The Boys season 2: When is it released? Who is in the cast? Everything you need to know

Amazon Prime Video has big plans for the highly-anticipated comic book adaptation from Seth Rogen and Eric Kripke.

By Alex Fletcher Published: 19 December 2019 - 12.48pm
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The Boys was Amazon Prime Video biggest break out hit of 2019 - loved by fans of the comic book series and winning a new legion of followers with its subversive superhero action.

Season 2 was confirmed at Comic Con 2019 at a panel event, which featured creators Seth Rogen and Eric Kripke and cast members Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara, and Elisabeth Shue.

Here is everything you need to know about the highly anticipated return - including an outrageous (and slightly bloody) sneak peek at season two...

When is it released?

The Boys season 1 Amazon Prime Video

The second season  wrapped up filming in Toronto before Christmas.

That means fans can probably expect season 2 in summer 2020, at a similar time as season 1.

Who are the new cast?

Jack Quaid in The Boys Amazon Prime Video

It was revealed at Comic Con that You’re the Worst star Aya Cash is joining the series as the 'Supe' Stormfront.

Stormfront’s public-facing image is that he is a reincarnated Viking with electrical powers and the ability to control the weather – but his true origin story is much darker.

He is one of the most powerful 'Supes' and is part of a team called Payback in the comic series.

It has not been revealed whether other members of Payback such as Tek Knight, Soldier Boy and Crimson Countess will be in the second season.

Who will be back from season 1?

The Boys season 1 - Jack Quaid Amazon Prime Video

We don't want to spoil who survives and who doesn’t in season 1, but anyone from the main cast who got out alive will return.

The central cast for season 1 are The Boys; Hughie (Jack Quaid) Billy Butcher (Karl Urban), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso) Frenchie (Tomer Capon) and The Female (Karen Fukuhara).

The Supes of The Seven are Homelander (Antony Starr), Starlight (Erin Moriarty), Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott), A-Train (Jessie T. Usher) The Deep (Chace Crawford) and Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell).

First look - trailer

Lucky fans in São Paulo, Brazil the first to watch the official teaser for the second season.

Cast in attendance included Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Jessie T. Usher and Karen Fukuhara and the short trailer featured some hints about what we can expect when the show's return including significant roles for Giancarlo Esposito as the head of Vought and Billy the Butcher's pet bulldog Terror.

It also looks like we can expect blood. Lots of it.

Warning: Trailer not suitable for younger viewers... 

What happened in season 1 finale? Spoilers ahead

The Boys - Maeve Amazon Prime Video

The finale for season one was typically dramtic and jaw-dropping for a show that revelled in pushing the boundaries of decency.

  • Billy the Butcher and Homelander both discovered the shocking truth about Becca (Shantel VanSanten) - Billy's wife - who both had decieved into thinking she was dead.
  • Becca is alive and has given birth to Homelander's son. Homelander was told that she died giving birth to his child. Billy believed Homelander and the Seven had killed her.
  • Homelander killed Madelyn Stillwell (Elisabeth Shue) after discovering the truth about Becca - and saved himself and Billy.
  • Terrorist Supes are coming! Homelander revealed that he was behind new super-powered terrorists, confessing that he had been giving them Compound V to give him an enemy to fight and to guarantee the Governement gave Vought more control.
  • In the comics, that final twist was very different. Billy saw Becca get killed and in revenge Billy kills Homelander's son. That won't be happening in season two.
  • Showrunner Eric Kripke told Entertainment Weekly: "You have this kid who's half human and half monster; half the person Butcher loves most in the world and half the person Butcher hates most in the world. That's just too perfect a character to not keep alive."
  • Vought know the identities of The Boys and want to protect their secrets and bring them down.
  • The death of Madelyn means that her boss Stan Edgar (Giancarlo Esposito) will be stepping forward to fill the power vacuum at the top of Vought.
  • Starlight knows the truth about her superpowers. She realises that she was injected with Compound V rather than being born with her special gifts. And she helped save The Boys escape from A-Train.
  • A-Train suffered a heart attack from overdosing on Compound C, but Starlight saved him and stayed with him at the end, rather than escaping with Hughie,

Starlight saves A-Train’s life

After learning about the truth of how she got her powers, Starlight has been struggling to come to terms with her role in The Seven.

Hughie revealed that Vought injected Compound V into her as baby in order to give her superpowers.

But, the pair went their separate ways after Starlight found out the truth about Hughie’s involvement in The Boys.

In the season finale, Hughie appeals to her heroic side in order to convince her to help him rescue The Boys who have been taken prisoner by Vought.

 

She manages to help him save Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso), Frenchie (Tomer Capon) and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) but is almost stopped by her fellow superhero A-Train (Jessie T. Usher).

However, the superhero instead almost dies after overdosing of Compound V leads him to have a heart attack.

Instead of leaving him for dead, Starlight and Hughie make the decision to save him as she calls for back-up.

The season ends with Hughie escaping with The Boys while Starlight waits with A-Train.