THE BOYS Showrunner Eric Kripke Reveals The One Thing He Was Asked To Tone Down For Season 4

THE BOYS Showrunner Eric Kripke Reveals The One Thing He Was Asked To Tone Down For Season 4

In a new interview, The Boys showrunner reveals the one thing he was asked to tone down for the current fourth season, and it's probably nothing you'll be expecting...

By MarkCassidy - Jun 17, 2024 04:06 PM EST
Filed Under: The Boys

The Boys has always pushed the boundaries of what sort of outrageous acts can be depicted on-screen, and we have seen all manner of brutality and debauchery over the course of three seasons.

Showrunner Eric Kripke has previously said that he was basically given free rein to include anything he wanted in the show, but there was one thing that gave Amazon pause - and it probably won't be what you're expecting.

Of all the things we've witnessed over the past few years, it was The Deep's interspecies relationship with an octopus in season 3's "Herogasm" episode that prompted Prime Video execs to ask Kripke to tone down as it tested the streamer's policy on depictions of bestiality.

"Funny enough, the only thing they said to me all season was - and we weren't going to do it anyway - was 'Can you just, maybe, not have The Deep f*cking an octopus in so many scenes?'" Kripke tells The Movie Dweeb. "Because bestiality is a real tricky line for standards. They said, 'We're not saying you can't do it. We're just saying, can you be a little more elegant in how you depict it?'"

So, no more octo-p*ssy (sorry) - but Kripke does also reveal that fans have yet to see this season's "craziest" moment.

"It's a moment that I genuinely couldn't believe we did," he said. "I think you might come out of it with a thousand-yard stare, you'll just have to see it."

We think we know what Kripke is referring to here, and... yeah. Your eyes may want to have a shower afterward.

What did you make of the first three season 4 episodes of The Boys? Let us know in the comments down below.

"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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Malatrova15 - 6/17/2024, 4:09 PM
But Kevin Feige [frick]ing love coke!
BobbyDrake - 6/17/2024, 4:13 PM
I sure hope they’re toning down the male nudity!!!
Origame - 6/17/2024, 4:16 PM
@BobbyDrake - I only care that they tone up the female nudity
BobbyDrake - 6/17/2024, 4:19 PM
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Vigor - 6/17/2024, 4:20 PM
@BobbyDrake - nah, more dicks. Desensitize yourself!
BobbyDrake - 6/17/2024, 4:24 PM
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Vigor - 6/17/2024, 4:29 PM
@BobbyDrake -

MisterDoctor217 - 6/17/2024, 4:54 PM
@Vigor -

I agree.

Although I wasn’t a fan of seen Multiple Man’s bird out since he was kind of icky tbh lol
Vigor - 6/17/2024, 4:59 PM
@MisterDoctor217 - that human centipede masturbation scene had me shook 😳
tylerzero - 6/17/2024, 5:18 PM
@Vigor -

I'm kind of glad I don't remember that at all.

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DocSpock - 6/17/2024, 4:13 PM

That's it. Forget all the nutbag terrorist supporting protests going on right now.

THIS is the real issue. This is what we should be rioting over and burning down Hollyweird about.

No octopus blow jobs, no peace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IAmAHoot - 6/17/2024, 4:30 PM
@DocSpock - Jeez. Maybe you should take a break from the show...
SonOfAGif - 6/17/2024, 4:39 PM
@DocSpock - Why can't the show do both?
DocSpock - 6/17/2024, 4:42 PM
@IAmAHoot -

I'm just getting warmed up.
DocSpock - 6/17/2024, 4:45 PM
@SonOfAGif -

That is a great question.
BobbyDrake - 6/17/2024, 4:51 PM
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clintthahamster - 6/17/2024, 4:58 PM
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DocSpock - 6/17/2024, 5:14 PM
@clintthahamster -

I am so offended you would think I'd go into a Wendy's.


BobbyDrake - 6/17/2024, 5:32 PM
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DocSpock - 6/17/2024, 5:41 PM
@BobbyDrake -

Yes, in a few short years, that will be me.
BobbyDrake - 6/17/2024, 5:53 PM
@DocSpock - I feel you on that one bud!!! I’m right there with you
Origame - 6/17/2024, 4:15 PM
I like how it's against their rules but the request is just to tone it down 🤣

They know prime video is mainly held together on homelander's ba!!z
Kadara - 6/17/2024, 4:34 PM
But somehow that duplicating guy having a solo orgy was perfectly fine 🤢
TheVisionary25 - 6/17/2024, 4:53 PM
@MyCoolYoung - to be fair to them..

Showing something like that on tv is still crazy but in the day and age of HBO and streaming , they shouldn’t have built it up as much as they did.

I liked it more as the backdrop for that build to the Homelander, Butcher & Soldier Boy fight.
Nomis929 - 6/17/2024, 4:55 PM
@Kadara -

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Vigor - 6/17/2024, 5:01 PM
@Kadara - the thing about that scene is, I have a depraved imagination but even i couldn't come up with something like that
Kadara - 6/17/2024, 5:01 PM
@Nomis929 - So much salad 😭
Kadara - 6/17/2024, 5:05 PM
@Vigor - I once got on the wrong side of YouTube algorithm and found out there's a movie called Human Centipede. Instant flashbacks!
MyCoolYoung - 6/17/2024, 5:43 PM
@TheVisionary25 - 100% spot on. It’s still some crazy things in there in and of itself, but it wasn’t even crazy for the boys. We had already seen go go gadget dick and some other things, Herogasm was right at home.

Plus, Seth rogen had done sausage party where we saw a food orgy lol
MyCoolYoung - 6/17/2024, 4:36 PM
If the moment they’re referring to is anything like herogasm was then itll be underwhelming
HermanM - 6/17/2024, 4:45 PM
Kripke and his Hollywood tribesmen sure do love anything sexually perverted and scatological. How degenerate.
DarthAlgar - 6/17/2024, 4:51 PM
@HermanM - That's 80% of Hollywood.

They're all hypersexualized tools.
Matchesz - 6/17/2024, 4:55 PM
@DarthAlgar - excessive hedonism is how rome fell

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DarthAlgar - 6/17/2024, 5:37 PM
@Matchesz - That it is.
TrentCrimm - 6/17/2024, 5:44 PM
@HermanM -

That's literally the source material they're adapting.
HermanM - 6/17/2024, 6:46 PM
@TrentCrimm - which was also degenerate garbage and even more poorly written
LSHF - 6/17/2024, 5:34 PM
I can go my entire life and not miss seeing that. Glad they are dropping it.

I wonder if they included it in the past for shock value?
TheVisionary25 - 6/17/2024, 5:48 PM
@LSHF - I would assume so like some other things in the show

They have done stuff like that in regards to informing the audience about the characters but idk what this would inform about The Deep other then he’s willing to do this which we already knew back in S1?.
Apophis71 - 6/17/2024, 6:09 PM
@LSHF - TBH, considering everything else they have done it felt more like intended as a joke than for shock factor as tame compared to a lot they have done in a lot of ways.

Sure bestiality bad, but felt more pushing a joke too far too oft more than anything else and now giving the octopussy a human voice kinda retconning the bad in a way by making it way more intelligent sentiant creature is more in love and pushing for intamacy than the Deep is whilst continuing the joke and playing with it in differing ways (inc the joke of trying to make those who thought bestiality bad isn't bad if the non-human wants it more than the human does).
TheVisionary25 - 6/17/2024, 6:10 PM
@Apophis71 - true I guess

The show also has darkly comedic moments and thus could have fit that.
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