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The Boys season 3: Jensen Ackles, spin-off series and OMG moments - everything you need to know
Everything you need to know about the return of the Amazon Prime Video superhero series.
Seasons 1 and 2 of the bloody and brilliant drama series have become one of Amazon’s most-watched shows of all time, breaking all sorts of records as fans devour the hilarious and outrageous antics of Billy the Butcher, Hughie and the notorious supes.
Keep reading for all the latest news on the cast, release date and catch-up on the head-popping ending of season 2.
The Boys on Amazon Prime Video
Rotten Tomatoes rating: Season 2 – 97%
IMDB Rating: 8.7
What the critics said: “Even in the midst of stunning brutality, the show has a sardonic sense of humor that keeps the story crackling.” (Vanity Fair)
Watch The Boys if you like: Preacher, The Tick, Invincible, The Umbrella Academy.
First look at Supernatural star Jensen Ackles in The Boys season 3
Supernatural star Jensen Ackles is the most highly-anticipated new addition to the show for season 3, playing the original Supe, Soldier Boy.
Soldier Boy’s Super Suit was designed by Laura Jean Shannon and concept artist Greg Hopwood.
When designing the Soldier Boy Super Suit, Shannon noted: “Soldier Boy is the original bad ass. Our goal was to highlight a bygone era of overt masculinity and grit. With that pedigree we dove headfirst into baking in an all-American quality grounded in a military soldier’s practicality with a heavy dose of old school cowboy swagger.
“We knew that the actor had to have Steve McQueen looks and chops with a John Wayne attitude, luckily Jensen Ackles embodies all of that.”
The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke said: "When I cast Jensen as Soldier Boy, the first thing I said was, ‘I’m most excited for you, because of the amazing process you’ll go through with LJ, our Super Suit designer’. It took six months but the experience surpassed Jensen’s expectations.
“LJ has made a work of art that tips its hat to the WWII Soldier Boy from the comics, while taking it in a sleek new direction. And if you think the photos are cool, just wait till you see Jensen in action. It’s one of my very favourite suits. Also, now you can quit clogging my Twitter notifications with demands to see it.”
New season 3 cast and characters
Alongside Jensen Ackles, Katia Winter (Blood & Treasure) joins the show to play the character 'Little Nina'.
An infamous character from the comic, Nina is a Russian gang leader who works for Vought and has a fondess for sex toys.
It will be interesting to see if she meets the same fate as in the comics - if you know, you know.
What storylines can fans expect in season 3?
The Boys has departed in numerous ways from the comic series, so it's impossible to predict where the TV show is going to end up in season 3.
Some characters (Victoria Neuman) are going in a very different direction and some major twists - one involving Homelander and Black Noir - look like they're being swerved.
However, one storyline which is coming in season 3 is the infamous 'Herogasm'.
If you thought The Boys has pushed Amazon to the limit with outrageous R-rated antics in season 1 and 2, think again.
Herogasm was a standalone miniseries in the comics, which followed The Boys sneaking into Vought's annual Herogasm party - an event filled with debauchery and drugs in an island resort.
Whatever parts of the story make it through to the the final edit, viewers' jaws are going to hit the floor.
Talking to Deadline about season 3, Eric Kripke said: "I’d say in previous seasons the boogeyman for you to be scared of used to be, 'The terrorists are coming to get you'.
"And now it’s sort of metastasized into, I think, a much more ominous, 'Your neighbor is coming to get you'. And that’s scary to me, how politics are turning us on each other. So, we want to explore what it means to be in America, really."
Black Noir Exclusive interview
We caught up with Black Noir actor Nathan Mitchell to find out about season three, The Boys fan theories and the future for Black Noir after that unfortunate Almond Joy incident…
What is The Boys?
Based on The New York Times best-selling comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, The Boys was developed by showrunner Eric Kripke (Supernatural) and executive producers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver.
The Boys is one of the smartest, most irreverent and unapologetically badass shows on TV. Poking fun at superheroes, politics, religion, cults, media empires, social media and more, the show is ludicrously funny and a total original.
Who are the cast of The Boys?
Billy the Butcher (Karl Urban), Hughie (Jack Quaid), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso), Frenchie (Tomer Capon) and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) are our heroes, The Boys.
Aya Cash joined the show in season 2 as new villain Stormfront.
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).
Recurring stars in season 2 included Claudia Doumit, Goran Visnijc, Malcolm Barrett, Colby Minifie, Shantel VanSanten, Cameron Crovetti, PJ Byrne, Laila Robbins and Giancarlo Esposito as Vought boss Stan Edgar.
Jensen Ackles joins the show in season 3 as Soldier Boy, the original superhero.
The Boys season 2 ending explained – a quick catch-up
The conclusion of The Boys season 2 was explosive, head-poppingly exciting and brilliantly wrapped up all the storylines and teased some new ones for season 3.
Stormfront was finally brought to her knees by a combination of Starlight, Queen Maeve and Kimiko.
After being exposed as a Nazi, the trio battled and battered Stormfront. However, it ended up being Homelander’s son Ryan who finished the job.
Ryan discovered his heat vision powers and barbecued Stormfront’s limbs. Tragically, he also blasted his own mother Becca. That boy is going to need some serious therapy sessions.
And then it was Maeve who played the hero as she blackmailed Homelander with the footage of him on the plane from season one.
Homelander has the power to destroy Maeve if she follows through on the threat, but her leverage comes from Homelander’s ego, vanity and the pleasure he needs from being idolised across the world.
Maeve was able to bargain with Homelander to get Starlight, A-Train and herself in The Seven and get Ryan taken into CIA custody for protection.
Butcher gets a job working for Mallory doing what he does best – kicking Supe butt – and Hughie gets a job working for politician Victoria Neuman, who seems determined to bring justice and order back again.
With Hughie and Starlight all loved up, Mother’s Milk reunited with his family and happier days ahead for Frenchie and Kimiko.
So I guess that’s all wrapped up then…oh, there was just one small problem.
It turned out that Neuman wasn’t quite as honourable and principled as we previously believed as it was revealed that she was behind the head-explosions that kept happening in the series.
What is Neuman up to and how did she get those super-powers? Is she working for Vought and Stand Edgar (Giancarlo Esposito)? Or are they working for her?
Her liberal politics and anti-Vought stance meant nobody suspected she was involved in any of the cover-ups or shenanigans with Stormfront.
And talking about Stormfront, have we seen the last of Aya Cash’s vile villain?
She was burned to a crisp and torn apart, but apparently she still lives and has been used by Vought to take the fall for all the Compound V problems. So there is still a chance we could see her return if she is able to regenerate and heal.
When is The Boys season 3 released?
Production on season 3 has faced delays due to coronavirus restrictions on filming.
The show’s first two seasons were released in late summer, 2019 and 2020. We suspect season 3 will be delayed until at least the very end of 2021. And even that may be optimistic.
Talking about progress on season 3 in June, 2021, Kripke said: "We’re in the middle of shooting. We’re just over the halfway point by a couple of weeks. So, full-on production. It’s all happening.
"I went through the quarantine and was on set for about three-and-a-half weeks, just in the beginning, to get everybody off and running."
What is The Boys spin-off series?
Amazon has confirmed that it is planning a spin-off series of The Boys, set at a college for young adult superheroes.
The series is being billed as “part college show, part Hunger Games” as hormonal Supes push new boundaries in the battle to get the best contracts with Vought International.
The spinoff already has cast members include Jaz Sinclair, Lizze Broadway, Shane Paul McGhie, Maddie Phillips and Aimee Carrero.
Watch The Boys season 1 and 2 on Amazon Prime Video.