Atlanta is returning to where the show began in its first season finale, which airs Tuesday.
“It’s really special,” says Brian Tyree Henry about the Donald Glover-created comedy’s season closer. “The one thing you can expect is what’s old is new again. It’s kind of evolving back to where we begin.”
The overall arc of the first season has been about Princeton dropout Earn (Glover) trying to manage his cousin Alfred’s (Henry) burgeoning rap career and has followed their misadventures with their friend Darius (Lakeith Stanfield). While pursuing his dream as a manager, Earn has also had to juggle his responsibilities to his baby mama Van (Zazie Beetz) and their infant daughter.
“It’s kind of hard to describe because you’re going to see our lives [have] a certain progression, but you don’t really know what that progression is,” says Henry. “You’ll really get to see how far Earn, Alfred, Darius, and Van have come.”
“Alfred is still dealing with his fame,” he says. “He’s still the same guy we met at the beginning of the show, [but] it’s really great to see how much we grow and also how much we have kept the essence of who they are until the end.”
One matter that many are hoping will be addressed is Alfred and Earn’s run-ins with the law. In case you’ve forgotten, the two cousins were involved in a shooting in the pilot. Then, they made headlines again in “The Club” when they were involved in an armed robbery. Henry says these problems are “definitely going to resurface,” but he didn’t want to spoil the finale by saying how.
“I [just] rewatched the finale myself and I realized how many things connect back to things we’ve already shown,” says Henry.
Atlanta airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FX.