‘Barry’ is an American dark comedy television series that airs on HBO. The series first premiered on March 25, 2018. It is created by Alec Berg and Bill Hader. Emily Heller and Aida Rodgers serve as producers, while Bill Hader and Alec Berg are also on board as the executive producers. The tragicomedy drama has won become a quick hit with fans and has been lauded for its performances, as is evident by the fact that both Hader and Henry Winkler have each won an Emmy for their performance on this show.
The show chronicles around Barry Berkman who is a former United States Marine looking for his new target to kill, but finds out he has hidden acting skills. He had been lonely before, but now he starts enjoying his new life and wants to forget about his past career. Little did he know that moving from Midwest to Los Angeles would change his life drastically.
Critics have praised the show where PTSD and comedy have made for strange bedfellows, while they have also pointed out how ‘Barry’ manages to balance the inherent darkness in the life of a hitman, thus steering clear of the overindulgence of the antihero persona. ‘Barry’ has had two very successful seasons so far. Here’s everything we know about its upcoming season.
Barry Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of ‘Barry’ is led by Bill Hader who plays Barry Berkman, an assassin, who takes up the alias of Barry Block when he tries to make a new life in Los Angeles. Stephen Root appears as Monroe Fuches, Sarah Goldberg plays Sally Reed, Glenn Fleshler plays Goran Pazar, Anthony Carrigan appears as Noho Hank, and Henry Winkler plays the role of Gene Cousineau, the self-absorbed acting teacher whose class Barry joins.
All the main cast members are expected to return for season 3.
Barry Plot: What is it about?
‘Barry’ follows the tale of Barry Berkman, who formerly used to be a Marine in the US Army. However, he is shown to be operating as a low rent hitman in the Midwest. The character is portrayed as someone who is lonely and dissatisfied with his life, suffering from the same existential burden as the next person. However, when he begrudgingly travels to Los Angeles to complete an assignment of killing someone, the hitman finds new hope, as he comes across an accepting group of people in a surprising place. Barry makes friends with a group of hopefuls in Los Angeles’ theater scene, and his life is changed forever.
The question that the show most effectively tries to deal with, is whether the character is evil. While this is a pretty common question for shows remotely related to antiheroes to explore, they tend to do it while alluring viewers with the kind of lifestyle that lies outside the law.
The series, however, in its own quiet genius, does away with the perversion of glamorizing the hitman’s life. He kills without pleasure, and his cold, calculated approach to the task shows that he does not find killing enjoyable, he takes no pleasure in the act, it is just something that he is very good at. The lack of thrill in the job makes the violence of the show rather grim and stark, and Barry’s dissatisfaction with his way of life is also reflected in his modest living conditions, where he stays with two roommates despite having a large disposable income, as is the norm in his line of work. Killing just happens to be Barry’s calling, but the show’s moral and ethical conundrum arises as Barry tries to change his ways, to get out of the killing business even if he can be, at best, a mediocre actor in Los Angeles.
This brings us back to the central question of the evilness of the protagonist. Hader and Berg are cagey about tackling this issue head-on as well, and understandably so since it requires a degree of nuance. Instead of opting to show evil in black and white, or as a static predetermined character set, the series is, for now, treating it as something fluid, which can change over time and is often determined by external factors.
In our hitman’s instance then, his evilness might stretch back to his stint in the US army, where he killed strangers on orders of the government, rather than when he started as a hitman and began to kill strangers on orders of his private clients. Amidst this smart line of questioning, all the relations in Barry’s life plays out, as he genuinely tries to leave the past behind, but with the cops on his tail, he might soon realize that the life of a hitman is not something that an individual can walk away from.
Season 3 might take us inside Barry’s mind, and be made privy to parts of his life that might offer some surprise. But above all, we hope that Barry finally finds what he is looking for in life, or rather, we hope, he can hold on to what he has found in life, vis a vis, a sense of belonging among his fellow hopeful actors in Los Angeles. It is not without reason that people call it the city of angels and LA is believed to be a place where anyone can reinvent themselves. Barry might not exactly be angelic, but there is no reason he cannot walk the path of light as the show moves forward. It would make for a truly satisfactory character development arc, and truth be told, characters are what the success of ‘Barry’ primarily hinges on.
Barry Season 3 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Barry’ Season 2 premiered on March 31, 2019. On April 10, Deadline confirmed that HBO has renewed for another season. I was always expected that HBO would green-light a Season 3 because of the immense appreciation the show has received from fans and critics. As far as the release date is concerned, our best guess going by the pattern of release of the previous seasons is that Barry season 3 will likely come out sometime in March 2020.
While we wait for season 3, check out the trailer of Season 2 below.
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