The Boys to end with season five

Prime Video's anti-superhero smash hit The Boys has announced that season five will be its last - just 24 hours before the premiere of its fourth series. 

The show's creator, Eric Kripke, shared the last page of the final episode of the upcoming season online while revealing the shocking news. 

"Season 4 Premiere Week is a good time to announce: Season 5 will be the Final Season [sic]!" he said. 

"Always my plan, I just had to be cagey till I got the final OK from Vought [International]. Thrilled to bring the story to a gory, epic, moist climax. Watch Season 4 in 2 DAYS, cause the end has begun!" 

The series has made high-profile international stars out of Kiwi actors Karl Urban and Antony Starr. 

Starr plays Homelander, an evil riff on Superman who heads up the Seven, a group of corrupt heroes in the satirical series. 

Urban plays antagonist Billy Butcher, who's determined to bring down the Seven and Vought International, the evil corporation bankrolling them. 

In an online interview with DiscussingFilm, Kripke said their clash has always been at the heart of the show and will be a major part of the concluding series. 

"There's other corners of the universe to explore, but this particular story is Homelander and Butcher crashing into each other," he said. 

The Boys is based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. Its first season premiered on Prime Video in 2019 to rave reviews. 

Season four of The Boys premieres on Prime Video on June 13.