The Boys' Writers Won't Deny Playing Favorites With The Deep

I've talked about this before, but as a fan of "The Boys," I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with The Deep. While he is one of the many supes on the show that use their abilities to establish dominance and superiority over those he considers to be weaker than him, I can't deny that Chace Crawford's character work is hilarious. He's the perfect comic relief character, a bumbling clown that you can't help but feel bad for because of how reprehensible he really is. Sure, he frequently ends up killing the animals he's sworn to protect, and he doesn't have the greatest love life, but you can't deny that he kind of deserves what's coming to him.

It seems as though "The Boys'" creative team recognizes this as well. In a recent interview with Men's Health, showrunner Eric Kripke revealed that The Deep is one of the writing team's favorite characters, primarily for how naturally boyish and charming Crawford's acting for the character is. "The Deep is one of our very favorite characters to write for, and that's solely because of Chace," he said. "Honestly, he's such a gifted physical comedian."

Love to hate him

It might not be obvious, but Kripke is right in attributing Crawford's physicality to what makes The Deep a compelling character to watch despite his dark side. Crawford portrays the character as oblivious to what's happening around him, only focusing on how he's feeling or thinking. This carries over into the show — although The Deep has a pep in his step in virtually every scene, he might not realize or care how deadly serious everyone else is around him. For example, remember his goofy "win" on the in-universe competition show "American Hero?"

That juxtaposition, as well as the uncomfortable but overconfident way that he carries himself, is why The Deep is still a hilarious character — despite what he's done on the show. Still, it's clear that full redemption isn't exactly in the cards for the character. His assault on Starlight (Erin Moriarty) from the show's first episode continues to be referenced each season, and in the third season, he comes off as a coward for allowing himself to constantly be humiliated by Homelander (Antony Starr). This isn't even mentioning the fact that he has a fetish for sea creatures that can't very well consent to his fantasies.

"I don't know if he could ever be, like, fully redeemed," Crawford told /Film back in June. "I think me and Kripke have talked about that before, but they are putting him through the wringer."

All three seasons of "The Boys" are available to stream on Prime Video.