I didn’t think it would be possible to top Season 1, but I have to say Season 2 lived up to the hype. This season is even more heart-wrenching, as we must watch Barry come to terms with what he did at the end of Season 1. It torments the viewer even more, as we feel so compelled to cheer Barry on despite knowing that he murdered in cold-blood. With each episode, we are given false hope that he’s finally figured it out, and then we are yanked back again as he continues to stumble, fall and collapse through self-maturation and actualization.
Henry Winkler (Gene Cousineau) is brilliant yet again, and continues to hone his acting skills (ironic considering his character). He broke my heart, watching a man deal with such powerful grief, yet played with such tenderness and subtlety. Anthony Carrigan (Noho Hank) takes on even more scope in his role as the way-too polite and wildly hilarious drug-dealer/murderer. While he was basically just the comedic relief in Season 1, Season 2 allows him to be more vulnerable and gives more insight to his character. If anything, I could use more of Noho Hank in Season 3. Bill Hader (Barry Berkman), where do I even begin? He continues to prove himself to be one of the most versatile actors. He is able to play the straight man, the funny man, the insane man, the psychopath – And yet no matter which one he is playing, it is always believable and relatable.
I truly think “Barry” is one of the best shows of all time. It is an effortless blend of witty, dry, dark humor weaved amongst devastatingly heartbreaking scenes. However, the third key component is hope – Hope for Barry as a character and for all of humankind and our often wicked tendencies. It connects and cuts so deeply with such a large audience. No matter who you are, there is a piece of this show that will make you laugh, cry, question yourself and reflect on who YOU are as a person. You know you have found a brilliant series when it leaves the audience not just trying to understand the characters, but trying to understand themselves.
How to Watch: HBO
Season Finale: 19 May 2019