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

We can't wait for another season of supes, so here's everything we know about The Boys season 4 release date, plot, cast, and more news.

The Boys season 4 release date< Hughie, Billy, and Starlight

It’s been a long road to The Boys season 4 release date, but as news trickles out about the next escapades in the fight against the soulless PR machine that is Vought International, things have finally ramped up.

The Boys season 3 left us with tons of questions. The last time we saw one of Prime Video’s best TV series, Butcher became terminally ill, a head-popping politician wreaked havoc, and Homelander’s toxicity reached his son. Luckily, the series’ creator Eric Kripke isn’t the best at keeping secrets. Here’s everything we know about The Boys season 4.

Karl Urban as Billy Butcher in The Boys season 4

The Boys season 4 release date speculation

Season 4 of The Boys will be released in 2024. There’s no exact date confirmed yet but mid-2024 is the most likely.

Kripke said it would only be released after the 2023 Writers Strike and actors strike had ended, but The Boys season 4 had completed filming in advance, which pointed to a 2024 release window that was eventually confirmed by two character posters, which you can see above and below.

Kripe also shared an update on X, “Editing: done. VFX: halfway done. Music & sound: quarter done. Now that the SAG strike is over (yay), the actors can record additional dialogue. No airdate yet, but will be worth the wait. It could be our best season. For sure our craziest.”

Mid-2024 makes a lot of sense. That timeframe gives Prime Video a good amount of padding for post-production duties as well as marketing time. Thankfully, we did get Gen-V to binge during the wait.

Anthony Starr as Homelander in The Boys season 4

Who’s in The Boys season 4 cast?

Karl Urban, Antony Starr, Jack Quaid, and Erin Moriarty are returning for season 4. They’ll be joined by new supes, Valorie Curry and Susan Heyward.

Curry and Heyward have been added to The Boys cast as Firecracker and Sister Sage. The latter is described as being “a thousand steps ahead of you,” and Firecracker has a “short fuse,” according to Amazon Prime Video.

Another addition to take note of is Jeffrey Dean Morgan from The Walking Dead cast. We don’t know his role yet, but he’s sure to be a great addition.

It looks like Dominique McElligott’s Queen Maeve is gone for good. We’re bummed out about that and hope what she brought doesn’t leave a void.

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Here is The Boys season 4 cast list:

  • Karl Urban as William “Billy” Butcher
  • Jack Quaid as Hugh “Hughie” Campbell Jr.
  • Antony Starr as John/Homelander
  • Erin Moriarty as Annie JanuaryStarlight
  • Jessie T. Usher as Reggie FranklinA-Train
  • Laz Alonso as Marvin T. “Mother’s” MilkMM
  • Chace Crawford as Kevin MoskowitzThe Deep
  • Tomer Capone as Serge/Frenchie
  • Karen Fukuhara as Kimiko Miyashiro/The Female
  • Nathan Mitchell as Black Noir II
  • Colby Minifie as Ashley Barrett
  • Claudia Doumit as Victoria “Vic” Neuman/Nadia
  • Cameron Crovetti as Ryan Butcher
  • Valorie Curry as Firecracker
  • Susan Heyward as Sister Sage
  • Simon Pegg as Hugh Campbell Sr.
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan
  • Rosemarie DeWitt
  • Rob Benedict
  • Elliot Knight

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

What is The Boys season 4 about?

The Boys season 4 will be a “tug-of-war” between Homelander and Butcher as they battle for Ryan’s soul.

“I think one of the concerns of season 4 will be this tug of war over Ryan, as both men really try to get a grip on him,” Kripke told Entertainment Weekly, “we’re just hinting at the danger of what would happen if Butcher loses that fight.”

Elsewhere, Hughie will have to deal with Victoria Neuman, who blew the heads off Congress and allowed Homelander to take over Vought. She has 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.

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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 terminally ill. Will he die after finally completing his quest of killing Homelander, like in the comics, or somehow cheat death?

According to Claudia Doumit, who plays our favorite head-popping congresswoman, Gen V set up some threads for The Boys season 4, so don’t skip it just because it’s a spin-off.

“It was great to shoot Gen V because they tee up a lot of stuff that’s going to happen in season 4 for The Boys,” Doumit told Entertainment Weekly. “Gen V lays a lot of the groundwork and a lot of the foundations that season 4 will be built on for The Boys. So, watch it because it gives you a lot of information.”

The Boys season 4 release date: Valerie Curry as Fircracker

When does The Boys season 4 take place?

The Boys season 4 will take place immediately after the events of Gen V’s season 1 finale.

The two series are closely related, so it would be a good idea to watch Gen V. However, there’s no need to worry about complicated crossovers, as Kripke has assured fans that The Boys’ timeline will remain simple.

“In our minds, it’s only a couple of days after whatever the events are of Gen V,” Kripke told Variety. “We try to keep the timeline super simple because all that folding-in-on-itself timeline stuff that I think other comic book universes find themselves having to do is just bewildering for me as a viewer.”

Gen V season 1 ended on a cliffhanger with our heroes in a care unit. So, it looks like The Boys season 4 will be dealing with the Supe-killing virus the spin-off introduced. Exciting!

The Boys season 4 release date: Queen Maeve

The Boys season 4 trailer

The Boys season 4 trailer dropped on December 2, 2o23, like a twisted, early Christmas present.

It teases the chaos that’s yet to come, following on from the dramatic ending of season 3. It also introduces some new faces, with Billy coming face-to-face with Jeffery Dean Morgan’s character, who seems to want to join The Boys (despite not being convinced by the name).

Check it out below:

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Where can I watch The Boys season 4?

The Boys season 4 will stream weekly on Prime Video exclusively when it releases in 2024.

You can rewatch seasons 1 through 3 there too, before season 4 drops in a weekly release format.

If you want to sign up for a free Amazon Prime trial (churn, baby, churn), you can also check out everything new on Amazon Prime and the other best Amazon Prime series while we wait.

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

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

The Boys season 4 will likely have at least eight episodes, the same amount as seasons 1 through 3.

There have been no updates on Prime Video changing up the recipe, so we imagine eight will stay the magic number. One thing’s for sure: we don’t want fewer.

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Is The Boys season 4 the last season?

Showrunner Eric Kripke says season 4 will not be the last season of The Boys.

In a post from February 12, 2023, Kripke clarified season 4’s finale would not be the last episode, “I’m here to prep & direct the Season 4 finale. No, not the series finale, there will be more!”

Eric Kripke's tweet about season 4 not being the last of The Boys

There’s no official word on how long The Boys will run for, but we think that five seasons may be enough to finish the story based on the fact there’s only so long we can postpone Butcher and Homelander’s eventual fight to the death.

That’s all we know, but we’re looking forward to continuing to ponder our season 3 questions: is Billy Butcher dying, and what happened to Maeve? If you’re looking for more superheroes gone awry, check out what we know about the Gen V season 2 release date and Deadpool 3.

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