The Boys star Jessie T. Usher addresses A-Train’s bloody set photo, and what it means for season 4. The previous installment of the popular Prime Video drama series featured the debut of a few superpowered individuals like Jensen Ackles as Soldier Boy. It also saw relatively more prominent roles for antagonists Stan Edgar (Giancarlo Esposito) and Claudia Doumit (Victoria Neuman). But even as the cast grew, and will grow further in The Boys season 4 with the addition of Ryan (Cameron Crovetti) as a series regular, veterans mostly look to be sticking around.
Despite a hectic conclusion that left quite a few major threads up in the air, The Boys season 3 largely declined to kill off any major character despite having some clear opportunities to do so. With production currently underway for season 4 in Toronto, there have been brief glimpses of what to expect from the Emmy-nominated series when it returns. One photo in particular, which shows A-Train (Usher) all bloodied up, has fans wondering whether it’s a sign of the show’s usual gore and guts… or potentially something else.
During an interview with Collider, Usher addressed the bloody A-Train image. The actor was asked about the level of carnage his character will experience in The Boys season 4. Although he was careful not to hint at any potential spoilers, Usher did say that everyone will be surprised by what’s ahead:
« I can’t say if it’s more or less. What I can say is it’s surprising. It’s surprising. It’s surprising for everyone. That’s all I can say! »
The Boys season 3 was very eventful for A-Train. Over the course of its eight episodes, viewers got a better understanding of the villain. They saw that, even though he cares deeply for his brother, and cares about stopping the racist actions of Blue Hawk (Nick Wechsler), he still feels the impulse to seek approval from Homelander (Antony Starr). This fundamentally means that, for both the viewers and the characters ostensibly fighting on the side of good, A-Train can’t be trusted. But given that he has a new and functioning heart, it looks like he will remain in play for some time yet.
There’s a question of whether that’s good for The Boys season 4. Not that the show should kill off A-Train or any one specific character. But in order for the central narrative to have stakes, in order for the conflict to feel truly tense, the Prime Video hit is approaching the point where there should be some sort of pivot in the story. That might mean thinning its ranks in a way that’s shocking and irrevocable.