Jason Bateman has discussed the future of Ozark's main characters Marty and Wendy Byrde, following the release of season 3 on Netflix.
Quizzed by Collider about how much longer the dark drama can continue, he shared: "If you keep going for a whole lot longer, you're going to go over the cliff, or up over the peak of the mountain and you end up jumping the shark.
"So, given the intelligence of Marty Byrde and Wendy Byrde, if they keep going at this pitch for much longer, they're either going to be killed or put in jail."
Bateman then offered a possible solution to the issue, even though this could mean Ozark drags on for an unnatural amount of time.
"The alternative is to flatten out that pitch so that you don't end up jumping the shark, but then you start stalling just for additional episodes and seasons.
"So, I'm not sure where and when it'll end, but given their intelligence, it doesn't feel like it's a 12-season show."
Although Netflix is yet to commission a fourth season, he also admitted that the cast and crew are "operating under the hope it will happen".
He said: "It's Netflix's norm to wait for a show to premiere and collect the data for weeks two, three, and four and see if there's an audience there to justify an additional season."
Ozark seasons 1-3 are available to stream now on Netflix.
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