THE BOYS Showrunner Eric Kripke Knows How - But Not When - The Series Will End

THE BOYS Showrunner Eric Kripke Knows How - But Not When - The Series Will End

After initially stating that he didn't foresee The Boys running for more than five seasons, showrunner Eric Kripke has walked back his statement. He does know how the series will end, however.

By MarkCassidy - Jun 04, 2024 12:06 PM EST
Filed Under: The Boys

During a Twitter Q&A back in 2020, The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke stated that his rough idea for the show's entire run included “five seasons total.” But the series was recently renewed for a fifth season, and the word "final" was nowhere to be seen in Prime Video's press release!

Now, Kripke has amended his original prediction.

“I have learned since then to not try to call the seasons as the person who, and this is without hyperbole, is literally the most wrong in entertainment history of how many seasons their show should go,” he tells Inverse. “Someone pointed that out to me and I was like, ‘You're right. That's ridiculous. I need to keep my mouth shut.’ And so I will.”

Kripke may not know when The Boys is going to end, but he does know how the story is going to conclude.

“You can’t build a show that’s about these two forces of Homelander and Butcher slowly closing in on each other without bringing that to a head,” he says in a separate interview with Empire. “Whenever that last episode occurs, I know what happens.”

The fourth season is set to premiere in just over a week, so it'll be interesting to see if the pieces on the board move any closer to the endgame by the time the finale airs.

"The world is on the brink. Victoria Neuman is closer than ever to the Oval Office and under the muscly thumb of Homelander, who is consolidating his power," reads the official season 4 synopsis. "Butcher, with only months to live, has lost Becca’s son as well as his job as The Boys’ leader. The rest of the team are fed up with his lies. With the stakes higher than ever, they have to find a way to work together and save the world before it’s too late."

Returning cast members include Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capone, Karen Fukuhara, Colby Minifie, Claudia Doumit, and Cameron Crovetti, along with new recruits Susan Heyward, Valorie Curry, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

The first three episodes of The Boys season 4 will be available to stream from June 13th, with new instalments dropping weekly through to the season finale on July 18.

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Evansly - 6/4/2024, 12:46 PM
I will say that part of the initial draw to the show was the fact that they had a 5 season vision for the show.
TheVisionary25 - 6/4/2024, 12:53 PM
@Evansly - to be fair , it was a loose vision since he had said 4 before aswell.
Evansly - 6/4/2024, 1:33 PM
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OriginalGusto1 - 6/4/2024, 9:27 PM
@Evansly - Will never be The Trailer Park Boys. Try "Fetch" again. That would be more successful.
UniqNo - 6/4/2024, 12:48 PM
Anything over 6 would be overkill.

I'd be cool with 6 and a movie finale or extended finale though (Made for Prime).
supermanrex - 6/4/2024, 4:24 PM
@UniqNo - what if it went 10 and all 10 were [frick]ing fantastic? it should go as long as the [frick]ing stories are good, the actors are having fun and most importantly we are entertained. not a moment sooner and not a moment later. they will know from us when they are overstaying their welcome. until then go balls out and dont hold back.
UniqNo - 6/4/2024, 4:42 PM
@supermanrex - More of the same stuff just dilutes it. It's better to end on a highnote rather than them have to wait until feedback is saying they're struggling and stretching. That will give it lasting appeal and rewatchability.

We already know butcher's life is on the clock, so delaying that will only hurt the story. Personally I feel season 3 was peak, we'll see how it goes with season 4. But hey that's just my "[frick]ing" opinion.
mastakilla39 - 6/4/2024, 8:30 PM
@supermanrex - Dunno homelander is getting how many times are they going to do the "trying to kill homelander then failing" again? They have to game of thrones this shit by starting to kill some characters and moving the story forward. Feels like each season just keeps adding new characters and doing nothing with them. How long are they going to keep repeating each character's arc over and over again til it starts losing viewership?

Hopefully it doesn't go The Walking Dead route and just keeps going......
supermanrex - 6/5/2024, 9:56 AM
@mastakilla39 - i mean you kill homelander you kill the show. one of the biggest appeal of the show is anthony starr and his breakout performance as homelander. i mean homey is in like 3 or 4 video games now. just do fresh character growth with him and he stays interesting cause people want to see where he goes.
HermanM - 6/4/2024, 12:50 PM
The best review of The Boys I've seen:

The show is not good. I'm glad someone else sees it for what it is.
TheLobster - 6/4/2024, 1:32 PM
@HermanM - lol come on man: it’s one of the absolute best.
HermanM - 6/4/2024, 1:35 PM
@TheLobster - lol no
WhateverItTakes - 6/4/2024, 12:51 PM
not long now
HashTagSwagg - 6/4/2024, 12:53 PM
Supernatural 2.0
TheVisionary25 - 6/4/2024, 1:00 PM
Lol, his comment about how long his shows tend to run was funny since Supernatural ran an additional 10 seasons after he left while his other shows like Revolution or Timeless were cut short.

I do feel like we are nearing the endgame though because otherwise this conflict could start to feel stretch if it hasn’t a bit already so I hope it’s sooner rather then later as someone who has been a big fan thus far!!.

