After following Ozark for five wonderful, anxious years, I’ll share with you what my mom—my Ozark watching buddy, through and through—texted when the credits rolled on the series finale:
Is that it? The end?
I hate to say it, both to her, as well as all of the Esquire readers who have followed along with our coverage of the show. But that’s it. That’s the end. Netflix’s embargo on the final episode of Ozark doesn’t lift until Monday, so we’ll have to hold any discussion of what did (or didn’t!!!!) happen until then. For now, unfortunately, it’s my journalistic duty to inform you that anyone and everyone with a hand in Ozark has repeatedly stressed that Season Four would be its last. Hell, the cast even made a melodramatic farewell video.
One thing we can do, for now, is present to you, without any significant context, what Ozark show-runner Chris Mundy and star Jason Bateman have said about how the series ends. “I always want closure,” Mundy told The Hollywood Reporter after Part One released. “I don’t want to feel messed with. I want to feel like, ‘OK, that was the end.’ So, hopefully, people will feel closure by the end—whether they like it or not, I don’t know. In terms of tone, we’re going deeper into the family and their bonds. Is family the ultimate bond? Is friendship? Is marriage? At what point is it almost unhealthy to stay, even if you love somebody? We’re going to delve into that with Marty and Wendy. Hopefully, the back half will still be fun and exciting, but also really emotional for the Byrdes and Ruth.”
On Bateman’s end, Mundy apparently told him way back in 2020 how Ozark would end. What Bateman told Indiewire at the time sums up what he’s said about the conclusion to the Byrde saga since then. “I do know where everything is going to end,” Bateman said. “The specifics leading up to it, I didn’t really grind him on. But I was interested in the big question he 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?”
Take all the time you need to decompress this weekend. Check back here this Monday for Esquire’s full coverage of the Ozark series finale.
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