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Netflix to stay in the Jason Bateman business with a third season of Ozark

Jason Bateman and Laura Linney in Ozark.
Jason Bateman and Laura Linney in Ozark.
Photo: Jessica Miglio (Netflix)

Ozark is some extremely bingeable shit, even if the show itself—a queasy thriller about a financial planner’s attempts to launder money for the Mexican drug cartel—never quite delivers. The plotting is frantic, the performances spotty, and the catharsis not all that earned. Still, the scenic, mountainous backdrop is refreshing, as is the show’s penchant for bloodlust, so consider us stoked for its newly announced third season.

Star Jason Bateman, who also serves as an executive producer and director on the series, announced the new season via his Twitter account. There, he also expressed worry for his character, the morally flimsy Marty Byrde, who probably should be facing a real consequence or two by this point. Nevertheless, Ozark scored Bateman Emmy nominations for both acting and directing, though it’s the confident, searing work that Laura Linney’s putting in that really deserves the accolades.

Season 2 ended with the Byrdes opening their riverfront casino and seeing the majority of their enemies dead, so expect the third season to center around Marty’s budding union disputes with St. Louis mafia head Frank Cosgrove (John Bedford Lloyd), as well as the bombshell Ruth Langmore (Julia Garner) just dropped on her brother, Wyatt (Charlie Tahan).


[via TheWrap]

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.

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