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‘Ozark,’ which has filmed 6 years on Lake Lanier, is now streaming its final season
The fourth and final season of Netflix original series "Ozark" starring Jason Bateman released Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. The show has filmed in and around Lake Lanier for the last six years.

The urge to Google the intricacies of money laundering can only mean one thing, according to Netflix: “Ozark” is back.

Concluding a 664-day drought sans new episodes, part one of the crime drama’s fourth and final season released Friday, Jan. 21, marking the end of an era on Lake Lanier, which the show has used as a backdrop since filming began six years ago.

The production process — which took place at principal locations on and near Lake Lanier in South Hall, including properties along Gaines Ferry Road as well as Moonie’s Texas Barbecue in Flowery Branch — was nothing short of “a dream,” according to Stacey Dickson, Lake Lanier Convention and Visitors Bureau president.

As a devoted “Ozark” fan herself, Dickson said she’ll be spending her weekend binge-watching the season’s seven new episodes.

“We have grown attached to this show,” she said. “We are sad to see it end and take with it the incredible team who made it happen. We hope our seamless permitting process and a wide array of film locations will lure more Netflix productions to Hall County.”

Set in the Missouri Ozarks (hence the title), the show follows the plight of Marty Byrde, a financial adviser portrayed by Jason Bateman who’s been given a five-year deadline to settle his money laundering schemes.

According to Netflix, “no one gets out clean” this season. “Some won't get out at all.”

Joining Bateman on-screen are co-stars Laura Linney and Julia Garner.

 This article was originally posted by the Gainesville Times, a sister publication to Forsyth County News.