Barry Berkman’s story could have been so different had it not been for the major delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to star and show co-creator Bill Hader.

It hasn’t aired for three years but finally season 3 of barry is set to debut on HBO on Sunday, April 24. barry was so close to returning that the cast actually took part in the Season 3 chart read in March 2020, but by the time they returned to shoot it, Hader and his writing partner Alec Berg had “revised” the entirety. of the scenario.

Waiting for new episodes of barry, Newsweek sat down with star, director, writer, producer Hader, along with costars Henry Winkler, Anthony Carrigan and Stephen Root.

Barry’s long break

“I don’t think any of us thought it would be such a big break,” Hader said. Newsweek. “We were like a week or two before the pandemic hit. We had our first chart read for Season 3 and then the next day we were supposed to have another one, we were like ‘you know what? Let’s cancel it just to be safe. We’ll give it a week.”

“Then I think the next time I saw everyone was a year and a half later.”

Bill Hader stars and co-creates, co-writes and co-directs the show alongside Alec Berg.
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When Hader and Berg had an unprecedented break from production, they set to work on the next season. Ultimately, the prospect of Season 4 affected what they had already written.

“I would say we did a pretty big overhaul of Season 3, because we started writing Season 4, and then writing Season 4, Season 3 changed a lot.” Hader added, “So that was pretty good. I mean, Season 3 would have been a lot different if that hadn’t happened.”

The extended hiatus between seasons 2 and 3 meant the cast and crew were largely separated during the pandemic. Once everyone returned to set, Hader and her co-stars expressed their joy at reuniting.

“I missed everyone. Just the whole band, crew, cast,” Hader said. “It’s very social work. I present and direct a lot of these episodes, it’s a lot to do. It’s good when everyone you deal with is cool, great people and incredibly talented. So that I missed.”

“I missed the whole process of the show,” Carrigan said. Newsweek. “It’s not often you get a show where you like who you’re working with. I couldn’t wait to get back and play. I wasn’t sure if Bill was going to totally switch lines or something completely different was going to happen. produce. It’s kind of terrifying and exhilarating.”

In addition to main character Barry, all the regulars return, including Sally Reed, NoHo Hank, Monroe Fuches, and Gene Cousineau.

Season 2 of barry ended on Gene’s cliffhanger recalling being told that Barry killed Janice. As for what happens next, Winkler remains tight-lipped.

Reading a list of three basic things he could share with NewsweekWinkler said, “One, barry is on HBO. Second, I know Barry killed the love of my life. And three, as a mature person, they made me run a lot.” All the cardio required from the 76-year-old in Season 3 turned out to be positive. “I’ve never been in better shape at from the waist up,” Winkler exclaimed.

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Henry Winkler returns as acting teacher Gene Cousineau in Season 3 of “Barry.”
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Finding redemption in season 3

From assassins who kill for money to actors with extreme narcissistic tendencies, many characters barry show obvious defects. According to the team behind the show, season 3 asks the audience if the characters are too far?

“That’s kind of the big question for Season 3, you know, is redemption even a thing?” Hader thinks. “Even before the pandemic, it was an idea that was swirling around in our heads. Can they be redeemed? Is forgiveness a thing? Because these things all have consequences, so I think that’s kind of the matter of the season.”

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Bill Hader’s character Barry returns to try and mend his relationship with Gene Cousineau in Season 3 of HBO’s “Barry.”
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“It’s like Succession“said Root Newsweek, comparing Barry to his favorite show, “They’re all unkind people, but you love them. They’re so self-centered, but every once in a while they come up and say, ‘How are you?’ then they leave.”

Root, who returns as Fuches, continued, “I think barry must become darker. I think audiences are sophisticated enough now and have seen such a renaissance of good television over the past two years that it needs to run its course.”

“I think audiences ask that question all the time, and it’s a really good question,” Carrigan said. “If a character is totally unsalvageable, then why watch? Why pay attention to the course?

NoHo Hank
Anthony Carrigan plays popular Chechen mobster NoHo Hank in Season 3 of HBO’s ‘Barry’.
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“Take Barry. He’s done horrible things, but you also understand the pathos and the reasons why he does the things he does. He’s a horrible person who does horrible things, but you’re weirdly supporting him.”

Winkler agrees with Hader’s sentiment that redemption is “the theme of Season 3”. He continued: “Can people change? I think Bill and Alec [the creators] believe they can.”

Credit to co-creator Alec Berg

While Bill Hader is the face of barry, he’s only half of the team that created the now-iconic show and character. Hader and Berg created barryand together they shared the duties of writing and directing each episode of this season for the first time.

“I don’t think Alex gets as much credit as he should,” Root said. Newsweek. “He’s not just Bill’s robot boy, he’s an amazing writer and an amazing director, and I just want to give him credit because he’s their baby, not just Bill’s. He’s phenomenal.”

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Stephen Root plays Monroe Fuches who is on the run in “Barry” Season 3.
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Root plays Fuches, Barry’s former mentor, now an executioner on the show. While Root may be recognizable for his roles in comedies like NewsRadio, office space and Dodgeballor dramas like Uncle Frank, get out and Macbeth’s Tragedy, Root would like to experience life as a leading man.

“I was pretty much the guy who got into a project, jumped, jumped, jumped, jumped. And I’d love to do a long main character,” Root added. “I would like to have this experience before I leave.”

While barry served as a successful addition to an already impressive acting resume for Winkler and Root, Carrigan’s turn as the lovable Chechen mobster NoHo Hank opened the doors to his career.

“The response was overwhelming, and I just got totally bowled over,” Carrigan said. “Plus, I’m so incredibly happy that it made others laugh. When you look at the faces of the fans and how hilarious they thought it was.

“That’s all we care about, just giving them something compelling to momentarily distract them from the crazy world we live in. That’s what we care about.”

Season 3 episode 1, “forgiving jeff” is written by Berg and Hader, with Hader directing.

Season 3 of barry begins on HBO at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Sunday, April 24, 2022. New episodes will air weekly every Sunday night.