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

Amazon reveals the full official season two trailer, a shocking clip and confirms a spinoff show and a season three.

By Alex Fletcher Updated: 4 August 2020 - 3.14pm
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The Boys was Amazon Prime Video's 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...

Warning: This trailer contains adult content...

The Boys are back in town: Watch the full season 2 trailer

Excitment levels just went up several notches for The Boys season 2 with the full official trailer released around the world today (August 4).

Giving fans their first proper look at new supe Stormfront, played by Aya Cash, and dropping some big hints at where The Boys and The Seven are heading in the second season, we're not sure we can wait a whole month to watch the first episode.

The trailer reveals that there will be tension between Stormfront and Homelander in The Seven, showcases the results of the already infamous whale scene that was revealed at Comic-Con and teases fans with a potential heartbreaking ending for Hughie and Starlight.

We presume the final shot of Starlight attacking Hughie has been cleverly edited together to shock and tease fans. But with The Boys, we wouldn't put anything past the show's writers at this point.

We didn't start the fire! Season 2 teaser trailer unleashed

Warning: This trailer contains adult content

Just in case you weren't already excited enough for the return of The Boys, Amazon Prime Video dropped this trailer and dialled our excitement levels up to 11.

There's so much to see in this Billy Joel-soundtracked teaser, including Billy the Butcher declaring "Daddy's home!", our first glimpses of Stormfront, a giant speedboat called My Big Wet Dream and more blood-splattering than a vampire convention. Enjoy.

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.

Fans get first look at wild whale scene at Comic-Con

Warning: This clip isn't suitable for younger viewers

If fans needed any evidence that season two has raised the bar, the first clip revealed at Comic-Con takes the show to a whole new level. If you thought the dolphin scene in season one was bad, wait until you see what happens with The Deep and a whale.

Talking at Comic-Con about how they filmed the scene, Karl Urban, who plays Billy the Butcher, said: "The way we shot that, we had all of us in the boat and we were actually doing it.

"You never get to do anything for real anymore it’s usally all green screen, but we were out there on the water doing horrendous speeds and having fun. Except for Jack [Quaid].

"We actually end up in the whale and it was a pretty surreal experience. It was a hot and stinky experience in the Canadian summer."

Writer Eric Kripke said: "The crew said, 'we’re not really building this whale right?' We said, 'yes we are!' It’s going to be 40ft long and 11ft high.

"We had to start long before episode one. We were deep into building that whale. It was seriously expensive that whale. It makes the scene work because they’re involved in this real thing and inside its belly. It’s not just CGI."

The Boys season 3 is confirmed

The Boys season 3 is confirmed at Comic Con 2020 Amazon Prime Video

During The Boys panel event at Comic-Con, the show's exec producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg revealed that a third season has been confirmed.

Writer Eric Kripke said: "Amazon, in a bold and historic push to expand their ‘weirdo’ demographic, has greenlit season 3 of The Boys.

"The writers and I are hard at work in the (virtual) writer’s room and we’re sad to say, the world has given us way too much material. We hope to be shooting in early 2021, but that’s up to a microscopic virus."

Just don't ask anyone when it's likely season three will be released, because it's all up in the air right now.

"When can we film season three, anyone’s guess?" said Rogen. "We hope sometime this decade.

"You may see superheroes in essentially sealed outfits that don’t allow people’s breath to interact with other people’s breath. That’s just a costume choice."

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...

The Boys is getting a spinoff show - Prime Rewind: Inside The Boys

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You know a TV show has made it when it gets its own spinoff show. And when The Boys returns for season 2, it will be joined by new after show, Prime Rewind: Inside The Boys.

Inside The Boys will be presented by actress, comic and talk show host Aisha Taylor.

"The Boys is one of the smartest, most irreverent, unapologetically badass shows streaming," said Taylor.

"I became a fan during season 1 and this season I’m stoked to be flying fans into the heart of the show as host of Prime Rewind: Inside The Boys. Season 2 is bigger, badder, and more audacious than ever before, so join me after every episode as we dig through the rubble pile of our feelings.

"I promise, we’ll get through it like The Boys —dysfunctional, but together."

Who are the new cast members?

Aya Cash as Stormfront in The Boys season 2 Amazon Prime Video

It was revealed at Comic-Con 2019 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.

At Comic-Con 2020,  Cash said that she was surprised to get the role, revealing that she text her agent while waiting for the audition to say that she had no chance of getting the part.

Talking about how Stormfront will shake up season two, she said: "What I love about it is that it’s so topical. It allows us to look at real issues but from a distance. Often when you talk about current events, you take things too personally.

"That’s not to say there weren’t really hard moments playing someone I violently disagree with, but my job as an actor is to find the humanity and go to the ugly gross side of ourselves.

"It’s Eric’s job to decide what happens to that character. He allows her humanity and also, hopefully punishes her."

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?

The Boys season 1 - Jack Quaid Amazon Prime Video

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...)

The Boys together in season 2 Amazon Prime Video

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...

The Boys season 2 premieres Friday, September 4 on Amazon Prime Video.