Invincible: How many seasons should Prime Video's show go?

What season should Invincible end? The magic number is 8 with possible movies and specials in between.
Gillian Jacobs (Atom Eve), Steven Yeun (Mark Grayson)
Gillian Jacobs (Atom Eve), Steven Yeun (Mark Grayson) /

The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke dropped a bomb the week season 4 was released. He announced that season 5 of Prime Video’s popular comic book project would be its last. He said, "Always my plan, I just had to be cagey till I got the final OK from Vought. Thrilled to bring the story to a gory, epic, moist climax. Watch Season 4 in 2 DAYS, cause the end has begun!"

If you’ve read the source material, you shouldn’t be shocked. You could see the end was near. If you haven’t read the comics, you may be happy with the series ending in five seasons. Going on too long may have ruined The Boys' legacy. The only thing left is for The Boys to stick to the series finale (please don't give an ending like Dexter).

The Boys ending with season 5 left me wondering about the future of another Prime Video comic book show, Invincible. Season 2 concluded this year with Mark seemingly killing Angstrom Levy, Omni-Man admitting he loved his wife Debbie, and the ominous message from the Invincible social media team about Mark Grayson's blue suit.

Unless something crazy happens, we can expect another three seasons from Invincible. But how many seasons should the show go? After a quick conversation with another Bam Smack Pow writer Andre Farquharson, 8 seasons is the right answer.

There are 144 issues of Invincible spanning from 2003 to 2018. Within that time, Mark, Atom Eve, Omni-Man, and the rest of the cast went through life, death, and some time travel (there’s always time travel in comics). However, while 144 issues mean a lot of material to cover, two factors contribute to the show ending in no more than 8 seasons. 

First, the creative team has done an amazing job with the pacing. Things like Rudy cloning his body happened later in the comic books than in the TV series. This allows filler moments to be skipped and the series to progress faster.

I firmly believe that Invincible is the greatest comic book series ever, there are a plethora of moments that weren’t needed. The creative seems aware of that and avoids everything that isn’t important. And if you're wondering what you missed, the source material is available.

Second, Invincible: Atom Eve was released between seasons one and two. If a tale needs telling, but doesn't work with the current season, another one can released.

Stories like Thragg and his extracurricular activities (including his fight with Battle Beast) or Omni-Man and Allen the Alien traveling the universe can happen outside of the season. This allows the story to be told without interrupting the flow of a season. One out-of-place episode can ruin an entire season. It's like brushing your teeth and immediately drinking orange juice. Plus, this adds another project for Prime Video to stream.

Lastly, the way the final couple of volumes go, they could be movies. Invincible: The End of All Things parts 1 and 2 are more epic than anything Star Wars or Star Trek has done. High praise, but it’s true. It’s an intergalactic fight leading to major changes in Mark and Eve’s lives and the universe. As great as it would be to see it in a season, it’s better off being a movie. Maybe one that's released in theaters.

Stay tuned to Bam Smack Pow to see how long Invincible goes and what Prime Video has planned for the series.

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