"The alternative is to flatten out that pitch so that you don't end up jumping the shark, but then you start stalling just for additional episodes and seasons". The streaming giant revealed that Ozark will end with a "supersized" 14-episode fourth season, which will air in two parts.
In the nearer future there is plenty of other content to look forward to on Netflix, including season two of The Umbrella Academy on 31 July and the new Zac Efron travel show Down to Earth with Zac Efron on 10 July.
A super sized season means super sized problems for the Byrdes. Hopefully showrunner Chris Mundy will be constructing the narrative so that there's a meaningful twist or cliffhanger to close out the first batch of seven episodes, giving viewers something meaty to talk about during the hiatus.
He added: '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'. Of particular note in these fresh announcements is Bateman's assertion that Ozark will end with a "bang (s)", implying more than one character will likely endure a calamitous ending. Bateman teased that the writers operated on the assumption that the show would run "three seasons, four seasons, five seasons, something like that". The series has also been nominated for 14 Emmys, winning two.
Meanwhile, Bateman's co-lead, Laura Linney, has scored a bit of a promotion ahead of the final season; she will be a Co-EP in Season 4.
"Ozark is a gripping drama that has captivated audiences all around the world and garnered tremendous critical acclaim".
It's unclear exactly when Ozark season four will begin production or be released on the streamer, but updates are sure to come in the next few months.