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Barry season 4 episode 6 recap – Let the past die

Things are getting awfully strange as our Barry season 4 episode 6 recap delves into the weird and wonderful new instalment of the Bill Hader comedy series.

Bill Hader as Barry Berkman

Our Verdict

The weakest episode of Barry season 4 suffers due to its ambiguity and the necessity of connecting the narrative threads, but sets up an intriguing finale.

Well, things are getting awfully strange in Barry now, aren’t they? The fourth and final season of Bill Hader’s dark comedy series seemed to be heading in one direction, but the events of Barry season 4 episode 5 have really thrown a spanner in the works.

Now, the latest episode of the HBO Max hit has offered us some answers but leaves us with plenty more questions as we head into the final two episodes. First of all, the time jump in Barry season 4 is now pretty much confirmed to be entirely real. We are eight years on from Barry and Sally running away together, and their future is now our present.

While we spent much of last week’s episode in the presence of Clarke and Emily, the new episode of the drama series sees the ghosts of Barry and Sally come to the fore. And they’re not the only spectres of the past who show up.

The Barry cast is always finding new ways to impress, and this week the ensemble really show their versatility. Hader leaves behind the Clarke-shaped shell as he swaps the Midwest for a mission to track down and kill Gene Cousineau. As he slips back into the role of Barry Berkman, the trademark deadpan humour and tortured soul shine once more.

Speaking of humour, we get to see what NoHo Hank and Fuches are up to eight years into the future. Fuches is finally released from prison, but we should definitely only refer to him as The Raven now. He’s got a body full of ink and a mean attitude, and frankly, it’s hilarious. The highlight of the week is seeing Fuches claim a middle-aged coffee shop employee as his new, very serious girlfriend with just a wink of his eye.

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As for Hank, time has been kind to him. Fuches visits the headquarters of Nohobal, where a golden statue of the late Cristobal stands at the entrance. Donning a power suit and hosting his guests in a fancy office, Hank has taken his entrepreneurial dreams to an executive level and he’s willing to give Fuches a slice of the pie.

The problem is, Fuches only wants one thing: Barry Berkman. Hank, however, has moved on from that vendetta. One thing he has not moved on from, clearly, is the death of Cristobal, but he has tried to bury his guilt over that matter. So when Fuches accuses him of being involved in the murder, Hank loses his cool and terminates their burgeoning partnership.

Bill Hader and Sarah Goldberg in Barry season 4 episode 5

Back in the Midwest, Sally is all alone with John, and it’s not long before her lack of maternal instincts leads to potential disaster. Between burning John’s food and spiking him with vodka so he falls asleep, it’s safe to say the Mother of the Year award won’t be heading Sally’s way. Her decisions in the previous episodes of Barry catch up with her, too, as surrealist home invasion horror movie vibes creep their way into the show.

Back in the slightly more normal world, Gene Cousineau is busy trying to put a stop to the true-crime thriller movie that is being planned about Barry’s killing spree. Cousineau normally loves the limelight, but he takes issue with the glorification of the man who took the love of his life away from him and will do anything to stop the project from seeing the light of day.

Henry Winkler as Gene Cousineau in Barry season 4

It’s an intriguing episode that sees the supporting characters all displaying how far they have come, for better or worse. But Barry Berkman, no matter how hard he tries to pretend, has not changed at all deep down. With a gun in his hand and a motivational podcast in his ear, the hitman instincts are back.

Unfortunately for Barry, Jim Moss is also back, and it’s the latter who has the upper hand as we look forward to the penultimate episode of this fascinating TV series. It’s hard to judge this week’s episode, as it’s very much a bridge between the past, present, and future. Narrative threads are beginning to connect up and we can almost see where the breadcrumbs are leading.

Robert Wisdom as Jim Moss in Barry

Episode 6 may be the weakest of the new season, but it will serve a valuable purpose if the payoff is as spectacular as we suspect and hope. While this latest instalment suffers in its more abstract and ambiguous moments, there is plenty of intrigue in the foundations that have been laid.

Here’s how to watch Barry season 4 episode 7 so you can prepare for next week. Until then, check out our list of all the Succession episodes ranked for more HBO content, or look ahead to the House of the Dragon season 2 release date. Alternatively, head to the big screen with a look at the new movies coming this year, or the best movies of all time.