The Boys season 4 news, reviews, release dates, and everything else you need to know about the Prime Video show

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The Boys season 4 is back on our screen and, if you've already seen it, you'll know the depravity has been turned up to 11 this year.

For those still playing catch-up (or just in need of a refresher), our guide to The Boys season 4 below fills you in on everything from release dates and streaming times on Prime Video, to the complete cast list, and even a recap of the story so far.

As well as the above, we also cover the latest theories and insight into the new season, as well as delivering our verdict on the Prime Video series with our review.

For more from the world of the series, there's also our guide to spin-off Gen V season 2.

The Boys season 4 release dates and times

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The Boys season 4 premiered on June 13, 2024. That's when the first three episodes were released on Prime Video.

New episodes drop every Thursday at midnight Pacific/3:00 AM Eastern. That's 8:00 AM BST in the UK. The Boys season 4, episode 5 will launch on June 27.

Stay up to date with The Boys season 4 release schedule.

The Boys season 4 review

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Our spoiler-free full season The Boys season 4 review is in, with our writer Emily Murray giving it three stars. The verdict reads: "Although the cracks are really starting to emerge, The Boys head back into town with somewhat of a bang effectively delivering the show’s trademark mix of wicked humor and fascinating complex characters."

The Boys season 4 trailer

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We've gotten not one, but two trailers for The Boys season 4. The first trailer gave us a look at Jeffrey Dean Morgan's character, as well as the return of Black Noir (who we're pretty sure is supposed to be dead). The second trailer includes a Gen V crossover, showing Sam and Cate (but you'll have to watch the spin-off to figure out why they're there).

The Boys season 4 plot recap: the story so far

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The Boys picks up where it left off on season 3, with Butcher being given six months to live after taking a lethal dose of Compound V, Vought's Supe-engineering serum.

With time running out, he enlists the help of former CIA buddy Joe Kessler to help take Ryan away from Homelander and put an end to the leader of the Seven once and for all. This is all while Butcher, looking decidedly worse for wear, is hallucinating visions of his dead wife, Becca.

So far, Butcher has reneged on a deal with Neuman and also spent some quality time with his son. However, he couldn't go through with the plan of kidnapping Ryan and using him to strike back against Homelander.

Homelander, meanwhile, was cleared of the murder at the end of the third season. Despite growing increasingly tired of being surrounded by yes-men and sycophants, he has conspired with Neuman to assassinate president-elect Robert Singer.

The Seven has also introduced two new members: Sister Sage, the world's smartest person, and Firecracker, who is anything but and runs a grift peddling conspiracies to those willing to listen. It's technically three new faces, if you count the actor who has replaced Black Noir after his death.

The Boys are also being split apart bit by bit: Annie has renounced the Starlight name, opting instead to do good with her own charity; Hughie is dealing with his father's stroke; Kimiko is grappling with her own past once more, and Frenchie is in a relationship with Colin, a charity worker whose family he killed years ago. On top of that, MM has recruited A-Train to be his reluctant man on the inside at Vought.

Plenty to chew on, then, as Homelander heads to the lab where he was 'created' in the next episode...

The Boys season 4 cast

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The Boys cast has grown quite a bit in the past few seasons, and many have returned for season 4.

That includes The Boys themselves. That means there's Jack Quaid as Hughie; Laz Alonso as Mother's Milk; Tomer Capone as Frenchie; Karen Fukuhara as Kimiko; Erin Moriarty as Starlight, and Karl Urban as Billy Butcher. 

The numbers of The Seven have been dwindling, but Homelander made it out alive. That means Antony Starr is back alongside Chase Crawford’s The Deep, Jessie T Usher’s A-Train, and Colby Minifie as Vought suck-up CEO Ashley. Homelander also brought his son Ryan into the limelight at the end of season 3 and that's reflected in the cast list: Cameron Crovetti has been upgraded to series regular.

Victoria Neuman is set to become Vice President of the United States, which means Claudia Doumit is back, as is President-elect Bob Singer (Jim Beaver). 

