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Ozark season 4: release date, trailer, and more on the Netflix series

Ozark season 4
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Ozark season 4 is arriving imminently, with "part one" landing on January 21, 2022. As the date gets nearer, you might be on the hunt for more details about the next installment in Netflix's slow-burn crime drama – and if that's the case, you've come to the right place.

We've rounded up absolutely everything there is to know about the new season right here, and there's a surprising amount. For one thing, season 4 finally has a trailer, and while it doesn't give a whole lot away, it is a good hint at what to expect from the coming episodes. Then there's the first look clip to study for clues, too, with both teasers featuring Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde and Laura Linney as Wendy Byrde. Though Felix Solis' dangerous cartel boss Omar Navarro doesn't show up in either clip, he casts an ominous shadow. 

We've also got plot details, information on the cast, who is and isn't directing episodes, and much more below. So, scroll on to check out everything we know about Ozark season 4.

Ozark season 4 release date and episode count

Jason Bateman and Julia Garner in Ozark

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Ozark season 4 will be returning with Part 1 this January 21, 2022. There's no word yet on when Part 2 will release, though. The entire season will consist of 14 episodes.

Jason Bateman previously told Collider that the production process on Ozark, from initial writing to the finished product, takes a minimum of 12 months: "I think the fastest we can turn around a full season, from starting the writers room to having Netflix push it out – because then Netflix also has to dub all the episodes and all the different territory languages so it can go out on the same day – is basically 12 months. There's just no way to do it any quicker." He then added that it's, "more like a 14-month thing." However, this could be affected by the fact the season has been split into two parts (more on that later).

Ozark season 4 trailer

Ozark has two trailers – as well as a first look

The first trailer, which you can watch above, doesn't give much away. It showcases some important locations from the series, like the Missouri Belle Casino, while voiceovers from previous episodes can be heard over ominous music. "Why do I have this feeling we both know that you'd be better off dead?" Ruth Langmore can be heard asking, which is a callback to season 1, when Marty Byrde first arrived in the Ozarks. We then see Marty and Wendy Byrde, looking nervous, at what looks to be cartel boss Omar Navarro's mansion.

The second trailer runs in reverse and recaps some key moments from the previous three series, including Helen Pierce's death, going all the way back to episode 1 when Marty Byrde was almost executed by Del Rio – all while Marty in a voiceover talks about the repercussions of making decisions. In between the flashbacks, we see what appears to be a huge car accident involving the Byrde family. "No ending is reached by accident," the trailer says.

The first look was released at Netflix's Tudum event, and shows Marty and Wendy trying to wash themselves clean of Helen Piece's blood after she was executed in front of them in the season 3 finale.

Some images from season 4 have also been released, which you can check out below. They're all fairly sinister – in one, Marty appears to be threatened by a stranger wielding a gun, and in another, Ruth and Wyatt look to be burying something. 

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Ozark season 4 is split into two parts

Laura Linney in Ozark

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Charlie Tahan, who plays Wyatt, was the first to confirm that Ozark season 4 would run for 14 episodes instead of the usual 10. However, that comes with a major downside: the season has been split into two parts.

"There's usually ten episodes each season but they're doing 14 now," Tahan said, and confirmed to NME that filming was underway in May, adding: "COVID [has] slowed things down quite a bit but we're moving along pretty well."

Ozark season 4 cast

Julia Garner as Ruth Langmore

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Lots of familiar faces will be back in season 4, while some… won't be. Ozark season 3 saw two huge deaths: Tom Pelphrey's Ben Davis and Janet McTeer's Helen Pierce. 

Jason Bateman will be back as Marty Byrde, with Laura Linney back as Wendy Byrde. Their children Charlotte and Jonah will also be back, played by Sofia Hublitz and Skylar Gaertner respectively. 

Tensions are high between Julia Garner's Ruth Langmore and the Byrdes, and we'll see her return, too. Charlie Tahan will be back as Ruth's brother Wyatt, and Lisa Emery as Darlene Snell will make a reappearance.  Jessica Frances Dukes' Special Agent Maya Miller still has a part to play, too. 

Joseph Sikora's Frank Cosgrove Jr. will make a return despite his, uh, painful injury at Darlene's hands – and his father Frank Cosgrove Sr., played by John Bedford Lloyd, will also be back. 

Season 3 ended with Omar Navarro embracing the Byrdes and telling them "today is a beginning," and the actor behind the cartel boss, Felix Solis, is a series regular for season 4, so expect to see more of him. Damian Young will also be a series regular for the fourth installment, so we'll be seeing more of Jim Rattelsdorf too. Newcomers Alfonso Herrera and Adam Rothenberg are joining the cast as regulars, with Bruno Bichir, CC Castillo, and Katrina Lenk recurring. 

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Deadline reports that Herrera's character Javi Elizonndro is part of the Navarro family, but is planning on taking the cartel for himself while pretending to be a loyal lieutenant. Javi has since been revealed to be Navarro's nephew. 

Rothenberg, meanwhile, will play Mel Sattem, an ex-police officer turned private investigator, while Birchir will play Navarro's priest. Castillo will play Sheriff Leigh Guerrero of Missouri law enforcement, and Lenk will play Clare Shaw, a biopharmaceutical company CEO. 

