Warning: This article contains spoilers for Ozark season 3.
Some sad news: The Byrde family's time in the Missouri Ozarks—and on Netflix—has come to an end. But first, Ozark will return to the streaming service to end the saga properly in its fourth and final season.
On Tuesday, June 30, Netflix announced the final season of Ozark will adopt a new format. It will clock in at 14 episodes, but will be broken into two parts with seven episodes each. "A super sized season means super sized problems for the Byrdes. I’m excited to end with a bang(s)," Jason Bateman, who plays protagonist Marty Byrde, said in a statement.
Since the beginning of Ozark, Marty and Wendy have tried their best to keep their family and business lives separate, and season 3 found them in their most difficult situation yet when Wendy's little brother Ben comes to town. Loyalties were tested, sides were switched (how could you Ruth?!), and loved ones passed, culminating in an ending no one saw coming: Navarro (Marty's very impatient employer and head honcho of the cartel) chose the Byrdes over Helen.
In an interview with EW, Ozark showrunner Chris Mundy explained that the Byrdes are much more valuable to Navarro than Helen.
As good as Helen is, there's other lawyers in the world. But Wendy and Marty have now pulled off two impossibilities for him," Mundy explained. "One is getting a casino to launder through in the first place, which is sort of the holy grail of money laundering. And the second is that, at least in Navarro's mind, their claim that they have the FBI on their side and can swing the power of the U.S. government in the intervention in the drug war against their rivals, that's something virtually no one else can do, and that essentially tipped the scales for Marty and Wendy.
Netflix didn't announce an official date, but its safe to assume Ozark won't return until 2021, as season 3 debuted in March. In the meantime, stream all three seasons of Ozark on Netflix now.
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