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"The Boys" Showrunner dishes on Season Three's X-Rated Episode "Herogasm"

By now, every fan of “The Boys” knows that the upcoming third season of Amazon Prime Video’s very adult superhero series will feature its most adult storyline ever: “Herogasm.” But according to showrunner Eric Kripke, this already assumed to be incredibly raunchy episode of the show has proved to be so graphic in its initial takes that if he were to air that as the final product, it would surely be X-rated.

The episode is based on an infamous off-shoot installment of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s comic book series “The Boys,” from which the Amazon show is adapted. The arc, written by Ennis and illustrated by John McCrea, was a takeoff on comic book crossovers and featured Homelander (played by Antony Starr on “The Boys” TV series) and the other supes leaving Earth under the guise that they are going to fight an alien threat. But instead of doing that, the group goes to an island resort where “Herogasm,” a weekend full of sex and drugs, is happening. Butcher (Karl Urban), Hughie (Jack Quaid) and The Boys show up to the event to dig up some dirt on Vought.

“I think when I first pitched it, I said, ‘Guys, here’s the episode and it’s called ‘Herogasm.’ And Andie Green and Katie Graves and the rest of the Amazon executives, I think there was just sort of a sigh of resignation, you know? They’re just like resigned,” Kripke told TheWrap last week, following the announcement that “The Boys” had received five Emmy nominations for its second season, including Outstanding Drama Series. “They’re like, ‘Look, you’ve really proven yourself over two years. We knew it was only a matter of time.’ It was like my son getting a driver’s license. Like it’s going to happen, I’m going to have to just get my head around it and go along for the ride. And so they’ve let us do it.”

But with great power comes Kripke’s great responsibility to decide what should actually make it into the final cut of the episode, which is written by Jessica Chou and will air as the sixth hour of Season 3.

“I mean, those dailies are insane,” Kripke said. “Like, if we showed everything we saw in the dailies, we for sure would be rated X. I can’t even get my head around what we’ve filmed. We’ll make sure that we’re walking the right line and that we’re outrageous, but not exploitive, of course. So there probably will be a lot of self-censorship. But anyone who is a fan of the books and that particular volume of ‘Herogasm,’ I can just tell you, you’re definitely going to get the full ‘Herogasm’ experience. There’s just no question.”

“The Boys” Season 3, which is in production in Toronto, stars Karl Urban, Antony Starr, Jack Quaid, Erin Moriarty, Laz Alonso, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara, Dominique McElligott, Jessie T. Usher, Chace Crawford and Nathan Mitchell, along with series newcomer Jensen Ackles joining as Soldier Boy.

While we had Kripke, we also spoke with him about “Seven on 7,” the new digital series that Amazon Prime Video has launched ahead of “The Boys” Season 3 — which does not yet have a premiere date, to be clear — to give fans some new in-universe content. Kripke says that while this is not essential viewing, he recommends it to fans who want to see “how the world of the show is changing” ahead of the third season.

“First of all, it’s Amazon and their department and it was their idea. So all the credit in the world to the marketing team there for coming up with it,” Kripke said. “And they’re writing it and I’m just giving notes. It definitely provides backstory and information that will enhance the viewing when you see it. It’s all real, canon stuff.”

Kripke says there’s also extra info in there that you won’t learn from the series alone, like a story point he forgot to include for Black Noir (Mitchell) in Season 2 that he asked the “Seven on 7” team to get into one of their episodes so fans are aware of it before Season 3.

“So the fans should totally watch it. It will tell you, in real time, how the world of the show is changing heading up to Season 3,” Kripke says.

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And, finally, while we don’t have an update on “The Boys’s” untitled supe-college spinoff, which is still in the development stage at Amazon, we can tell you that Kripke says Season 3 of “The Boys” will be dropping breadcrumbs about the potential series.

