Are there any new cast members?
In June 2019, Deadline reported at least two new faces will be joining the cast as series regulars: Tom Pelphrey (Iron Fist) and Jessica Frances Dukes (Jessica Jones). Pelphrey is said to play Wendy's younger brother, Ben, who arrives unannounced and reminds his sister of the past she's long tried to leave behind. On top of that family drama, Dukes' Maya Miller will bring even more trouble to the Byrde family, as she's an FBI agent visiting the casino with the goal of taking down Marty.
New recurring cast members include Joseph Sikora (Power) and Felix Solis (Ten Days in the Valley) -- Sikora as Frank Cosgrove Jr., the son of Kansas City mob boss Frank Cosgrove, and Solis as Omar Navarro, a notoriously violent cartel leader.
What will happen in Ozark Season 3?
Plot details are scant for now, but the Season 2 finale may offer some clues to what’s next. First, there's Marty casino boat, which he plans to use to launder more money for the cartel and further establish Byrde Enterprises. We expect all sorts of shenanigans to go down on that boat.
But Wendy is the real wild card of Season 3. After her sharp turn in last year's finale -- when she ordered a hit on Ruth's father Cade (Trevor Long) behind Marty's back -- it’' clear she's digging her new life of crime. And since Cade murdered Roy Petty (Jason Butler Harner) before he died, all of the big bads are dead heading into season 3, which paves the way for a new antagonist. Could it be Wendy?
Signs point to that theory as highly likely, because, as IndieWire reports, Bateman himself gave a one word answer as to what Season 3's focus might be at an April 2019 series screening for Emmys voters -- that one word being "Wendy."
Showrunner Chris Mundy later expanded on that response, saying, "The third season to us is [about] what keeps you safe and whether or not hiding keeps you safe or attacking keeps you safe. […] In other seasons -- between Season 1 and Season 2, certainly -- we sort of left with a whole lot of plot we needed to answer, and we intentionally didn’t leave ourselves with a whole lot of plot to answer for in Season 3. So it's more emotional within; we write everything through the marriage. So for us, it's all about that marriage."
While Marty and Wendy will struggle with their power dynamic, according to Mundy they'll also be "dealing with outside forces." At a panel moderated by The Hollywood Reporter, Mundy also said that the arrival of Wendy's brother, who has been previously referenced as having a history of mental illness, will be a "very destabilizing factor."
Furthermore, based on Mundy’s comments to The Hollywood Reporter in an August interview, we’ll be seeing Ruth struggle as well. "Going into Season 3, we see [Ruth] very much wanting to be a member of the Byrde family," Mundy said. "However, as she gets deeper and deeper into the enterprise, she starts to wonder if being a Byrde is the best thing to be."