Showrunner Eric Kripke says that no creative compromises were made despite new pandemic safety measures while filming The Boys season 3. The Amazon Prime series has been a massive success with both season 1 and 2 creating a foothold for the streaming service. Based on the comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, The Boys is a dark, satirical look at superheroes that often verges into more perverse and graphic detail than a standard superhero show. Focusing on an underground group attempting to expose the Supes for who they really are, the show stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Karen Fukuhara, Chace Crawford, Dominique McElligott and Jessie T. Usher. The bold and risky show will soon make it’s return with season 3.
With productions all over the world being halted or reconfigured to accommodate safer conditions during the Covid-19 era, The Boys found itself in a similar situation for the third season. While many shows like Netflix’s GLOW have been canceled or delayed due to the pandemic, most productions are now implementing new safety measures to comply with CDC guidance, including masks, testing and social distancing, which can make filming a far more difficult task. Multiple productions have had to shut down due to Covid-19 in the last year, adding to an already unbalanced release schedule for both films and TV shows.
For The Boys season 3, Eric Kripke refused to sacrifice any level of quality in implementing the new Covid safety protocols, which he described in a new interview with THR. While it made everything more difficult, Kripke was determined to maintain the same level of quality that preceded with previous seasons. Despite the challenges and being the toughest production he’s ever faced, Kripke doesn’t want audiences to have any idea how hard it was. Read what he had to say below:
“It’s by a mile the toughest production year of my life. There’s not any one thing; it’s a million problems. And probably to the irritation of some of my benefactors, my attitude from the beginning has been no creative compromises. The audience will not grade us on a curve. They will not say it’s OK that it’s not quite as good as the second season because, gosh, it sure was hard to make. We have to make sure the audience never knows the difference. But behind the scenes, everything’s different. The amount of work we can get done in a day, the amount of crowds we can put in the background, how we travel from place to place — every single thing. It’s all slower and harder and takes longer. It’s been really, really challenging. The crew, to their credit, have been champs — they’ll wear their masks for 14 hours a day, every day.”
The newest season is set to introduce new characters and situations that haven’t been previously seen, including Jensen Ackles as Soldier Boy and a deeper exploration of The Vought timeline, which will require a high level of attention to detail. With the The Boys earning a number of Emmy nominations for the last season, there’s a strong incentive to keep the quality high for proceeding seasons. Kripke is currently at work on a spinoff series that will focus on the G-Men of The Boys universe, which is sure to have the same production challenges as Covid-19 continues to be a threat.
Maintaining quality is always a big concern, but it appears that Kripke has been resolute in guiding The Boys on a path to success. The pressure is certainly on to keep one of Amazon’s flagship shows at the top of the streaming charts, and Kripke and his cast/crew seem to have worked diligently to make season 3 as successful as the others. As The Boys seasons progress, the storylines will get more intricate, so it’s good to know that sacrifices aren’t being made at this stage of the game, even as safety protocols make things that much more difficult. No premiere date has been released for The Boys season 3, but news is sure to break sooner than later as the Fall TV season prepares to get underway.