Why ‘Ozark’ Season 3 Won’t Be the Last Season for the Netflix Show

If you haven’t jumped on the Ozark bandwagon yet, then you may only have a few more months left to binge-watch past episodes and get current on season 3’s drama. The show stars Hollywood funnyman, Jason Bateman, as Marty Byrde.

Exactly what the future holds for the show is the question many fans still have. Officially, Ozark season 3 is well underway for the 2019 or 2020 Netflix lineup.

Also known for his work on popular TV series such as Criminal Minds and Cold Case, Chris Mundy is one of Ozark’s producers and writers. He had initially envisioned only five seasons for the show. But, he now expects more drama for one of the most well-received Netflix series of all time.

What is ‘Ozark’ about?

Jason Bateman attends the "Ozark" New York Screening at The Metrograph on July 20, 2017 in New York City.
Jason Batemen | Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic

Ozark focuses on the Byrde family. Fans are introduced to Marty, who is a middle-class and very troubled financial planner involved in a long list of criminal activities, mostly money laundering for a Mexican drug cartel. Bateman has earned two Emmy nominations for his portrayal of the criminal.

Equally compelling, if not more, is Wendy Byrde, portrayed by Laura Linney. In a strained marriage with Marty, Wendy uproots her life against her will to save her life and her children’s. As the show progresses, Wendy’s true potential as a criminal mastermind shines.

The general premise of the show is the Byrde family adjusting to their new life, dealing with local criminals, and surviving long enough to pay back the debt they owe the Mexican cartel.

How popular is ‘Ozark’?

Ozark can be considered another iteration of Netflix’s super popular Breaking Bad. Similar to how that show’s leading characters, played by Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, sunk deeper and deeper in an illegal web of meth cooking and dealing, Marty and Wendy also travel down a path of high-financing a drug kingpin’s profits.

According to IndieWire, Ozark was the most popular streaming show of the summer of 2017, its premiere season. This conclusion was also based on demand metrics, which examine the amount of Ozark-based written content, social media posts, file sharing, and online streaming numbers as determined by Nielsen.

By the end of season 2, Rotten Tomatoes gave the show a huge audience score of 90% and a critic’s rating of 76%. The Audience Score is a rating from verified watchers who have written a review. An audience score is Fresh when it is above 60%, and you’ll see a red popcorn bucket next to its title listing. At first glimpse, Ozark Season 3 looks like it will focus on the marriage and family troubles that follow the Byrdes as they dodge landing on a mob hit list.

Will season 3 be the last installment of ‘Ozark’?

First, let’s take a look at the cast members joining the Ozark family:

  • Madison Thompson (NCIS: New Orleans) will play Erin, Helen’s (Janet McTeer) teenage daughter. 
  • Tom Pelphrey (Iron Fist) will play Ben Davis, Wendy’s capricious younger brother.
  • Jessica Frances Dukes (By The Way, Meet Vera Stark) will play FBI agent and forensic accountant, Maya Miller.

Season 3 promises 10 episodes and the show’s return was tweeted by Bateman. He also confirmed that he is the exclusive producer and will direct the first two and probably the last two out of the 10 episodes in season 3.

Will the third season be the last for Ozark? We don’t think so following this statement put out by Mundy: “We’ve always talked about it as five seasons. It could be four, it could be seven… but that always seemed like a good number to us.”

For now, you can expect the entire Byrde family to return. As for Byrde’s wife Wendy, this character made a strong move to take over the men of the family. This included starting up a floating casino instead of fleeing to the Gold Coast of Australia.

Expect more of a power struggle between Wendy and Ruth (Julia Garner), the other strong female who will do anything to get ahead.

With these new plot twists and rumors of Ruth possibly killing off Wendy to claim her place at the top, expect Ozark to continue as a Netflix fan favorite. The show may well overtake the six seasons that the very popular Sopranos claimed.