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Everything We Know About the Fourth & Final Season of 'Ozark'

The hit Netflix series is wrapping up with an expanded final season.

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Steve Deitl/Netflix
Steve Deitl/Netflix

Note: Major spoilers for Netflix’s Ozark up through the Season 3 finale will follow. Click away now if you don’t want the show ruined for you.There’s no easy way out for the money-laundering Byrde family on Ozark. The Netflix crime thriller about a Chicago family forced to move to the Ozarks to launder money for a Mexican cartel is one of the streaming service’s best originals, and the show, which stars Jason Bateman and Laura Linney, reached new heights in 2020 with its better-than-ever third season that garnered 18 Emmy nominations, including one of which Julia Garner took home for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. 

While it took almost a year and a half for the show to follow up on its second installment, considering all of the jaw-dropping moments and that final blood-shed shot of the season, fans are already clamoring for more. Here’s everything we know about Season 4 of Ozark so far.

Is there going to be a Season 4 of Ozark?

In late June 2020, Netflix announced Ozark would be back for a fourth season, dropping another cryptic black and white video on social media. It took a second for the show to be renewed since the third season aired in spring 2020, but it was inevitable, given the series is incredibly popular, Season 3 was met with acclaim and ended with that shocking finale.

What was surprising about the renewal, though, was that this will be the final season of the series. Of course, good things can’t last forever and nobody would want for the show to turn into watching the Byrdes either on the run for years or rotting away in jail. Netflix wrote that the show is “going out with a bang,” though, so whatever is in store for the final chapter of Marty and Wendy’s operation, you can bet it’ll be good. 

Steve Deitl/Netflix
Steve Deitl/Netflix
Steve Deitl/Netflix

When will Season 4 of Ozark premiere? 

In mid-August 2020, Jason Bateman confirmed Ozark was gearing up to get back into production in fall 2020. The star explained to IndieWire that, even as the coronavirus pandemic continues, the series is “very confident in the guidelines and protocols” they planned to follow in order to return to set safely in November.

There’s been no indication that the series wasn’t able to meet that timeline, so with them shooting in fall 2020, it seems possible that at least half of the season (more on that later) could hit Netflix sometime in summer 2021. Err on the side of caution, though, as this is one of the handful of projects that’s shooting in the US amidst the pandemic and it’s hard to say whether or not the situation will improve, or if the show will have to suspend production. (Bateman, for one, wants to “to prepare for the worst but expect the best”). If all goes well, though, expect to see more of the Byrdes and their nefarious associates sometime next year. 

How many episodes will there be in Ozark Season 4?

Seasons 1-3 featured 10 installments, but this time around you’ll be able to tune into even more dark, moody episodes. Along with the confirmation of a Season 4, Netflix also announced that it would expand into 14 episodes in order to wrap everything up. The final season will be broken up into two parts, similar to the approach of acclaimed series like The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, and Mad Men have taken in the past. 

Who in the cast is returning?

Since the show is based entirely around Marty and Wendy Byrde’s operation and dealings, you can assume Jason Bateman and Laura Linney will be back. That also means Marty and Wendy’s children, Charlotte and Jonah, played by Sofia Hublitz and Skylar Gaertner, respectively, are also givens. Outside of the Byrdes, characters like Ruth (Julia Garner) and Wyatt Langmore (Charlie Tahan), Darlene Snell (Lisa Emery), and now Omar Navarro (Felix Solis) and Special Agent Maya Miller (Jessica Frances Dukes) are all key to the plot, so it makes sense for them to return, as well. Definitely expect to see quite a bit more of Navarro, actually, as Deadline reported Solis has been upped to a series regular. That goes for Jim Rattelsdorf, businessman Charles Wilkes’ right-hand man, too, as Damian Young who plays him is also now slated as a series regular. 

