Netflix‘s run during this summer’s Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour was filled with previews and announcements, and fans of Bill Dubuque‘s (The Judge) Ozark definitely weren’t disappointed.
The streaming service has released the first official trailer for the crime drama’s second season, where The Byrdes’ (Jason Bateman, Laura Linney) attempts to strike a balance between their family life and criminal life are further complicated by the appearance of a new and very dangerous player; as well as some images from the upcoming season (which you can see above and below).
Premiering August 31st on Netflix, Ozark season 2 also stars Janet McTeer, Sofia Hublitz, Skylar Gaertner, Julia Garner, Jordana Spiro, Jason Butler Harner, Esai Morales, and Peter Mullan.
In its much-anticipated second season, Ozark continues to follow Marty Bryde and his family as they navigate the murky waters of life within a dangerous drug cartel. With Del out, the crime syndicate sends their ruthless attorney Helen Pierce to town to shake things up just as The Byrdes are finally settling in.
Marty and Wendy struggle to balance their family interests amid the escalating dangers presented by their partnerships with the power-hungry Snells, the cartel and their new deputy, Ruth Langmore, whose father Cade has been released from prison. The stakes are even higher than before and The Byrdes soon realize they have to go all in before they can get out.
OZARK is produced by Bateman’s Aggregate in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix.
In an interview with Deadline Hollywood from June 2018, Linney addressed whether Ozark‘s socio-political themes were purposefully meant to reflect our country’s current environment:
“No, the show was developed and written before the election. So, I think, once President Trump took office, it took on a different significance in a way that we didn’t see coming. But it certainly has touched on something that is in the air, or is current. I think people are attracted to it for a variety of different reasons. One of them is just the inherent political world that we’re living in right now.
I think so much of it is about identity. Who are you? What do you believe? What do you do? What are your ethics? What are you striving for? What’s important to you? What are your priorities? Where do you cut corners, where do you not? Who are we? I think it ultimately points to the questions a lot of Americans are asking themselves, on both sides of any issue. What do I believe in and what do I stand for and does that affect my actions? So I think it sort of does go into that world a bit.”