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The Boys season 2 release date, cast, images, episode count, and everything else we know

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The Boys season 2 hopefully back soon. The super-brutal superhero show is due to swoop in for its sophomore season on Amazon Prime later this year and we’ve dug deep into Vought’s vaults to pick out some of the biggest news, from a new character looking to “match” Homelander in the Supe stakes, and all the latest images from post-production.

Of course, you’re all also looking for a Boys season 2 release date. Hell, anything releasing at this point would be a welcome surprise. In lieu of any coronavirus-related delays, we’ll also bring you every clue and quote surrounding a release window. Spoiler: keep your July free, just in case…

The Boys creator gives us a self-isolation season 2 teaser

Eric Kripke has done his level best to keep fans assured that The Boys season 2 is still on track. While it (hopefully) won't join the list of coronavirus delays, we'll have to make do with these shots of Homelander and Billy Butcher from some remote off-location post-production.

The Boys season 2 will introduce a new 'Supe'

Homelander might have met his match this year. Don't believe me? Ask actor Aya Cash, who's set to play Stormfront in season 2.

"I think she’s here to blow up Vought. She’s here to try to get Vought back to the original idea behind creating superheroes,” Cash told EW, while Homelander actor Antony Starr describes her as "the grenade that gets thrown into Homelander’s world and the world of the Seven."

The lightning-based hero was also in the comics, but as a male Nazi-like figure that utilised the power of lightning. Maybe she's keep the lightning part.

The Boys season 2 release date is "one full year after the first season" (or mid-2020)

The Boys season 2 release date

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All being well, we could be seeing The Boys season 2 in the summer, though that of course could change due to current real-world events. All eight episodes of the first season debuted on July 26. Show creator Eric Kripke thinks it’ll be a similar situation next year, while the trailer gives an ambiguous window of "2020."

Speaking to Collider last year, he hoped for season 2 to “drop one full year after the first season, so about the same time next year.” July 2020, then… hopefully.

Karl Urban has backed that release window up by posting a "mid-2020" date on Instagram. Well, well, well. If it isn't the little leaker.

The Boys season 2 cast remains mostly the same - with a few key additions

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The Boys season 2 cast remains largely unchanged at its core, though there are a couple of new faces set to shake things up.

Karl Urban (Billy Butcher), Jack Quaid (Hughie), Laz Alonso (Mother’s Milk), Karen Fukuhara (The Female), and Tomer Kapon (Frenchie) are all returning.

The Seven also remains intact: Erin Moriarty (Starlight), the terrifying Anthony Starr (Homelander), The Deep (Chace Crawford), and Queen Maeve (Dominique McGelliot) will be back and potentially form part of Vought’s fightback against Billy’s crew. Jessie T. Usher (A-Train) should also be up and running for season 2.

It’s Black Noir, though, who we should keep an eye on. The mysterious masked member of The Seven, played by Nathan Mitchell, is confirmed to appear in season 2 – but will play a much larger role. Karl Urban recently said he will feature in some “diabolical action,” while Anthon Starr says Black Noir is a “fucking force” in the upcoming episodes.

Two faces who appeared in The Boys season 1 should be part of the regulars in the season 2 cast. Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito, who made a brief cameo in the season 1 finale, will be returning as Vought supremo Mr. Edgar. “He will be a really important character in season 2,” series creator Eric Kripke told EW. He’ll be featuring in “four to five episodes.” It's a big year for Esposito, as he's set to be glowering his way through Better Call Saul and The Mandalorian season 2. But he could be at his menacing best here.

Plus, there's a new superhero in town. As revealed by Kripke, The Boys season 2 will feature a fresh character in the form of Stormfront, played by Aya Cash. Not much is known about her character yet, outside of Cash saying Stormfront "matches" Homelander, though her comic book counterpart is a nasty Nazi. Judging by the rest of Vought's super-powered stable, she's probably not going to play nice, either.

More fresh talent is also inbound. According to Deadline, Goran Visnijc will play "Alistair Adana, the charismatic and shadowy leader of a mysterious church," and Claudia Domit is Victoria Neuman, a "young wunderkind congresswoman"

Recently, Patton Oswalt has also been confirmed. He's in a "#SecretRole". Eric Kripke has even hashtagged it, so you know it's a big deal.

Elsewhere, Shantel VanStanten, who plays Becca Butcher in the show, should also have a much larger role to play after The Boys season 1 ending rug-pull revealed that she has been raising Homelander’s child – not dead or missing like Billy had believed – for the past eight years.