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SATW42 - 6/4/2024, 1:10 PM
Having not read the source material at all and not knowing where things are headed, I will say I was shocked this wasn't announced as the last season. They've already had a huge battle Homelander almost lost, and now we have homelander completely untethered not having to worry about approval ratings anymore and butcher is on a running clock.
TheVisionary25 - 6/4/2024, 1:18 PM
@SATW42 - yeah , it just feels like we are closer to the ending then anything else

I was more shocked 5 wasn’t announced as the final one.
TheMetaMan - 6/4/2024, 1:17 PM
I’m really eager to see how this show ends. I wonder if they will stick to the source material and emulate the order of events i.e. homelander hijacking the Whitehouse, homelander, butcher and black noir engaging in a bloody showdown. Either way it’s going to be diabolical. Imagine the amount of fake blood, props and overall special effects that will be utilised for the season finale.
TheVisionary25 - 6/4/2024, 1:20 PM
@TheMetaMan - I could see Homelander hijacking the white house since he’s working with Neumann who is running for President but I don’t see the Black Noir thing (unless this second one turns out to be a clone).

I also don’t see this Butcher going off the deep end as the comics one did , he seems to have more humanity then that one.
TheMetaMan - 6/4/2024, 2:03 PM
@TheVisionary25 - Butcher having more humanity? Yeah towards Ryan sure but butcher is as diabolical and homelander. He’s a straight narcissist. Remember season 3 when he took temp V for the first time? He became malicious, drunk with power. He ruthlessly murdered the Russian soldiers in the facility where soldier boy was held captive. Even MM was shocked to see butcher go all out. Then he went to town on gunpowder. Come the season finale i think he’ll prove to be more sadistic then homelander. Maybe homelander himself might act more subtle lol.
TheVisionary25 - 6/4/2024, 2:38 PM
@TheMetaMan - I meant in comparison to comic Butcher but yeah , him and Homelander are more or less 2 sides of the same coin

Maybe the little bit he has is shed away by the end but even then , Comic Butcher had barely any from the beginning.
Shivermetimbers - 6/4/2024, 1:28 PM
As much fun as I have watching this show, I would like them to end it by next season myself. I hate when something wears out its welcome and I feel like this could turn into that kind of situation.
hainesy - 6/4/2024, 1:34 PM
They need to depart from the Homelander clone thing and just have Butcher be the one to end Homelander. But I will trust this to the showrunners because they have nailed this show so far.
ModHaterSLADE - 6/4/2024, 1:37 PM
Wouldn't be surprised if Hughie and Starlight wind up taking in Homelander's kid and teaching him to be an actually good hero.
LSHF - 6/4/2024, 1:39 PM
I'm not watching any of this until the show ends, as there are too many examples of people spending years invested in a show just to watch it end in disappointment. That's a LOT of valuable hours spent hoping for a satisfying ending.

And, besides, I like binge watching.
GhostDog - 6/4/2024, 1:42 PM
Of course...
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Ha1frican - 6/4/2024, 1:46 PM
I mean it’s gotta end with either Homelander getting killed or him killing everyone else I can imagine how else it would go
Nightmare - 6/4/2024, 2:00 PM
Until they run out of CBM current event things to parody
GodHercules20 - 6/4/2024, 2:20 PM
Milking it till dry
RitoRevolto - 6/4/2024, 2:28 PM
Welp, it's definitely Supernatural all over again. So much for it ending on a high note.
SheepishOne - 6/4/2024, 2:40 PM
5 seasons with season 5 being intentionally the last, would be perfect. Make this season about how the world responds to the “true” Homelander, and how other supes begin to drop their “PR” personalities in favor of their “true” selves, and how the public rewards or rejects them. Build a hyper-political populist atmosphere, and then have season 6 all about The Boys dismantling it.
clintthahamster - 6/4/2024, 2:48 PM
supermanrex - 6/4/2024, 4:31 PM
unless they wrote it from the get go to end at 5 then [frick] that. go as long as shit is good and we are loving the material. these are not traditional seasons of old anymore. these shows have 6 to 10 episodes a season now vs the old school 22 to 24. so yeah it could go on a lot longer if they pace themselves and stay true to what works. there has only been 24 total episodes so far. which is one old school season. "season" doesn't even mean the same anymore so it has to stopped being used as a measuring stick on how long a show should last.
OriginalGusto1 - 6/4/2024, 9:19 PM
"@SuperCat...If Stormfront doesn't comeback, I will burn this world the ground!"
OriginalGusto1 - 6/4/2024, 9:20 PM
I'm really not sure if he was joking.
OriginalGusto1 - 6/4/2024, 9:24 PM
That dude that plays Homelander, @SuperCats 3rd favorite "superhero", behind The Red Skull, @Blackandyellow's corrupt law firm, and @McGee's ass, should win an Emmy.
OriginalGusto1 - 6/4/2024, 9:26 PM
Ok, that's 4...@Nomis put something in my drink. [frick]in' Cosby'd me...
OriginalGusto1 - 6/4/2024, 9:31 PM
[frick], that's only 3...damnit, Nom!!!!!!!

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