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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 isn't out until 2020. That's the bad news. The good news, for fans of the sweary superhero series, is that the second season is already filming thanks to season 2 being ordered by Amazon before Eric Kripke's creation even premiered back in July. That means there's plenty to already go over when it comes to The Boys season 2: images, episode count, and even a release date are all on the agenda. There's even a brand-new supe for the likes of Hughie and Frenchie to face off against. You'll find out about her down below.

There's also a lot more out there about the story that you need to know about in the wake of the The Boys season 1 ending. Thankfully, the cast, crew, and even producer Seth Rogen has helped built up anticipation to a potential showdown between Homelander and Karl Urban's Billy Butcher.

So, what are you waiting for? Put on your best cape, start singing the Spice Girls, and find out everything you need to know about The Boys season 2 with our laser-focused rundown of what's (probably) going to be next year's hottest series. Emphasis on the laser.

The Boys season 2 release date is "one full year after the first season"

The Boys season 2 release date

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All being well, we could be seeing The Boys season 2 this time next year. All eight episodes of the first season debuted on July 26. Show creator Eric Kripke thinks it’ll be a similar situation next year.

Speaking to Collider, 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.

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

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As revealed by The Boys season 2 first images (which you can see for yourself further below), Karl Urban is back as Billy Butcher alongside Jack Quaid as Hughie. The rest of The Boys are back as well: Laz Alonso, Karen Fukuhara, and Tomer Kapon are all returning as Mother’s Milk, The Female, and Frenchie respectively.

You can also expect most of the Seven to swoop down for The Boys’ sophomore season. No official confirmation yet, but Starlight (Erin Moriarty), Homelander (Anthony Starr), The Deep (Chace Crawford), Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell), and Queen Maeve (Dominique McGelliot) are all likely putting on their spandex for a second round. Even A-Train (Jessie T. Usher), who suffered a heart attack at the end of season 1, should be up and running for season 2.

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.”

Plus, there's a new superhero in town. As revealed by Eric 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, 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.

Elsewhere, Shantel VanStanten, who plays Becca Butcher in the show, should also have a much larger role to play after the season 1 finale 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.

The Boys season 2 story will feature an MCU-style movie

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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.”

No The Boys season 2 trailer just yet - but filming has already started

The Boys season 2 trailer

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We know, we know. There’s no The Boys season 2 trailer to take a peek at for the time being. While Anthony Starr (AKA Homelander) has revealed that they are “deep into filming season 2” in Toronto (via Collider), there’s no sign of a teaser or trailer for next year’s big Amazon Prime release.

For a taste of when we can expect it, it’s worth looking back to season 1’s marketing timeline. The first season trailer debuted in January 2019 before its July release. More trailers (and advertising promos) were then released in June to really ramp up the hype. Same again in 2020? With filming not yet wrapped, chances are we will be waiting around until 2020 before we see any considerable clips from season 2.

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

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Two images 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, the only glimpse we've had comes courtesy of this Boys season 2 image featuring 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

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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.