‘Ozark’ Chief Jason Bateman and Laura Linney Talk About Avoiding Ending ‘Junk Food’ and ‘Choice’ Final Episodes 2022-04-29 09:11:13


When you select how to terminate OzarkAnd Model, writer, and EP Chris Mundy said he wanted to honor the critics Netflix past seasons of the series by throwing in the kinds of dramatic curves that only the show is known for.

“I think the main thing is that we really wanted to be honest with the story we were telling,” Mundy said. The Hollywood Reporter In the Ozark The premiere finale in New York on what to expect during the show’s last seven episodes, Which falls this weekend. “We were always pretty tough all seasons, so we didn’t want to go out at the last second. At the same time, you want to be surprised and do things all the way to the end. Until that last second or so, we wanted to stay ourselves.”

“There are things that will be surprising,” he added on the carpet outside the Paris theatre. “But they will surprise in a way that we hope they were Surprise sometimes.

Executive Producer and Director Jason Bateman He said that when it came to his turn in finishing four seasons of the streaming crime drama, he mostly tried to be a “good listener” and thus a “good partner” for Mundy as the show put an end trying to answer some pivotal questions. This includes whether Byrds has to pay a bill or dispose of it.

“In the writer’s room we talked about building a legend but then we created a curse,” Murphy explained. “We wanted them to build a myth that might create their own curse, and then see what happened to them because of that curse when it all started in those last 30 minutes.”

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Ultimately, Bateman said, the final set of episodes had to take into account what kind of final statement the show wanted to make, and specifically, the message Mundy would like to send. “He had a bunch of choices he could have made,” Bateman said. “I think he made an incredible choice not to eat junk food like it ended like a huge big escalation, guns on fire. It’s pretty much a calculated thing, consistent with his taste and what he’s been doing for episodes beforehand. It ends somehow, I think, no more hysterical than any Another ending for any other episode. It’s elegantly close to shutting down stuff with symptoms, stories, and personal stuff. I thought it just stuck with it.”

Mundy said this approach was guided by a creative approach THR, which the show has always taken, and which sees the writers suggest the biggest questions the season will answer early on and be back around by the end. With the way Mundi and the writers carefully depicted the show, viewers were already oriented towards the big stakes Ozark He wants to address it at the end of it.

“We always put a stake in the ground early in the season and announce what we’re doing, and then people forget about it. And then, hopefully, eventually, they’re like, ‘Oh, yeah.’” They announced, “Mundy said about the show’s narration style.” As early as the first seven [of season four] When Wendy said to Jonah, “You need to grow up. This is America. People don’t care where your fortune comes from”—there are things like that where we share our claim and then we say, ‘Okay, we’re headed towards that.’

It was also shaped by the desire to explore certain themes in the show’s last breath. “For us, we’ve been talking about love and family to the end—and the choice,” said the writer and EP. “If it’s smart to love unconditionally or if you really have to put conditions on things. Can you choose to stay in a family or not? How much blood and how much do you decide for yourself when you grow up? Those were some of the things we were going through a lot. Emotionally, everyone.

The upshot is that the final seven episodes, like the seasons before them, are shaped by choices. But when it comes to the Byrds and the other characters, the most important decision that leads to their ultimate fate may have been made long before last season.

For Bateman, it was confidence that the ends justify the means, but more so to “get out of the driver’s seat and let Wendy go do her work.”

“Marty was loaded with guilt for getting them all into this mess and I think maybe she’ll get them out of it.” Ozark said the star. “So, to sort of get rid of it, let someone else drive home the last couple of seasons — it was a really interesting thing that Chris did. The power dynamic of the relationship in the family has been very clever.”

For actress and star Laura LinneyHer character’s choice of Wendy, the person who “represents people who can justify very bad behavior to themselves and believe they are doing something positive,” actually happened earlier in the series. “I think that’s the first decision they make that you see in a flashback in season one, where they’re at a spa and they decide to get into a gray area,” she said. THR.

As for if the end He will leave the door open for more Ozark In another form, there is a “world” that may be ripe for expansion alongside the original series, which will continue, says MRC President of Television Elise Henderson.

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From left: Peter Friedlander, Elise Henderson, Ted Sarandos, Sophia Hoblitz, Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Skylar Gartner and Chris Mundy
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“I suspect Ozark itself will live forever. I think it’s going to be one of those shows that will live on in the wonderful canon of television from start to finish,” THR. “And I think this is one of the coolest things Ozark is what I would call the world building show. I think we built a world. There is a universe created.”

Even so, the amount of exploration of this universe moving forward is up to Mundy.

“I’ve thought about it a bit,” he said. “If there was an organic method, I would never shut down.”

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