Ozark Showrunner Teases Possible Spinoff Series

Posted 2022/05/09 4 0

Ozark came to an end after a very highly rated run on Netflix, and it is not likely the last we have seen from world of the Byrdes.

Last month saw the conclusion of Ozark, one of Netflix’s biggest original series, and fans had to come to terms with the final episodes rolling out after four seasons. The story of the Byrde family was a hugely popular one and it is therefore not surprising that Netflix is reported considering a spin-off set in the same world, which there is certainly plenty of scope for. Considering Netflix’s recent subscriber downturn, and other popular shows like Stranger Things heading towards its conclusion, the streamer is now seemingly turning to spin-offs to keep their biggest franchises alive.

Ozark arrived on Netflix in 2017 starring Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde and Laura Linney as his wife Wendy, a couple who set up a money laundering operation on the Lake of the Ozarks as a way of making amends for a botched laundering scheme for a Mexican drug cartel and soon find themselves entangled in the criminal world. Just like Breaking Bad before it, the series caught the attention of drama fans and gained a lot of praise throughout its entire run, including 32 Emmy nominations to date.

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While the series has now come to an end, over the four seasons Ozark has created a rich world of characters, and there could be a number of other stories to tell, which according to showrunner Chris Mundy is very possible thanks to the audience demand for more. Speaking in an interview with TV Line, he said:

“It’s definitely something that people have talked about a bunch. There’s nothing definitive. We’re lucky that people seem to really like the show so there’s obviously going to be some interest there.”

Every now and then a show comes along that just has to end in order to keep some kind of realism alive in the story. That is the case with Ozark, and Mundy admitted that his main goal was to create a solid and complete story, and if a spin-off does happen, then that is just a completely different story to tell. He added:

“It was really important for me to end this show. This is the work we did, we did our best and we hope people like it. And then anything that spins off from it would be its own distinct thing, even though it’s in our universe.”

Ozark continued to dominate streaming ratings right up to the end of its final season, so there is little doubt that we will see a spin-off show arrive sometime in the future, but the question of what form that will take is something that we will just have to wait to find out. There are a number of potential prequel stories that could be brought into play, or there is probably just enough story to even allow a follow up, similar to Breaking Bad’s El Camino movie. For now though, fans can rewatch the entire series on Netflix and wait for news of how the world of Ozark may be revived again future.


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