The second season of The Boys recently released the first three episodes on Amazon to near-universal critical acclaim. But an unexpected problem occurred when a certain section of the fans started posting negative reviews because the rest of the episodes of the season were not made immediately available. Showrunner Eric Kripke spoke to The Wrap about the strange development, where he admitted the marketing team should have done a better job of letting audiences know the proper release schedule for the new season:
"I get that people are disappointed and, frankly, looking back, we thought that we were communicating that we were weekly. Clearly, in hindsight, we had to do a lot more than we did to make sure that people weren't surprised and disappointed. I would have done that differently. I mean, again, we announced it. But we should have neon-signed it on everything, clearly."
To be fair, Amazon had indeed announced that season 2 of The Boys would be released on a weekly basis back in June. But that seems to have done little to assuage fans who had gotten used to binge-watching the first season of the show all at once. Kripke acknowledged sticking to the new schedule is proving difficult for die-hard fans, but also appealed for audiences to respect the show's team's decision-making process:
"I get that people are disappointed, but I think one thing they need to understand is, this is not like a corporate, Amazon money grab - this was from the producers. We wanted this. It was a creative choice. So they may like it or not like it, but they have to at least respect that the people who are making the show wanted it to be released this way because we wanted to have time to sort of slow down a little bit and have conversations about everything. So they at least have to appreciate that it was a creative choice."
While review-bombing won't stop long-time fans of The Boys from watching the new episodes, they could prevent new prospective audiences from giving the series a chance, which would be a disservice to the cast and crew that worked hard on making the new season a quality product. Kripke asked fans to consider the feelings of the crew before writing any more negative reviews:
"Why you would harm something you love because you're disappointed with how it's being released is not awesome to me. We're fine, and it'll be fine, but it's not fun to see bad reviews on a thing people actually love. Like, that doesn't make the people who make the show feel good. I'll say that."
Amazon Studios' The Boys features a lead cast of Karl Urban as Billy Butcher, Jack Quaid as Hughie, Laz Alonso as Mother's Milk, Tomer Kapon as Frenchie, Karen Fukuhara as the Female, Erin Moriarty as Annie January, Chace Crawford as the Deep, Antony Starr as Homelander, Aya Cash as Stormfront and Simon Pegg as Hughie's dad. New episodes of Season 2 release Fridays on Amazon Prime Video. This new comes to us from an interview on The Wrap.