The title of the first episode of season 4 of The Boys is revealed in a brand-new image shared by creator Eric Kripke. One of the streamer’s most popular programs to date, the comedic superhero series debuted on Prime Video in 2019. The Boys is a film that is renowned for parodying both the superhero genre and actual sociopolitical concerns. It centers on a band of vigilantes who are out to expose the corruption of exploited superhumans and their corporate masters at Vought International.
The program was heavily influenced by its original source material and is based on a comic book series that Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson developed in 2006. Although the plot and characters of the show have undergone some notable changes, such as the gender switch of Stormfront and the alteration of Soldier Boy’s abilities and background (both played by Jensen Ackles), The Boys still pays a number of notable and occasionally overt homages to its comic book roots. The Boys season three’s “Herogasm” episode was undoubtedly the most anxiously anticipated of the series since it made a clear allusion to the comic book miniseries centered on an annual superhero orgy. Episode names frequently hint at the themes and storylines of certain episodes.
The Boys season 4 episode 1’s title has now been announced in a post by Kripke. The showrunner posts an image of the first episode’s script cover to mark “Day One” of production for the forthcoming season. The cover of the film, titled “Department of Dirty Tricks,” identifies David Reed as the writer and Phil Sgriccia as the director.
It’s not immediately obvious how the title relates to the Boys comic books, but it seems probable that it will pay respect to Ennis and Robertson’s creations in some way. It is also probable that the title relates to the CIA, with which the main protagonist Billy Butcher and Grace Mallory are both associated. The phrase “shady transactions of intelligence services” is occasionally used in the title. Another option is that the title, in light of the season 3 finale of The Boys, is alluding to the shady activities of other government agencies as Victoria Neuman progresses in her campaign to become vice president of the United States.
Fans may be curious to discover if there is any meaning to the episode 1 title now that The Boys season 4 filming is officially underway. Some of the earlier episodes, like “The Big Ride” and “Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker,” blatantly referenced comic book titles, while others, like “The Only Man in the Sky,” were much more subtly referencing them. Some people didn’t even share any links. Fans of The Boys may at least be content with the new piece of information and its potential ramifications for the season 4 narrative regardless of whether there is any substantial relationship between the just revealed title and the comic books.