ozark Showrunner Chris Mundy and star Laura Linney were joined by Jason Bateman, via Zoom, to discuss the Netflix series at Deadline’s Contenders TV.
“The second half of the season is really about active choices,” Mundy says, “do Marty and Wendy really want to stay together, do the kids really want to be part of this family… so it really turns round about in terms of family, and what they’re willing to do to try to stay together, and whether or not it’s a good choice.
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Jason Bateman stars as Marty Byrde, a Chicago financial adviser laundering money for a Mexican drug cartel, who moves his family to the Ozarks when things go wrong. Working with his politically savvy wife (Laura Linney) and a local teenage girl (Julia Garner) to appease the cartel, Byrde tangles with local criminals, all the while striving to protect his children and keep his family together.
“[Marty] always felt like he was a little smarter than he was,” Bateman says, “like he got a little smarter in every episode but never really enough to get them out of there by the next episode. . Here we are at the end and I think he’s gotten smart enough, or gotten ethical enough, to get this over with, but I don’t think he or the family are where he thought they would be. , and he is obliged to be a little humble.
“What I love about happening this season is that the families kind of become encapsulated in themselves,” Linney says, “the Byrdes, the Navarros, the Langmores, and you get the sense of those three different cultures in these three different families dealing with similar issues of survival, need and greed… and seeing how each one deals with it separately, as family units, is really interesting.
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ozarkThe final season of has been split into two parts, with the first part released on January 21.st and the second part will be released on April 29and on Netflix.
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