The Boys’ boundary-pushing episode, Herogasm, finally had execs on the edge of censoring the series due to Amazon’s “policy against bestiality.”
In “Herogasm,” the most outrageous episode yet of Prime Video’s The Boys, The Deep (Chace Crawford) is caught in an extremely compromising situation with a certain eight-legged sea creature. Showrunner Eric Kripke reveals that it was this particular moment which finally had executives questioning how far the show should go.
“For some crazy reason, Standards has a policy against bestiality. They’re so uptight, really,” Kripke joked in a recent interview with TVLine. “The discussion of that scene and how we pulled off that scene actually triggered a lot of alarm bells at a lot of different levels at Amazon because you’re not supposed to show people f–king animals, and I get it. But my pitch to them was always like, it’s so absurd [that] it wouldn’t be out of place in a Farrelly brothers movie. So it’s hard to call it prurient bestiality. It’s ridiculous. To my knowledge, I don’t even think octopi have orifices down there.”
The Boys is known for going places other mainstream superhero properties wouldn’t dare to, and “Herogasm” — which centers around an orgy for superheroes — may be the series’ most boundary-pushing episode yet. Kripke said a scene in which The Deep is caught engaged with an octopus was the first time anything he wanted to put onscreen had been questioned by Prime Video. “So there was a lot of discussion of like what are the shots, and what can we do and what can we get away with?” the showrunner said, continuing, “But that was really the first time it ever became conversations where they had to run it up the ladder.”
Based on the comic book series created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, The Boys is a gruesome satire of the typical superhero genre. In The Boys, most “supes” are celebrities high on power and only worried about their image, not noble heroes fighting for the greater good because it is the right thing to do. Despite some controversy online over The Boys, the series has not been shy about its political standpoints, with Kripke saying that major themes of this season include “white-male victimization and unchecked ambition.”
With two more episodes of Season 3 left to release as of writing, it remains to be seen where the series will go after “Herogasm.” For the show’s actors and crew though, it’s clear “Herogasm” was the most intense shoot of the season. Kripke revealed that he was “f–king terrified” during the shoot because of all the nudity involved and actors “simulating sex.” He said it was “so scary” that something might go wrong that they had to “be like cops in every aspect” of the shoot and had “several” intimacy coordinators on set to make sure it was a “safe space for everyone.”
New episodes of The Boys Season 3 release Fridays on Prime Video. The next episode of the series, “Here Comes a Candle to Light You to Bed,” releases July 1.
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