The Boys’ Showrunner Defends Decision To Stagger Season 2’s Release Schedule

Eric Kripke, the showrunner for The Boys, has responded to fans of the show review bombing its second season for its staggered release schedule.

It would probably be fair to say that it took a while for Amazon Prime to find its first flagship show. Netflix has a number of them, such as The Witcher, Orange is the New Black, and Stranger Things. What will have been even more frustrating for Amazon is when Disney+ found its own flagship show on day one via the release of The Mandalorian.

It attempted to find its hit show a number of times via the likes of Preacher and American Gods, but never quite managed it. Then it happened. In 2019, it released season one of The Boys and it became evident very quickly that the streaming service had an unmitigated hit on its hands. It has also become clear that Amazon is very aware of that via the amount of hype it put into the launch of season two.

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You’ll find no spoilers here, but the action so far in season two has been top-notch. However, some fans aren’t happy about its staggered release schedule. The first three episodes were released all in one go, but the following five will come out at a rate of one per week. That has resulted in 49% of the show’s reviews on Amazon clocking in at a measly one star.

Eric Kripke, who is the showrunner for The Boys, has jumped to the defense of the staggered schedule. During an interview with The Wrap, Kripke explained that it was a conscious decision made by the creators of the show to release season two’s episodes in this way, and not a decision made by Amazon in an attempt to make more money from it.

Kripke went on to say that the reason the decision was made to release season two’s episodes in this way was to allow fans to digest each episode. To give them a full week to discuss and dissect those first three episodes, and then a full seven days after that to really get to grips with each episode before the next one lands. Other than that, the new season has been received well, as is evident from its 98% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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