News

Ozark Showrunner: Season 3 Found Us "In Our Stride"

As part of Netflix’s exclusive 'Certified Fresh' series of interviews, Chris Mundy talks going deeper and darker with Wendy and Marty Byrde.

by | December 21, 2020 | Comments

Ozark

Joel Meares

Certified Fresh is a sponsored partnership with Rotten Tomatoes and Netflix that includes a series of interviews with the showrunners and creatives behind some of the streamer’s Freshest hits – all conducted by Tomatometer-approved critics.

Season 3 of Netflix’s crime drama, Ozark, felt like the moment the world collectively realized what the series’ most ardent fans had known since the beginning: that this story of a middle class money launderer, his family, and their new life away from the city, was something truly special.

And Certified Fresh at 97% on the Tomatometer, it was one of the most acclaimed seasons of television to hit our screens in 2020.

Talking to NPR TV critic Eric Deggans for the second of our Certified Fresh interviews, Ozark showrunner Chris Mundy said the creative team behind the series were “in our strides” this year.

“I think two things happened, simultaneously, in season three,” Mundy said. “One, we were a little lighter in places; we intentionally played a little more dark comedy than we had in season two. Then the other is we burrowed down into family.”

That burrowing led to the heartbreaking storyline between Laura Linney‘s Wendy Byrde, and her estranged bipolar brother Ben (a landmark performance from Tom Pelphrey), and increasing tensions between Wendy and Marty (Jason Bateman) as they took different approaches to the family business.

In the interview, Mundy also talks about Linney’s widely acclaimed performance this year, comparisons between the series and Breaking Bad, and teases what’s to come in the fourth and final season, due for release in 2021.

Watch the full interview above or at Netflix’s FYSEE TV site.


Ozark is now streaming on Netflix.

Eric Deggans is a Tomatometer-approved critic and the first full-time TV critic at NPR.

