Stars of Crime Drama ‘Ozark’ Jason Bateman & Laura Linney Talk About Pushing the Envelope for Season 2

The second season of Netflix’s Emmy-nominated, gritty crime drama “Ozark” drops on August 31, and picks up where it left off — with Marty Bryde and his family navigating their secret life within a dangerous drug cartel.

The captivating series was the streaming giant’s most popular show last summer, and star Jason Bateman attributes the popularity to Netflix’s ability at “letting people know what’s happening, what’s on, and where you can find it and at what point,” he said during summer TCA 2018 on July 29 in Beverly Hills.

Adding: “And, hopefully, the fact they’re coming back is because they’re recognizing all the good work that everybody, top to bottom, side-to-side, is doing on the show because these kinds of shows, if they work, I think it works because of the contributions from multiple departments as opposed to, “Oh, they do explosions really well,” or “They do jokes really well,” or “They do this really well.” We don’t really have a lot of bells-and-whistles on this show by design, and so it is kind of a cocktail. I feel really fortunate to be a part of a group as talented as we’ve got.”

The official Netflix synopsis for Ozark season two is below:

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 (Laura Linney) 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.

“He’s emotionally repressed, and that’s something his wife gets on him about in the second season,” said Bateman of Marty. “So, he tries to emote a little bit more.”

The actor gives props to the writers for “making those kinds of intelligent decisions about what’s the right cocktail, what character should have sort of a reserved demeanor versus another character that might be a little bit more hysterical and what’s the right balance for all that stuff,” he explained.

“Laura, right off the bat, had some incredible ideas about what her character could and should do, and obviously they were more than receptive to hear anything that Laura Linney might have to say about what she can and would like to do because that’s an incredible asset that we have. And then, my duties as EP is, you know, I’m involved in sort of the more global look at each season and the thematics, and all of that other kind of fun stuff, and then directorially there’s another layer of contribution and I feel very lucky to be able to collaborate with all of them on that.”

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