Back in force on Netflix, Ozark is coming to an end with an even more incisive fourth season than the previous ones which is cut into two parts. Why is season 4 of the series with Jason Bateman divided into two bursts of episodes?
It’s the beginning of the end for the Byrde family. The fourth and final season of Ozark landed this Friday, January 21 on Netflix with a first part of only 7 episodes. The second part, also of 7 episodes, should be available later this year. But why is the final season of the series with Jason Bateman and Laura Linney split into two parts?
In an interview for The Wrap, showrunner Chris Mundy explained this decision made with the platform. According to him, this is a question of a desire to end Ozark in style:
“We always thought we wouldn’t go beyond five [saisons]. We had this feeling, we didn’t want to repeat ourselves. We didn’t want to continue the series to say continue the series. So the question has always been whether to have 4 seasons or 5 seasons.
And then Netflix had this idea that we were going to end with season 4 but we were going to make it last longer. So we’re going to divide it this way. And it seemed perfect to me.”
Unlike previous seasons, containing 10 episodes each, season 4 therefore includes 14, separated into two distinct parts: “I think 10 episodes wouldn’t have been enough to tell the story the way we wanted. Any number above 10 and below 20 was going to be good.”
Two parts like two seasons
If this separation into two parts of season 4 of Ozark makes it possible to prolong the pleasure for the public, it would almost serve as two distinct seasons as the showrunner and his teams have defined different arcs for each part of 7 episodes:
“When we worked with the writers on the episodes, we called them 401-407 and 501-507, because we had in mind how people were going to approach them, even if at some point someone is going to watch everything in one go.
We still had to feel, – and it’s a bit of a sleight of hand – that these episodes belonged to the same set but that they were also quite satisfactory in their own part. So that you are satisfied after seeing episode 7 and that you can wait months to see the rest.
Knowing that the first part of season 4 of Ozark ends with huge surprises and reversals of situations, we can say that the bet is successful and that these first seven episodes form a first complete arc. We just have to wait for the release date of the second part, which Netflix has not yet communicated.