The Boys spinoff series Gen V will premiere on Amazon Prime Video later this month, shifting viewers to school — specifically, the Godolkin University School of Crime Fighting — to follow a group of young, aspiring heroes as they strive for the school’s coveted top position. But one of the interests that fans of The Boys have had since the announcement of Gen V is where the new series would fit into the larger The Boys timeline, and we now have an actual explanation. The official account for The Boys confirmed on social media on Wednesday that the series takes place between Seasons 3 and 4 of The Boys.
The Boys official X account @TheBoysTV posted a still from an important moment in the series while also announcing the timeline of the spin-off Gen V:
— THE BOYS (@TheBoysTV) September 6, 2023
“If we’re clearin up the timeline, @genv takes place between S3 and S4. So the kiddos at God U all saw Homelander laser a guy’s head off to the sound of thunderous applause,” reads the captioned tweet.
What Is Gen V About?
From the universe of The Boys comes Gen V, in which young, aspiring heroes have their physical and moral boundaries tested while battling for Godolkin University’s highly coveted top spot. When the university’s dark secrets are exposed, the students must decide what kind of heroes they want to be. The series cast also comprises Lizze Broadway, Jaz Sinclair, Chance Perdomo, Maddie Phillips, London Thor, Derek Luh, Asa Germann, and Shelley Conn.
“In general, if you’re making an R-rated thing, they let you do whatever the f-ck you want, unless there’s some real legal thing that they think you might be bumping against,” shared producer Seth Rogen in an interview earlier this year. “With The Boys, maybe it requires one extra five-minutes phone call, where they’re like, ‘Really?’, and you’re like, ‘Really.’ There are other things you’re on hours of phone calls about that are so much less interesting than that.”
Will There be a Connection Between Gen V and The Boys?
As per Vernon Sanders, the Head of Television at Amazon Studios, Gen V has a strong connection to The Boys and also contains various Easter eggs as well.
“The young ensemble [is] fantastic,” revealed Sanders. “We have connections to The Boys universe and cast sort of peppered carefully throughout the season. So there are lots of Easter eggs that I think fans will love. And it’s a great combination of social commentary, blood, there’s lots of blood, a really cool mystery. And I think people will be surprised as they come into the show, and the show evolves, the implications that Gen V has on The Boys. The two shows have some really interesting connections. So I’m probably saying more than I should, but I’m really excited. We’re thrilled with the results.”
Seth Rogen, the producer of The Boys, has already hinted that the aesthetics and ambiance of Gen V will unquestionably mirror that of the program on which it is based.
“Gen V has some really crazy shit in it. The fact that they’re in college, they’re a little younger, makes it more shocking maybe,” Rogen remarked.
“In general, if you’re making an R-rated thing, they let you do whatever the fuck you want, unless there’s some real legal thing that they think you might be bumping against,” added Rogen. “With The Boys, maybe it requires one extra five-minutes phone call, where they’re like, ‘Really?’, and you’re like, ‘Really.’ There are other things you’re on hours of phone calls about that are so much less interesting than that.”
The first three seasons of The Boys, as well as the animated spinoff Diabolical, are now available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Gen V will debut on September 29th.