The Boys season three spoilers follow.

If ever there was a sign that fans were intoxicated by The Boys’ lewd, crude shock-and-awe factor, it was the season-four renewal that came just one week after the show’s season-three premiere.

That just so happened to be the episode that featured the dick that went kaboom. This probably wasn’t the only contributing factor to The Boys’ increased viewership, but no doubt it helped. What followed the season three debut was – simply put – diabolical.

The Boys’ season-three finale left too many questions unanswered, and we’re just champing at the bit to have them resolved. The most recent trailer has already teased the carnage-filled reckoning to come (more on that below).

So, when is the next season coming back, and which characters have made it to the fourth round? Here’s everything we know about The Boys season four.

The Boys season 4 potential release date: When’s it on?

“Strap in lads, coming your way 2024,” and it’s promised to be a “a riot,” or so The Boys’ official X/Twitter account has stated.

The most welcome news came in December 2023, along with the first trailer for the new season (keep scrolling to find out what bloody mayhem you can expect from season four).

Prior to this most glorious announcement, it was confirmed that The Boys season four officially wrapped in April of last year.

The show’s creator Eric Kripke announced the end of filming on X/Twitter where he wrote: “2am. We’re exhausted. Bloody. But triumphant. My heart is full of love & gratitude to this all-time-great cast & crew. THAT’S A WRAP ON SEASON 4, MOTHERF**KERS.”

“Bloody” was an understatement – along with his tweet, he shared two photos of himself with Jack Quaid’s Hughie Campbell and Karen Fukuhara’s Kimiko Miyashiro, both of whom were covered in blood.

With the show having been in post-production since April 2023, there’s a very good chance we can expect season four to land in spring of this year, summer at the very latest.

That said, the previous three seasons of The Boys have dropped between June and September – so in keeping with tradition, we could see a summer release. Either way, we stand poised for the release-date announcement.

The Boys season 4 cast: Who will be coming back?

While so many characters teetered close to the edge of death in The Boys’ season-three finale, only one was pushed to an early grave. We’re sadly referring to Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell), who we actually assumed wouldn’t be returning for another season on account of his guts being ripped out by Homelander (Antony Starr).

But wait! As ever with The Boys, there’s a twist.

“Here’s what I’ll say without spoiling anything, which is that particular individual who is Black Noir is dead. His organs are out all over the place,” Kripke said (via CBR). “But when you have a completely silent, completely masked-clad hero, they’re reasonably easy to recast.”

As Kripke explained: “If we were going to play and remix the character, I think that everyone’s seen a very stoic version of Black Noir, so if they were going to do something new, I think it would be fun to go in the opposite direction.”

Meanwhile, though Dominique McElligott’s Queen Maeve didn’t meet an untimely end, it’s uncertain whether or not McElligott will be reprising the role. Her character arc seems to have come to a close (more on that below), but we very much hope to see her on the call sheet.

The cast members we do expect to appear in The Boys season four are as follows:

  • Jack Quaid as Hughie Campbell Jr
  • Laz Alonso as Mother’s Milk (MM)
  • Tomer Capone as Frenchie
  • Karen Fukuhara as Kimiko Miyashiro
  • Erin Moriarty as Starlight/Annie January
  • Antony Starr as Homelander
  • Chace Crawford as The Deep
  • Jessie T Usher as A-Train
  • Cameron Crovetti as Ryan
  • Giancarlo Esposito as Stan Edgar
  • Colby Minifie as Ashley Barrett
  • Claudia Doumit as Victoria Neuman

We also predict a Soldier Boy return, which will mean more Jensen Ackles, and that can’t be a bad thing.

The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke has also basically confirmed this by sharing that he’s “100%” up for a Soldier Boy comeback.

“The old TV adage, is like, never kill anyone unless you really, really have to. Never close a door, open a window,” he said. “We’ll all have to wait and see, but I can’t imagine the series ending without Soldier Boy making another appearance.”

Jensen Ackles also said he’s keen for a Soldier Boy return as well, adding: “I know Kripke is very smart about how he sends his characters off because he can always bring them back. So I know there are plans in talks, but I don’t know exactly what those are.

“But I told Krip: ‘Look, man, put me in anytime. You tell me when to come running, I’ll come running’.”

So basically, Soldier Boy is a go.

Simon Pegg fans can rejoice, as he’ll be back for season four of The Boys, too. And he’ll be joined by The Staircase’s Rosemarie Dewitt as Hughie’s long-lost mum.

Rob Benedict (Supernatural) and Elliot Knight (Titans) are also joining the cast in undisclosed roles, which probably means they’ll be recognisable supes from the comics.

Speaking of supes, Susan Heyward will be playing superhero Sister Sage, and Valorie Curry will take on the mantle of Firecracker.

Also joining The Boys’ season-four roster will be The Walking Dead and Grey’s Anatomy actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

The news was announced over social media by the official The Boys’ Twitter page in a post that read: “Chuffed to welcome @JDMorgan to The Boys S4. Can’t confirm if he’s gettin’ any tights, though.”