Also reported by Deadline, Eric Ladin will join the cast in a recurring role as Kerry, a man who lives recklessly and is always on the look-out for the next big thing. 

Two new recurring guest stars have also been added to the line-up. Veronica Falcón will play Navarro's sister Camilla, the mother of Javi, who has her own schemes – while Ali Stroker will portray Charles-Ann, a helpful old friend of Ruth's mother. 

Ruth will also be sharing a scene with rapper Killer Mike, who is set to make a cameo in season 4. According to Billboard, who reported the news, he'll encounter Ruth "at her lowest point."

Ozark season 4 plot

Jason Bateman in Ozark

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Plot details are thin on the ground right now, but it's easy to speculate what might be headed our way in Ozark season 4. For one thing, Ruth is likely to do something drastic after Wendy allowed Ben to be killed – and Ruth is now on Darlene's team, which could spell trouble for the Byrdes. 

The official plot summary for season 4 reads: "The new season will mark the final chapter in the Byrde family's journey from suburban Chicago life to their criminal enterprise in the Ozarks." 

There's also an official logline (H/T Collider): "Marty and Wendy are rid of Helen and climb to the top of Navarro’s empire. They find another opportunity to get out of the Ozarks but some past sins won't stay buried and the most dangerous threats come from blood." 

Plus, Jason Bateman has given a brief teaser about what to expect: "A supersized season means super sized problems for the Byrdes. I'm excited to end with a bang(s)." He's also revealed that he knows the series' ending, telling Indie Wire: "I do know where everything is going to end…  I was interested in the big question [Chris Mundy, showrunner] has the opportunity to answer: Are they going to get away with it, or are they going to pay a bill? What does he want to message to the audience about the consequences of what the Byrdes have done – or lack thereof?" He added: "We had some great conversations about that, and he's got really good ideas about that. Specifically, what kind of happens at the end of the last episode: I know, and it's great."

Chris Mundy, Ozark's showrunner, said to Entertainment Weekly of an at-the-time hypothetical fourth season: "Well, 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. And I think it will be about if the Byrdes can they turn the biggest mistake of their lives into this huge advantage, and how much will karma catch up with them if they do?"

Ben's death was a huge shock, and took its toll on his sister Wendy, who broke down afterwards. Ruth was almost a surrogate Byrde at that point, but his death has split them apart seemingly for good – it'll be hard for her to ever forgive Wendy giving the go-ahead for Ben's murder. Plus, Wendy and Marty's son Jonah knows the truth about Ben's death – and he didn't take it well at all, so there's plenty of trouble on the horizon. 

Then there's Navarro, who is also about to become a big presence in the series following season 3's shocking ending. That will likely introduce a lot more danger into the Byrdes' everyday lives. Mundy also detailed what's coming up for the Byrdes and Navarro: "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."

We can also expect the Byrdes to be more of a team moving forward. "Part of what they've come to understand in season 3 is that they've each tried to do it completely on their own and the whole thing doesn't work unless they're actually doing it together," Mundy continued. "They're both smart and capable and willing to do some things, but it's not enough until there's the two of them. The end of season 3 brought that into sharp relief, so that's where they are, and I think they both feel it – and not just as an intellectual thing, it's finally sort of an emotional realization."

Without Ruth, it's almost certain that the duo will need to present a united front to deal with their challenges. 

Ozark season 4 showrunner and directors

Jason Bateman in Ozark

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Chris Mundy returns as showrunner for Ozark season 4, and while star Jason Bateman has previously directed the first two episodes of every season, for Ozark's swan song, this unfortunately won't be possible. 

Bateman stepped away from the director's chair due to the pandemic. He explained to IndieWire: "As normal, I was going to do the first two episodes, but as we were looking through the protocols, the guidelines, all the complications with COVID, [and] the producer side of me made me think it's just not responsible to have one of the actors direct the first two, given that we're still going to be getting our perimeter safe… Because if one of the actors gets sick, we all have to go home for weeks. If one of the crew members gets sick – while I'm making sure their salary is protected while they're in quarantine – we can hire a replacement. So it just didn't seem smart for me to [direct] the first two [episodes]."

Robin Wright will be helming an episode of season 4, and spoke to Collider about how her approach to directing Ozark differs from her experience on House of Cards: "It's interesting because being on House of Cards, we had to adhere to a canvas. There was a style to that show. We could only use certain lenses, we couldn't use handheld camera, never use steadicam. And so you felt this structure of kind of being confined, but it's a great way to learn when you go, 'Ok, I can't step outside the toy box there. Okay, how am I going to shoot my style without breaking the style of the show?' This is going to be the same, I think. And now that I understand, 'Okay, how do I adhere to the Ozark style but still bring mine as a director?' Yeah, we'll see how it goes!"

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Molly Edwards

I'm a freelance Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, covering all things film and TV for our Total Film and SFX sections. I previously worked on the Disney magazines team at Immediate Media, and also wrote on the CBeebies, MEGA!, and Star Wars Galaxy titles after getting my BA in English.