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 sequel from Seth Rogen and Eric Kripke. Here's when you can see it and what to expect.

By Alex Fletcher Published: 30 June 2020 - 5.52pm
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The Boys was Amazon Prime Video biggest breakout hit of 2019 - loved by fans of the comic book series, it won a new legion of followers with its subversive and outrageous superhero action.

Season 2 was confirmed at a Comic-Con 2019 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.

On Friday, June 26, 2020, The Boys cast reunited for a special lockdown livestream event and confirmed the release date, juicy plot details and new first-look footage at the opening minutes of the new season. 

Here is everything you need to know about season 2 - including an outrageous (and slightly bloody) sneak-peek trailer...

When is The Boys season 2 released?

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Amazon Prime Video announced that its hit superhero satire The Boys will premiere the first three episodes of its second season on Friday, September 4, 2020.

New episodes will be available each Friday, culminating in an epic season finale on October 9.

The even more intense, more insane season 2 finds The Boys on the run from the law, hunted by the Supes and desperately trying to regroup and fight back against Vought.

In hiding, Hughie (Jack Quaid), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso), Frenchie (Tomer Capon) and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) try to adjust to a new normal, with Butcher (Karl Urban) nowhere to be found.

Meanwhile, Starlight (Erin Moriarty) must navigate her place in The Seven as Homelander (Antony Starr) sets his sights on taking complete control. His power is threatened with the addition of Stormfront (Aya Cash), a social media-savvy new Supe, who has an agenda of her own.  

On top of that, the Supervillain threat takes centre-stage and makes waves as Vought seeks to capitalise on the nation’s paranoia.

Meet new Supe Stormfront

The Boys fans got their first look at Aya Cash as a new member of The Seven, Stormfront, in a teaser clip for season 2.

Needless to say, Homelander and Queen Maeve don't seem best pleased by their new colleague...

Who are the new cast members?

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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.

Goran Visnjic and Claudia Doumit, who co-starred in Boys creator Eric Kripke's previous series Timeless, are also joining the second season.

Visnjic will portray Alistair Adana, the charismatic and shadowy leader of a mysterious church.

Doumit will play Victoria Neuman, a young wunderkind congresswoman.

Deadline, also confirmed Malcolm Barrett will be returning as Seth Reed, a Vought Marketing executive.

Other recurring stars in season 2 include Colby Minifie, Shantel VanSanten, Cameron Crovetti, PJ Byrne and Laila Robbins returning as Grace Mallory.

Who's returning from season 1?

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We don't want to spoil who survived and who didn't at the end of 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 - season 2 trailer

Lucky fans in Sao Paulo, Brazil, were the first people in the world to watch the official teaser for the second season.

Cast in attendance at the event 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 (Breaking Bad, The Mandalorian) 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 the season 1 finale? (spoilers ahead...)

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The finale of season 1 was typically dramatic and jaw-dropping, even for a show that revelled in pushing the boundaries of decency. Here's what happened:

  • Billy the Butcher and Homelander both discovered the shocking truth about Becca (Shantel VanSanten) - Billy's wife - who were both 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 2.
  • 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 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.

This video about the Homelander and Billy the Butcher story is a useful catch-up guide ahead of season 2...