The Boys Most-Anticipated Season 3 Episode Remixes The Source Material, But Remains Super Dirty

Showrunner Eric Kripke discusses the Herogasm episode of Season 3 of The Boys on Prime Video.


For fans of the comic book series The Boys, one of the filthiest, most graphic storylines that comes to mind is Herogasm, a limited series that features superheroes doing drugs, having sex, and whatever other debaucherous things they can. For The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke, this was something on his mind since the show first began.

Speaking with Kripke, he admits Herogasm wasn't a primary focus for him, but it was always something he was asked about. "When I first got the job to adapt The Boys, every person who knew the comic always said exactly the same thing, which is, 'I dare you to do Herogasm,'" the showrunner told GameSpot. "And at that point, we weren't sure we were going to be hit, and we had to sort of fight for our stability and everything, but now in Season 3, I was comfortable enough with the success of the show that I went to Amazon. I said, 'This is the year guys. We're doing Herogasm.' And almost with like, parental patience, they were like, 'We knew this day would come.' I don't know if anyone could truly touch the depravity that's in those books. But I think we made a truly shocking episode of television."

Now in its third season, Kripke previously revealed the event will happen in Episode 6, which is titled "Herogasm." It's gotten many fans excited about the episode. However, don't expect the same story from the comic book limited series though, as Herogasm is a single episode of Season 3, and things have been changed around a little bit so it fits the narrative of this latest season. "There's a different story happening in Herogasm, but the setting and a lot of what happened in the books in terms of like the wild shit is there. It's just everyone is there for a slightly different reason than they were in the books."

In the comics, Herogasm was a six-issue limited series, spinning out of the main comic, published in 2009. Written by Garth Ennis and featuring the art of John McCrea and Keith Burns, the story is centered around an annual party sponsored by Vought which allows the superheroes to let off some steam. And by "let off some steam," we mean "have the wildest sex imaginable." The series had some effects on the main comic, as Herogasm also deals with superhero involvement in the government.

Season 3 of The Boys stars Karl Urban as Billy Butcher, Jack Quaid as Hughie Campbell, Antony Starr as Homelander, Erin Moriart as Starlight, Jessie T. Usher as A-Train, Laz Alonso as Mother's Mile, an Chace Crawford as The Deep. The new season also features Kripke reunited with Supernatural alumni Jensen Ackles as Soldier Boy for the new season.

The first three episodes of Season 3 of The Boys lands on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, June 3. New episodes after that first batch arrive on Fridays.

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