The third season of the Amazon Prime Video show The Boys opens with a scene featuring an Ant-Man-like superhero who shrinks to a tiny size and then crawls up the penis of his lover, the better to pleasure him from the inside. This goes alright until the superhero sneezes because of all the cocaine he’s been doing, which instantly returns him to normal size. He explodes out of the crotch of his lover, who is left a bloody mess on the bed.
I recount this incident for two reasons: 1) Jesus Christ, The Boys, what the f*ck is wrong with you? And 2) to establish that this show is messed up, so when cast member Simon Pegg tells Collider that the upcoming fourth season “gets crazier,” we should take note. How much crazier could it possibly get?
I, for one, want to find out. But according to showrunner Eric Kripke, that might take a while:
We won’t see The Boys season 4 until after the writers strike is resolved
Basically, Kripke says that production on the fourth season of The Boys is delayed by the Hollywood writers strike, which has been going on for two months now. The writers want, among other things, better pay, more job security, and limitations on the use of AI.
The fourth season of The Boys has already been filmed, meaning the scripts were written before the writers went on strike. What, then, might be holding things up? It’s possible that some of the actors have gone in to do ADR (automated dialogue replacement), where they record new lines to fill in spaces that are only caught after editing. New dialogue means new lines, new lines mean writers, and the writers are on strike, hence the delay.
Like Kripke, we hope the studios come to a fair deal with the writers sooner rather than later so Hollywood can get back to work.