Is Barry’s journey of self-discovery and redemption coming to an end? Here is everything we currently know about the possibility of
Barry Season 5’s renewal.
The beloved dark comedy crime drama television series created by Alec Berg and Bill Hader, which follows Barry Berkman, a U.S. Marine and Afghanistan veteran from Cleveland, who works as a hitman, has been a rollercoaster ride for fans over the last five years!
Since its debut, the show has earned critical acclaim and a dedicated fan base. It has been consistent with the fourth season, which is scheduled to end its run on May 28, 2023, with the premiere finale episode, “wow.”
With the finale fast approaching, the show has already become one of the most talked about shows in HBO’s catalog. The fourth season holds a 97% rating with an average rating of 8.85/10, based on 81 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.
Whereas, on Metacritic, the season has a score of 90 out of 100, based on 23 critics, indicating “universal acclaim.” Moreover, the first three seasons of Barry were nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series.
One thing we are certain about is that after the premiere of the fifth season’s finale, there is no doubt that the fans will soon start bombarding us with questions about whether the network will renew the show for more seasons or if this is the end.
Therefore, if you have the same question, then you have come to the right place! We’ve compiled a quick summary of everything you need to know about the current status of this popular series. Here’s everything we know so far about HBO’s Barry Season 5.
Barry Season 5: Will there be another season?
We regret to inform the readers that the future of the show has come to a definite end after four successful seasons! We acknowledge that this is some unfortunate news, but we have to clear up all the confusion as this update was a major blow for the fandom.
For weeks, they had been hoping for some long-term plans for this beloved series. The fans were optimistic that sometime they might change the course of the series conclusion, but it seems like the creators already planned to conclude the show with the fourth season.
The reports were confirmed, as in an exclusive interview they announced the final season and Hader talked about what went into his decision to end “Barry.” He stated, “Yeah! It was very much in the writing and the storytelling. I mean, a lot of people after last season were like, “Why are you doing another season? It should have just ended.”
Further adding, “But to me, there are still so many questions with the other characters, and with Barry – and there are so many things unsaid. What happens in Season 4 is structurally radical in some ways, but it made sense for what I think the characters needed to go through, and what I think the whole show is always kind headed towards. You realize, well, we could pad a lot of stuff, and just make the story. But if we’re going forward, it ends in Season 4.”
Furthermore, Winkler confirmed that the end was near last September on the Emmys red carpet.
When the actor was asked by Variety how many seasons he anticipated Barry will have, Winkler responded: “Four.” When asked why he thinks that, Winkler responded: “Because Bill and [co-creator] Alec [Berg] never try to stretch… They don’t want to push it.” Winkler added with a smile that he doesn’t want Barry to end “because now I’m an actor back on the street again.”
In the interview with Variety, Bill Hader also states, “But the very, very last day of principal photography — yeah, it was incredibly sad. It’s been an amazing, life-changing experience for me, personally. So I was happy I was able to tell the crew that, these people who worked for so many years. To be able to thank them was very important to me.”
Further adding, Right now, it’s like, “Oh, the story ended.” I just wanted to tell this story, and the story’s done. I did say this to Hiro Murai, though, and he was like, “I’m telling you, when the last episode airs, it’s really sad.” Because when the last episode of “Atlanta” aired, he was like, “Oh, man, I’m really sad!”
Barry: What is the final season about?
The official logline of the fourth and final season states, “Cousineau (Henry Winkler) is hailed as a hero as Barry’s (Bill Hader) arrest has shocking consequences. It’s all been leading up to this – the explosive and hilarious final chapter of Barry.” Moreover, Bill Hader, also expressed his thoughts, quote, “It’s been an amazing journey making this show, and it’s bittersweet that the story has come to its natural conclusion.”
Amy Gravitt, Executive Vice President, HBO, also expresses her views, quoting, “After three masterful seasons of Barry, we are eager for viewers to see the powerful, complex, and hilarious conclusion to Barry Berkman’s story. It has been a pleasure working with this immensely talented team including Bill Hader, Alec Berg, Aida Rodgers, and the entire exceptional cast and crew.”
The Emmy-nominated and winning cast regulars include Stephen Root as Monroe Fuches; Sarah Goldberg as Sally; Anthony Carrigan as Noho Hank; Emmy and Critics Choice winner Henry Winkler as Gene Cousineau; Robert Wisdom as Jim Moss. Returning recurring guest cast includes Michael Irby as Cristobal, Fred Melamed as Tom Posorro, Andrew Leeds as Leo, Patrick Fischler as Lon Oneil, and Jessy Hodges as Lindsay.
On the other hand, this show was created by Alec Berg & Bill Hader; executive produced by Bill Hader, Alec Berg, Aida Rodgers, and Liz Sarnoff; co-executive produced by Duffy Boudreau; produced by Julie Camino. Hader directs all eight episodes this season. Moreover, the fourth-season writers include Bill Hader, Liz Sarnoff, Duffy Boudreau, Taofik Kolade, Emma Barrie, Mark Ashmore, and Nicky Hirsch.
Barry: Where to stream all the seasons?
As of Tuesday, HBO Max is now Max in the U.S., and these HBO Originals are available to watch on the new streaming home of HBO. With Max, viewers now have access to everything that was on HBO Max, along with twice the amount of content at the same price. So, make sure to update your device from HBO Max to Max. The viewers can also stream Barry by renting or purchasing it on Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu, Disney+ Hotstar, and iTunes.
Take a look at the official trailer of the fourth season to recall what has transpired in the fourth season so far, which highlights that the episodes of the fourth and final season have definitely explored and expanded on the misadventures of the titular character, a hired assassin who dreams of becoming an actor. The more he tries to move away from L.A.’s seedy underbelly, the deeper it consumes him and affects everyone around him.
Check out the official trailer below:
While you await any updates, we recommend that readers should stream all the prior seasons of Barry on HBO.