Let’s face it: The Boys season 2 is going to be the highlight for many this year. Yes, the superhero series’ sophomore season returns in 2020 – and we’ve managed to sort through all the blood, bruises, and middle fingers to recap everything you need to know about Amazon Prime’s big hit.
First, some disappointing news: The Boys season 2 release date is still unknown. I know, know. But just because there hasn’t been any official word on when the show will soar into sight, that doesn’t mean we’re completely out of the loop. We’ve tracked down several quotes to help point us in the right direction, including a particularly interesting one from The Boys show creator Eric Kripke in regards to the Amazon Prime air date. Spoilers: keep your summer schedule free. Just sayin’
Away from that, there’s plenty to speed through, A-Train style: The Boys season 2 episode count has been confirmed, plus there are faces both fresh and familiar in the new cast this year. We’ll run through them (sorry, Hughie) down below. Plus, there’s your usual scattering of rumours, news, and even the show’s very first trailer to laser in on. It’s all here in our comprehensive look at The Boys season 2.
The Boys season 2 release date is "one full year after the first season" (or mid-2020)
All being well, we could be seeing The Boys season 2 in around six months. 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
As revealed by the first images of season 2 (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 too. Starlight (Erin Moriarty), Homelander (Anthony Starr), The Deep (Chace Crawford), Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell), and Queen Maeve (Dominique McGelliot) are all putting on their spandex for a second round, as confirmed by their appearances in the first trailer. 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.
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.
Thank you @pattonoswalt, that was AMAZING! #TheBoysTV #Season2 #SecretRole@TheBoysTV #TheBoys @PrimeVideo #SPNFamiIy pic.twitter.com/y47quxLCgROctober 17, 2019
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.
The Boys season 2 story: "No one is ready"
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."
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
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.
A small token for #TheBoysTV fans. World's first pic of #Season2. As you can see, we're up to our old tricks. If you haven't seen, JOIN US. Streaming now on @PrimeVideo @TheBoysTV #TheBoys #SPN #SPNFamily #Timeless pic.twitter.com/3z29mVBfNlAugust 10, 2019
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
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
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.