So what's actually going to happen in Season 2?
Here's the synopsis from Netflix: "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."
If you'll recall, Season 1 ended with a plan: Omar Navarro's cartel would become the sole buyer of the Snells' heroin -- to help with distribution -- and a riverboat casino would handle both parties' money-laundering needs. The problem? Marty, who was trying to escape the whole money-laundering thing, is the linchpin. It was his plan, and we'll likely see him at the helm of said riverboat. "Where we leave things, [The Byrdes] have $50 million to deal with instead of $8 million," Bateman told the Los Angeles Times. The Byrdes have "got a relationship with the Snells that we need to deliver on and a three-way marriage with the heroin coming in from the Mexican cartel, the possibility of a casino helping out with the laundering." In other words, Marty now has multiple crime bosses to answer to; we have our theories as to how poorly that can go.
The Byrdes will have to own their new lives
But Season 2 won't just be a heightened version of Season 1. Instead of thinking of the seasons as a crescendoing string of problems, Mundy and Co. are treating them as thematic installments. If the first was about the Byrdes migrating to new territory, the second will be about them adapting to their new lives. "The one thing we absolutely don't want to do is have next year be like, Oh, look, now they've gotta launder more money and they're in more danger -- it's just like last year, but more!" Mundy told us, noting that he wants things to breathe a little before new conflicts arise. "In Season 2, they've kind of gone from the shadows into the light a little bit. There's this idea that Marty's enemies, the Snells and the cartel, are now his partners. It's more about capitalism and what you do to win, the difference between things that are legal and illegal, ethical and unethical."