The show has been well-received by the audience and is not showing any sign of slowing down any time soon.
Barry is a dark comedy HBO series starring Bill Hader as the titular character, a depressed, low-rent hitman from the Midwest. The series starts off with Barry who is lonely and dissatisfied in his life. He is given a hit assignment to execute an aspiring actor for which he reluctantly travels to Los Angeles. There, he walks into an acting class and finds himself in an accepting community of eager actors hoping to make it in the LA theater scene. Barry now wants to start a new life as an actor, but his criminal past keeps catching up with him.
The first season of the show premiered on HBO on March 25, 2018. The show was renewed for two more seasons that premiered in 2019 and 2022. The third season was delayed due to the pandemic. It has won five Emmys and has been nominated 30 times in various categories, including twice for Outstanding Comedy Series.
Here's what you need to know about the future of the show:
The show's third season, which was renewed in 2019, finally premiered in April 2022. The following month, the show was renewed for another season. The show has been well-received by the audience and is not showing any sign of slowing down any time soon. Especially with the way the second, and now, the third season ended. The delay for the third season seems to have helped get a head start with the next season as well. Amy Gravitt, executive vice president, of HBO Programming also announced, "I’m so happy to announce that we are picking up the fourth season."
"Right when the lockdown happened in March, we were a week away from shooting," Hader had said. "So the last time I was in a room with a lot of people was the table read episodes one and two of season three, and we were ready to go. Then it all got shut down. Season three is completely written, ready to go, and then during this time we actually went and wrote season four. So we have both of those kinda done. We're just waiting until we can start shooting again." The fourth season is already well on its way to completion.
The third season was much anticipated with the way the second season ended on a cliffhanger. In the same way, the third season, which concluded on June 12, also came to an explosive ending something that Hader had been planning since the beginning of the season. (Spoilers ahead!) After three seasons of a cat and mouse chase, Barry has finally fallen into the hands of the cops. "We said, ‘Wow, this isn’t funny. This is pretty dark.’ But it felt honest and it felt like where…if you’re following the characters and what we’ve set up, it seemed where it needed to go," he explained to Deadline.
The fourth season, which has already been written, will follow the future course of action. "Their character journeys (are) intersecting at one point; it’s really the first time in the show where you finally see the acting world as now officially infiltrated by Barry’s crime world," Hader added. With this interesting turn, the fourth season will also be full of action.
Hader as Barry, Stephen Root as Fuches, Sarah Goldberg as Sally, Anthony Carrigan as NoHo Hank, and Henry Winkler as Cousineau will all be coming back to the next season. D'Arcy Carden as Natalie Greer and Michael Irby as Cristobal Sifuentes will also be coming back to the new season of the show. With so many characters being killed off, it is hard to know for sure who will be making it to the next season.
Additionally, Hader will also be solely directing the fourth season. "Bill, Alec [Berg], and the entire cast and crew delivered an exquisite third season of Barry, it’s a masterful blend of laughs and suspense," Gravitt stated.
Season four has already started production in Los Angeles in June. No premiere date has been announced yet, but HBO representatives have announced that the new season will be released just in time to be considered for the 2023 Emmys. This means that it will premiere before May 2023.