The Boys Showrunner Eric Kripke's Tweet Signals Season 5 Green Light?
Either The Boys EP & Showrunner Eric Kripke's tweet quietly confirmed that a fifth season is on the way or we need to get some decent sleep.
Maybe it was because of how busy Sunday was, what with Super Bowl LVII happening and everything that comes with that. Maybe we were caught up in the excitement over the news that filming was officially underway for the Season 4 finale. Whatever the case, we almost missed what might be the most important part of The Boys EP & Showrunner Eric Kripke's two tweets yesterday. After tweeting, "Alright, Toronto. Let's do this. #TheBoys #TheBoysTV @TheBoysTV #Season4Finale," some fans read into that to mean that it was the series finale being worked on. So in response to that and some other questions, Kripke followed up with another tweet that read, "Cause you're asking! We've been shooting since late August. I'm here to prep & direct the Season 4 finale. No, not the series finale, there will be more! Most importantly, S4 premieres… at some point in the future in our discernible reality." Okay, so about that, "there will be more." Maybe Kripke is referring to Gen V, another season of The Boys: Diabolical, or another in-universe project we're not aware of yet. But Kripke's a master of words on social media, too, so when I read "there will be more," I'm taking that to mean that another season has already been given a quiet green light. Again… just to be clear? This is strictly just a "read of the tea leaves" when it comes to Kripke's response, but it's a hopeful one from the sounds of it. But then again, it could also be a serious lack of sleep affording us opportunities to read into things that really aren't there.
Here's a look back at Kripke's tweets from yesterday confirming that filming was underway on the fourth season finale and (maybe) confirming that "there will be more":
Taking to social media to post a look at the cover page of the script earlier this month, Kripke gave us the heads-up about the eighth episode: Episode 408 "Assassination Run." In addition, the episode has some powerhouse creative talent behind it, with "Herogasm" scribe Jessica Chou (Wu Assassins) & "Department of Dirty Tricks" scribe David Reed (Star Trek: Strange New Worlds) penning the finale, with Kripke directing.
The Boys Showrunner/EP Eric Kripke Discusses Season 4 & Beyond
In July 2022, 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."