The Boys Season 4: And On World Octopus Day, Vought?!? Too Soon!
After spending the last 48 hours pondering the implications of Karl Urban (Butcher) posting an image of himself hanging out in Vought Tower/The Seven's headquarters, we're jumping back into the between-seasons "meta-universe" behind Amazon and Showrunner & EP Eric Kripke's The Boys. And right off the bat, when I tell you that today's World Octopus Day? Yeah, you know where this is going. Proving once again that if you have enough money & influence, you can bend & twist canon to your liking, Vought released a statement in honor of the death of Timothy, The Deep's (Chace Crawford) deceased dear friend. "This year, we lost one of Deep's dear friends Timothy, who was sadly eaten by a predator. We can't bring back Timothy, but we can try to make oceans safer for cephalopods on World Octopus Day," the statement oozed with misinformation. "Vought is proud to offer continued support, thoughts, and prayers for Timothy's family!" Of course, they leave out how the "predator" was The Deep, who was being forced to do it by an even deadlier "predator," Homelander (Antony Starr). But even during a time of mourning, reflection, and general overall concern for aquatic life, don't think for one second Vought isn't looking at how to make a buck or two off of it.
"To celebrate World Octopus Day, we're serving up a tenta-lizing treat: The Octo-Pie! We've worked with Deep to craft a recipe that ensures the least amount of pain for the octopuses and roasts them to tender, juicy perfection. Delightful for your tastebuds AND your conscience!" Yeah, this is one of the instances where we need to let Vought PR poison speak for itself. But don't just take it from Vought… not when The Deep has some "special" words to share with you, too:
The Boys Showrunner/EP Eric Kripke Talks Season 4 & Beyond
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 (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."