Ozark season 4 final scene: Will flash-forward reveal Byrdes’ death?
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Netflix’s Emmy-winning drama Ozark is slated to be starting filming on its fourth and final season in November. Following a phenomenally successful third series in 2020, Netflix confirmed Ozark would be ending with one mega last outing. But what will happen in season four and has showrunner Chris Mundy already shared one clue?
Season four will be made up of 14 episodes in total, which will be split in half with the first block of seven expected to be released on Netflix in 2021.
The second batch is then expected to be coming out in 2022 but the streaming platform has yet to confirm all of this.
This final series is going to be the longest and Mundy said he was grateful he and the rest of the writers had been given the chance to finish the story of the Byrdes in the way they intended with more time.
Season four will be shot in one go with both blocks shot back to back and simply split up by Netflix to make it last a bit longer.
Speaking to Gold Derby about season four, Mundy said: “We’re treating it in the writers’ room as two [seasons].
“So, it is one season and episode 401 is even going to be a flash-forward most likely and something that comes deeper – I’m not positive about that.
“So, in a way it’s one whole but because people are going to experience it in two halves, we want to feel episode 407 ends in a certain way and episode 408 begins in a certain way and respect the fact that people are going to watch it months apart.
“At the end of it all, when you go back and watch it all as one full season once the second half of it is dropped, it feels coherent. But we try to do that from year to year anyway.”
Mundy went on to stress there wouldn’t be a “gigantic time-jump” in the show because season four still needed to feel like one piece.
He added: “Technically, it is one season, so we want to keep it whole.”
Mundy’s words suggest this flash-forward could be significant to the plot and perhaps hint at a shape of things to come for the Byrdes.
Given the world of Ozark is notoriously cutthroat and brutal with characters not lasting long, the Byrdes too are on borrowed time.
At least some of the characters – if not the entire family – could be killed off after Marty (played by Jason Bateman) and Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney) made a Faustian pact with the Navarro Cartel.
The couple are going to be dealing directly with mob boss Omar Navarro (Felix Solis), who dispenses swiftly with those he views as redundant.
Mundy has said the show’s endgame had been already teased in season three.
In fact, the finale and the fate of the Byrdes was alluded to by the writers as early as the start of season two, which means there may be breadcrumbs for avid fans to go back and find.
The showrunner said he’d always wanted to know when the final season would be, so he could focus towards writing it.
He explained: “I didn’t want to be in a position of writing something that might be the finale or not depending on whether we kept going.
“Netflix was really good about that. They said, ‘We will tell you for sure.’
“Knowing it’s the end and knowing we can write towards an end is really helpful. But getting a little more time to tell it is great, honestly.”
He admitted it was tricky navigating the writers’ room via Zoom and having to keep so much information about the different episodes in mind with now a four extra on top of the usual 10.
Ozark seasons 1 to 3 are streaming on Netflix now
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