Barry Season 4 Review – one of the greatest shows of all-time

By Marc Miller
Published: May 26, 2023 (Last updated: February 17, 2024)
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HBO series Barry Season 4 Review


The final season of Bill Hader and Alec Berg’s masterpiece into the greatest series of all-time territory.

Here is our review of the HBO series Barry Season 4, which does not contain spoilers.

Barry has always used its dark comedy as a veil for something greater and to conceal something more profound. The backdrop of an acting class in Bill Hader and Alec Berg‘s masterpiece was intended to serve as a blank canvas for exploring the depths of the human condition.

A twisted and macabre perspective on socialization would even give Erikson pause.

The profound final season solidifies Barry as one of the greatest shows ever. This is because, despite its comic strip-like demeanor, what sets Barry apart is the infinite moral complexity of each character.

It’s not about them coming full circle but rather about how they continually oscillate between their innate natures.

Barry Season 4 Review and Plot Summary

Barry (Bill Hader) begins with the titular hitman in jail after Gene tricked one of Barry’s students into falling into a trap while breaking into Jim Moss’s home. He’s arrested, and as the camera zooms in on him during his one phone call, he confesses his love to his mentor, Gene, who responds with, “I got you.”

The one positive male role model has betrayed him, and Barry finds himself behind bars. With the FBI pressuring him, Barry’s backed into a corner for the final time.

HBO made the first seven episodes available, and the show has elevated dark comedy to a Vantablack art form. Hader and Berg acknowledge that there are only so many times you can back yourself into a corner.

This final season is about the main characters living up to the preconceived notions and labels imposed on them by others.

For example, Barry spent multiple seasons using an acting class to learn how to be human, surrounded by narcissistic individuals who influenced his behavior. By the end of the last season, he believed that superficial things could compensate for his dark past.

This is what makes Barry’s writing so brilliant. Each character experiences a crisis, and their equilibrium is their worst selves. If you believe in fate, this is akin to human behavior. It is predictable, and one cannot escape their unique identity.

Sally (brilliantly portrayed by Sarah Goldberg) seeks refuge at home, where her father treats her like a child, and her mother looks down on her for being weak. Fuches (Stephen Root) humorously lives up to the “Raven” reputation bestowed upon him by society.

Interestingly, No-Ho Hank (Anthony Carrigan) copes better than most characters in crisis. Still, even he will discover that he can never truly escape the community he was born into as the season progresses.

Is Barry Season 4 Good or Bad?

The final season of Barry is very good, and I won’t reveal any spoilers because half the fun of Barry lies in the unpredictable nature of its story. Hader has created a character that combines struggles with morality and self-discovery, resulting in Barry feeling like a modern retelling of William Munny and adding an unparalleled level of humor.

Carrigan maintains his usual deadpan delivery but also delivers a dramatic performance we haven’t seen from him before. As always, Goldberg shines in some of the season’s most powerful scenes that often go unnoticed.

Is Barry Season 4 Worth Watching?

The fourth season of Barry excels with its excellent blend of dark humor and profound exploration of exaggerated human behavior. Hader and Carrigan deliver exceptional performances that captivate viewers. The show fully realizes the themes of grief, redemption, the consequences of violence, and identity.

Watching Barry is highly recommended. Bill Hader and Alec Berg’s masterpiece reaches new heights in its final season, elevating the series to potential greatness. When considering the quality of its individual episodes and overall seasons, Barry stands as a strong contender for the title of the greatest series of all time.

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