The Boys Showrunner Names One of His Favorite Season 3 Stories

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Exclusive: The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke explains why one of his favorite storylines from Season 3 is Kimiko’s character development.

The boys Showrunner Eric Kripke explains how one of his favorite storylines from Season 3 is the continued character development of Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara). The boys Season 3 premiered on June 3 and will air weekly until July 8. It sees returns from series regulars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr and many more, including fan favorite Fukuhara. Picking up months after the extremely well-received season 2, The boys now sees the sadistic superhero Homelander (Starr) begin to make a comeback while Butcher (Urban) seeks to even the playing field in his battle against the supes.

The title The boys refers to a group of vigilantes who fight superpowered individuals when they abuse their abilities. Among their ranks is the mute Kimiko, who was unwittingly injected with Compound V to give her superpowers of strength, healing, and hand-to-hand combat. In The boys season 1, she joins the group after being rescued from imprisonment. She comes back for The boys season 3, notably engaging in a fight with Termite in a now infamous scene from the premiere. Looks like that was just the beginning of Kimiko’s Season 3 emotional arc.

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In an exclusive interview with Screen RantKripke explains how much he enjoys Kimiko’s character development in The boys season 3. After spending a few seasons with her, Kripke felt it was important to really start giving the character some agency. Read Kripke’s quote below:

Yes, it’s one of my favorite plots. You really watch her blossom as a personality and really start expressing her own agency. For much of Kimiko’s life, she did what other people wanted. It was really important to me that even though she didn’t speak literally, she really had a voice and she really had a point of view and a perspective. It’s great to do that. And Karen deserves more credit than I realize because she’s doing one of the big highwire acts on TV right now. I challenge you to pick a moment when you don’t fully understand where Kimiko’s head is; what she thinks and what she feels. And she does it without saying a damn word. It’s so difficult, and Karen does it so easily, it’s truly an amazing thing to watch.


Kimiko in The Boys season 3

A kind of thesis statement for Kimiko occurs in the first moments of The boys season 3, where she sings to piano music in her head; it symbolizes his rising voice, both literally and metaphorically. Episode 2 then sees her and Frenchie (Tomer Capone) visiting an amusement park, where Kimiko laments her stolen childhood. These The boys Incidents in Season 3 show Kimiko’s growing agency as she looks within and reflects, suggesting a more assured role in the narrative as it develops. Throughout the series so far, Kimiko has been on an interesting journey, and it looks like she’s reaching a new point in Season 3.


The boys boasts one of the most compelling sets on TV, allowing for a full spectrum of interesting character arcs and developments. Kimiko stands out as someone forced to live with superpowers she never wanted. Kripke is right when he says Fukuhara doesn’t get enough praise for his acting, being able to convey everything his character is feeling through facial expressions and sign language. With all the wild developments on the way for The boys season 3, for Kripke to specifically point out Kimiko’s storyline indicates that it really must be something special and worthy of Fukuhara’s stellar and underrated performance.


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The boys season 3 releases new episodes Friday on Prime Video.

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