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As one of Netflix's most successful crime dramas – presumably, since the service doesn't release official viewership stats – Ozark has put Jason Bateman and Laura Linney's Marty and Wendy Byrde through the wringer along with their kids (and other family members). Perhaps fortunately for the family, if not fans, Netflix has announced that Ozark will be ending with Season 4. However, there's are two silver linings that should make everyone take this news a little easier.
For one, Ozark Season 4 is going to be a super-sized season. Instead of the usual ten-episode layout that fans have gotten in the first three seasons, Season 4 will get another four episodes to close out the Byrde family's life of crime. And it doesn't take much imagination to think that it's going to be extremely tense, and that some characters will be taken out of the equation before all is said and done.
For the second piece of arguably good news, Ozark Season 4 is going to be released in two sets of seven episodes. That way, it's almost like there are two shortened seasons left, as opposed to just one. Hopefully showrunner Chris Mundy will be constructing the narrative so that there's a meaningful twist or cliffhanger to close out the first batch of seven episodes, giving viewers something meaty to talk about during the hiatus.
Here's what Jason Bateman had to say about the combined renewal and ending news.
A super sized season means super sized problems for the Byrdes. I’m excited to end with a bang(s).
I can't wait to see just how many bangs this show will close out with, though I'm betting they won't be holding all the bangs just for the very end. As not to get too deep into spoiler territory, the way Season 3 ended expanded with the Byrdes' relationship with the Navarro cartel expanding, thanks to the couple's adept skills at fudging the truth. But lies can only take characters so far before the truth comes back around to deliver reckonings.
Check out Netflix's teaser video below, which sadly, if understandably, doesn't feature any actual footage. It DOES double down on the idea that things are ending with a bang, which now has me worried that Jason Bateman's Marty will be on the receiving end of something very unfortunate.