With Episode 5 of Season 3 of The Boys arriving on Prime Video this week, viewers were treated to a very fun musical number starring Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara). The silent character finds her voice as she partakes in a musical dance number with Frenchie inside a hospital. However, the idea of Kimiko getting her own musical number isn’t new. It was going to happen in Season 2.
Showrunner Eric Kripke is a huge fan of musicals and wanted to bring the magic of old Hollywood musicals to the Prime Video series. And this is something he’s had planned for a while. “In Season 2 of The Boys, we thought we had our opportunity,” Kripke told GameSpot. “And it was going to be this moment for Kimiko very similar, where she was going be able to really express herself and so much of this season is about, even though she doesn’t necessarily speak out loud, Kimiko finding her voice. And so we couldn’t do it last season, sadly. It just didn’t fit into the story, ultimately.”
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Kripke went on to explain that during production of Season 2, he made a mistake. “In Season 2, it felt stable enough that I made the horrible rookie producer mistake, where I told her about it. And so I got the reaction last year, actually, where she was like, so excited. ‘Oh my god, I’ve always wanted to be doing a musical and thank you so much.’ And then like, I had to call her three weeks later and be like, we cut this scene, which is such a rookie mistake. Like, you just never do it until you know for sure what’s there. And so this year, it wasn’t so much a surprise as it was, I am making good on my promise to you, Karen, here is your musical number. And you know, and she was obviously really excited.”