The Boys Perfect Comment Starts & Ends Jensen Ackles/Big Sky Pun War

As great as the third season of Amazon and Showrunner & EP Eric Kripke's The Boys, all great things must come to an end… like a great three months at summer camp. But now it's the fall, and while the Prime Video series is filming its fourth season, Jensen Ackles (aka Soldier Boy) has two other projects in play. First, he's executive producing & appearing as the narrator for The CW's "Supernatural" prequel series The Winchesters. And then tonight, he begins his full-time run (assuming he's not killed off in the first episode) as Sheriff Beau Arlen in ABC's Big Sky. But just because Ackles may be spending some time in some other universes, don't think for a second that The Boys team has forgotten their family member. Not only did they check in with Ackles via social media to let him know they were thinking about him, but they single-handily started, engaged in, and ended a pun war involving The Boys and Big Sky so fast that no one realized it was even happening.

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In the Instagram post below, Ackles shared a new Big Sky teaser focused on Beau and included a caption asking the question, 'Who thought it was a good idea to give this guy a badge?" Well, the social media folks over at The Boys picked their spot and made it count with a game-changing pun… figured it out yet?

Yup… "Soldier Beau."

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In July, Kripke covered a ton of topics in his interview with Variety (check out the complete interview with a ton of other details here), with highlights focused on Butcher (Urban), Ryan (Cameron Crovetti), Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott), Starlight (Erin Moriarty), Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles), and Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell):

So Should We Be Expecting Ryan to Go "Brightburn"? "Ryan is a really important piece of the story because he's half Becca, half Homelander. If Butcher can figure out how to get his shit together and get the kid back, that could be the single best weapon they have against Homelander. But vice versa. If Homelander wins the kid over, that's apocalyptic because then there's two Homelanders. It's like a child drama with apocalyptic stakes. It's like 'Kramer vs. Kramer' meets 'Avengers: Endgame.' So that will be a really rich story moving forward."

How Will Butcher React to Knowing He's on a "Crazy Ticking Clock"? "He's got so much to do that he hasn't done. And everything that he's tried to do up to this point has exploded in the most horrible way. What we find fascinating about the question we're asking about Butcher is, is he self-aware enough to realize that he's causing his own misfortune? Is he self-aware enough to actually see if he can change? Those are some of the interesting conversations we're starting to have for Season 4."

Maeve's Leaving Will Make Things Tougher for Starlight… at Least Until She Returns? "I don't think 'The Boys' will end without Maeve showing up again… We needed a way to sort of gracefully get Maeve out of the show, let her head for the exit. Obviously, we didn't want to kill her and fall into the tropes of gay characters and bisexual characters in shows getting killed. We wanted to do the opposite of that and send her off and give her a happy ending with Elena. The best way to do that was, well, take away her powers, and she's not useful in the fight anymore. And we did that because Annie can't really grow into her own until all the characters that are around to protect her are gone. It was important for her next step for her mentor characters and her protector characters to go away. And so it's only up to Annie. There's no one left but Annie. So what is she going to do?"

Black Noir Is Dead! Long Live Black Noir! "Without spoiling anything, I will just say this: When you have a silent character in a mask, he's reasonably easy to recast… If you notice in the flashbacks of this season, it was a different actor [Fritzy-Klevans Destine], and perhaps the reason we did that is so that if we were to recast Noir, we could recast him with Nathan [Mitchell, the original Black Noir actor].

Just Because Soldier Boy's on Ice Doesn't Mean He Can't Return… Right? "The old TV adage is like, never kill anyone unless you really, really have to. Never close a door, open a window. We'll all have to wait and see, but I can't imagine the series ending without Soldier Boy making another appearance."

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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