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Barry Season 3 Recap

Bill Hader’s hit HBO show is better (and bleaker) than ever this season.

Barry fans processed the lengthy gap between seasons in their own ways: finding new shows, getting into Tumblr fan pages, and watching this supercut of Bill Hader giggling way too many times.

Thankfully, the latest season of Barry continues the show’s pitch-black comedy and hasn’t lost a step. With the first half of the season in the books, let’s break down (spoilers ahead!) the best parts of season three of Barry.

What time is Barry on?

New episodes of Barry premiere at 10:00 p.m. ET on HBO and HBO Max. Check out our HBO Max review to learn more about the streaming service.

Sarah Goldberg’s killing it this season

Whether it’s Sally’s oner through the studio in episode one or her onstage breakdown this week, Sarah Goldberg continues to be one of Barry’s MVPs this season. During Sally’s speech at the premiere, Goldberg flies through Sally’s vanity, joy, and panic all at once, and it’s gobsmacking to watch:

Now that Katie (Elsie Fisher) gave Sally the push to leave Barry, what’ll happen next? In an interview with The Wrap, Hader hinted that Katie’s suspicions about Barry would pay off down the road. Even though Sally and Barry are separated thanks to Katie, we doubt they’ll stay apart this season.

Fuches is back

At the season’s midway point, Fuches (Stephen Root) is back in Los Angeles and ready to get revenge against Barry. As much as we love more NoHo Hank (Anthony Carrigan), we’d wager that Fuches and his amateur assassin army are being slotted in as the season’s Big Bad.

(And as fans of Stephen Root in general, this blooper reel clip of him is a DELIGHT. HBO, release the full cut!)

Barry’s in a baaad place

For a peek behind the recap curtain, this section used to be titled “For the love of God, please don’t kill off Henry Winkler.” But now that he’s in the clear (for now), our concerns shift to Barry’s Barry.

And that’s because, between the bloodshot eyes and 20-day stubble, this is the face of a man who’s not doing great:

Image of Bill Hader in HBO's Barry.

Barry’s never pulled its punches when it comes to the bad things Barry’s done—like this week’s cold open showing the family of Barry’s first hit—but in Barry’s first two seasons, the acting class and Gene (Henry Winkler) tied Barry to his dreams of not being a hitman.

One of season three’s biggest plot threads has been showing Barry’s backslide now that he’s lost those tethers. And considering Barry’s lengthy list of infractions this season (murder, exploding a house, and kidnapping), we’re predicting things will get worse for Barry before they start to get better.

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