So, if not a supe, who will he be?

If those aren’t enough new additions to raise your excitement levels, it’s possible we could see Gen V characters return the cameo favour by making an appearance in season four.

After all, Butcher was seen lurking around the woods in Gen V’s season-one finale, and Homelander also dropped by to do some unspeakable things in the name of ‘justice’ for supes. So it’s highly likely we’ll see Marie (Jaz Sinclair) and the gang sooner than Gen V’s season-two debut.

“In our minds, it’s only a couple of days after whatever the events are of Gen V,” Kripke told Variety.

“We try to keep the timeline super simple because all that folding-in-on-itself timeline stuff that I think other comic book universes find themselves having to do is just bewildering for me as a viewer. So it’s all very modular.

“It’s like there’s season three of The Boys, and then after that Gen V takes place, and then after that The Boys season four takes place. And then after that, Gen V season two takes place. It’s all more like cars on a train than it is a plate of spaghetti.”

The Boys season 4 plot: What will happen?

Hints were dropped in the recent trailer that the Starlight and Homelander feud has well and truly spiralled out into public space. People have picked sides, and things are more heated than that season-three finale.

The Boys have also hit some hard times, specifically Butcher. When we last saw him, he’d been handed a death sentence. His abuse of the temporary V drug had fatal repercussions for the tough-as-nails supe-slayer. This could mark the end of the road for him unless Kripke has an ace in his back pocket.

Queen Maeve’s fate was also unclear. During her fight with Soldier Boy, he hungry-caterpillar-ed her powers, gobbling them until she was mortal.

Maeve seemed pleased with the outcome and used her defeat as an excuse to fake her death and live in peace with her girlfriend Elena (Nicola Correia-Damude). However, we can’t help but root for a Maeve return.

As for Soldier Boy, he may have been put on ice, but we don’t imagine that’s a permanent state. When he defrosts, he’ll have some scores to settle – and if there’s not a father-and-son showdown in the near future, we’re writing a strongly worded letter that will begin: ‘Dear Eric Kripke, explain yourself’.

Asked about a possible return, Ackles kept his shield close to his chest.

“There’s some things out there,” Ackles said on the Awards Radar podcast. “I’m not allowed to give anything out, but we’ll just say that Soldier Boy is not dead. Thank God.”

Elsewhere, Vought and The Seven spun out of control after Homelander’s takeover. The Deep and A-Train were hardly the strongest members of the gang, and yet, it is they who remain.

Season four of The Boys will have to explore the company’s restoration in one way or another. We wouldn’t be surprised if Ryan’s indoctrination began early.

If that’s not enough meat for the bone, we can’t forget about the head-popper Victoria Neuman (Claudia Doumit). Her ultimate game plan has yet to be revealed, but we have a feeling we’re getting closer.

And beyond all that, Kripke confirmed that future episodes of The Boys will also cross over with his spin-off show Gen V.

“There’s a presidential campaign happening in the background of that season, and there [are] certain things that are happening at that school that are both in reaction to season three of The Boys,” he explained.

“There’s Soldier Boy, etcetera, but also some new storylines that are happening in that season of the spin-off that we have to pick up and take into season four of the show.”

In fact, it’s pretty essential that you at least watch the finale of Gen V’s first season to understand some of The Boys season four. Spoilers follow.

“For Butcher, by the time they were making the finale, we were pretty deep into breaking season four,” Kripke said (via Variety). “We knew that we wanted that virus to be a pretty big part of season four, and we knew that we wanted Butcher to be aware of it.

“The value of having the [two shows’ writers] rooms be in coordination is, our room took it to Michele and her room and said, ‘Can we put Butcher in the end, so we can show that he’s really hot on the tail of the virus?'”

“It was really cool, because it does a nice little preamble to what’s coming next. And Karl and Ant both were willing to come in on their days off to go work on the other show. But the Homelander part was Michele [Fazekas]’s team.”

Whatever happens, it’s going to get weird. Season three of The Boys hit a pretty high bar for strange stuff (‘Herogasm’, anyone?) – but in season four, the show “somehow gets weirder and weirder and weirder”.

“There has to be a ceiling, but we can’t seem to find it,” Kripke told Variety. “I was looking at the person I was opposite, and I said, ‘What are we doing? I can’t believe this! I could have done anything else with my life, but here I am doing this?’

“It was truly the most bizarre thing I’ve ever done.”

The Boys season 4 trailer: When can I watch it?

If you haven’t seen it already, are you really even a fan of The Boys?

The new trailer is bursting with guts but more importantly teases the political, social and moral disaster that has been birthed in Homelander’s realisation that he can well and truly do “whatever the f**k [he] wants”.

We get to see some of those new characters we talked about earlier, namely Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s character – and, well, it’s just a beaut. Check it out for yourself.



By Ivaylo Angelov

Ivaylo Angelov born in Bulgaria, Varna graduated School Geo Milev is Tvserieswelove's Soaps Editor and oversees all of the section's news, features, spoilers and interviews.