After nearly three years off the air, HBO announces a premiere date for Barry season 3, the Emmy-winning dark comedy series led by Bill Hader.
Barry season 3’s premiere date has officially been set for this April. HBO’s dark comedy follows the Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader as the titular Barry Berkman, a discharged and dissatisfied Marine-turned-hitman who travels to Los Angeles for a job and finds himself reinvigorated by the city’s theater scene. Henry Winkler’s career has also seen a resurgence as a result of the series due to his portrayal of Gene Cousineau, an acting coach who teaches a class which Barry incidentally stumbles into.
The dramedy also features an array of eccentric supporting characters, including Barry’s criminal associates, Monroe Fuches (Stephen Root) and NoHo Hank (Anthony Carrigan), who he attempts to cut ties with once he decides to purse a career in acting. Sarah Goldberg stars as Barry’s love interest and fellow aspiring actor, Sally Reed. The Barry season 2 finale from May of 2019 ended on a shocking cliffhanger that left fans immediately wanting more and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they have waiting nearly three years. Finally, it’s been revealed when Barry will return to HBO.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Bill Hader-led series will return to HBO for a third season on April 24 after almost three years off the air. The new season will span eight episodes and feature the return of all aforementioned stars. HBO also released an official synopsis to give fans an idea of what to expect from Barry season 3:
Desperate to leave his violent past behind in favor of his newfound passion, Barry (Hader) is attempting to untangle himself from the world of contract killing and fully immerse himself in acting. But getting out is messy. While Barry has eliminated many of the external factors that pushed him towards violence, he soon discovers they weren’t the only forces at play. What is it about his own psyche that led him to become a killer in the first place? Season three finds Barry and the other characters trying to make the right choice.
Barry season 2 ended on a cliffhanger in which Barry’s former murder-broker Fuches showed Gene Cousineau the body of his girlfriend, Detective Janice Moss (Paula Newsome), who Barry killed at the end of season 1 when he found out she was investigating him for the murder of Ryan Madison. During season 2’s final moments, Gene recalls what Fuches whispered in his ear before he left him with Moss’ body, “Barry Berkman did this.” As season 3’s synopsis teases, Barry will now have to deal with the ramifications of his violent past, setting up a new conflict between him and his mentor, Gene.
Beyond that, it’s uncertain what the future holds for Barry season 3, though much more will be revealed once its official marketing campaign commences. Over just two seasons, Barry has managed to transcend its original premise and morph into something much greater, resulting in a total of 30 Emmy nominations, including wins for Hader and Winkler. With those two stars going head-to-head in season 3, it will surely be can’t miss television when Barry returns on April 24.
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