Too Close To Home: Why One Of The Boys' Goriest Scenes Was Cut

Too Close To Home: Why One Of The Boys' Goriest Scenes Was Cut
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It wasn't just a depiction of violence, it was a gruesome reminder.


  • The Boys is famous for its gory depiction of violence.
  • While viewers love the R-rated show, there was one scene that had to be cut from Season 2.
  • Residents of Toronto demanded that filming of the scene be canceled because it brought back painful memories.

The Boys Season 4 is slowly making its way to Prime Video, and fans can't wait to reunite with Homelander's upgraded Seven and Butcher's battered Boys sometime in 2024.

The previous season raised the stakes so high that viewers are passionately anticipating the new mind-blowing, violent scenes that Eric Kripke and his creative team have in store for us. After all, this is what the show has become famous for.

Ever since it was announced that Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's comic book would be getting a live-action adaptation, readers have been eager to see how the goriest moments would play out on screen. And the show's creators didn't disappoint.

For example, Herogasm, a Supe sex orgy turned bloodbath, has become the audience's favorite episode, earning a near-perfect IMDb score of 9.6/10.

But as it turns out, not all of the gory scenes made it to the screen. At least one was cut from the show at the request of Toronto residents.

Season 2 scene cut from The Boys for being disrespectful

As you probably already know, The Boys, like many other shows, is filmed in Canada, although it is set in New York. Most of the scenes are filmed in Toronto, with its streets serving as perfect backdrops.

The Boys Season 2 was supposed to feature a crowd scene that, if filmed, would undoubtedly be one of the most gruesome in the series. The scene was reported to be about a Supe attacking about 450 humans with lots of screaming, running, panic, blood and death involved.

But the creators had to cancel the shoot after the people of Toronto got involved. It wasn't so much the content of the scene, but the location where it was to be filmed that didn't sit well with the locals.

The scene was to be filmed at Mel Lastman Square, which brought back some traumatic memories. On April 23, 2018, 11 pedestrians were killed and 15 were seriously injured by a van driven by a domestic terrorist. This terrible tragedy happened right in Mel Lastman Square.

'There are people who work in this building, who went out onto Yonge St. to try to help the van attack victims — many of them are still traumatized. And think about the families and loved ones of those victims,' Toronto city councillor John Filion, who intervened to ensure the scene was cut, told the Toronto Sun. 'It's about people literally re-living those events. It's disrespectful to even think of it.'

Kripke's agreement to cut the scene was a good call. Even in brutal shows like The Boys, fictional violence should remain just that. Fictional.

Do you agree?

Source: Toronto Sun.