Preview of ‘Ozark’ Season 4 final episode: Jason Bateman, Laura Linney and the company cement their place among Netflix’s best

Perhaps first and foremost, the series has consistently tested the extent to which Marty (Jason Bateman) and his wife Wendy (Laura Linney) are willing to go to survive as they try to navigate landmines that include drug dealers and the Feds to cast their dirty money laundering business and buy themselves back to Chicago.

Over the years, Marty has defined himself as the guy who can talk himself out of any situation, or at least try to do so, while Wendy has become more and more ruthless, in a way that has eventually risked alienating their non -fully-adults. children (Sofia Hublitz, Skylar Gaertner). In “Who Can You Trust?” department, Byrdes since the beginning have added each other to that calculation, but the question of whether they work together out of love or necessity seems particularly acute now.

Julia Garner in 'Ozark.'
Similarly, the two-part season has explored Byrdes’ split alliance with Ruth (Julia Garner), while providing necessary reminders of the parallel damage that has occurred in their gradual descent into this world of illegality. It has also developed auxiliary characters, such as drug lord Omar Navarro (Felix Solis), with a complexity that shows that what could be stock threats can be strangely charismatic, though it is never wise to turn their backs on them.

The performance is again sensational, with Garner standing out in a home court that shows how tough and determined Ruth can be. Richard Thomas also plays a more significant role as Wendy’s alienated father, who has returned to her life and as almost everything else in “Ozark” complicated it.

After four seasons, viewers definitely have their own ideas about whether Byrdes could likely find a way out after slipping so far into this rabbit hole, and whether it is really possible to get clean again after all the damage that has been done.

“Ozark” deftly builds toward that answer, delivering it in a thoughtful way that cements its place among Netflix’s finest dramas. After already proving to be one of the addictive series that pushed the boundaries of serialized thrillers, its full throttle of settling accounts in this final burst of episodes officially closes the deal.

“Ozark” begins its last series of episodes on April 29 on Netflix.

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