Ozark returns to Netflix on March 27.
By Ariba Bhuvad
Just when we thought Ozark couldn’t get more cryptic, frightening, and downright dark–it does. In the critically acclaimed series’ third season, the Byrdes are back and in a more controversial place than they have ever been. Without giving away anything at all, I can attest to the fact that fans of the series will thoroughly enjoy what’s in store this time around.
Critics were given the first six episodes of season 3 to review, and by the end of the sixth episode, my heart was deeply saddened to know I’d have to wait for the rest. As expected, Jason Bateman and Laura Linney shine as the complicated, dark Marty and Wendy Byrde. Not to mention, Julia Garner as Ruth Langmore is absolutely magnificent. If there’s a standout character this season, it’s her once again.
The growth each of their characters have is the best part about season 3 because of how they and their relationship have evolved. Just when you thought neither of them could get any darker–they do. And if someone would have told me they, specifically Marty, could descend even deeper and darker, I’m not sure I would have believed them.
However, elements of season 3 can get a bit repetitive and leave some viewers to wonder where the Byrdes’ journey is leading to. Is there an end in sight? What is the end goal here? I find that aspects of the third season do bring these questions up but luckily, they don’t steer you away from what is going on.
The cartel world continues to be embedded in Ozark’s DNA but in a different manner this time around. How exactly it is different, you’ll have to wait and find out. But I promise the wild ride that is Ozark lives up to expectations the third time around.
I give Ozark Season 3 a B.