It's been a long and painful wait for Barry fans to find out what will happen next after season 2's cliffhanger ending, but it sounds like the wait between seasons 3 and 4 won't be quite as long. Last year, star Bill Hader and the Barry crew were all set to begin filming the show's third season when the coronavirus pandemic completely shut down production. There's still no word yet on when filming will resume for the hit HBO series.
Fortunately, Hader and the creative team working on the series have used this downtime to script out the entire third season. What's more, they've gone ahead and written every episode of a fourth season as well. Speaking about the future of the series on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Hader addressed how the next two seasons of Barry are ready to go and all they're waiting for is the green light from HBO.
"Season 3 is completely written, ready to go, and then during this time, we actually went and wrote Season 4, so we have both of those kind of done. So we're just waiting until we can start shooting again."
HBO hasn't yet officially renewed Barry for a fourth season, but there's a good chance the award-winning show will end up shooting another season back-to-back with season 3. Hader's co-star Stephen Root previously revealed how they were trying to convince HBO to let them shoot two new seasons together instead of just the one.
"Hopefully HBO is going to let the powers that be write season 4, and maybe we can do those real quick together. We're gonna try to do that," Root told Collider last summer.
Created by Bill Hader and Alec Berg, Barry premiered on HBO in 2018. A dark comedy crime drama, the series follows Hader as Barry Berkman, a hitman from Cleveland who finds his second calling as an actor while pursuing a contract hit in Los Angeles. The series also stars Henry Winkler as Barry's acting coach and Sarah Goldberg as aspiring actress Sally Reed, with Stephen Root and Anthony Carrigan as two of Barry's criminal associates.
Barry has garnered immense critical acclaim from its first two seasons, drawing a lot of praise in particular for its writing and acting. The series has been up for 30 Primetime Emmy Awards, with Hader winning the Emmy twice for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Winkler also won an Outstanding Supporting Actor Emmy for the first season and was nominated for the same award the following year alongside Root and Carrigan. Goldberg was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
HBO hasn't yet set a production start date for season 3 of Barry, and it remains to be seen if they'll go ahead and have Hader and the others shoot an additional season. In any case, let's just hope filming begins soon, as fans have waited long enough to have the cliffhanger seen at the end of season 2 resolved. This news comes to us from Late Night with Seth Meyers on YouTube.