Barry is a series that has complex characters like Succession, surprising turns like Game of Thrones, and humor like Veep. Or better yet, forget any comparison because its originality is such that it has no reference in the air at the moment. All thanks to the steady hand of its star, creator, and director, Bill Hader. The return to close the story of the sociopath Barry Berkman, the mercenary assassin who decides to become an actor in a few episodes, with two of them already available on Max’s platform.
Hader is determined to eliminate any connection we have with Barry: he’s evil, he’s cruel, and completely disconnected from the world, but by surrounding him with even worse narcissists, he doesn’t succeed. It’s impossible not to root for him, as cold and powerful a killer as he is. The lack of a father figure is one of his weaknesses. It has been exploited for years by Monroe Fuches (Stephen Root) who is also responsible for Barry’s overthrow and imprisonment, even because he used his replacement as the murderer’s mentor, the selfish and presumptuous Professor Gene Cousineau (Henry Wrinkler), as an executioner his revenge plan. Now Fuches has destroyed Barry, but he still doesn’t find his Peace. There’s only one destination for both of them and it’s not encouraging.
Barry still doesn’t understand that Fuches was the one who managed to destroy his life, he’s still shocked at being dumped by Cousineau and Sally (Sarah Goldberg) a second time. Sally – an assassin herself now – is a testament to just how low Barry’s self-esteem is and how easy it is to manipulate him. But although he is suffering from betrayal, he wants to be punished, he even wants to… die, so it is the infallible instinct of defense and attack that gives Barry a “divine protection” that makes us laugh and cry at the same time.
In a plot already stretched to the maximum – it was incredible that he escaped Justice for so long – even in prison Barry is the target of misunderstandings. A still traumatized Noho Hank (Anthony Carrigan), even affected and less histrionic put Barry on his list believing that he collaborates with the FBI (actually it’s Fuches) and the drama is already unfolding.
Bill Hader has explained more than once that Barry is not an anti-hero and that his actions need to have consequences, especially ones as dark as murdering people for money. This heavy mood shades the final episodes. I have no hope for him, I just want others to be equally punished. Minus Cristobal and Noho Hank. For Now!