, Marty and Wendy will be working with him more closely but less with Ruth Langmore (Julia Garner), who cut ties with the Byrdes after realizing they set up her boyfriend, Ben Davis (Tom Pelphrey).

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‘Ozark’ Season 4 has reportedly finished filming

After filming for nearly a year, Ozark Season 4 was completed in October, according to The Midgard Times. Showbiz Cheat Sheet cannot confirm the report, but W Magazine previously reported that filming would end around this time of the year. The release date for Ozark Season 4 remains a mystery, but Bateman said in an episode of his Smartless podcast that the show could return as early as January of 2022.

Netflix unveiled a first-look of Ozark Season 4 in September at its TUDUM event. Picking up right after Helen’s death, the clip finds the Byrdes in a bathroom trying to clean blood and brain matter from themselves, clearly traumatized by what just occurred. Outside, Navarro celebrates with family as if nothing happened.

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This is it for the Byrdes

Discussing the next season, which is also the last, showrunner Chris Mundy told Deadline that it would focus on the Byrdes as they try to figure out their “endgame.”

“You’re going to learn what they want their end game to be, and they’re going to have to reckon with it a little bit,” he said. “There’s that great scene between Laura [Linney] and Tom [Pelphrey] when they’re in the megastore parking lot in the car, and there’s a line Miki Johnson wrote, when Wendy says [something] like: ‘When you’ve been running for your life, everything else seems exceedingly dull.’”

“If they’re (Marty and Wendy) trying to look to see if there’s an out, they’ve got to figure out if that’s what they want, and if so, what’s the version of it that they want,” he continued. “Then reckoning with that after so much chaos — that’s going to bubbling under the surface.”

Watch the first three seasons of Ozark now on Netflix.