Jack Quaid, Eric Kripke Break Down ‘Herogasm’ Episode

  • Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for season three of Prime Video’s “The Boys.”
  • Showrunner Eric Kripke and actor Jack Quaid spoke to Insider separately about filming the “Herogasm” episode.
  • Kripke told Insider that filming the episode during the pandemic was a logistical nightmare. 

The highly anticipated “Herogasm” episode of “The Boys” has arrived, and showrunner Eric Kripke and star Jack Quaid are breaking down the wild experience filming it.  

“I was really excited, honestly, because I knew that the ‘Herogasm’ issue of the comics was such an important thing and something that fans really remember,” Quaid, who stars as Hughie Campbell in the Prime Video series, told Insider at the show’s virtual press junket in early June. 

“I was just really happy to be a part of it at all, period,” he added. “And then filming that whole sequence was such a journey.”

Jack Quaid as Hughie in season three, episode six of "The Boys."

Jack Quaid as Hughie in season three, episode six of “The Boys.”

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Season three, episode six of “The Boys,” released on the streamer on Thursday night, adapts one of the most popular storylines from Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s comic-book series of the same name.

Volume five of the comics focuses on an annual supe orgy — called Herogasm — that takes place at a resort in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. While the world thinks the supes are in space fighting, they’re actually on an island, completely uninhibited and indulging in sexual activities. 

The event gets modified for the show, with the 70th annual Herogasm taking place at the home of the supes Tommy and Tessa, also known as the TNT Twins. The explicit nature of the comics comes through in the episode, with background characters openly engaging in sexual acts.

“Amazon tends to be cool about what the writers want to put into the show,” Kripke, who serves as the showrunner, executive producer, and head writer, told Insider in a separate interview at the season three press junket. 

“I would say all the pressure is self-imposed,” he continued. “We have a lot of conversations of like, how do we walk a line that we can be outrageous, but not exploitative? How can we be funny but not gratuitously so? We spend an incredible amount of angst, as the writers, thinking about that.”

Erin Moriarty as Annie in season three, episode six of "The Boys."

Erin Moriarty as Annie in season three, episode six of “The Boys.”

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Filming season three, and the “Herogasm” episode in particular, during the pandemic was complicated.

“Shooting it was a nightmare,” Kripke said, explaining that the episode featured “dozens of naked performers and simulated sex scenes.”

“Obviously, you can imagine how quickly that could go so wrong in terms of people behaving inappropriately,” he said. “We had so many intimacy coordinators, so many COVID officers, so many safety coordinators, and I was just holding my breath the whole time of being able to pull that off.”

Kripke added: “I kept saying, this has to be the most professional set any of us have ever been on. Just to really lock it down was logistically really scary to me, as a producer.”

Erin Moriarty as Annie and Laz Alonso as Mother's Milk in season three, episode six of "The Boys."

Erin Moriarty as Annie and Laz Alonso as Mother’s Milk in season three, episode six of “The Boys.”

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In the comics, Hughie isn’t involved in Herogasm. But in the show, he ends up at the event because of the agreement he and Butcher (Karl Urban) made with Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles).

“Just to be involved in that at all, was amazing,” Quaid said. “Hughie’s particular journey within ‘Herogasm’ was so interesting and fun. I just ate it up, I did. It was really a joy, despite how crazy it is.”

Hughie easily blends in with the Herogasm crowd because temporary compound V has given him the ability to teleport naked, in addition to super strength. 

“We had a little station on all of our sets that was for hand sanitizer and I overheard a crew member say, ‘Oh man, I went to the lube bottle instead of the hand sanitizer bottle,'” Quaid recalled. “And that was just such a weird thing that I’ll probably never hear again.”

Butcher, Soldier Boy, and Hughie fighting Homelander in season three, episode six of "The Boys."

Karl Urban, Jensen Ackles, Jack Quaid, and Antony Starr in season three, episode six of “The Boys.”

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Herogasm unintentionally becomes a battlefield when Soldier Boy crashes the party to get revenge on Tommy and Tessa, who used to be part of the supe group Payback with him.

When Homelander arrives, a fight starts between him, Soldier Boy, and Butcher. Hughie also joins in the fight and the trio comes close to taking down Homelander. But he overpowers them and flees the scene. 


The first six episodes of season three of “The Boys” are now streaming on Prime Video, with the remaining two episodes dropping weekly through July 8. 


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