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 horror series Supernatural — quotes Ennis as describing the Amazon Prime TV 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 souless 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 — with a lot of blood, guts, and genitals in the process. Season 3 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
A week after the premiere of season 3, The Boys was officially renewed for season 4 in June 2022 by Amazon. Butcher star Karl Urban later shared a snap with co-star Jack Quaid in August, confirming that filming for season 4 had begun.
We don’t know the exact release date for The Boys season 4, but we can speculate one based on how long season 4 took. As we know, season 3 of The Boys 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 started on season 4 in August, we can assume that the new series will drop sixteen months from then. This means that we can expect the series to arrive sometime in December 2023 because nothing says festive like Supe-guts!
The Boys season 4 plot speculation
The end of The Boys season 3 sets up two main Big Bads for the coming season. The first is Victoria Neuman, the secret head-popping Supe who, after exploding the heads of half of Congress and betraying Vought CEO and adoptive father Stan Edgar and allowing Homelander to take over.
She’s already threatened Annie, and knows 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 and co-captain of The Seven 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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Showrunner Eric Kripke has said that the battle for Ryan’s soul will play a big part in season 4. “So much of finales are like pilots for the next season, and we really wanted to set up this battle for Ryan’s soul,” Kripke told EW. “I don’t think the game’s over yet. I think [Ryan] saw this one thing and I think we should all be afraid because if he becomes another Homelander, that’s obviously really bad for the planet. But he’s still Becca’s kid and there’s still a shot that Butcher can pull him into the light.”
As for the other members of The Seven, while Queen Maeve is alive and in hiding, whether she’ll stay that way is another matter — and how will The Deep and A-Train deal with the ever-unhinged Homelander along with their own personal losses in season 3, with The Deep losing his wife and A-Train being disowned by his brother.
But most of all, it’s a question of how long Butcher will be alive to see it all, since his continued use of temporary Compound V has led to him being terminally ill. He clearly hasn’t got a lot of time left, but will he die after finally completing his quest of killing Homelander, like in the comics, or somehow cheat death once again?
In an interview with Deadline, Kripke also shared insight into how spin-off series like Diabolical and Varsity bridge the gap between seasons 3 and 4, and how they may well influence the events of the fourth season.
“We’re doing our best to design a universe that sees some of the issues and storylines in Season 3 hand off to the first season in Varsity,” he explained. “Like there’s a presidential campaign happening in the background of that season, and there’s certain things that are happening at that school that are both in reaction to Season 3 of The Boys. There’s Soldier Boy, etcetera, but also some new storylines that are happening in that season of the spinoff that we have to pick up and take into Season 4 of the show.”
The Boys season 4 cast speculation
As with every season of The Boys, season 3 saw quite a large death toll, with every member of Payback (Soldier Boy’s old team) meeting their maker, Stormfront (Aya Cash) committing suicide, Blue Hawk (Nick Wechsler) being killed by A-Train, and Homelander killing 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). Being in hiding, she may well have bowed out from the show — but will she stay that way? Aside from that, all the main players will likely be returning.
Here is the list of The Boys season 4 cast:
- 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
All three seasons of The Boys can now be streamed on Amazon Prime Video.