A fourth season of Ozark hasn't technically been ordered by Netflix.
It seems like only a technicality at this point, given the show's massive popularity.
Jason Bateman says the show could be nearing the end, though.
The third season of Ozark was the show's best yet—explosive ending included. With two seasons under its belt to establish who Marty Byrde, Wendy Byrde, Ruth Langmore, and the rest of the gang are as characters, the third season allowed the show to really settle in and tell a thrilling, exciting, and well-paced crime story. Jason Bateman, who not only stars as Marty Byrde but also directs a number of episodes in each season, recently spoke to Collider, and revealed that while the show is certainly picking up steam, he doesn't see it lasting forever.
Bateman said in the interview that he's always operated under the idea that Ozark would run for “three seasons, four seasons, five seasons, something like that," and that "it doesn’t feel like it’s a 12-season show."
If the show were to only run for four or five seasons, that would mean any future seasons of Ozark would be the home stretch.
If that fourth season does end up getting an order, though, it probably won't enter production any time soon. While a typical break between seasons for the show has been between a year and a year and a half, a likely delay in filming due to the COVID-19 pandemic could push that delay back even further. The good news, though, is that the writing and planning processes aren't necessarily be affected; the bad news is that filming, as of now, is essentially impossible. We'll continue to update this space as we learn more.
Will there be a fourth season of Ozark?
Netflix hasn't officially renewed Ozark for a fourth season yet. But based on how popular the show is, that seems to be only a technicality at this point. Speaking to Collider, Bateman revealed that showrunner Chris Mundy is already plotting out with a fourth season would entail when that official call is made.
“There is not an official pickup for Season 4,” Bateman said . “We’re all operating under the hope it will happen. It’s Netflix’s norm to wait for a show to premiere and collect the data for weeks two, three, and four and see if there’s an audience there to justify an additional season. So, I guess we’re in that period right now. But, I know [showrunner] Chris Mundy and his team are hard at work figuring out what that fourth season would be if that official pick-up lands.”
A fourth season of Ozark could be the beginning of the end.
As Bateman alluded in that same Collider interview, Ozark has never been intended as a show that would last for a decade or anywhere close. If his idea of 3-4-5 seasons for Ozark becomes reality, that means that a fourth season, theoretically could be the end—or at least could begin to set up the end.
“If you keep going for a whole lot longer, you’re going to go over the cliff, or up over the peak of the mountain and you end up jumping the shark,” he said. “So, given the intelligence of Marty Byrde and Wendy Byrde, if they keep going at this pitch for much longer, they’re either going to be killed or put in jail. The alternative is to flatten out that pitch so that you don’t end up jumping the shark, but then you start stalling just for additional episodes and seasons. So, I’m not sure where and when it’ll end, but given their intelligence, it doesn’t feel like it’s a 12-season show.”
Filming of a potential fourth season will be delayed.
While the show is called, yes, Ozark, it's not actually filmed in the titular Ozarks. In reality, those local woods and big lakes you've seen in the show's first three seasons have all actually been in Georgia. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Georgia has actually bene one of the first states to ease restrictions; that being said, according to Deadline Netflix, among other production companies, will not be moving forward at the time being until it can be assured of a safe experience for all on set.
Ted Sarandos, Netflix's Chief Content Officer, said that while the state may have eased restrictions, his company wouldn't be moving forward until rigorous testing “We have to be able to look our employees and cast and crew in the eyes and say, ‘This is a safe place to work’,” he said on an earnings call. The report also said that the company, which also films Stranger Things in Georgia, is working closely with production partners and local governments to assess the situation as it continues to develop.
Who will be in the fourth season's cast?
We don't know which new characters could be added for a potential third season. But given the way the third season closed out, we can expect to see many of the regulars return once again. That means Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde, Laura Linney as Wendy Byrde, Sofia Hublitz as Charlotte Byrde, Skylar Gaertner as Jonah Byrde, Julia Garner as Ruth Langmore, Charlie Tahan as Wyatt Langmore, Lisa Emery as Darlene Snell, Jessica Frances Dukes as Special Agent Maya Miller, and Felix Solis as Omar Navarro.
When will the fourth Season of Ozark come out?
Given that the fourth season of Ozark technically hasn't even been ordered yet, and everything is also shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it's incredibly difficult to predict when a fourth season of Ozark could come out. But we can operate based on previous schedules, and also assume that the show, at least as of now, is writing on a usual schedule, since they wouldn't be in production right now anyway.
The first two seasons had late summer releases in 2017 and 2018, while the third season waited a bit longer for a late winter/early spring 2020 release. Based on this, it would be reasonable to expect a fourth season of Ozark in Spring 2021 at the earliest, but with production so uncertain for everything going forward, you'll have to take that with a grain of salt.
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