Ozark creator Chris Mundy details what he thinks life for the Byrde family looks like 5 years after the events of the shocking season 4 finale.
Ozark creator Chris Mundy details what becomes of the Byrde family and what their future looks like 5 years after the finale. First released on Netflix in 2017, Ozark quickly became a hit for the streamer, following the criminal exploits of money launderer Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) and his attempts to keep his family safe from ruthless Mexican drug cartels. The Emmy-winning show was popular with both audiences and critics, with many praising the writing, performances, and tone. Ozark concluded earlier this year with its fourth and final season.
Although many predicted that at least one of the Byrde family members would die before the conclusion of Ozark season 4 part 2, the finale saw Marty, his wife, Wendy (Laura Linney), and their 2 children survive. In a shocking ending, private investigator Mel Sattem (Adam Rothenberg) finally finds the evidence he needs to put Marty and Wendy in jail but, in a surprise twist, Jonah (Skyler Gaertner) shoots him before the screen cuts to black. For now, Ozark is definitively over, but Bateman did previously express his willingness to reprise his role as Marty for a film or series later down the line.
In a new Netflix promotional event, as reported by IndieWire, Mundy details what the future looks like for Marty and the rest of the Byrde family, 5 years after the events of the finale. Mundy explains that he thinks the Byrde family will have moved out of the Ozarks and gone to the Midwest, where they will continue to use their political influence, but now on a national scale. Check out Mundy’s comment below:
“[The Byrdes] run to the Midwest, and in some ways, they’re going to have the political clout to dictate national politics. “
Although Mundy’s explanation is short on details, it’s very clear that, for him, the Byrdes remain a family unit and they continue to exert influence on the political stage. Later seasons of Ozark deal extensively with the Byrdes’ struggles to gain favor with various political figures in order to support their own money-laundering business ventures, and Mundy clearly believes that, at least when it comes to the politics part of the equation, this is something that will continue. Unfortunately, Mundy does not reveal to fans whether the Byrdes will continue to launder money and operate as criminals.
It remains to be seen whether Ozark will ever return, either as a movie, spinoff, or revival series, but for now, Mundy’s explanation is sure to be interesting to fans of the show looking to know what’s next for the Byrde family. Fortunately, Mundy’s explanation does leave plenty of room for the characters to return in some form, making clear that the Byrdes aren’t finished blazing new trails and likely making a few enemies in the process. Although Ozark is now over, it’s clear that Mundy, much like the show’s fans, isn’t done thinking about what became of his favorite characters.
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