Season 2 of HBO’s Barry gets a March premiere date in a short but funny new teaser trailer. The series from creator, star, co-writer, and co-director Bill Hader became one of the premium cabler’s most acclaimed comedies in the last few years, as it was not only received well by critics, but it also went on to win a pair of Emmy awards, for Hader and co-star Henry Winkler. Since then, the arrival of the series’ second season has felt like a long time coming, but a recent trailer, and now this new teaser, confirm the wait is almost over.
The series upended expectations when it demonstrated itself to be more than another hitman comedy, something in the vein of, say, Grosse Pointe Blank. Instead, it offered a surprisingly dark, often mordantly funny take on loneliness, desperation, success, and whether or not there’s really such a thing as second chances. At the end of season 1, it seemed as if the series had successfully crossed a number of those ideas off its title character’s list (as well as for Winkler’s Gene Cousineau and Sarah Goldberg’s Sally Reed), only to dramatically separate the sometimes hitman from the idea of there ever being a second chance for him.
That sounds more serious than it is. Barry is, first and foremost, a laugh-out-loud comedy, and though it’s incredibly short and lacks some necessary context, this new teaser is proof of just how funny the series can be. Much of that, of course, is due to the exuberant performance from Anthony Carrigan, who plays the up-and-coming crime boss, NoHo Hank. Check out the teaser below:
In season 1, NoHo was an irrepressibly cheerful underling of the doomed Goran Pazar (Glenn Fleshler). Now, in the latter’s absence, NoHo has apparently stepped up to fill the void left by the Chechen mob boss, and his way of doing things is a little different than the “family” man he’s replacing. If nothing else, NoHo will make for an interesting change to Barry’s status quo, as it seems evident that the killer-turned-actor is still moonlighting in the business he’s so eager to get away from.
While the teaser doesn’t offer up much in terms of what viewers can expect from the season’s storyline, the sight of Barry’s glum face next to an overly cheerful Chechen criminal is likely enough to get fans of the first season tuning in.
Barry season 2 premieres Sunday, March 31 @10pm on HBO.