Ozark Season 2 Confirmed by Netflix

Netflix recently released a teaser trailer for the second season of Ozark. Now, the question is when will Ozark season two be on Netflix? The truth is, we don’t know but many are anticipating (hoping for) a July release. While we don’t know when season two is going to air, Jason Bateman was kind enough to toss out some breadcrumbs about what fans can expect. As an avid fan of Netflix’s Ozark, I’m more than happy to share them with all you streaming fans.

Although there’s very little to go on, take a look at the Ozark season two trailer:

How I Became an Ozark Fan

Before we get into Ozark season two, how about a recap on how I discovered this show. Mrs. Buckler and I took a chance on it while waiting for Stranger Things’ second season to start. We quickly became engrossed in the story about Marty Byrde (Bateman), a financial advisor who moves his family to the Ozarks to launder money for a vicious drug cartel. Season one became a rather short-lived binge, and we were left wanting more of this compelling drama. The Bucklers weren’t the only ones who loved Ozark. According to an October 18, 2017 report on IndieWire, Ozark season one was the most popular streaming show that summer.

Ozark Season 2 Details

As is always the case with a streaming series, you end a season wondering if it will get renewed. Well, we now we all know that season two is a reality. We also have a good idea of what to expect from it, thanks to its lead actor/director Bateman. He’s already done a few media interviews about the show’s second season. He was kind enough to toss out plenty of hints and clues as to what we can expect:

  • The second season is scheduled for 10 episodes.
  • Bateman has directed the entire season or most of the episodes.
  • The same creative team of producers, writers, etc. have returned.
  • It will have a summer 2018 release.

In addition to these details, Bateman also shared some broad strokes about this season’s content, which include:

  • Martin Byrde (Bateman) plans to move forward with his riverboat casino. This means he’ll be working with the murderous Jacob Snell (Peter Mullan) and Darlene Snell (Lisa Emery).
  • The death of Del (Esai Morales) is likely to carry retribution from the drug cartel he worked for.
  • Politicians and bureaucrats will become involved in the riverboat casino, likely in the forms of bribes. This is expected to add a level of white-collar crime to the show.
  • A rival cartel from either Kansas City or St. Louis is expected to be involved, as well.
  • Martin’s relationship with his wife, Wendy (Laura Linney), and two children is expected to be a continuing focus.

All of these elements will surely make for some suspenseful viewing. If the second season is anything like the first, Bateman’s directing will use perfect pacing to keep us viewers on the edges of our seats. There’s always enough foreshadowing to let viewers know that something drastic is about to happen, but sometimes the events come as a surprise. This is part of what made the first season of Ozark so great.

What about Marty and Ruth?

I hoped Bateman would comment on the relationship between his character and Ruth Langmore (Julie Garner). Warning! Season one spoiler ahead. When last we saw Ruth, she had killed her crazy uncles to stop them from killing Martin. Some might think she did this to protect her job and income stream from Martin’s strip club. I think there was more to her decision. It was all in the tearful embrace between Martin and Ruth at the end of the first season. Perhaps season two will explore and expand upon this. I hope so, because it would make this great show even more interesting.

The Irony of Ozark, Season Two

You know how I found out about Ozark’s season two? Stuart Sweet told me. This is a huge irony because that grumpy old coastal elitist once said that Ozark has “all the appeal of peat moss.” I think I know why he’s so soured on this show. It’s set in flyover country and I doubt that he’s ever even driven through rural America. I’m a Midwestern boy myself, so the low rent lives of Ozark’s characters is nothing new. Frankly, watching the show is like visiting my friends in northern Michigan. I’m still trying to convince him to watch this compelling drama, though. (Wish me luck!)