HBO’s Barry had a darkly funny, near-perfect first season. Should it quit while it’s ahead?

The Bill Hader vehicle asks if we can ever escape the past. Signs point toward no.

Every week, we pick a new episode of the week. It could be good. It could be bad. It will always be interesting. You can read the archives here. The episode of the week for May 13 through 19 is “Chapter Eight: Know Your Truth,” the first season finale of HBO’s Barry.

Barry is about the great question of our age, or any age, really: Can the past be transcended? And if the answer to that is, “No,” then...

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