In Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s comic book ‘The Boys’, lead character Billy Butcher is rarely out of the presence of his trusty bulldog Terror, a hound that serves as comic relief and is trained to sexually violate any target on command. But on Amazon’s adaptation, Terror is almost entirely absent, only popping up in one flashback. Where’s Terror?
Executive producer and showrunner Eric Kripke confesses that Terror was essentially cut from the series, not because he was inappropriate, but working with a dog was simply not worth the effort.
“The reason Terror doesn’t have a larger role this season is the most boring and practical one, which is it’s so f—ing hard to work with animals. We have such an unbelievably challenging show anyway that I was just too intimidated by the idea of having an animal who doesn’t listen to directors and doesn’t care about your stunt or pyrotechnic and your CG or your green screen, just doesn’t give a sh— about any of it.”
However, Kripke says that for Season 2, efforts will be taken to deliver a major appearance from Terror… at least once.
“We felt, as the writers, the fans need him. We had to bite the bullet and have one f—ing pain-in-the-ass episode to shoot with the dog, and then at the end the dog will return to the safe and comfortable place it’s been. But it does come out of retirement for one more mission with Butcher, and so we can at least put Butcher with Terror for one big episode.”
Season 1 of ‘The Boys’ has proven to be a success, earning excellent reviews and audience reactions. Amazon actually ordered a second season before the first premiered. Karl Urban fronts the cast as Billy Butcher, with Jack Quaid as Wee Hughie, plus Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Karen Fukuhara, Tomer Kapon, Dominique McElligott, Nathan Mitchell, Erin Moriarty, Elisabeth Shue, Antony Starr, and Jessie T. Usher. It has also been announced that Aya Cash has been cast as the superhero Stormfront in the second season.
Season 1 can now be streamed on Amazon Prime Video.
Source: Entertainment Weekly