‘Ozark’ Season 4: Showrunner Teases What Next Installment Would Be About

A show about people trying to escape their crimes is bound to turn bloody, usually sooner rather than later. Ozark spilled probably the most shocking amount of blood at the end of its just-released third-season. 

So the big question fans of the show have is “When is season 4 coming?” Frustratingly, in true Netflix fashion, that hasn’t been finalized yet, but Ozark showrunner Chris Mundy definitely wants to continue, and he has a road map laid out. 

Why is ‘Ozark’ so popular? 

Wendy holding a gun
Laura Linney as Wendy Byrde | Steve Deitl/Netflix

The show — starring Jason Bateman, Laura Linney and Julia Garner — came to Netflix in 2017. According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch,  co-creator Bill Dubuque set it at Lake of the Ozarks because he worked for the Alhonna Resort and Marina when he was a teenager.

The show is set around the Lake of the Ozarks because it struck Dubuque as a place where one could conceivably run a business on the wrong side of the law. Bateman’s character was fleeing a money laundering scheme that went sour in Chicago,  only to be forced to start an even bigger operation in the Ozarks.

The show was slow to get going critically, scoring a relatively low 70 percent on Rotten Tomatoes in its first season. The critical consensus for season 1 said: “Ozark hasn’t yet reached the same level as the classic crime dramas to which it will inevitably be compared, but its satisfyingly complex plot – and a gripping performance from Jason Bateman – suggest greater potential.”

That greater potential was realized by season 3, which has a 97 percent rating and a consensus stating: “Ozark finally finds its footing in a third season that ramps up the tension and shines a brighter spotlight on Laura Linney’s exceptional performance.”

How did ‘Ozark’ Season 3 turn out? 

Spoiler warning for viewers who have not caught up with Ozark, because it gets particularly ugly this time.

Entertainment Weekly caught up with showrunner Chris Mundy, who talked about the violent finale, when Janet McTeer’s Helen gets shot in the head, with crime boss Navarro seeming to hold all the cards. 

“By the time it came to the end, we really wanted to hold that tension of these two things cannot cohabitate, somebody’s got to win this battle, because Navarro isn’t going to put up with anything unstable and he was going to have to pick a side,” Mundy said. “The whole last episode starts in a very tentative way because there’s fallout from things that happened in episode 9, and once it clicks into gear we didn’t want it to stop until the very last possible second.”

Navarro was last seen hugging a bloodied Wendy and Marty, promising a new beginning., which basically means the beginning of being truly in deep. Maybe in too deep, but that’s a question that would be explored in season 4, provided there is one. 

Will ‘Ozark’ be back for season  4?

Netflix hasn’t officially OK’d season 4 yet, and that may make some people nervous because Netflix doesn’t let shows run long anymore as a general rule. If for some reason Ozark did stop here, it would seem like it’s ending before its time with such a cliffhanger of a conclusion. 

Mundy says: “If we’re lucky enough to get a season 4, 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. And I think it will be about if the Byrdes can they turn the biggest mistake of their lives into this huge advantage, and how much will karma catch up with them if they do?”