Tyrant: Season 3 (2016)


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Air date: Jul 6, 2016

In the third season premiere, Barry becomes interim president and makes preparations for democratic elections. Also: Daliyah takes a leading role in the nation; army leaders go to extremes to secure peace; and an American general arrives.

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Air date: Jul 13, 2016

Barry learns his hold over Abuddin is weak; Sammy begins a risky relationship: Ihab discovers an outlet for desires for revenge; Fauzi is thrown into a political role upon returning to Abuddin; and the future of Abuddin is threatened.

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Air date: Jul 20, 2016

Barry and Molly try to prevent a personal tragedy; Fauzi and Daliyah grow closer; and Ahmed uncovers a dark secret from Nusrat's past.

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Air date: Jul 27, 2016

A disaster hits the country and Barry and Molly respond in different ways. Also: violent protests break out; Fauzi and Leila begin their political campaigns; and Al-Qadi is caught between Islamic factions.

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Air date: Aug 3, 2016

Barry bans open prayer following thwarted terror attacks; Al-Qadi speaks out against violence and restriction of religious freedom; and Leila's relationship with Cogswell intensifies.

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Air date: Aug 10, 2016

Daliyah is put in danger due to Barry's policies; Al-Qadi tries a risky plan to bring peace; Daliyah feels conflicted after Fauzi puts his feelings on the line; Barry cracks down on the political process as elections get out of control; and Leila is at odds with her sister over her relationship with Cogswell.

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Air date: Aug 17, 2016

Barry becomes reclusive following Emma's death and pushes his allies away. Also: Leila leaves the government in protest and forms a surprising partnership; Cogswell takes drastic actions against a blackmailer; Ihab and Mahdiya develop a connection; and the Caliphate plans an invasion of Abuddin.

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Air date: Aug 24, 2016

Molly returns to Abuddin to pursue her daughter's killer; Mahdiya is given a critical job; and Leila and Cogswell try to enjoy a brief retreat; and Barry takes a hard line with the country.

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Air date: Aug 31, 2016

Chaos reigns in Abuddin and Daliyah asks Fauzi to leave and takes a stand against Barry. Elsewhere: Barry allows Maloof to take down Leila's opposition; Ahmed pressures his mother to give up; and Coswell makes a bold move that threatens his career.

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Air date: Sep 7, 2016

In the third season finale, Barry and Molly are on the brink of war with the Caliphate; Leila makes a bold political move that risks a possible betrayal; and Barry and Daliyah's relationship hits a final reckoning.

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Critic Reviews for Tyrant Season 3

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Tyrant gets a welcome addition, along with more intrigue.

Jul 1, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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New characters, new democracy, same old Abuddin. Jamal's recovery might have been the final shocker of Tyrant Season 3 Episode 1, but it was far from the only one.

Apr 2, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

For every slight improvement... "Tyrant" still fizzles more often than it sizzles.

Jul 11, 2016 | Full Review…

The show can probably keep spinning this same story in circles for another season, but by then, even the desire to see it move past that point and into more interesting territory will have passed.

Jul 7, 2016 | Full Review…

Even with the introduction of Chris Noth as a tough U.S. general leading troops and pitching woo at a main character, I'm not sure Tyrant was worth bringing back for this additional attempt to turn it into quality television.

Jul 6, 2016 | Full Review…

Tyrant continues to fascinate even as it's flawed.

Jul 5, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tyrant: Season 3

  • Mar 30, 2019
    The idea of this show had so much potential. Probably not the best cast but many of the performers were pretty good. The B and C storylines made me want to pull my hair out (Molly's depression/over the top drug use and the constant in-your-face reminder that Sammy is gay, man sex included). But I think a major issue with Tyrant is that it was shown to an audience (USA) that knows nothing of life in the Middle East. So it was hard for viewers to relate in any way. That said, Tyrant producers clearly knew ahead of time the show wasn't going anywhere so the story line moves very fast in seasons 2 and 3. A lot of the base ideas for episodes were very spot on in terms of what happens in the Middle East with violence, politics, etc but they didn't have the time or resources to properly execute them. If Tyrant was made and premiered 10 years from now with better producers (not being cancelled before the last season aired would help) this show could have done a lot better
  • Sep 13, 2016
    This season is TERRIBLE. I watch and then am mad at myself for not doing laundry instead.
  • Sep 11, 2016
    The series finale of Tyrant was a total copout for the fans. The producers dropped the show in the middle of a war intended to kill Emma’s murderer, Daliyah in jail getting weaker from her hunger strike, Sammy critically ill in hospital, no resolution as to which woman ends up with Barry, and Leila sworn in as “president” although Barry is still in power. Thx for no closure FX. You couldn’t even bother with a 20 minute extension to wrap it up. There was some talk that this was done to open the door to some other producer like Netflix to pick it up, weak. I suggest as punishment, the producers be assigned to 10 years running “Keeping up with the Kardashians”, or some other shallow crap.
  • Sep 10, 2016
    This season was full of twists, we lost more than a few of the main characters, but I really love the show! I look forward to more. I heard it's supposed to be cancelled after the 3rd season, but I truly hope not!
  • Aug 25, 2016
    Is anyone buying this sudden transformation from Khalil to Jamal 2.0?
  • Aug 24, 2016
    The lead who was a moralistic champion of human rights is now the tyrant, while his sister in law who was a power hungry murderer is now the champion of poetry and peace because they believe you are stupid enough to accept that. Why did I ever watch this LOL!
  • Aug 19, 2016
    They killed his daughter and he continues to act like a complete wus. Screw this show. I'm out.
  • Aug 16, 2016
    not sure why this show is on tv , bad acting and no story lines
  • Aug 11, 2016
    This season is excellent
  • Aug 10, 2016
    Great TV with lots of parallels to America's responses to Islam. Good characters and great performances. Critics are insane.

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