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The Boys Actor Is Down For His Own Spin-Off: "Sign Me The Hell Up"

Jeffrey Dean Morgan says he is checking his schedule right now to see if he's available.


Prime Video's The Boys is full of intriguing characters that could seemingly get their own spin-off shows. But what about actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan's character, Joe Kessler, who is introduced in Season 4?

Series creator Eric Kripke told Deadline that if Morgan was up for it, he would jump at the chance to make a series about his character. "Who wouldn't want [a] Jeffrey Dean Boys spin-off?" he said.

The rest of this story contains spoilers about Morgan's characters and The Boys Season 4.

Morgan responded to Kripke's quotes on social media, saying, "You know I'm in. Sign me the hell up!" Whether or not it's a genuine possibility that there could be a Joe Kessler spin-off or if this is just wishful thinking remains to be seen.

Throughout the first three episodes of The Boys, Joe is a very mysterious character. He is a CIA handler who is friends with Butcher (Karl Urban) and is seemingly trying to take down Homelander (Antony Starr). In a pivotal sequence, Kessler gives Butcher the drugs required to dose Ryan (Cameron Crovetti) so he can kidnap the boy and take him to a safehouse and out of danger. However, Butcher can't bring himself to dose Ryan, prompting another conversation with Joe in which Joe tells Butcher he must train Ryan to kill Homelander or Joe will have to kill the boy. It'll be intriguing to see how this plays out.

Some believe Joe may not be real and is only a figment of Butcher's imagination, in part because no one else is ever featured in their scenes together. This could be similar to how Shantel VanSanten came back to play Becca once again as a hallucination of Butcher's. It's just speculation, though, that Joe is not real.

In terms of spin-offs, Prime Video already has one--Gen V--which is coming back for a second season. There has also been discussion of The Boys: Mexico, but Kripke has said he doesn't want to overdo it when it comes to spin-offs. He said Marvel was hurt in part by asking its fanbase to watch everything it put out to stay up to date on the story, and he doesn't want to do something similar with The Boys.

"I really don't want people to feel they have to watch one [show] to understand the other," he said. "I never want it to feel like homework or mandatory viewing. I think that's hurt Marvel in a certain amount of ways, and I don't want to do that. I want you to watch both shows. It certainly expands your enjoyment and experience of both shows because you understand some of the backstory of where things came from, but by no means do you have to."

Check out GameSpot's The Boys Season 4 review to learn more about what to expect from the newest season. New episodes premiere Thursdays at 12 AM PT / 3 AM ET.

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