Jeffrey Dean Morgan is the biggest newcomer to The Boys season 4 cast. He plays Joe Kessler, an ex-CIA colleague of Butcher's.

Two major actors also make cameos: Tilda Swinton as The Deep's octopus lover Ambrosius, and Will Ferrell plays himself and stars alongside A-Train in a new Vought-produced movie.

Two new Supes are also flying into the new season. Valorie Curry (Detroit: Become Human) and Susan Heyward (Powers) are joining the cast as Firecracker and Sister Sage respectively. We got our first look at them in October 2022, which you can check out below, alongside an official shot of the pair in the show.

Susan Heyward as Sister Sage and Valorie Curry as Firecracker in The Boys season 4

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It's unclear whether Giancarlo Esposito will be returning as Vought's disgraced head, Stan Edgar. He was ousted in a pincer movement from Neuman and Homelander and hasn't really been seen since. He may appear in a cameo, or even a bigger role in season 4 – anything's on the cards for him.

We thought that we'd probably seen the last of Nathan Mitchell's Black Noir after he was brutally gutted by Homelander in the season 3 finale. Discussing the character's death, Kripke confirmed that version of Noir was dead, but did reveal he could be recast by Vought. He told Deadline: "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, but when you have a completely silent, completely masked-clad hero, they're reasonably easy to recast."

He elaborated on this to Entertainment Weekly, confirming Mitchell's return for a different version of the character. Kripke explained: "[He will play] a different character who wears the Black Noir suit. It's definitely not the last we've seen of Black Noir as a hero. It's just that the guy who was inside [the Noir suit] in season 3, he's gone. But we have Nathan playing a really interesting and hilarious character who wears the suit next season."

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Other characters' fates are in the air after the season 3 finale. We said our goodbyes to Dominique McElligott as Maeve after her character went into hiding with her girlfriend Elena. While Jensen Ackles' Soldier Boy was put back on ice by Mallory to neutralize his threat.

Kripke explained that it's likely they'll both return at some point. He said to Deadline: "We definitely won’t reach the end of the series without seeing Maeve again. I’m hoping we see Soldier Boy again." In another interview with Entertainment Weekly, he explained they were "100 percent" leaving the door open for Soldier Boy to return. Kripke said: "The old TV adage is like, never kill anyone unless you really, really have to. Never close a door, open a window. We'll all have to wait and see, but I can't imagine the series ending without Soldier Boy making another appearance." He did cameo in Gen V, but that was as a vision of Cate's mind.

Simon Pegg is also coming back to the show as Hughie's dad after his cameo in season 3. Black Mirror's Rosemarie DeWitt has joined the cast as Hughie's mother. Other newbies include Rob Benedict (Supernatural) and Elliot Knight (Once Upon a Time) in unconfirmed roles.

After the Gen V finale too, we bet we'll see some of that cast in the main series too. While they'll likely mostly be preparing for Gen V season 2, we wouldn't be surprised to see some cameos.

The Boys season 4 insight and explainers

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There's been plenty to talk about already with The Boys season 4, from hilarious Easter eggs you can access via Prime Video's X-ray feature to whether you need to watch Gen V to make the most of this new season.

Below, you'll find our latest guides to the new season.

Is The Boys season 4 the final season?

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In June 2024 ahead of the launch of season 4, Kripke announced that the show would be ending with the upcoming season 5, which was given the green light this summer. In a statement the showrunner revealed: "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."

Not only this, but we know that Gen V season 2 is on the way as well as a potential Mexico-set spin-off.

The Boys season 4 is currently streaming on Prime Video. In the meantime, check out our guides to the best Amazon shows and the best Amazon movies to stream right now.

Fay Watson
Deputy Entertainment Editor

I’m the Deputy Entertainment Editor here at GamesRadar+, covering TV and film for the Total Film and SFX sections online. I previously worked as a Senior Showbiz Reporter and SEO TV reporter at Express Online for three years. I've also written for The Resident magazines and Amateur Photographer, before specializing in entertainment.

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