June 24th, 2024

‘The Boys,’ Amazon’s hit superhero satire show, will end with Season 5

By Kaitlyn Huamani, The Associated Press on June 11, 2024.

This image released by Prime Video shows Antony Starr, left, and Cameron Crovetti in a scene from the fourth season of "The Boys." (Jasper Savage/Prime Video via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – “The Boys,” Amazon Prime Video’s epic superhero satire series, will end with its fifth season.

The show’s creator and showrunner Eric Kripke announced “the end has begun” while promoting the series’ fourth season, which premieres Thursday on Prime Video.

“Season 4 Premiere Week is a good time to announce: Season 5 will be the Final Season! Always my plan, I just had to be cagey till I got the final OK from Vought,” Kripke wrote on X, referencing the powerful company that manages the celebrity-like superheroes on the show. “Thrilled to bring the story to a gory, epic, moist climax.”

To accompany the announcement, Kripke shared an image of what appears to be a redacted script for the final episode of the fourth season, with a profane message at the bottom referencing the final season.

The series, which is based on a comic of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, follows a team of vigilantes who take on a group of superheroes who are treated like A-listers and abuse their power. As The Boys, led by Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) and Hughie Campbell ( Jack Quaid ), also take on the Vought conglomerate that monetizes these superheroes, the show comments on capitalism and corruption while maintaining its status as a sharp, gory action show.

“The Boys” has been one of Prime Video’s most popular original series, spawning two spinoffs, “Gen V” and “Diabolical.” Both take place in the same universe as “The Boys,” with “Gen V” focusing on college-aged heroes mastering their powers, and “Diabolical” telling a series of short stories through animated episodes.

In response to a request for comment, Amazon said it had no further information to share on the end of “The Boys” or the status of “Gen V.”

Kripke executive produces “The Boys” with several collaborators, including comedy production duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg under their production company, Point Grey Pictures. The collaborators also worked on developing “Gen V” together, and the show’s second season is in development.

Kripke said he and the production team had to “rethink everything” about the spinoff’s second season when one of the show’s stars, Chance Perdomo, died in a motorcycle accident. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kripke said the revised storyline will honor the late actor and his legacy. “It’s the least we could do,” he said.

Season 4 of “The Boys” will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video on Thursday. Season 5’s release date has not yet been announced.

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