Tom Pelphrey, who played Wendy’s brother Ben and shook things up last season when he became aware of what his sister was up to, will almost certainly won’t be back, given that he was killed (although that hasn’t stopped theorists from speculating he might still be alive because his death wasn’t shown on screen). Janet McTeer, who played Helen, is also likely out, as she was shot to death in that jaw-dropping final moment, but she could conceivably return for an episode. She’s absolutely dead, and Ozark definitely isn’t a supernatural series, so it’s not like she’ll be haunting Wendy-but they have done a flashback episode before, so perhaps there could be one featuring Helen’s past to offer more insight on Navarro. Of course, it’s all up in the air, so right now just assume you’ll be seeing the mainstays again next season.

Are there any new cast members?

It may be the final season of Ozark, but that doesn’t mean we’ve been acquainted with all of the heinous individuals facing off with or puppeteering the Byrdes. In November 2020, Netflix announced a whole slew of new faces set to appear in Season 4. New cast members include Alfonso Herrera (The Exorcist, Sense8) and Adam Rothenberg (Castle Rock, Ripper Street), who will appear as series regulars, and Bruno Bichir (Narcos, Party of Five), CC Castillo (Outer Banks), and stage actress Katrina Lenk (The Band’s Visit) who have been billed as recurring additions. 

The new faces not only fill out the Navarro crime family that the Byrdes are now in deep with, but the law enforcement they’ll be up against. According to Deadline, Herrera is playing Javi Elizonndro, “a member of the Navarro family who walks a fine line between playing the obedient lieutenant and scheming to take over his uncle’s cartel,” and Bichir is taking on Navarro’s priest who he sees as a confidant. On the other side of the law, Rothenberg is taking on Mel Sattem, a former cop who now works as a private investigator and is relentless in his detective work, and CC Castillo will portray a Missouri sheriff named Leigh Guerrero. As for Broadway alum Katrina Lenk, it doesn’t seem likely we’ll be hearing her pipes on Ozark, but she will get to show off her dramatic talents as Clare Shaw, the power-hungry CEO of a biopharmaceutical company.

Deadline reported yet another addition to the cast again in mid-December 2020. Eric Ladin (The Right Stuff) is slated to appear in the reoccurring role of Kerry, who is billed as, “the kind of guy you like but can’t stand.” Deadline also stated that the man loves to party and “is always looking for the next trend,” which often gets him into trouble. Based on that description, he sounds like a local-and now that Ruth’s single, perhaps they’ll have a good time together and he could get in too deep with whatever she has up her sleeve. Regardless, as another insufferable character, he sounds like he’ll fit right in with the Ozark gang.

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Steve Deitl/Netflix
Steve Deitl/Netflix

What will Ozark Season 4 be about? 

You may remember that right after cartel leader Omar Navarro shot and killed Helen as soon as she and the Byrdes arrived at his home in Mexico, he devilishly said, “This is a beginning.” So, while Wendy and Marty may never have had their teeth sunk so deep into their scheme-Wendy working closely with Navarro and Marty trying to convince the FBI to take down Navarro’s rivals-it sounds like they’re about to face a whole new set of terrors in their now very close relationship to the cartel boss.

In speaking to Entertainment Weekly, showrunner Chris Mundy explained exactly what that “beginning” is. He said, “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.”

He also explained that Navarro killed Helen instead of Marty and Wendy because not only did they get their casino up and running, but “… in Navarro’s mind, [the Byrde’s] claim that they have the FBI on their side and can swing the power of the US government in the intervention in the drug war against their rivals, that’s something virtually no one else can do.” So, that relationship dynamic, plus the fact that Marty has been in contact with FBI agents even against Agent Maya Miller’s requests as she grows more impatient herself, will all likely percolate in the next season.

Mundy also added, “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?” That being said, Ruth did seem keen on forming a partnership with the Snells now that Wyatt and Darlene are (literally) in bed with one another and she’s realizing that she may never feel a part of the Byrde family, so it’s possible a locals vs outsider plot could unfold, too.

Regardless, it sounds like there’s no backing out for anybody until this thing really reaches a head, be it with the cartel or the law enforcement.Need help finding something to watch? Sign up here for our weekly Streamail newsletter to get streaming recommendations delivered straight to your inbox.

Sadie Bell is the entertainment editorial assistant at Thrillist. She’s on Twitter at @mssadiebell.

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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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