'The Boys' Season 2: Five developments to look forward to in the Amazon Prime Video show's second outing
We're all pretty amped up for Season 2 of Amazon Prime Video's 'The Boys'. This time around, the show looks set to raise the bar on the madness and gratuitous violence while still providing some much-needed growth for our beloved characters.
Based on the comic book series of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, the show follows the adventures of a team of vigilantes fighting to keep celebrity superheroes from abusing their powers and getting away with it. Showrunner Eric Kripke has already teased that Season 2 will be "more intense, crazier, more emotional, and with higher stakes." So without further ado, here are 5 things you can look forward to in 'The Boys' Season 2:
Acclaimed American actress Aya Cash ('Social Animals', 'The Wolf of Wall Street') will be joining the show in Season 2 as Stormfront, the newest member of the Seven. She's been teased as a superhero whose powers rival Homelander's (Antony Starr) and in the comics, she's a male Neo-Nazi created by Hitler's scientists during World War II. Stormfront is going to be a threat to Homelander as she's very popular and media-savvy, using her popularity on social media to push her own nefarious agenda.
Speaking of nefarious agendas, the show will be tackling quite a few of them in Season 2. During the show's Comic-Con 2020 panel, Eric Kripke revealed, "We made it more edgy. We're going after white supremacy in Season 2. White nationalism in Season 2. We're going after systemic racism in Season 2, and all of those things really effing suck."
Considering Stormfront's Nazi connections in the comics, we're guessing that's a huge part of where the political angle comes from. Though considering the Boys have never really been concerned with political correctness, we're pretty sure they won't have any qualms about punching a Nazi.
On a lighter note, Season 2 will be introducing Billy Butcher's (Karl Urban) pet dog, Terror. In the comics, Billy is a huge part of the team and basically the only thing Billy truly loves. While the character was missed in Season 1, he's going to be a part of Season 2, although we don't know how he will impact the season's storyline.
Evolution of Butcher
Of course, what we do know about Season 2's story is that we'll be seeing Butcher evolve into a slightly better person. Karl Urban had revealed during Comic-Con@Home that Butcher's going to be very motivated to save his wife Becca Butcher (Shantel VanSanten) who was revealed to be raising Homelander's kid in Season 1.
"Season 2 really becomes about saving her," Urban revealed. "How far is Butcher willing to sacrifice? It's particularly pertinent coming off Season 1 where Butcher would turn his back on the boys... there's a certain evolution for Butcher in Season 2 where he has some tough choices to make."
An even crazier Homelander
As Billy gets better, Homelander is getting worse. By the end of Season 1, the Boys are on the run, Madelyn Sitwell (Elisabeth Shue) out of the picture, and it looks like everything is coming up on Homelander. So obviously he's going to get even more unhinged. In an interview with Comic Book, Antony Starr revealed that Homelander is going to get even more bizarre in Season 2 and it's all because of his new boss Stan Edgar (Giancarlo Esposito).
"We come into season two, and Homelander is unwell," Starr revealed. "He's missing Stillwell, but he's become the master of his own universe. The person running interference, or maybe just the interference, that is Stillwell has been removed, so he now has a direct line with Edgar. Homelander thinks he's the most important player in the game, so to speak, but Edgar very much comes from a different angle. He represents a big corporation and he really puts Homelander into a very interesting position for a superhero that is used to getting his own way and being so strong and in control. Edgar really throws the cat amongst the pigeons there and it sets old Homey off on a bizarre trajectory."
Sounds like we're in for one crazy season. 'The Boys' Season 2 will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on September 4.