Middle Eastern political drama Tyrant brings a new series of challenges for the Al-Fayeed family.
Season 3 Thursdays (from 7 July) FOX (*125) 19:00
Dr Bassam “Barry” Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner) is taking another dramapacked ride in Tyrant (2014- current). It wasn’t enough that he was imprisoned by his vile dictator brother Jamal (Ashraf Barhom) after Barry’s military coup failed at the end of season 1 (August 2014), he was then left to die in the desert of his fictional country Abuddin at the beginning of season 2 (June 2015). The country was then left in turmoil after Jamal’s wife Leila (Moran Atias) testified to Jamal’s atrocities against his people. So what more could go wrong for this US hero trying to stay alive in the bloody Middle East? A lot, actually…
MORE DRAMA, FEWER EPISODES
Season 3 is only getting 10 episodes, which is two fewer than season 2, but showrunner Howard Gordon reveals that the storylines are going to be full of action in line with current Middle East affairs. “We have three consultants – one in Budapest and two in LA – and we monitor what is going on around the world. Many of the things that we have dramatised or a version of them, if anyone cared to draw the line, they could be connected to things that actually happened or are happening.”
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The show’s also brought in some new faces, including one very famous one. Nafisa Al-Qadi (Annet Mahendru, Nina in drama show The Americans, 2013- current) is the wife of Sheik Al- Qadi (Khaled Abol Naga). The Sheik is the political and spiritual leader of fictional Ma’an, a village trapped in the crossfire between the Caliphate extremists and the Al-Fayeeds. US General William Cogswell (Chris Noth, Mr Big in Sex And The City, 1998-2004) returns to Abuddin when Barry stands in as president after Jamal is shot by his daughter-in-law Nusrat (Sibylla Deen), whom he raped repeatedly. While William offers Barry support, he’s actually there for Leila. Barry and his wife Molly’s (Jennifer Finnigan) gay son Sammy (Noah Silver) has been around in the previous two seasons, but in the third he is slipping into his uncle Jamal’s shoes. Expect to see much more of Sammy as he and Barry bump heads as the power-hungry teen tries to overthrow his dad and rule Abuddin.
Barry has a lot on his mind in season 3. Will cruel dictator Jamal get his throne back?