The first season was a breakout hit, topping a number of “best of 2018” TV lists (including our own) and earning Hader and co-star Henry Winkler acting Emmys. Today, HBO announced the show will return next month, and also dropped a new trailer.
We don’t get too much in the way of plot from this first look, but we do see Barry once again struggling with his bloody history, the trauma of which he pours into his stage characters. It also looks like he got a job at a clothing store, like any respectable star-in-the-making, so it’s nice to see some change of scenery. It’s the contrast between Barry’s cheery daily routine and dark and dangerous night life that makes the show so unique, so we can’t wait to get more of that disparity in season two.
But let’s be real, Henry Winkler as Barry’s acting coach Gene Cousineau is stealing the show here, as he’s wont to do. From complimenting Barry’s “deep” humanity to favorably comparing him to Charles Manson, there’s nothing we don’t love about this guy.
We’ll see how everything shakes out when Barry returns to HBO on March 31.