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“The Boys” Season 4 dives into political polarization

Amazon Prime Video’s Emmy-winning satirical superhero show ‘the boys’ follows a team of self-styled misfit vigilantes ‘the boys’ who fight against corrupt super-powered humans called “Supes”.

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For Season 4 of the series, show creator Eric Kripke wants to give a helpful warning about following the wrong leaders, especially when it comes to those who strive to divide their people, such as Homelander, the most powerful “Supe” who believes that people should be submissive. to superpowered individuals.

“It holds up a mirror very nicely to where we are now. The point that I think the show is trying to make is that there’s this intense polarization, there’s this intense us-versus-them, demonization of the other side, the idea that there can only be a winner and a loser,” Kripke said.

“I think the point the show is trying to make is that we’re all manipulated into this position by algorithms and social media. And disinformation and billionaires and politicians because it serves them financially and politically so we can all be mad at each other,” he added.

Season 4 stars Antony Starr as Homelander, the petty leader of the ‘Supes’, Karl Urban as William Butcher, the bold leader of the ‘the boys’Jack Quaid, Erin Moriarty, Chace Crawford, Laz Alonso, Tomer Capone, Jessie T. Usher and Karen Fukuhara.

This season, which premieres Thursday, leans toward heavy political topics like abortion, racism, feminism and other topics that are also points of contention in the 2024 U.S. election.

The story is inspired by a comic book arc that follows a fictional presidential election that leads to a plot to overthrow the president.

Homelander gets a strong voice highlighting the political right while Starlight, played by “Jessica Jones” actor Moriarty, highlights the political left, especially advocating for women’s rights this season.

“I want female characters who are as flawed as they are strong,” Moriarty said.

“I want them to exist because otherwise those real-life strong women won’t,” she added.

Starr, who hails from New Zealand, is fascinated by the psychology of his Homelander character and how Season 4 of ‘the boys’ explores its superpowered antagonist like never before.

“It comes down to isolation. He is the loneliest man in the world because he believes there is no one like him. So it’s always about trying to find a connection and trying to find a way out of that prison,” Starr said.

“We go home and find out what it was for this guy and why he is what he is,” Starr added.

Homelander coming to terms with his mortality is a central point.

“(Homelander) is disgusted by the parts of him that are human. But because he’s human, those parts are inevitable and keep coming up,” Kripke said.

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