It's almost the end of the line for the Byrde family.
Netflix has reportedly renewed Ozark for a fourth and final season.
TuSubtitulo first reported the news.
The series focuses on a money laundering scheme for a Mexican drug cartel going horribly wrong, forcing financial advisor Martin "Marty" Byrde to propose to make amends by offering to set up a bigger laundering operation in the Lake of the Ozarks region of central Missouri.
Marty suddenly relocates his family from the Chicago suburb of Naperville to the remote summer resort community of Osage Beach, Missouri.
When the Byrdes arrive in Missouri, they become entangled with local criminals, including the Langmore and Snell families, and later the Kansas City Mafia.
The robust cast includes Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz, Skylar Gaertner, and Julia Garner.
Ozark has received positive reviews from critics, with particular praise for its tone, directing, and acting throughout its run.
The series has received 14 Primetime Emmy Award nominations including Outstanding Drama Series, with Bateman winning gold for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series and Julia Garner for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, both in 2019.
In addition, Bateman has received two Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor – Television Series Drama.
The third season launched in March, and was the series' best-reviewed season to date, garnering a 97% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
While the series has had a successful run to date, the future is never certain with Netflix originals. The streamer has canceled many buzzy series without conclusions.
As such, it's rare for Netflix originals to live beyond their first or second seasons, but at least fans of Ozark know the show will be wrapping up while it is still creatively fresh.
No details have been revealed on when the final season might air, but given that the Covid-19 outbreak has brought TV production to a grinding halt, it may not be until late 2021.
We'll keep you up to speed on any new developments as they happen.
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UPDATE: Netflix has confirmed the final season renewal, but also revealed that it will air in two parts.
Here is the release from the streamer:
Netflix’s award-winning and critically-acclaimed family drama will return for a fourth and final season. The final season will be 14 episodes premiering in two parts, 7-episodes each.
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.
Emmy Award® Nominee Chris Mundy will return as showrunner, writer and executive producer and will reunite with Emmy Award® Winner Jason Bateman as the creative forces behind both parts of the new season.
Also set to return for the final season are series stars Bateman, Emmy Award® Winner Laura Linney, Emmy Award® Winner Julia Garner, Sofia Hublitz, Skylar Gaertner, Charlie Tahan, and Lisa Emery.
The series from MRC Television is executive produced by Bateman, Mundy, Mark Williams, John Shiban, Patrick Markey and Bill Dubuque.
Linney will also be a Co-Executive Producer for Season 4.
Chris Mundy, Executive Producer and Showrunner said "We're so happy Netflix recognized the importance of giving Ozark more time to end the Byrdes' saga right. 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."
Jason Bateman, Executive Producer said “A super sized season means super sized problems for the Byrdes. I’m excited to end with a bang(s).”
Cindy Holland, VP of Original Content said “Ozark is a gripping drama that has captivated audiences all around the world and garnered tremendous critical acclaim. We're so grateful to Chris, Jason, Laura, Julia and the entire cast and crew for all their tireless dedication to the show and can't wait to see how the Byrdes’ journey comes to a close"
Since Ozark first premiered on Netflix in 2017, the series has garnered fourteen Emmy nominations with two wins, to date, for Jason Bateman for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series and for Julia Garner for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and a nomination for Outstanding Drama Series.
The series has also garnered two Golden Globe nominations and six Screen Actor’s Guild nominations for its stellar acting performances by Bateman, Garner and Laura Linney.
Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.