The Boys is an Amazon Prime Video superhero television series created by Eric Kripke. Based on Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s comic book of the same name, it follows the eponymous vigilante team as they battle superpowered individuals who abuse their abilities.
Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Dominique McElligott, Jessie T. Usher, Chace Crawford, Laz Alonso, Tomer Capone, Karen Fukuhara, and Nathan Mitchell star in the series.
What’s Season 4 About?
Kripke considers his season finales to be pilots for subsequent seasons. So we already know a lot about what to expect.
We don’t think there’d be as much of a time jump as we saw between seasons 2 and 3, owing to what we know about Billy Butcher (Urban). The season 3 finale revealed that his antics with Temp V had cost him his life, and he now has only months to live. Then there’s Ryan.
Ryan decided to leave with his father, Homelander, following the battle with Soldier Boy (Starr). The Seven’s leader then introduced his son to a crowd of alt-right supporters, who applauded Homelander as he executed a protestor in public. Ryan smirked as he observed his father’s reaction.
“We were really hoping to set up this battle for Ryan’s soul,” Kripke explained. “I don’t believe the game is over. I believe [Ryan] noticed something, and I believe we should all be concerned because if he becomes another Homelander, it will obviously be disastrous for the planet. But he’s still Becca’s child, and Butcher has a chance to bring him into the light.”
When Will the Boys Season 4 Premiere?
Season 4 has yet to be announced, but let’s take a look at the show’s typical cycle.
Season 1 was shot from May to October of 2018, and the show premiered on Amazon Prime Video in July of the following year. Season 2 started filming in July 2019 and finished in November. The show will return to the streaming service in September 2020.
That time frame grew longer during pandemics. Season 3 began filming in February 2021, and because COVID-19 required the crew to implement numerous safety protocols, production continued until September. The season will then begin on June 3, 2022. If season 4 follows a similar path, filming should be completed by March 2023, give or take a few weeks. We’d guess a season 4 premiere in late 2023, assuming everything goes as planned.
Who’s in the Cast?
All of the mainstays are expected to return. That includes Urban, Quaid, Starr, Fukuhara, Alonso, Eri Moriarty, Tomer Capone, Dominique McElligott, Jessie T. Usher, Chace Crawford, and Nathan Mitchell. That presumably includes Colby Minifie, Laila Robins, Giancarlo Esposito, and Claudia Doumit.
Yes, Mitchell’s Black Noir was killed in the season 3 finale, but Kripke told EW that the actor will return as a new Noir. The showrunner elaborated: “It’s clear that Black Noir’s role as a hero is far from over. It’s just that the person who was inside [the Noir suit] in season 3 is no longer there. But Nathan is playing a really interesting and hilarious character who will be wearing the suit next season.”
The first season 4 casting announcement from Amazon confirmed that Cameron Crovetti, who plays Ryan Butcher, will become a series regular on The Boys.
So far, the newcomers include Valorie Curry and Susan Heyward, both of whom play supers. Curry will play Firecracker, and Heyward will play Sister Sage. Kripke teased on Twitter, “These new Supes are some of the best & craziest ever written for #TheBoys.” “They’ll make you happy. And by love, I mean to be completely horrified and nauseous.”
First-look images of these characters confirm Firecracker’s obsession with guns, while Amazon teased that Sister Sage can see the future because she’s “already a thousand steps ahead of you.” More information on these superheroes will not be revealed until new episodes of Prime Video are released.
When Does the Boys Season 4 Start Filming?
In July, Kripke told EW that production on The Boys would return to Toronto in August. In an interview with Collider, star Karl Urban mentioned August 22 separately. With a photo of the first episode’s script and the announcement that “Day One” had officially begun, Kripke confirmed that date as the start of production.
Some of the actors, including Jack Quaid and Antony Starr, also took to social media to commemorate the occasion.
“Today we begin work on season 4,” Quaid tweeted, along with a photo of himself and his co-stars on set for the first day of season 1 filming. “I feel so lucky and grateful to be able to start this journey with my @TheBoysTV family all over again,” he added. “Let’s do this!!!!”
Starr also shared some behind-the-scenes photos from the first season’s production. “We Began a Long Time Ago…Now, Season Four,” he wrote on Instagram. “Sacred cow juice. We’ve come a long way, and the world went insane in the middle of it. (It probably still is.) However, here we are. 4. I’m honored to be a part of this team, and I appreciate your support. We’ll keep working hard to put on the best show we can for you. I’m off to work now.”