There was good news and bad news for Ozark fans on Tuesday — the show has been renewed, but only for one more season. Netflix announced that the crime drama will be back for an extra-long Season 4, marking the end of its critically-acclaimed run for good. Needless to say, this left many die-hard viewers with mixed feelings.
Ozark's showrunner Chris Mundy spoke to Variety on Tuesday, implying that it was a creative decision to bring the Netflix original series to an end, not a cancellation. He spoke gratefully about the renewal, not bitterly about the caveat that it would be the last. "We're so happy Netflix recognized the importance of giving Ozark more time to end the Byrdes saga right," he said. "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." Other comments sounded about the same — star, director and producer on the series Jason Bateman teased big things for the final season, saying: "A super-sized season means super-sized problems for the Byrdes. I'm excited to end with a bang(s)."
Meanwhile, Netflix's Vice President of Original Content, Cindy Holland, added: "Ozark is a gripping drama that has captivated audiences all around the world and garnered tremendous critical acclaim. We're so grateful to Chris, Jason, Laura, Julia and the entire cast and crew for all their tireless dedication to the show and can't wait to see how the Byrdes' journey comes to a close."
Still, these positive perspectives could not sway all fans from mourning the show. Many people met the announcement with sadness, wondering why Ozark couldn't go on for a few more seasons yet. Surprisingly, about as many fans felt the opposite, judging by the response on Twitter. Many comments praised Netflix and the creative team for knowing where their story ended rather than dragging it out for more views. Some even said that this would make Ozark more realistic than other crime shows, since they were not being asked to believe that the Byrde family kept getting away with their crimes for years on end.
Either way, the news that Ozark is ending had TV fans emotional on Tuesday morning. Here's a look at how many of them responded.
I need Ozark season 4 and I need yesterday. https://t.co/zRMPLprVdI— Field Yates (@FieldYates) June 30, 2020
Perfect Time to End
I love when shows know when to wrap things up instead of dragging the story line until the viewers get tired. #Ozark is ending at the perfect time.
S3 was literally better than seasons 1 & 2 combined and this only means that season 4 will most likely be a billion times better. pic.twitter.com/qmM3f9YjDy— Diary of A Movie Lover🍿📺 (@Frances__O) June 30, 2020
Quality > quantity 👀— Matt Ortarix - DJ (@Matt_ortarix) June 30, 2020
Four seasons is fine guys! How long can they realistically not get killed by the cartel?— S T I JNkot (@Darkmanbeyond) June 30, 2020
We need moreee pic.twitter.com/VWuheF2R6O— 💀 (@tvmenfes) June 30, 2020
Oh yes Marty better escape with all the cartel money 👌— LFC (@DavidElliott720) June 30, 2020
Darlene and Wyatt put on some weight.— MrsPABBK🤷🏼♀️ (@MrsPABBK) June 30, 2020
Final!?????? 😱 NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! pic.twitter.com/YOeGQwjXTI— Avid CoVid Avoider (@ShirleyBlimple) June 30, 2020
FINAL?!! Oh come on pic.twitter.com/6zLIaHzN1i— Alexis (@alexisherrerarr) June 30, 2020