Tag Cloud

nbcuniversal Country Year in Review Awards Tour monster movies Logo based on movie concert kaiju criterion laika Musicals thriller TV Land directors Mary poppins trailers 71st Emmy Awards TCA Awards marvel cinematic universe adaptation target cancelled television HBO Pop universal monsters robots Christmas romance rotten movies we love Syfy award winner Arrowverse First Look all-time Crunchyroll TCM Starz sequels Black Mirror FOX DC Comics MTV finale politics true crime Valentine's Day video on demand YouTube Red Holidays The Purge GoT ITV historical drama kids a nightmare on elm street Grammys dceu Stephen King Marvel crossover Polls and Games Paramount Plus singing competition razzies news social media Pirates worst movies transformers NBC Rom-Com spy thriller Chilling Adventures of Sabrina VH1 Hulu vampires prank WarnerMedia video festival BAFTA Shondaland superman A24 cults 45 blockbuster Brie Larson anthology Pop TV international Avengers PaleyFest Thanksgiving political drama 21st Century Fox TV emmy awards classics boxing cops Creative Arts Emmys Sundance Now travel unscripted Disney Plus Ghostbusters Sundance Masterpiece Music natural history dogs Super Bowl diversity dramedy Lifetime Christmas movies golden globes Lifetime superhero Awards Pacific Islander RT21 sequel Pixar nfl YA jamie lee curtis Best and Worst ABC Teen OneApp Captain marvel Interview cats facebook CBS All Access live action blaxploitation slashers aapi Fox Searchlight American Society of Cinematographers Reality Competition Netflix Christmas movies Epix HBO Go Endgame X-Men Horror Food Network chucky SXSW Image Comics 72 Emmy Awards The CW Disney Channel Countdown Sneak Peek films Hallmark Christmas movies Television Academy Hear Us Out USA cars scary movies football twilight crime drama Sci-Fi Kids & Family richard e. Grant Ellie Kemper Esquire new zealand black discovery TruTV CBS king kong Mary Tyler Moore Animation Podcast El Rey Box Office The Arrangement Pet Sematary comiccon Mystery Infographic fast and furious Nat Geo streaming Spectrum Originals popular best Freeform Holiday renewed TV shows mutant Hallmark nature quibi game of thrones psycho Action CW Seed TCA Winter 2020 Lionsgate crime 4/20 hollywood french SDCC BBC One ratings VICE Video Games Tomatazos fresh Trophy Talk game show comedies Britbox hist BET Awards Heroines cancelled History cancelled TV series Rock spider-man dark comic books new star wars movies HBO Max zero dark thirty Film Festival police drama Extras The Walt Disney Company Star Trek latino NYCC IFC comic spinoff screen actors guild book Lucasfilm sitcom Spike reboot movie National Geographic know your critic canceled venice CNN free movies USA Network Academy Awards GLAAD talk show YouTube Premium canceled TV shows hispanic Alien sag awards Rocketman 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Columbia Pictures hidden camera japanese Anna Paquin doctor who casting ABC Family 2021 psychological thriller Winners parents Amazon Studios stand-up comedy spanish language deadpool versus Marvel Television APB cooking MSNBC worst First Reviews theme song rotten President Watching Series italian Binge Guide TIFF new york Song of Ice and Fire romantic comedy AMC Emmys 24 frames die hard DC Universe FX on Hulu Film jurassic park biography halloween festivals christmas movies TNT Disney+ Disney Plus Women's History Month Schedule Oscars Broadway DGA binge Reality Ovation Spring TV Tubi Black History Month Cosplay TV renewals Legendary Martial Arts mission: impossible VOD what to watch Writers Guild of America women batman LGBT Universal Exclusive Video Vudu Adult Swim YouTube MCU Nominations Quiz technology zombie See It Skip It TCA 2017 space golden globe awards 20th Century Fox DirecTV Trivia rt archives reviews pirates of the caribbean lord of the rings Walt Disney Pictures 2018 Pride Month Superheroes BBC Certified Fresh 99% dc Apple ABC Signature Television Critics Association supernatural Fall TV south america SundanceTV justice league obituary Mudbound Peacock animated Red Carpet Amazon Tumblr Emmy Nominations rom-coms ghosts Comedy Central satire stop motion indiana jones Family 2016 TBS Rocky harry potter Turner Classic Movies zombies Funimation children's TV sports telelvision Apple TV+ Elton John remakes adventure Classic Film RT History The Academy Dark Horse Comics Baby Yoda Sony Pictures elevated horror Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt blockbusters DC streaming service asian-american Nickelodeon Disney streaming service Amazon Prime Crackle ESPN Paramount Network Marathons scorecard Cannes dragons crime thriller Travel Channel The Witch stoner indie Drama E3 high school independent Turner TV One foreign cancelled TV shows scene in color Set visit period drama child's play Warner Bros. Winter TV Marvel Studios Biopics Amazon Prime Video Shudder Fox News Character Guide Sundance TV revenge docuseries Bravo saw witnail CMT godzilla TCA composers name the review New York Comic Con Cartoon Network docudrama halloween tv IFC Films Fantasy E! archives toy story 2020 PlayStation boxoffice spain Showtime werewolf 2019 Paramount documentaries GIFs PBS Musical Comedy Opinion Mindy Kaling Apple TV Plus toronto Photos Election australia Superheroe aliens kong Toys science fiction 93rd Oscars A&E anime mockumentary teaser Netflix Comic Book screenings Chernobyl Disney TLC spanish ViacomCBS San Diego Comic-Con joker disaster serial killer critics book adaptation cartoon FX BET documentary 2017 OWN heist movie Premiere Dates medical drama Trailer cinemax franchise LGBTQ Western miniseries 2015 Acorn TV BBC America Tarantino Calendar movies Comics on TV Summer Discovery Channel television green book 007 tv talk Star Wars war series WGN ID comics The Walking Dead james bond breaking bad Mary Poppins Returns FXX strong female leads