Season 4 will be “Character Driven”, with a new Black Noir


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M.M. (Laz Alonso), Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara), and Hughie (Jack Quaid) in a scene from The Boys.

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Amazon’s The Boys It wrapped its third season just a few days back, and now it is the raunchy superhero satireThe show is currently on a break, until it returns next year. The eight-episode season was a busy one. It’s clear that the show will have a very different future than the source material by Garth Ennis or Darick Robertson. And now that things have come to their conclusion, showrunner Eric Kripke has opened up about what’s next for the Heroes and dickheadsThe beloved series.

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A post-mortem with Variety, showrunner Eric Kripke discussed what’s in store for next season. Right now, the writing staff is in the midst of breaking the season down before shooting commences in August, but he said that the plan is for season four to be a more “character-driven” outing. “Everyone’s facing their core issues in a way that’s pretty exciting…But it’s super interesting and fun and really, really emotionally rich.” One specific example is sure to be Karl Urban’s Billy Butcher, who discovered during the finale that he has 12-18 months before he dies due to Temp V—a drug that briefly gives its users superpowers—wreaking havoc on his body. Since pretty much everything in Butcher’s life has now gone to hell, the question Kripke and crew wish to ask 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?”

The Seven have experienced their own significant amount of changes. Only currently, Homelander (Anthony Starr), The Deep (Chace Crawford), and A-Train (Jessie Usher) exist as the sole members of the team: Homelander killed Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell) after it turned out the silent supe withheld the knowledge that Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles) was Homelander’s biological father. Starlight (Erin Moriarty), left to join The Boys. Queen Maeve, Dominique McElligott, lost her powers and faked her suicide so that she could live with her girlfriend Elena (Nicola Correia–Damude). Suffice to say, whoever joins the hero team next will have to be “sympathetic to Homelander’s batshit crazy cause,” in Kripke’s words. “He has to really stack the deck with allies now that he has the ability to make those decisions.” Still, the Seven won’t be deprived of Noir: Mitchell will be returning next season as a different version of the character, who Kripke Entertainment Weekly would be an “interesting and hilarious character.” Hopefully, Black Noir II is as much of a Disney princessLike his predecessor.

Season three was mainly about fathers and their sons. A lot of the season revolved around Homelander. The public was introduced to Ryan by his son, superpowered Ryan (Cameron Crovetti). Ryan, having forsaken Butcher to become Homelander, is excited to watch. After the kid’s death, his father decided to laser-cut a protestor. Figuring out a way to save Ryan’s soul will be a key priority for Butcher next season, with Kripke saying it’s like Kramer v. KramerCombined with Avengers: Endgame. “If Homelander wins the kid over,” teased Kripke, “that’s apocalyptic because then there’s two Homelanders.” But if Ryan can be turned, then he could finally bring an end to Homelander and the Seven, and Butcher can die happy. This is probably the case. won’t happen, but hey, it’s nice of The Boys to pretend it’s possible, yeah?

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