‘The Boys’ Season 4: Why a dungeon sex scene might have been a line the show shouldn’t have crossed

Warning: Graphic content, mentions sexual assault; readers’ discretion advised

Contains spoilers for “The Boys” Season 4

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: As “The Boys” Season 4 nears its conclusion, fans are finding themselves increasingly disappointed with the direction the show has taken.

What was once known for its dark humor and biting satire now seems to be veering into uncomfortable territory, losing the charm that made it a success.

Prime Video’s “The Boys” has always aimed to shock and provoke its audience, and its latest season continues to push boundaries.

While the show’s earlier shocks often served its dark humor well, recent episodes, particularly Season 4, Episode 6 titled “Dirty Business,” have sparked controversy for handling sensitive topics like sexual assault.

Hughie’s sexual assault in “The Boys” Season 4 Episode 6 pushes the boundaries of edgy content even by the show’s standards.

Derek Wilson and Jack Quaid in a photo shoot by
Derek Wilson and Jack Quaid in a photo shoot of “The Boys” Season 4 (@primevideo)

In contrast to last week’s humor and satire, “The Boys” Episode 6 takes a darker turn. Jack Quaid’s character, Hughie, is forced into a non-consensual sexual encounter involving his childhood idol, Tek Knight.

The scene is disturbing, and unfolds in a jokey sexual dungeon, portraying a sensitive subject without the necessary empathy and seriousness.

Instead of fostering meaningful discussion, these moments provoke viewers to consider the direction and priorities of the show, leaving them uneasy and questioning the story choices made by the creators.

So what do the creators have to say about Hughie’s Tek Cave scene in “The Boys”?

‘The Boys’ showrunner Eric Kripke talks about Hughie’s Tek Cave scene in ‘The Boys’ Season 4

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Antony Starr and Susan Heyward in a photoshoot from “The Boys” (@primevideo)

Eric Kripke just opened up about Hughie’s Tek Cave scene in an interview with Variety on Thursday, July 4th.

When asked about the Tek Knight sex dungeon scene and why they decided to put Hughie through another difficult experience right after his father died in the previous episode, he replied, “Well, that’s a dark way to look at it! We look at it as hilarious. . Obviously, Tek Knight is our version of Batman, and we wanted to really play with that trope: the fascist underpinnings of Batman as a really rich guy who preys on the poor, and then profits from the incarceration.

He further added, “Tek Knight was already set up to be a madman, so we were already halfway there. Then the notion came up that he should have a Batcave – but let’s be honest, the Batcave would be a sex dungeon. Like, even the real Batcave is just this side of being a sex dungeon. It’s really dark, and there’s rubber suits everywhere. It’s not that much of a push to add some dildos and then a weird urinal.”

Eric Kripke also stated, “And in the comics, there’s a great storyline where Hughie goes undercover disguised as a superhero. That was a story that Jack always asked us to do. So part of it is, always be careful what you ask. the writers for Then we finally had this Webweaver character and the idea of ​​Spider-Man going to be kink-tickled in the Batcave is just too good to pass up, I just couldn’t leave that on the table.”

While Eric Kripke took a light-hearted and humorous attitude in the “Tek Knight” scene, many fans and viewers of the show have a contrasting view.

Fans up in arms over Hughie’s Tek Cave encounter in ‘The Boys’

Many fans were deeply affected by the injustice against Hughie depicted in the show, while some of them took to X to express their disappointment. One fan wrote, “Imagine if Hughie was gender-bending & played by a Woman, would the creators treat the character the same way? The Boys season 4 Episode 6 changed my perspective.”


Imagine if Hughie was gender-bending and played by a Woman, would the creators treat the character the same way? The Boys season 4 Episode 6 changed my perspective #hughie #Homelander #TheBoysSpoilers https://t.co/4y4ex8GC8B

β€” RA Karthik Prasad (@RAKarthikPrasad) July 6, 2024


Showing their love and support for Hughie, one fan said, “The Boys episode 6 was so brutal for hughie man CAN THE CREATORS OF THIS SHOW STOP FUCKING HIM LIKE THAT THE POOR BOY LIVES,” while another commented, “Hughie was going through it, I’d be surprised if he made a killing.”


the boys episode 6 was so brutal for hughie man 😭 SHOULD THE CREATORS OF THIS SHOW STOP MAKING HIM LIKE THAT THE NAVY BOY LIVE

β€” SEIRA 🍊 (@seirasong_) July 6, 2024



Hughie lived through it. I would be surprised if he went on a killing spree. #TheBoys

β€” JWJ (@JohnWareJunior) July 6, 2024


“The Eric Kripke deal with the whole Hughie/Tek Knight thing was f*****g reprehensible, but that aside, am I the only one enjoying this season of The Boys as much as the rest,” said one fan addressing The aforementioned Eric Kripke interview.


The Eric Kripke deal with the whole Hughie/Tek Knight stuff was flawed, but that aside, am I the only one enjoying this season of The Boys as much as the rest of us?

β€” Nicholas Moore or something (@NicholasMoore16) July 6, 2024


One fan said, “The Boys writer is f****ta! How is Hughie being sexually assaulted ‘hilarious?’ I hate how he freaks out!”


The writer of the Boys is fucked! How is Hughie being sexually assaulted “hilarious?” I hate how he freaks out!

β€” bruham (@bruhham25) July 6, 2024


Speaking about the overall plot of the episode, one fan said, “Welcome to The Boys I guess. S**t was never cute or shy is away from the abomination. The episode ends with Hughie having a breakdown over what happened to him so it it’s no joke, it was his breaking point.”


Welcome to The Boys I guess. Shit has never been beautiful or shy away from the hideous. The episode ends with Hughie having a breakdown over what happened to him so it’s not a joke, it was his breaking point.

β€” Tom (@TommyiestThomas) July 6, 2024


One subreddit, under r/TheBoys discusses the way that particular episode treats Hughie, in which a user commented, “My man Hughie needs some help seriously, too much going on for him since season 1.”

Another user wrote, “I think that’s a valid criticism. Out of all the shock value scenes this was the one I struggled with the most. It should have ended at the cake scene tbfh. Not even the absurdity of Ashley and Tek’s lines- Knight was funny, it just felt like I saw Hughie being violated for fun.” He further added, “The last scene felt like it was too little too late, and didn’t really feel completely authentic considering it was more about his dad than what happened.”

Exploring the future of “The Boys” beyond Season 4

Karl Urban and Jack Quaid in a photo shoot of
Karl Urban and Jack Quaid in “The Boys” photo shoot (@primevideo)

With only one more season planned for “The Boys” in its current form, fans are left wondering about its legacy. The series, which initially garnered praise for its blend of gore, satire and character-driven drama, now risks falling victim to its own excesses.

As attention shifts to spin-offs and future projects, viewers may find themselves more eager for the return of other series like “Gen V,” which balance graphic content with coherent storytelling and compelling characters.

In conclusion, while “The Boys” Season 4 tries to keep its edge with shocking twists and political allegory, it seems to have lost sight of what made it stand out in the first place.

As the series approaches its finale, the hope remains that it can rediscover its narrative footing and deliver a satisfying conclusion for its loyal audience.

‘The Boys’ Season 4 trailer



6 episodes of “The Boys” are available to stream on Prime Video

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