“Because now we know, we’ve written in a few references and we’re starting to bring it out,” “The Boys” showrunner says. “And we’re looking at, because there’s like a part of ‘The Boys’ that is like the commercials from ‘Saturday Night Live,’ like sometimes we just flip to these little ads or moments, and we’re looking at maybe, if we can, getting some references to the spinoff and in some of those as well. So we’ve made subtle additions and we’re looking at it some more.”

by Anonymousreply 1Last Tuesday at 1:56 PM

Wasn't it already said that the gay stuff that happens between Soldier Boy and Homelander in the Herogasm arc in the comics won't happen on the tv show?

by Anonymousreply 2Last Tuesday at 2:09 PM

Is there any hope for the demise of the Jack Quaid character this season, he mars an otherwise perfect cast.

by Anonymousreply 3Last Tuesday at 2:32 PM

[quote] Wasn't it already said that the gay stuff that happens between Soldier Boy and Homelander in the Herogasm arc in the comics won't happen on the tv show?

Jensen is a homophobic tight ass, so it's pretty much a guarantee that he won't do it.

by Anonymousreply 4Last Tuesday at 3:25 PM

[quote]Wasn't it already said that the gay stuff that happens between Soldier Boy and Homelander in the Herogasm arc in the comics won't happen on the tv show?

It was but for a different reason.

[quote]Jensen is a homophobic tight ass, so it's pretty much a guarantee that he won't do it.

Possibly but there seems to be some confusion.

That scene shouldn't happen at all with Jensen's character. That "Soldier Boy" is NOT the character that Jensen will be playing. The scene may still happen but it will be with that actor and not him. The character that Jensen is playing is a man who goes by the name "Soldier Boy" who is much older than Homelander. It was said that he was "Homelander before Homelander." He was a war hero.

As for anything else that might happen, that's also the series where Black Noir sexually assaults Hughie Campbell by sticking his thumb up his ass and possibly doing more.

The other sex stuff takes place between characters that don't really matter. Like A-Train sees an orgy between people that look like The Fantastic Four. I'm predicting lots of background nudity from extras shot in a way that nothing will be on screen for too long.

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by Anonymousreply 5Last Tuesday at 3:47 PM

r5 That is such bullshit. The Homelander / Soldier boy scene in the comics sets up how depraved Homelander is and how desperate Soldier boy is to be in the seven. He lets Homelander fuck him ever year as a "test" and Homelander tells him "maybe next year"

by Anonymousreply 6Last Tuesday at 3:56 PM

Agreed, R6.

But Jensen would NEVER...

Kripke is changing the story, just for him.

It just shows what a limited actor Jensen is.

by Anonymousreply 7Last Tuesday at 3:57 PM

R6, it still might. It just won't be with Jensen's character. There was always more than one Soldier Boy who lead Payback. The one from the comics was one of the three people who held the title but he wasn't the first one.

The description of Jensen's character makes it sound like he is the original Soldier Boy.

So it's a cop out but not really? They made Stormfront a woman last season and gave her that whole storyline as Homelander's lover which is very different from the comics but much more interesting than the comic version.

By making this Soldier Boy one we haven't really learned a lot about, they can have fun with the character and write what they want. They'd just have to establish that multiple people have held the title.

This goes without saying but I just don't think people should get their hopes up for Herogasm.

by Anonymousreply 8Last Tuesday at 6:05 PM

The closest they got to herogasim was the stretchy religious guy getting head and making out with two guys in the first season. I think it would go a long way to show what a sociopath Homelander is if he got off on fucking a guy just because he worshiped The Seven. I mean they had no problem with starlight giving The Deep a hummer first episode.

by Anonymousreply 9Last Tuesday at 6:21 PM

If Jensen won't do it, I'm sure there are other, younger actors that would.

Just sayin'.

by Anonymousreply 10Last Tuesday at 6:23 PM

R9 wasn’t that in place of her being raped by him and another Supe?

by Anonymousreply 11Last Tuesday at 6:38 PM

r11 no she had to give three of them head in the comics, Homelander gives her a tour, the drops his pants telling Starlight to suck his dick. He won't force himself on her but if she wants in she has to do it. A-Train and Black Noir come in and drop thier pants forcing Annie to blow all three.

by Anonymousreply 12Last Tuesday at 6:47 PM

R12 Still sounds pretty rapey to me.

by Anonymousreply 13Last Tuesday at 6:50 PM

I want Antony Starr to jackhammer my ass in that Homelander costume.

by Anonymousreply 14Last Tuesday at 9:25 PM
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