“The Boys” will return on Friday, Sept. 4 and here’s everything you need to know ahead of the season 2 premiere….
By Damon Martin — Editor/Lead Writer
“The Boys” are back in town on Friday, Sept. 4 on Amazon Prime.
Season 2 of the diabolical series will debut with three new episodes and then each following Friday another episode will follow until the finale in October.
The first season of “The Boys” debuted all the way back in July 2019 so as a refresher, we’re going to take a look back at what happened in the finale as well as look ahead at what’s expected to come.
We’ll also detail any new characters who are joining the series and anything else you might need to know before the show returns this Friday.
With that said, let’s get to our preview for “The Boys” season 2…
WHERE WE LEFT OFF
Just when it appeared that the Boys were going to get federal funding to take down Vought International and their legion of drug induced superheroes, an attack was made overseas that changed everything. A superpowered terrorist killed American soldiers, which meant the normal means of response were no longer enough.
Instead, the U.S. government made a deal with the devil (so to speak) and inked a contract with Vought International to allow their superheroes to protect the entire world, which would now include military operations. That deal cut off the one made by Billy Butcher with his contact at the CIA and his team was left twisting in the wind.
Meanwhile, it was later revealed that Homelander himself was responsible for creating those superpowered terrorists after shipping Compound-V around the globe and handing it off to the baddest of the bad. The result were super-villains that could only be stopped by superheroes.
As for the Boys, most of them were rounded up in a government sting while Billy and Hughie went to pay a visit to Grace Mallory — the original founder of the group years earlier.
It turns out Mallory was forced into retirement after her operation was discovered and dismantled by the superheroes and her own family was burned to ashes by a former member of The Seven named Lamplighter. In return, she was now living in solitude off the grid but as a final payback to Billy Butcher, she gave him a piece of information that could allow him to finally strike back at Homelander, who he believed raped and murdered his wife Becca.
Unfortunately, Billy appears to be on a suicide mission to get his revenge, which means the rest of the team is being left out to dry. Hughie refuses to go along with the plan so he ditches Butcher, gets himself captured so he can join Mother’s Milk, Frenchie and Kimiko in the government facility where they’re all being held prisoner.
Thanks to sneaking in his retainer, Frenchie is able to fashion a pick for the lock to free them all. Sadly, they can’t escape and are finally pinned down by soldiers until a bright light appears and Starlight — the newest member of The Seven — saves the day. She stops the guard and reunites with Hughie, who she was previously involved with before discovering that he was secretly working to take down Vought Industries.
Still, Starlight came to find out that the people she’s been working for are quite evil and she’s still determined to do some good in the world. She saves Hughie and it appears she’s headed for a battle against A-Train until he has a heart attack after spending years abusing Compound-V.
Hughie, Mother’s Milk, Frenchie and Kimiko are able to escape while Starlight stays behind to call for helm to save A-Train from dying.
As for Butcher, he seeks his revenge by going after Madelyn Stillwell, a vice president at Vought who became intimately close with Homelander over the course of the season. He believes killing her will be the best and only way to hurt Homelander since no weapon on Earth has been able to actually damage him physically.
Little does he know, however, that Homelander arrives with vengeance on his mind as well after learning that Stillwell hid the birth of his child from him years earlier. He ends up killing her by burning a hole through her head with his laser vision and then stopping Billy as he blows up a suicide vest to kill himself.
When Billy wakes up, he’s laying on the front lawn of a quaint suburban home. A little boy comes out to greet them and Homelander tells the child that he’s meeting his father for the first time. A second later, a woman emerges from the house and Billy is stunned to find his supposedly dead wife Becca is still very much alive and she’s been raising a child fathered by Homelander.
WHERE WE ARE HEADED IN SEASON 2
When “The Boys” season 2 picks up, all of the members of the covert operatives team have been branded as wanted men (and women). Stillwell’s death has been pinned on Billy Butcher and the entire team is now on the run from law enforcement.
Eventually, Billy returns to his team but how he escapes Homelander is unknown at this time. What we do know is that Billy makes it his personal mission to find Becca again and save her before Homelander can do his worst.
That forces the Boys to rejoin their leader in an effort to once again take down Vought and this time rescue his still very much alive wife.
As for Homelander, when he’s not playing father to his son, the star-spangled hero is taking on even more power in the wake of Stillwell’s death. The super terrorists are popping up all over the world, which forces The Seven to spring into action to stop them. Also with Stillwell gone, Vought CEO Stan Edgar is forced to maintain his leadership role while ruling over the company with an iron fist.
There will be several new characters joining “The Boys” in season 2 along with some new cast members who will definitely appear but we haven’t learned who they are playing just yet.
Stormfront (played by Aya Cash) — This will be the biggest addition to the show this season as a new member of The Seven is inducted to take over for Translucent in the wake of his death. In the comics, Stormfront was a neo-Nazi created during World War II. It’s unknown how much of Stormfront’s origin from the source material will be translated but we do know showrunner Eric Kripke previously stated that the series will tackle some serious issues this season including white supremacy.
As for what’s been revealed about Stormfront so far — she’s a very ambitious new member of The Seven, who will ultimately threaten Homelander’s leadership with her arrival. She’s a tech savvy, social media influencer who uses her stardom to gain an even larger following. It was also revealed during one of the trailers that Stormfront’s solution to saving the world is creating even more superheroes, which could hint at her true agenda in season 2.
The Lamplighter (played by Shawn Ashmore) — One of the original members of The Seven, Lamplighter left the group before season 1 started and he was replaced by Starlight. In the comics, Lamplighter possesses a staff, which grants him the power of pyrokinesis to turn any fire into his own personal flamethrower.
As previously mentioned, Lamplighter was responsible for murdering Grace Mallory’s grandchildren, which ultimately led to her exit from leading the Boys. It’s unknown if his appearance will serve as a flashback of sorts or if Lamplighter is making a return to action after he “retired” ahead of season 1.
Victoria Neuman (played by Claudia Doumit) — This is another gender swapped character from the comics. Victor Neuman was the former CEO of Vought International, who went onto become the vice president of the United States. In the series, Victoria is expected to be an ambitious congresswoman, who will obviously have some kind of impact in the ongoing legislation that empowered Vought’s supes to face off with the terrorists.
Alistair Adana (Goran Visnjic) — Described as a charismatic and shadowy leader of a mysterious church. How he’s connected to the Boys or the supes is unknown at this time.
Patton Oswalt — the comedian and actor will play a part in “The Boys” season 2 but it’s unknown what role he’s playing. Rumors have been swirling that perhaps he will play The Legend, a character from the source material who is an expert in all things comic books and he helps provide the Boys with knowledge to bring down the supes and Vought Industries.
Just to note — “Supernatural” star Jensen Ackles has already been cast for “The Boys” season 3 but he will not appear in season 2. “The Walking Dead” star Jeffrey Dean Morgan has also been in talks about a guest starring role for “The Boys” season 3.
TRAILERS AND PREVIOUSLY RELEASED CLIPS
“The Boys” will return this Friday, Sept. 4 on Amazon Prime and come back to Nerdcore Movement where we will be recapping the first three episodes along with each subsequent episode every Friday until the end of the season!