The Boys season 4: trailer, cast, plot and everything we know about the superhero series

Anthony Starr as Homelander in The Boys
Anthony Starr as Homelander in The Boys (Image credit: Courtesy of Prime Video)

As if things weren't crazy enough in The Boys season 3, things are about to go to a whole new level in The Boys season 4. Prime Video's superhero satire about a group of vigilantes trying to save the world from superheroes who use their powers for nefarious purposes returns, and this season there's lots of family drama to look forward to. 

Here's what we know about The Boys season 4.  

The Boys season 4 release date

There is no release date yet for The Boys season 4, with filming on the new season projected to end by March 2023. EW points out that based on previous seasons' filming schedules and release dates, that could give The Boys season 4 a late 2023 premiere.  

As of April 2023 there's still no release date, but we're hoping for news soon. It's possible that Prime Video will hold announcements until San Diego Comic-Con this summer. 

The Boys season 4 cast

Most of The Boys season 3 cast is returning for season 4. They include: 

  • Karl Urban as Billy Butcher
  • Jack Quaid as Hughie Campbell
  • Anthony Starr as Homelander
  • Laz Alonso as Mother's Milk
  • Karen Fukuhara as Kimiko Miyashiro
  • Erin Moriarty as Annie January/Starlight
  • Tomer Capone as Frenchie
  • Dominique McElligott as Maggie Shaw/Queen Maeve
  • Jessie T. Usher as A-Train
  • Chace Crawford as Kevin Moskowitz/The Deep
  • Nathan Mitchell as Black Noir/Black Noir II
  • Colby Minifie as Ashley Barrett
  • Laila Robins as Grace Mallory
  • Giancarlo Esposito as Stan Edgar
  • Simon Pegg as Hugh Campbell
  • Claudia Doumit as Victoria Neuman

Joining the cast in season 4 are Rosemarie DeWitt (The Estate), Rob Benedict (Supernatural) and Elliot Knight (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II), along with previously announced newcomers Susan Heyward, Valorie Curry, Cameron Crovetti and The Boys superfan Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead). 

DeWitt plays Hughie’s mom, which will no doubt play a big role in the season 4 storyline. Heyward and Curry will bring Sister Sage and Firecracker and Crovetti will play Homelander's son, Ryan. Morgan's role is being kept under tight wrap, but we know it’s a recurring role. 

The Boys season 4 plot

Here's the official synopsis of The Boys season 4: "The world is on the brink. Victoria Neuman is closer than ever to the Oval Office and under the muscly thumb of Homelander, who is consolidating his power. Butcher, with only months to live, has lost Becca’s son as well as his job as The Boys’ leader. The rest of the team are fed up with his lies. With the stakes higher than ever, they have to find a way to work together and save the world before it’s too late."

There's no doubt that the story of Hughie's parents will be a big part of the new season with the addition of DeWitt as Hughie's mom. Hughie believed that his mother was dead but at the end of season 2 it was revealed that she was actually alive and well, and that she'd walked away from her family. 

Another story building in season 4 is Ryan's story. Ryan decided to stay with Homelander at the end of the season, smirking at the camera in the final moments of the episode. Showrunner Eric Kripke told EW that the new season is a "battle for Ryan's soul." 

Nothing is set in stone just yet. "I don't think the game's over yet. I think [Ryan] saw this one thing and I think we should all be afraid because if he becomes another Homelander, that's obviously really bad for the planet. But he's still Becca's kid and there's still a shot that Butcher can pull him into the light."

Kripke went on to say that both Homelander and Butcher will be in a "tug of war over Ryan" as they fight to get him on their side. "So I think, if anything, we're just hinting at the danger of what would happen if Butcher loses that fight."

The Boys season 4 trailer

Take a look at the trailer for The Boys season 4 below:

How to watch The Boys season 4

The Boys season 4 will be available exclusively on Prime Video, which means you need a subscription to Amazon Prime in order to watch.  With an Amazon Prime account, you'll not only have access to Prime Video and all of the exclusive content available to viewers, including past seasons of The Boys, but you'll also be able to take advantage of all the great deals they offer, too.  

Sarabeth Pollock
Editorial Content Producer


Sarabeth joined the What to Watch team in May 2022. An avid TV and movie fan, her perennial favorites are The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, true crime documentaries on Netflix and anything from Passionflix. You’ve Got Mail, Ocean's Eleven and Signs are movies that she can watch all day long. She's also a huge baseball fan, and hockey is a new favorite.  

When she's not working, Sarabeth hosts the My Nights Are Booked Podcast and a blog dedicated to books and interviews with authors and actors. She also published her first novel, Once Upon an Interview, in 2022.