With three seasons "Ozark" is heading into an uncertain future.
Netflix’s beloved crime drama "Ozark" is now three seasons behind. How long can the series last? Collider recently asked serial star and director Jason Bateman this question when he talked about the third season of Ozark, which led to the series' best reviews on March 27. The season ended with bloodshed when criminal Navarro murdered lawyer Helen Pierce ahead of Marty and Wendy Byrde (Jason Bateman and Laura Linney, respectively). The show is now entering its fourth season, in which the Byrde family is firmly in the grip of a criminal empire. The only problem is that Netflix hasn't yet given the next season of "Ozark" the go-ahead, though it's likely to be a breeze due to the show's popularity. Bateman said the cast and crew had no intention of moving on.
"There is no official pickup for season 4," Bateman told Collider. "We all work in the hope that it will happen. It’s Netflix’s norm to wait for a show to premiere and collect the dates for weeks two, three, and four and see if there’s an audience, to justify an additional season. I think we're in this time right now, but I know (Showrunner) Chris Mundy and his team are working hard to find out what this fourth season would be if this official pick-up landed . "
Bateman said he has no idea of the show's longevity after a third season, although he suspects the show is roughly in the middle of its run or just after the center of its story. The actor said Mundy “never really got pregnant with the finish line. I think he somehow knew where he wanted to go sometime (end the show), but hadn't planned a specific runway. "Bateman said it had long been assumed that the show would run" three seasons, four seasons, five seasons, something like this. In this case, "Ozark" had one or two seasons left. The cast joined the show and knew that it wasn’t a limited series of 10 episodes and that it would last longer than 20 episodes, but the exact season sum has yet to be determined.
"If you keep going much longer, you go over the cliff or over the top of the mountain and end up jumping on the shark," Bateman said. "Given the intelligence of Marty Byrde and Wendy Byrde, they will either be killed or put in jail if they stay in this place for much longer. The alternative is to reduce this pitch so that you don't jump on the shark, but only for others Episodes and seasons stall, so I'm not sure where and when it will end, but given its intelligence, it doesn't feel like it's a 12-season show. "
The first three seasons of "Ozark" are now streamed on Netflix. Visit Collider's website to read Bateman's full interview.