It’s unlikely, however, that Elizabeth Shue will return as Madelyn Stilwell. Having laser holes for eyes will do that to you – though never say never in the world of supes and Compound V.

Kripke is looking beyond The Boys season 2, though. He recently gave Negan actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan an informal job offer with an unknown role in season 3. Could we see those seeds being sown this year?

The Boys season 2 story: "No one is ready"

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Much of The Boys season 2 story will invariably deal with the aftermath of Homelander’s grand reveal, as well as charting the escape of Hughie, Frenchie, The Female, and Mother’s Milk now that they’re on the FBI hitlist. Kripke, though, has also offered up a slightly more light-hearted tease of what’s to come, including an appearance by producer Seth Rogen.

“In season 2, we’re filming a movie within a [show] called Dawn of the Seven,” Kripke explained to EW, “We’re all talking about wouldn’t it be great if Seth was one of the main characters of that movie [if] he was like the Agent Coulson of the group? If his schedule is clear, we’ll do that.”

Jack Quaid, who plays Hughie on the show, has teased even bigger stakes this time around. "No one is ready," he tells ComicBook.com. "It's just absolutely bonkers. I'll just put it this way, the scale is a lot bigger. I think we've topped season one, in terms of insane moments that make you say 'What the hell?' I've done things this season that are definite firsts for me in my career, and I probably won't do them again since."

At CCXP, Anthony Starr (who plays Homelander) also revealed what we can expect from his character (via Collider): "It's a very internal journey. It gets really fucking weird, and I can't tell you what, but I've done some of the weirdest things I've ever done." Let's hope it doesn't involve milk...

Karen Fukuhara (The Female) adds: [Show creator Eric Kripke] wants it to be big, more action, bigger sets, all of that. But he wanted every character to dive into their past. It just digs deeper."

This was backed up by a recent appearance from much of the cast at the C2E2, where Urban said that "you're going to love season two" (via ComicBook.com) and that Billy Butcher's dog, Terror, will also make an appearance.

Watch the first The Boys season 2 trailer now

The Boys season 2 trailer is here nice and early. That can only be a good thing. Featuring buckets of blood, the moments immediately after The Boys season 1 ending, and plenty of OMG moments, you're unlikely to see a better trailer all year. There are so many heart-stopping moments, that it can be difficult to keep up.

But here's what we've gleaned from the trailer: Homeland Jr. is there alongside his dad. That spells trouble for Billy Butcher, who appears to have escaped his missing wife's new home. Black Noir also appears to be getting more involved this season, while Starlight is getting roughed up by Homelander in another scene. Something tells me she isn't out of Vought's clutches just yet.

The Boys season 2 images are here: Billy Butcher, blood, and middle fingers

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A handful of stills from The Boys season 2 have been released – and they’re not for the squeamish.

The first was shown off by Eric Kripke on his personal Twitter account. As you can see below, he’s standing alongside The Female, Hughie, and Mother’s Milk, all covered in blood, plus a suspiciously clean Frenchie. They’re all giving us the middle finger too. Cute.

Karl Urban has also posted an image to social media, essentially confirming he isn’t dead (yet) despite being in Homelander’s sights come season 1’s end. He’s well and truly Butchered, according to the caption, and is sporting a nasty bloodied head. Let’s hope the show’s return mirrors these images and doesn’t skimp on the red stuff.

Finally, there's The Female looking ponderous with Urban's Billy Butcher. The character, played by Karen Fukuhara, should have a more extended role next time around.

The Boys season 2 premiere is "better than I ever could've hoped it would be," says Seth Rogen

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Two of the show’s main producers have already watched an early cut of the season 2 premiere and shared their thoughts.

“We just watched the first episode of the second season this week.,” producer Seth Rogen said in a recent interview with Collider. “It was a wonderful thing as producers. This is way better than I ever could’ve hoped it would be.” 

Fellow producer Evan Goldberg likewise said: “Immediately, it just looks a bit better, feels bigger, the actors all know what they’re doing.” Rogen added: “They already have more resources for the second season. They’re adding more characters, the scope of the show organically grows as the show continues.”

The Boys season 2 episode count has been confirmed

The Boys season 2 episode count

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Episode counts are a funny thing. Overshoot it and you can end up with a bloated, flabby season – a common complaint about Netflix’s Marvel output. With The Boys season 1 being such a roaring success with its eight-episode run, it may have been tempting for Amazon to ask for more episodes for season 2. That’s not the case. Kripke told Collider’s Steven Weintraub that season 2 will also be eight episodes.

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