Barry season 4 release date, trailer and everything else we know

Bill Hader as Barry, talking at a jail payphone, in Barry season 4 episode 1
(Image credit: Merrick Morton/HBO)

The more we see, the more we know Barry's going through a lot in Barry season 4. And we've seen quite a lot, as our Barry season 4 review is live. It collects our thoughts on the first seven episodes in a spoiler-free way.

A new trailer just dropped, and while things look miserable, it seems Barry's breaking out of jail. And just in time, too: not only did HBO renew Barry for its next season, but we've just learned that it's the final season.

But, we have to wait a bit for one of the top HBO Max shows to come back home. In the meantime, we have tons of questions to ponder over. The finale for Barry season 3 points to a future where it's not just Barry (Bill Hader) who's trying to change their place in life. This time, though, we're going to see at least two characters explore new confines: prison.

Or at least we think they'll be going to prison. The one thing about Bill Hader's Barry is that everyone manages to surprise you and sneak out of the roughest of situations. So, can Monroe Fuches (Stephen Root) find a way out of his latest hole? Will Sally find inspiration after hitting rock bottom? And what the heck will NoHo Hank do, other than try and pitch himself as the new Scarface?

Here's everything we know (and want to know) about Barry season 4 (and here's how to watch Barry season 4 online, too).

Barry season 4 trailer 

Barry Berkman (Bill Hader) looks absolutely terrible in the first trailer for Barry season 4. As Timber Timbre's haunting record "Run From Me" repeats the message "You better run for your life," someone reaches out to Barry, seemingly giving him the lifeline out of jail.

In jail, Barry's hearing it directly from Gene Cousineau, that his former teacher was the one who got him busted. And in jail, Barry is running across all the wrong people from his past, including Monroe Fuches. But he's going to try to break out.

Barry season 4 release date confirmed

Barry season 4 debuts on Sunday, April 16, at 10 p.m. ET. Two episodes will drop that day, and one new episode debuts per week until the finale on May 28. 

The below HBO Max Coming Soon reel confirms Barry season 4 is coming in 2023.

Figuring out when Barry season 4 airs is a little tricky, as the show's short off-season cadence was shaken up by the Covid-19 pandemic. We waited less than a year from the season 2 renewal (on April 12, 2018) to the season 2 premiere (March 31, 2019). 

Henry Winkler as Gene Cousineau, staring in Barry

(Image credit: Merrick Morton/ HBO)

Barry season 4 cast 

The cast of Barry season 4 is led by Bill Hader as Barry Berkman / Barry Block, a former Marine from Cleveland turned hitman turned aspiring actor. This time, Barry's going to jail.

Anthony Carrigan (as NoHo Hank) clutches Michael Irby (as Cristobal Sifuentes) in Barry

(Image credit: Merrick Morton/ HBO)

HBO confirmed that Hader is likely be joined by returning cast members:

  • Stephen Root as Monroe Fuches, Barry's family friend and hitman mentor
  • Henry Winkler as Gene Cousineau, an acting coach
  • Sarah Goldberg as Sally Reed, an acting student and Barry's now ex-girlfriend
  • Anthony Carrigan as NoHo Hank, a leader in the Chechen mafia
  • Michael Irby  as Cristobal Sifuentes, the leader of the Bolivian mafia
  • Robert Wisdom as Jim Moss
  • Fred Melamed as Tom Posorro
  • Andrew Leeds as Leo
  • Patrick Fischler as Lon Oneil
  • Jessy Hodges as Lindsay

We have to note that we're very happy to see that Cristobal is still alive, as NoHo Hank rescued him in the finale. We also expect to see James Hiroyuki Liaobar reprise his role as FBI Agent Albert Nguyen, Barry's old military buddy who let him go. 

Barry season 4 plot speculation

The big question for Barry season 4 is "how soon is Barry going to get out of this jam?" Because while the titular hitman who just wants to act has spent the better part of three seasons trying to escape the one job he's actually good at, he now has to figure out a new escape. It's unclear if the plot to bring Barry in was all Gene Cousineau or if Jim Moss had a role to play too, but it feels like those two may be looking over their shoulders were Barry to break free. 

Oh, and there's some funny timing about Barry getting arrested. He could run across Fuches in prison, as his former mentor also got caught at the end of the season.

Sarah Goldberg as Sally Reed in HBO's Barry

(Image credit: Merrick Morton/HBO)

Then, there's the story of NoHo Hank and Cristobal. Now that our favorite Chechen mobster has saved his lover, the two need to get home in one piece. In the Barry world, odds say they don't have a safe trip back, and will have more chaos to dodge. Once they're safe and sound, we bet these lovers will want the same thing Barry does: to escape the life of crime.

Lastly, let's give a moment to Sally, who will likely be offended she's not getting higher billing here. Traveling back to Joplin to get back in touch with her roots, Sally now has an enemy in former friend Natalie Greer. But considering how this show works, we bet the two will wind up working together again, just like how Cousineau's on his own forgiveness tour.

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Henry T. Casey
Managing Editor (Entertainment, Streaming)

Henry is a managing editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.