‘The Boys’ Will End With Season Five

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Credit: Jan Thijs/Prime Video
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Eric Kripke, showrunner of Prime’s much-loved drama The Boys — which offers dark societal commentary via a world filled with superheroes — has always been coy about how many seasons the show will last. “I have an ending in mind — I will say that,” he recently told Rolling Stone. But with the show’s fourth season set to debut June 13, he’s finally made it clear that there’s only one season to go after that. “Always my plan, I just had to be cagey till I got the final OK from Vought,” he posted on X, with a cheeky conflation of Vought, the show’s sinister corporation, with his own corporate parents at Amazon. “Thrilled to bring the story to a gory, epic, moist climax. Watch Season 4 in 2 DAYS, cause the end has begun!”

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When Rolling Stone recently visited The Boys production office while reporting an upcoming feature, ideas for Season Five were already on a whiteboard in the writers’ room. But the finale of the show is highly unlikely to be the end of The Boys universe. Season Two of the show’s collegiate spin-off, Gen-V, is already in production, with frantic re-writes to account for the absence of star Chance Perdomo, who recently died in a motorcycle accident. And there are multiple other spin-offs set in The Boys universe under discussion as well, including the possibility of The Boys Mexico.

“The other ones we’re talking about, we’re trying really hard to apply that same standard,” Kripke told Rolling Stone in his interview for our upcoming feature. “Which is, you don’t have to watch any of these shows to understand the other one. We want you to watch them all, but I’m really sensitive about this notion of like, it’s homework and you have to complete them all. In season four [of The Boys], we reference the virus from Gen V, but in every scene that we reference it, a character says, ‘What’s that?’  And if the shows can stand on their own, if they can be their own animal and they have their own reason for being — so that even if The Boys never existed, you’d still be interested in watching this show — those are the criteria we try to apply.”

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