The Boys will end with season 5 on Prime Video

After going back and forth only last month, The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke has confirmed that season 5 will be the end of the line for Billy Butcher, Homelander, and The Boys.
The Boys season 4, Prime Video
The Boys season 4, Prime Video /

It's official: Amazon Prime Video's subversive, gory superhero show The Boys will end with its fifth season. We're only a few days away from the premiere of season 4, which will continue the ongoing feud between the psychopathic superhero Homelander (Antony Starr) and the supe-killing vigilantes of The Boys, led by Billy Butcher (Karl Urban). What better time to confirm that this is the penultimate chapter, and will lead into a climactic finish when the show eventually returns?

That's exactly what showrunner Eric Kripke did, announcing the news on Twitter/X:

“#TheBoys Season 4 Premiere Week is a good time to announce: Season 5 will be the Final Season!” Kripke wrote. “Always my plan, I just had to be cagey till I got the final OK from Vought. Thrilled to bring the story to a gory, epic, moist climax. Watch Season 4 in 2 DAYS, cause the end has begun!”

When Kripke says he had to be "cagey," he's probably referring to the fact that just last month he hedged when asked about the future of The Boys, referring to his famously long-running CW series Supernatural. "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. I need to keep my mouth shut. And so I will.”

But Krikpe did have a plan all along. “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 toldEmpire. “Whenever that last episode occurs, I know what happens.”

Now, we know when that last episode will be: season 5. Something tells me it's going to be intense.

Also of interest is that Kripke's announcement tweet features a redacted script for the finale of The Boys season 4. All of the writing is blacked out, but a title remains at the top of the script: "Assassination Run." Maybe Billy Butcher and the gang will make an assassination attempt on politician/secret supe Victoria Neuman (Claudia Doumit) to keep her and Homelander away from the Oval Office?

We'll know soon enough. The first three episodes of The Boys season 4 premiere Thursday, June 13 on Prime Video.

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