The Boys Boss Says Season 3 Storyline Will Be Informed by USA’s Response to COVID-19

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Showrunner Eric Kripke says the current state of the world will heavily influence the show’s third season.

Showrunner Eric Kripke says that future storylines of Amazon Studios’ The Boys will deal with real-world news, including the United States’ response to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a roundtable with GamesRadar and Total Film, Kripke spoke about how The Boys will be heavily influenced by the real world and explained that the current state of the United States, especially its handling of COVID-19, will inform the show’s storylines for Season 3. According to Kripke, the writers have always been influenced by what they see in the news and those stories blend into the writing of The Boys — this tactic was also apparent Season 2.

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“We’re all news junkies and, you know, in Season 2, in the United States, the travel ban was happening and getting people really scared about this fictitious caravan that was coming to our southern border in Mexico,” said Kripke. “So, we ended up with a season that’s a lot about xenophobia, and how authority figures rile up people and make them afraid in order to control them.”

That being said, Kripke has certainly not shied away from addressing the current COVID-19 crisis. The showrunner plans to allude to the pandemic going forward without directly addressing it. “We’re having a lot of conversations about the government response to COVID here in the States,” he said. “My guess is, you’ll see that metaphorically show up in one way or another in Season 3.”

The superhero satire series is based on the comic series of the same name, created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, and explores a world wherein superheroes are, surprisingly, pretty bad people. “It’s a fortunate opportunity for me to have a show that I can, you know, talk about the world. I have a place to put all my frustration,” Kripke said.

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The Boys stars Karl Urban as Billy Butcher, Jack Quaid as Hughie, Laz Alonso as Mother’s Milk, Tomer Kapon as Frenchie, Karen Fukuhara as the Female, Erin Moriarty as Annie January, Chace Crawford as the Deep, Antony Starr as Homelander, Aya Cash as Stormfront and Simon Pegg as Hughie’s dad. The Boys has been renewed for Season 3, and Season 2 is set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video Sept. 4.

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