The New 'Ozark' Teaser Offers a Grim Reminder of Its Past

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Photo credit: COURTESY OF NETFLIX
Photo credit: COURTESY OF NETFLIX

If you like your TV shows heavily desaturated, mildly Jason Bateman, and a tiny bit polo shirt, then you've probably heard of Ozark. Netflix's Midwestern crime-and-drugs drama is about to debut its fourth and final season, which will be split in two parts, amounting to a total of 14 episodes. And since the third season wrapped up way back in early 2020, you might have forgotten a couple details. Thankfully, the series debuted a brand-new teaser for the next run of episodes, in the form of a reminder of past events.

Pretty depressing, right? At least Ruth Langmore will be there to lighten up the mood.

Watch the clip below and after, you'll find everything you need to know about the final season of Ozark, including its release date, trailers, plot details, relevant tidbits from interviews with the stars and creators, and more.

When is Ozark coming back for Season Four?

In the summer of 2020, Netflix announced that Season Four of Ozark would be the series' last, wrapping up the saga of the Byrde family for good. Even more, the final episodes would be split into two parts the streamer revealed. Instead of the normal 10-episode drop, Ozark will release two parts that will each run seven episodes long.

"We're so happy Netflix recognized the importance of giving Ozark more time to end the Byrdes' saga right," Ozark show-runner Chris Mundy said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. "It's been such a great adventure for all of us—both on screen and off—so we're thrilled to get the chance to bring it home in the most fulfilling way possible."

In a new teaser, we glimpse a title card that says Part I will drop on January 21, 2022. Hopefully, we see Part II not too long after that. Regardless, Ozark star Jason Bateman says it'll be worth the wait.

“A super sized season means super sized problems for the Byrdes. I’m excited to end with a bang(s),” Bateman added in a statement to EW.

What will Ozark Season Four be about?

Well, if Marty and Wendy, covered in Helen Pierce brains (sorry), hugging Omar Navarro didn’t clue you in—Season Four of Ozark will follow the Byrdes as they navigate life as direct reports to the cartel’s head honcho. The first trailer for the new season, which debuted in September, seemed to confirm this. Instead of a montage of Season Four moments, we only glimpse a single scene. We pick up with Marty and Wendy in what looks like the immediate aftermath of Pierce's death. They wipe blood off each other, both (justifiably!) feeling pretty damn tense. It's a classic Marty-Wendy moment: a tender marital moment wrapped up in this messed-up, bloody shit they've wrapped themselves in. The clip ends with the couple sensing someone approaching.

Photo credit: TINA ROWDEN/NETFLIX
Photo credit: TINA ROWDEN/NETFLIX

The teaser that revealed Part I's release date, tells us much less about what's next for Marty and Wendy. Running only a minute long, it's more of a recap video, with the release date pinned to the end. We get glimpses of the main spots in Ozark: the casino, the Blue Cat Lodge, the Langmores' homes, and more. It's all set to a voiceover of Marty and Wendy waxing poetic about the nature of money.

That said, let's rewind a little bit to run down everything else we know about the new season.

In June 2021, we finally got our first bit of substantial Ozark news in about a full year, when The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Veronica Falcón and Ali Stroker will join the cast in key roles. Here's how THR described their roles:

Falcón will play Camila, the sister of drug cartel leader Omar Navarro (Felix Solis) whose son “Javi Elizonndro” (Alfonso Herrera) is scheming to take over his uncle’s cartel. “Camila quietly works behind the scenes to become a formidable player in her family’s drug empire.”

Stroker will play Charles-Ann, an old friend of Ruth’s (Julia Garner) mother “who lends her a hand when she is in need of some assistance.”

If anything, this confirms that Season Four will largely focus on the Byrds's budding relationship with the Navarro family. More than that, though, it seems like there will be some major turmoil within the cartel's ranks. It'll be interesting to see if Omar's family does indeed make a play for a power position and try to usurp him. On the Langmore side of the plot, it's a little harder to speculate on the THR bit, other than the fact that Ruth will be in trouble and in need of said assistance. It might lend fuel to the fire of a contingent of Ozark followers who believe Ruth will die in the series's final episodes.

Plus, the news that Ozark brought on Killer Mike, AKA one half of venerable hip-hop duo Run the Jewels, is as welcome as anything we've heard about the new season. Billboard describes his role as a cameo, so we're not sure when (or where) he could factor into this global adventure. Either way, it looks like House of Card's Robin Wright will be behind the camera, directing at least one episode—and you can bet she'll bring some of that cutthroat edge from the Netflix series into play here.

From the creators' ends, Mundy talked about the final moments of Season Three in an interview with Indiewire, confirming that, yeah, Marty and Wendy will be in deeper shit than ever when the new season begins:

“Marty kind of said it in the speech that he gives to try and get Wendy out of bed, which is that we have to burrow all the way into the center of this thing. To us, it’s that. It’s, you’re a vital part of this enterprise now and you’re completely on his radar, to the point where he’s commingling his or someone else’s blood with yours, you’re sharing in that. And so, for better or worse, you’re completely in this game, and now it’s yours to see if you have another play left in you.”

Now, Ozark wouldn’t be Ozark if the entire Ozarks weren't gunning after Marty and Wendy as they try to launder their money in peace. At the end of Season Three, Darlene Snells plays Nick Fury and puts together the Ozark Avengers, and recruits the Langmores and the Kansas City mob to build back up her humble drug-making-and-distributing business. Bet on Darlene and recent Byrde Enterprises dropout Ruth to go after the Byrdes in Season Four. The latter, especially, considering that Mundy teased a Ruth v. Marty and Wendy showdown in future episodes. Then, of course, there's a quote Mundy gave before the official Season Four announcement, which makes it sound like Ruth could come out on top when Ozark wraps up for good.

“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,” he said. “And I think it will be about if the Byrdes can turn the biggest mistake of their lives into this huge advantage, and how much will karma catch up with them if they do?”

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