The Boys season 4 release date speculation, plot, cast, and news

Butcher, Homelander, and the rest of the crew are returning for another season of the sci-fi series. Here's what we know about The Boys season 4 release date.

The Boys season4 release date: Homelander

What is The Boys season 4 release date? Based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis, showrunner Eric Kripke — who also created the popular TV series Supernatural — quotes Ennis as describing the Amazon Prime series as “what would happen if you combined the worst of politics with the worst of celebrity.”

Indeed, through the last three seasons of The Boys, we have seen themes such as Neo-Nazism, #MeToo, Black Lives Matter, and the alt-right all explored through the lens of The Seven: a corrupt group of self-involved ‘Supes’ headed by the increasingly-unhinged Homelander (Anthony Starr) and soulless PR Machine that is Vought International.

However, as Homelander’s grip on The Seven loosens, so does his grip on his sanity. It’s left to The Boys, a group of anti-Supe vigilantes led by Billy Butcher (Karl Urban), to put a stop to his reign of terror. Season 3 of the TV series left us with a lot of unanswered questions, so here’s what we know about a potential The Boys season 4 release date.

The Boys season 4 release date speculation

As of June 2023, we don’t know The Boys season 4 release date, but we expect the show to return in late 2023. 

We do know that a fourth season is in the works and that filming has officially wrapped. We can also speculate on a potential release date based on how long The Boys season 3 took to produce.

Season 3 was filmed between February and August 2021 in Canada, making the filming period six months long. Then, from August 2021, there was seemingly a ten-month post-production period before the season arrived in early June 2022.

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So, since filming wrapped for season 4 back in January, we can assume that the next season will drop in ten months’ time. This means that we can maybe expect the series to arrive sometime in November 2023.

The Boys season 4 release date: Valerie Curry as Fircracker

The Boys season 4 cast

All of our favourite stars are set to return for The Boys season 4, which means Karl Urban, Antony Starr, Jack Quad, Erin Moriarty, and the rest will all be back for another series of over-the-top superhero shenanigans. 

As with every season when it comes to The Boys cast, replacements need to be introduced. In the last season, every member of Payback (Soldier Boy’s old team) met their maker, Stormfront (Aya Cash) commits suicide, Blue Hawk (Nick Wechsler) is killed by A-Train, and Homelander kills both Supersonic (Gaston Villanueva) and Noir (Nathan Mitchell). Never mind the massacre at Herogasm.

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While Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles) survived the season, he was put back on ice after being deemed too dangerous to let run free — although whether he stays that way is another question. The same goes for Maeve (Dominique McElligott).

Additions include Valorie Curry as Firecracker and Susan Heyward as Sister Sage. Interestingly, Mitchell will continue to play Black Noir — perhaps as a clone?

Here is The Boys season 4 cast list:

  • Antony Starr as Homelander
  • Jack Quaid as Hughie Cambell
  • Karl Urban as Billy Butcher
  • Erin Moriarty as Annie/Starlight
  • Jessie T Usher as A-Train
  • Chace Crawford as The Deep
  • Karen Fukuhara as Kimiko
  • Laz Alonso as Mother’s Milk
  • Claudia Doumit as Victoria Neuman
  • Tomer Kapon as Frenchie
  • Colby Minifie as Ashley
  • Cameron Crovetti as Ryan
  • Simon Pegg as Hugh Campbell Sr.
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan

The Boys season 4 release date: Susan Heyward as Sister Sage

The Boys season 4 plot speculation

The end of The Boys season 3 set up two main Big Bads for The Boys season 4 plot.

The first is Victoria Neuman, the secret head-popping Supe who, after exploding the heads of some Congressmen and betraying Vought’s CEO Stan Edgar, allowed Homelander to take over. She’s already threatened Annie and is aware that Hughie knows about her powers. So, there’s no end to what destruction she might cause now that she’s Vice President of the United States.

Fortunately, it looks like The Boys have got her in their sights, with Butcher saying as much in the closing moments of the final episode. And as for The Boys, despite being fractured for most of the season, MM, Butcher, Hughie, Frenchie, and Kimiko all seem to be reunited by the end of season 3 — with Annie also on board as their newest recruit after renouncing her position as Starlight for good.

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The other Big Bad set-up for season 4 is, of course, Homelander. Now more unhinged than ever, he’s got son Ryan on his side as he continues to grow in prominence among the alt-right in the US (clear parodies of Trump-supporting Republicans).

After he kills a protester right in front of them, they all seem to applaud him, which suggests that he will be growing more unpredictable and murderous than ever in season 4 — and with Ryan grinning by his side, could he be about to follow in his father’s footsteps?

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There’s also the question of how long Butcher has left since his continued use of temporary Compound V has led to him being terminally ill. He clearly isn’t long for this world, but will he die after finally completing his quest of killing Homelander, like in the comics, or somehow cheat death once again?

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Is there a The Boys season 4 trailer?

There is no The Boys season 4 trailer yet, but we suspect we won’t have long to wait.

Should season 4 arrive in late 2023, we should get a trailer for it prior. In the meantime, revisit one of the most bonkers scenes from season 3 in the clip above.

The Boys season 4 release date: Queen Maeve

Where can I watch The Boys season 4?

The Boys season 4 will be available to stream weekly on Amazon Prime.

You can also watch the previous three seasons on the streaming service before the latest batch of episodes drop in a weekly release format.

The Boys season 4 release date: Frenchie and Kimiko in The Boys

How many episodes of The Boys season 4 will there be?

There is no episode count confirmed for The Boys season 4, but we imagine it will follow suit with previous seasons with around eight episodes.

Season 2 and season 3 both had eight episodes, so that’s our estimate for now.

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