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5 things that must happen in 'Tyrant' season 3

What a happy Tyrant time it’s been for us fans, who have been waiting with baited breath about the fate of our favorite Middle Eastern dynasty drama! The popular and controversial FX show has been renewed for a third season, which means we’ll get to see more of Bassam and his narcissism, Jamal either alive or from beyond the grave, and more of Leila slaying with her glamorous fashion.

With the new characters and the more expansive world we got last season, the sky is the limit on what we could see next year. Here is a list of just five of the things I hope come to pass.

1. Bassam finds a purpose once again.
At the end of the second season, Bassam halfway fulfilled his goals from the first season, which were 1) to take Jamal out of power, dead or alive, and 2) to become the next Abudinnian president. But the introduction of Rami, Leila and Ahmed’s stealthy coup, and Bassam’s own fatigue from blood lust have made Bassam not want to take on the mantle of president if it means having to kill again. Luckily for him, he didn’t have to shoot Jamal (spoiler alert: Nusrat did), but Bassam still doesn’t want anything to do with Abuddinian politics.

So now what? Originally, Bassam was shown to be an unwittingly cunning killing machine, but if the killing machine doesn’t want to kill anymore, does he go back to being a doctor? Can he go back to being a doctor in the States, now that he’s known as the revolutionary Khalil? Does he stay in Abuddin as a Martin Luther King–esque grassroots leader? What happens to him now? Let’s hope the season primarily deals with this, as well as what kind of fallout his family will have to live with from his decisions.

2. Bassam gets with Daliyah.
As much as it pains me to say it, I really like Bassam with Daliyah. It seems like with Daliyah, he’s a much better character than when he’s Barry, a California physician. Daliyah brings out the best in him and knows how to support him in his political and social endeavors much better. She also understands him in a way that Molly never could. Do I want to see a triangle? Not really, because I personally hate triangles; you get with whom you want to get with and be done, in my world.

But do I want Bassam to fight for Daliyah, and do I want Daliyah to not be able to leave Bassam alone despite her better judgement? Yes. Molly, for all of her Lifeclass-isms and well-meaningness, can’t hold a candle to Daliyah.

3. The Battle of Brothers begins anew.
We may or may not be finished with the original Battle of Brothers, Bassam and Jamal, since some fans still think Jamal is going to pull through. But regardless of the gripes the OGs have with one another, I hope we finally get to see the Battle of Brothers, new-style, with Ahmed and Rami. This season had Rami stun the fans with his forthright attitude and humanitarian spirit, making him an insta-favorite. But we’ve ridden longer with Ahmed, who has shown himself to be equal to Rami in caring about others and wanting the best out of people.

Both characters also have a crouching tiger in their personalities, giving them the ability to snap off on some folks (e.g., when Ahmed went H.A.M. on Jamal’s would-be assassin early in the season, and that mysterious scar Rami acquired from one of his tours). Both could start fighting over the title of leader very soon, since Rami is basically ready to step in as that leader thanks to his military experience and humanitarian work—and Ahmed has Leila to help groom him into the role. But who will take the proverbial crown? If the battle finally happens this season, I’m all for it.

4. We finally learn Jamal’s fate.
Some people think that with Jamal out of the picture, there won’t be any more reason to watch Tyrant. From where I’m sitting, there will be tons of reasons to watch Tyrant without Jamal. As with Downton Abbey and its sudden loss of fan favorites (LADY SYBIL! MATTHEW! WHY?!), the vacuum created by Jamal’s absence will have the characters scrambling to figure out their new roles in this new reality. And someone out of the bunch will rise up as the new villain.

But we don’t actually know if Jamal is dead for real. In my season finale recap, I assumed he was dead, since he didn’t want anyone to save him and he seemed pretty much a goner. But this is also a soap opera, and who knows what could happen? But after killing his mom, it seemed like Jamal had finally had enough and wanted to go. If he stuck around for the new season, his storyline could get pretty dark, since he’d probably feel like God was punishing him even more by keeping him alive. This could make for fantastic drama, though. (By the way, all this talk of Jamal’s fate and Bassam’s not-killing makes me sound very cold and cruel. I promise I’m not.)

5. Emma comes back, better than ever.
Look here, show—I’ve had about enough of Creepy Lawyer macking on Molly. Get rid of him and give that precious screen time back to Emma. Emma is still an Al-Fayeed, remember? She doesn’t need to be carted off to the sidelines! My hope is that Emma not only returns to Abuddin, but starts messing stuff up for everyone so she can have the power that that side of the family denied her in money form (i.e., the will).

Emma with a chip on her shoulder would be a great Emma. Or, if she must stay stateside, she could start mucking up stuff with any kind of political clout she could muster just by throwing her name around. She could create her own celebrity status with that name, and she’s in the right state to do so! Anything for Emma would be better than leaving her—routinely one of the few characters to use common sense and speak for the audience—by the wayside. Do better by her, show.

Those are the things I want to see, but what do you want to see? Give us your opinions below!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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