Showrunner and Writer Chris Mundy Reveals Why ‘Ozark’ Ended the Way It Did: “We didn’t want to chicken out”

Published 05/02/2022, 5:30 PM EDT

The first half of the final season of Ozark had brought with it grave anticipation for the last part. Known for its build-up of chaos that gets untied in the final episodes of the season, Ozark’s fourth season wasn’t any different. The first part of the 4th season too was a confusing base for the remainder of it. This made the second half more anticipatory apart from the fact that it’s the last time people will get to see Ozark.

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How the first part of the last season ended

In the first part of the final season, we saw Wendy being scary with all her decisions and perspectives. What’s even scarier is the transition of the daughter into her own mother. After Wendy’s botched operations leading to Ben’s and now Wyatt’s death, Ruth has major beef with the Byrdes. The family was seen entangled between the FBI and Navarro’s drug cartel. It ended with them displeasing both.

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The cast talks about the final part

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, held on the premiere of the final season in New York, the cast of the show spoke about various things entailing the final season. Talking about the ending of the show, Chris Mundy, the writer and the EP for the show said that it’ll be surprising. Surprises have been one of the key elements of the show and Chris didn’t want to take them out and make the final season mellow. At the same time, they didn’t want to go over the top with the ending and completely ruin it. Perhaps that’s why the show stays true to itself until the very end.

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Talking about themes of family relationships, Mundy shared how he wanted to put more emphasis on for the final season. Chris said, “For us, we were talking about love and family through the end — and choicefulness.” He also mentioned how he wanted to explore an important question: Can you choose whether or not you stay in a family or not?

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What do Jason Bateman and Laura Linney think of Ozark ending?

So, does Jason Bateman love Mundy’s vision for Ozark’s ending? Apparently so. “I think he made an incredible choice to not take the junk food sort of ending of like a big huge crescendo, guns blazing. It is something pretty measured, consistent with his taste and what he’d been doing for episodes beforehand.” The Arrested Development actor felt the tone towards the end of the series is perfect as it ended how each episode ends in Ozark.

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Ultimately, both Mundy and Bateman feel the choices the series ended as per the consequences of choices made by each character. Looks like Laura Linney, who plays Wendy in the show, agrees.

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According to Linney, Wendy is a person “who represents the people who can justify very bad behavior for themselves and think they’re doing something positive.” And when you boil down the events of the series, it all started when Marty and Wendy chose the grey areas of life at the spa in season 1.

People are devouring the last part like a hungry dog devours meat. You can stream all episodes of Ozark on Netflix.

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Shweta Zaveri

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Shweta is an entertainment writer at NetflixJunkie. She studied media and communication at Whistling Woods International and she also has a diploma in fashion design and manufacturing. She used to work as an assistant executive producer for an OTT platform.

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