The Boys weekly release was a show choice not Amazon’s

The Boys Season 2 -- Courtesy of Panagiotis Pantazidis/Amazon Studios
The Boys Season 2 -- Courtesy of Panagiotis Pantazidis/Amazon Studios /

The Boys creators wanted to release the show weekly, not Amazon

The Boys showrunner, Eric Kripke, has spoken out against those who decided to review bomb the show over the weekly release. It wasn’t cool, and it also wasn’t an Amazon decision to make more money.

Kripke, who had made it clear before the season dropped that it would be a weekly release, shared his disappointment in those who have review bombed the show. He also made it clear that this was a creative decision. He and others involved in the production of the show wanted to release it weekly instead of all at once.

While he understands fans are disappointed in not getting to binge-watch in the way Netflix and Amazon Prime Video have made many accustomed to, it’s not cool to give a good show negative reviews because of the way it’s released. Kripke explained the reason for the weekly release to The Wrap.

Focus on the smaller moments throughout The Boys Season 2

The idea to release weekly came due to the downside of the binge-watch format. Fans will talk about the series for a couple of weeks, but then it all goes quiet. It’s not until the next season gets closer to being released that there will be more chatter about it.

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It’s disappointing for those making it to be in this sort of bubble. Plus, binge-watching eight episodes in one sitting tends to lead to smaller moments being missed.

With the weekly watch, there’s more attention to the individual episodes. Fans will go back over the single episodes to rewatch them and see what they’ve missed, getting clues for the next episode.

Instead of chatting about The Boys Season 2 for two weeks, fans are chatting about it for two months. It’s like they would with a show on STARZ, HBO, or even some of the Hulu shows that release in similar ways. The idea is to have conversations about it and not just watch and move on.

A neon sign needed next time

Kripke did say that maybe some of the fault lays with him and the marketing materials. He thought he did a good enough job of sharing that it was going to be a weekly release (we think he did, and it’s something we kept reminding fans!), but it looks like he thinks more could have been done. Never underestimate the power of neon signs.

Will he do a weekly release for The Boys Season 3? Maybe. It doesn’t look like this is being ruled out. However, he’ll probably try to make it extremely clear to absolutely everyone watching.

Yes, The Boys Season 3 is happening. That was confirmed a couple of months ago. However, Kripke does want to question why people who like the show would want to harm it by review bombing all over the release.

For the record, I love weekly releases. But then, I’m a huge fan of breaking down episodes and dissecting details.

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The Boys Season 2 airs Fridays on Amazon Prime Video.