A bloodier, satirical take on superheroes, fans of The Boys are wondering if they will ever see another season of the popular series. The good news is that The Boys Season 4 was given the go-ahead by Prime Video just a week after Season 3 premiered. So it is happening!
Here’s what we know so far about The Boys Season 4. Note there may be spoilers ahead for those that haven’t seen Season 3.
The Boys Season 4 Will Not Be the Last
The Boys executive producer-showrunner Eric Kripke said the show isn’t going to end with the fourth season. Kripke confirmed the plans to film more seasons of The Boys around 2024. Kripke said in a tweet back in February preparing for the season four finale that it wasn’t going to be the series finale.
“‘Cause you’re asking! We’ve been shooting since late August. I’m here to prep & direct the Season 4 finale. No, not the series finale, there will be more! Most importantly, S4 premiere…at some point in the discernible reality,” tweeted Kripke.
What Happened in The Boys Season 3?
In Season 3, Victoria Neuman was elected US Vice President, paving the way for Homelander to become the CEO of Vought International.
Season 3 also saw the start of Homelander losing his hold over the Seven and his reality. This left The Boys, led by the Butcher, to face Homelander and put an end to the chaos he’s created.
Kripke confirmed that the upcoming season will focus on Homelander and Butcher’s conflict over Ryan. Speaking with Collider, Kripke said he sees Homelander and Butcher as parallels of each other.
“Both Butcher and Homelander have very good reasons to fight over Ryan because the stakes could not be higher,” said Kripke. “If Ryan goes Homelander’s way and then there’s two Homelanders in the world, then that’s a nightmare for the planet. If Butcher can get Ryan into the light, then that’s probably actually the best weapon they have against Homelander. It’s always been a show about family and so much of season three was about fathers, so I think it makes sense that season four is about sons.”
Kripke also hinted that Kimiko will be playing a key role in the upcoming season. Kripke told Screenrant that Kimiko’s storyline is one of his favorites.
“You’re really watching her blossom as a personality and really starting to express her own agency,” said Kripke.
“For so much of Kimiko’s life, she was doing what other people wanted. It was really important to me that even though she might not be speaking literally, she really has a voice and she really has a point of view and a perspective. It’s a blast to do it,” said Kripke.
The Boys Season 4 Cast
The core cast of The Boys is the same for season four. This includes Karl Urban as Billy Butcher, Antony Starr as Homelander, Jack Quaid as Hughie Campbell, Erin Moriarty as Starlight, Jessie T. Usher as A-Train, Chace Crawford as The Deep, Karen Fukuhara as Kimiko Miyashiro, Tomer Capone as Frenchy, Laz Alonso as Mother’s Milk, Colby Minifie as Ashley Barrett, Claudia Doumit as Victoria Neuman, and Cameron Crovetti as Ryan.
Simon Pegg returns to season four as Hughie’s dad and Rosemarie Dewitt is cast as Hughie’s mom. Valorie Curry will be playing Firecracker and Susan Heyward as Sister Sage. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Rob Benedict, and Elliot Knight are also joining the cast in undisclosed roles.
It’s uncertain if Dominique McElligott will be returning to season four as Queen Maeve. Jensen Ackles is speculated to return as Soldier Boy, with the Supernatural star saying he’s willing to reprise the role.
When it comes to characters like Black Noir, Kripke hinted to CBR at a recasting. But here’s the kicker: The recast will be played by the same actor. Nathan Mitchell played Black Noir in the show.
“If we’re going to play and remix the character, I think that everyone’s seen a very stoic version of Black Noir so if they were going to do something new, I think it would be fun to go the opposite direction,” said Kripke.
“I think contrast is really interesting wherever you’re dealing with characters,” Mitchell told CBR. “And the core of Black Noir, for me, was always the contrast. The notion of, you have this super intense killer, right, who’s menacing and scary and threatening, and then, like, he talks to cartoons. He has imaginary friends, he’s really soft and sensitive.”
The Boys Season 4 Release Date Speculation
Unfortunately, for fans of the franchise, it might take a while before The Boys Season 4 airs on Prime Video. This is partly due to the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes that have affected most productions. Filming for the new season wrapped in April this year. And the episodes are currently going through post-production.
Kripke has also noted that The Boys Season 4 would be released when the strikes ends. However, if the strikes continue, then the release will be pushed back further. Until then, fans can watch the animated spinoff, The Boys: Diabolical on Amazon Prime. The upcoming spinoff, Gen V is set to premiere on September 23, seeing younger supes go against each other. Gen V was originally called The Boys Presents: Varsity. Additionally, it’s important to note that the events of the spinoff will tie into the fourth season.
“There’s definitely a crossover and we’re doing our best to design a universe that sees some of the issues and storylines in season three hand off to the first season of Varsity,” Kripke told Deadline at the time before the title was changed to Gen V. “Like there’s a presidential campaign happening in the background of that season and there’s certain things that are happening at the school that are both in reaction to season three of The Boys.”
The franchise has also produced a lot more content on Twitter and Youtube. This includes two short films starring The Butcher in September 2020 and 2022. There is also the web series Seven on 7 and an Audible podcast, Deeper and Deeper starring The Deep and his wife Cassandra.