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'Tyrant:' Personal and national chaos abounds

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On last night’s installment of “Tyrant” ‘Barry’ Al-Fayeed’s inner struggle to help out his family and yet deal with his disgust towards the inhumanity that that same family has imparted on his native nation, continued. Jamal, his older brother and heir to the presidency, is a conflicting man with inner demons created by a tyrannical father, who transformed a sensitive child, into a monster of violence and depravity that tries to imitate the patriarch that in reality just about destroyed him.

‘Barry’ who offered to stay and help his brother bring the country back to order, is given a title of Special Counsel to the president, something unexpected since ‘Barry’ was not expecting to be there for long, and on a more personal side he wishes to send his wife and kids back to America, obviously something that Molly, -Barry’s wife-, does not appreciate, however, will do as he asks.

There are many conflicts in this story of turmoil, luxury, poverty, power, and subjugation. Glimpses are given into a society where a handful thrives by exercising injustice on the masses, arrests without cause, judgments are passed without due process, and executions take place just as naturally as the sun rising. Also, there is a relationship between Dr. Al-Fayeed’s son and the son of a high-ranking official, which adds to the suspense, and conflict of this fascinating story. Jamal’s newly wedded son tries to get close to his new wife, but this refuses since she was taken advantage of by her new father-in-law. The woman who tried to assassinate Jamal worked with her husband to murder the man who continuously raped her in her home while her husband and son sat in the next room, such humiliation hits Barry and he just about chokes his brother who assures the other that nothing like that will ever happen again, and the question does come up, such crime won’t take place because he was stabbed in the and groin is unable to function, or because he is really a changed man?

There is much to this story of intrigue, a country on the verge of civil war, a tyrannical dictator who feels that violence is the only way to subdue national unrest and does not realize that people can be terrorized, but only up to a point because eventually the masses will terrorize back at all costs. Personal strife from all main characters in the plot, loves that were lost, injustices gone unpunished and others just coming to fruition…Recaps and episodes can be watched online at

“Tyrant” runs on Tuesday at 10 p.m. EDT on FX.


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