Barry Season 4 Might Be The Last, According To Henry Winkler

As audiences eagerly await answers for its cliffhanger season 3 finale, star Henry Winkler says that Barry season 4 may be the show’s last. Winkler stars in the HBO dark comedy series as Gene Cousineau, a former actor who fell from grace and is trying to impart his wisdom on aspiring actors with his class in Los Angeles. In this class is where he would meet Bill Hader’s Barry Berkman, a Marine veteran taken in by an old family friend and turned into an assassin, though he becomes disillusioned with the job and tries to become an actor under Cousineau’s tutelage.


Created by Hader and Silicon Valley alum Alec Berg, Barry has scored near-universal acclaim across all three seasons, with praise primarily directed towards its unique roster of characters, the performances from its cast, its balance of darker storytelling with humor and direction. With the show also garnering 44 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and winning nine, including two for Hader for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Winkler for Outstanding Supporting Actor, the show’s future has never really been called into question, with HBO consistently renewing the show through the now-in-production season 4. Now, one star is sharing their thoughts on where Barry could go next.

While speaking with Variety at the Primetime Emmy Awards, Henry Winkler opened up about the potential future of Barry. When asked how many seasons he could see the show running, the Cousineau actor said he felt only “four” would happen, due to creators Alec Berg and Bill Hader “never try to stretch… They don’t want to push it.” With that said, Winkler did go on to express his hope that Barry continues after season 4, crediting it for his resurgence as he’s now “an actor back on the street again.”

Winkler’s feelings that Barry season 4 may be the show’s last is sure to come as disappointing news for fans of the show eager to see where it could go in the future. His note that the decision to potentially end with season 4 is due to Hader and Berg’s desire to close on their note should prove comforting, though, as it indicates the duo either have a vision for how to bring the show to an end, or at the very least don’t want to leave too many threads open should a cancelation be in order. Given the success Barry has brought for HBO, a cancelation seems unlikely, though in a time when streaming titles are dominating viewership charts, anything is possible.

If one were to look at the trajectory the show has taken across its first three seasons, Barry season 4 being its last may actually sound like a welcome idea. The season 3 finale left Hader’s titular character arrested by the police after being tricked by Gene and Jim Moss, while Sally has boarded a flight back to Missouri, leaving Barry seemingly alone with no one around to help him out. While audiences await word on Barry season 4’s release date, and the future of the show, they can revisit the first three seasons streaming on HBO Max now.

Source: Variety

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