The Boys Season 3: The 1 Herogasm Moment That Prime Video Hesitated On

The showrunner of The Boys reveals the one moment of their sexually explicit "Herogasm" episode that gave Amazon execs pause. The Boys is well known for being an irreverent and graphic show, both for its depictions of violence and sexuality. The series, which is based on the DC/Wildstorm comics of the same name, began airing on Prime Video in 2019 and is currently airing season 3. It follows the exploits of a team of vigilantes hellbent on bringing down the superhero team The Seven, and the ensemble cast includes Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Jessie T. Usher, and new addition Jensen Ackles as Soldier Boy.

The most recent episode of The Boys aired on June 24. Titled "Herogasm," it adapts the controversial Boys comic of the same name. Described by one teaser as "not suitable for any audience," the plot involves a superhero orgy. The sexually graphic episode pushes the envelope even by the standards of The Boys' usual fare and was highly anticipated by fans and curious newcomers alike.

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TVLine sat down with The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke to discuss "Herogasm" in all its glory. He revealed that there is one major moment that gave Amazon execs pause: the sequence of Aquaman parody character The Deep (Chace Crawford) having carnal relations with an octopus. Apparently, Amazon's Standards & Practices department had a hard and fast rule against depicting bestiality onscreen, and "they had to run it up the ladder." Kripke thought it was ridiculous because the scene was so absurd "it’s hard to call it prurient bestiality," and they found a way to shoot it to the satisfaction of execs. Read his full quote below:

We had a lot of discussion this season about the scene with Deep and the octopus.

For some crazy reason, Standards has a policy against bestiality. They’re so uptight, really. 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. 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?

But that was really the first time it ever became conversations where they had to run it up the ladder.

Even though it was potentially on the chopping block, the scene with The Deep did indeed make it to air. By doing so, it closed a circle that began with the jokes made at Aquaman's expense in the James Gunn DCEU series Peacemaker earlier this year. Peacemaker (John Cena) joshed about Aquaman, saying that he "f--ks fish" in an early episode. This scene is probably the closest that any DC property will ever get to making that ribald joke an out-and-out prophecy.

The Boys has turned shocking audiences into its bread and butter, and this episode was clearly no exception. Given how much license the creators of the series have gotten from Amazon so far, it's in keeping with their approach that they were allowed to go ahead with that "Herogasm" moment. The episode might not have suffered if the brief moment had been cut, but it certainly has an even bigger impact because of its inclusion.

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Source: TVLine

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