'Barry' Is Set to Return to HBO, but When Will Season 3 Air?
Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for Season 2 of HBO's Barry.
Our favorite shows have been slowly returning after COVID caused major production delays, and we finally have news about another series making its anticipated comeback. Barry, the critically acclaimed dark comedy starring Bill Hader, which first premiered in March 2018 on HBO, finally has a return date for Season 3.
Barry follows the eponymous Barry Berkman (Bill Hader), a troubled Marine turned hitman. While on a job in Los Angeles, Barry discovers an interest in theater acting after following his target to an acting class. He then vows to put an end to his life as a murderer to pursue his newfound passion. But he struggles to put his past behind him as his violent urges are provoked by the criminals in his life.
Season 2 premiered in 2019 and a third season was greenlit shortly thereafter. Now that show business is largely up and running again, when will we finally get to see what's next for Barry?
When is the release date for 'Barry' Season 3?
Barry was renewed for Season 3 shortly after its Season 2 premiere date in March 2019. Production on the third season was abruptly shut down in March 2020 during the initial COVID-19 quarantine. At the time when the shutdown occurred, the cast had only gathered for a few table reads.
"We were at the table, reading the first four scripts," Henry Winkler said in an interview with CBS. "And we were gonna come back the next day and read three and four. And [we] went home. And never went back."
In January 2021, Bill Hader revealed that Season 3 and Season 4 scripts had been finished ahead of schedule. In an interview with Collider, Bill Hader stated that as of October 2021, they had a month left of shooting Season 3; filming for the season officially began in August.
In February 2022, it was finally confirmed that Barry would return on Sunday, April 24. Season 3 will consist of eight episodes, five of which are directed by Bill Hader himself. The series will premiere on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.
Where did 'Barry' leave off last in 2019?
Season 2 left the titular Barry and his companions in a very dark place. Throughout the whole season, Barry had resolved to stop killing, despite the insistence of his fellow criminals for him to continue in his line of work.
Meanwhile, Barry's acting instructor, Gene Cousineau (Henry Winkler), grieved the untimely death of his lover, Detective Janice Moss (Paula Newsome). Unbeknownst to Gene, however, it was actually Barry who killed Janice when she caught on to Barry's occupation as a hitman.
In the Season 2 finale, "berkman > block," an enraged Barry goes on a killing spree after his former handler, Monroe Fuches (Stephen Root), threatens to upend his life of peace. The season ends with Gene coming to the realization that Barry is the one who killed his lover.