'The Boys' Season Two Looks Even Better (and Bloodier) Than Season One
With a little less than a month to go until the premier of Season Two of Amazon Prime's The Boys, the streaming service dropped a trailer for the new season of its deeply dark superhero series. And this is one trailer whose arrival has been long awaited—the Seth Rogen-executive produced series is one of Amazon's biggest-ever original TV shows, and has already been renewed for a third season. If you're thinking of tuning in for the first time, or just need a refresher on Season One (which is completely understandable, as 2019 now feels like a very long time ago), here's a reminder of what's happened so far, and everything we know about what comes next for the show.
So what happened during Season One?
The Boys' lead character is Hughie Campbell, whose girlfriend is accidentally killed in the first episode by beloved superhero A-Train (a Flash type). A-Train is a member of America's favorite superhero team, the Seven. It turns out that Hughie's girlfriend is just one of many people lost as collateral damage due to incidents with superheroes, and that the Seven isn't all that heroic—they're a corporately owned and expertly managed by a company called Vought, while personally they range from the disillusioned and crotchety Queen Maeve (a Wonder Woman type) to the straight-up sociopathic Homelander (a Captain America/Superman type). Newbie supe Annie, who goes by the name Starlight, just joined the Seven, and is genuinely all about helping people, so she's in for a rude awakening about her coworkers.
Seeking revenge, Hughie teams up with Butcher, a mysterious assassin who's determined to take down the Seven. They're also joined by a French weapons expert appropriately called Frenchie, a mercenary nicknamed Mother's Milk, and a mute, vicious young woman called Kimiko, who is the product of secret experiments with a serum called Compound-V that created superpowered terrorists. Vought's behind the experiments, because these terrorists can justify the company's push to get military contracts for its superheroes.
Eventually, it's revealed that Butcher's vendetta against superheroes stems from his belief that Homelander raped his wife and then had her killed. But the season finale reveals that she actually had a son by the superhero, and is raising him in secret.
What do we know about Season Two so far?
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A surprising amount! Amazon dropped a hefty, three-minute long trailer outlining just what the gang is getting up to in the new season. They want to rescue Butcher's wife, but they're also on the run from the Seven, which now has a new member—a superhero who can harness lightening and is named Stormfront. In keeping with her not-exactly-subtle-moniker, she seems to be stirring up the public's frightening xenophobic rage. And as Mother's Milk puts it, "she's got a whole army of supes." Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito is also set to play a larger role this season, as Vought's CEO.
In an interview with Collider, showrunner Eric Kripke revealed that the show was working with a bigger budget for its follow-up season. Expect to see even more impressive special effects—but that's not all. "There is some bigger stuff for sure," said Kripke. "But there is also a lot more intense stuff and scenes that were really difficult for the actors emotionally and require a bit more time. It’s not just the visuals that are epic; I think the emotions are a little more epic this season and that just takes some TLC with the actors."
When does the new season debut?
Season Two drops on Amazon Prime on September 4th. But while Season One was released all at once for our binge watching pleasure, this season will look a little bit different: While the first three episodes will be available on the fourth, the season's final five installments will debut each Friday following until October 9th.
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