How the Themes in Season Three of ‘Barry’ Shine Through


This post is by Jason Hellerman from No Film School


Barry has a lot to say about life and death.


After a nearly three-year hiatus thanks to the pandemic, Barry is back, and season three has been its darkest and bleakest yet. It has concentrated on Barry completely falling apart. He’s losing his girlfriend and his mind. And it’s all his fault. Barry’s latent anger issues have boiled into full-blown rage, and now he presents a danger to himself and everyone around him.



This season, Barry’s themes keep bubbling to the surface and shedding light on some terrifying arcs that have always been there. It’s masterful in its direction and storytelling. That’s why I was so excited to read an interview from show creators Bill Hader and Alec Berg in Indiewire. They talk about the themes of season three and how the character of Barry has begun to become the villain of his own show. This really is a dark comedy.






The creators of Barry discuss its themes


In a way, this whole season is devoted to what the character of Barry has been searching for since the pilot.

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