The Boys are nearly back in town. With the second season of the hit Amazon show just around the corner, two members of the titular vigilante group, Jack Quaid and Karl Urban, have been hinting at what audiences can expect when we are once again thrown into this violent, foul-mouthed world of questionable superheroes.
"We have gone so much further," Jack Quaid, who plays newest member of The Boys "Wee" Hughie said. "No one is ready. Really. No one. I have done things this season I will never forget, [things] I've never done in my career and probably will not in the future."
Quaid continued saying, "[The Boys] had somewhat of a loss last season, and I think they're just trying to get their footing again. We have some new players in the game who really make our situation a whole lot worse for the world and we have to be there in secret to take 'em down." one of these "new players" is Aya Cash's Stormfront, the newly appointed member of top superhero team The Seven.
Stormfront won't be the only new face though, with Quaid teasing the arrival of the fan-favorite pooch, Terror. In the comics, Terror belongs to Billy with the leader of The Boys somehow having trained the dog to hump anything on command, a trick he uses to humiliate supers and antagonize The Seven. According to Quaid, Terror is brought out of retirement for an episode to hump a pig. If that weren't already enough, Terror's attack word is "Boner," say Quaid, before adding that it will be "A stuffed pig." He really was not kidding when he said the second series goes much further...
Aside from the occasional pig-hump, The Boys series 2 will further explore the relationship between Hughie and Billy Butcher, played by Karl Urban. With Billy currently missing in action, upon his return things are "very strained" with his vigilante apprentice, says Quaid. "That's a very fraught relationship full of a lot of tension, but that's one of the things that has been the best parts of the season for me: exploring the Butcher-Hughie relationship with Karl. I feel like we've been able to deepen it in ways I don't think fans will expect. I was really satisfied specifically with that aspect of my character this season."
Thanks to the chaos of the first season, The Boys are now fugitives and Billy is nowhere to be found. "It's a bit of a mystery," says Urban, on Billy's whereabouts. "The Boys are on the back foot and spend a lot of their time trying to make an impact and get traction for taking down the Supes. Just because they're wanted and in hiding doesn't mean they're gonna stop doing what they do. So, the objective is still fundamentally the same."
As well as his relationship with Hughie, series 2 will involve Billy taking a long, hard look at himself, with Urban noting that the second season "is really about humanizing the character and exploring different dynamics."
"There's the monster, the violent psychopath, the killer, but there's also the more compassionate side, the more humanistic side of Billy... There are really some wonderful, unlikely relationships that are formed," he says. "Billy thinks the only good Supe is a dead Supe, and this season is really a season about growth. He's coming to understand that things aren't that black and white, there's a certain shade of grey. He's coming to understand that there is a benefit that comes with tolerance and being able to see that if he can use an asset, even if it's a Supe, to achieve his goal, then he's got to do it."
The upcoming series will not be the only time we hang out with Billy Butcher, with show creator Eric Kripke recently revealing that Amazon will be releasing a short film focusing on Karl Urban's foul-mouthed leader. The aim of the short film is to fill in some of the gaps left between the first and second seasons, as well as give audiences a little more to get to know the unorthodox leader.
"We had a whole storyline in episode 2, it's not really spoiling anything, season 2 begins with Butcher MIA [after discovering Homelander, Homelander Jr., and Becca Butcher] and then shows up," Kripke revealed. "In episode 2, we had shot something that really revealed where he went and what his experiences were. It ultimately didn't end up fitting that way into the episode. It made Butcher's story a lot less mysterious and intriguing...It was better to not know in that episode."
Coming courtesy of Amazon Prime, The Boys is based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. The series is set in a universe where superpowered individuals are recognized as heroes by the general public and owned by powerful corporation Vought International, which markets and monetizes them. Outside of their heroic personas, most are arrogant and corrupt. The series primarily focuses on two groups: The Seven, Vought International's premier superhero team, and the titular Boys, vigilantes looking to keep the corrupted heroes under control.
The first three minutes of the first season 2 episode were recently released, introducing The Mandalorian and Breaking Bad star Giancarlo Esposito as a new character. Though the series has strayed somewhat from the comics, Kripke has previously referred to the second season as "crazier, stranger, more intense, more emotional. In fact, it's too much, so the Surgeon General has insisted we air the first three episodes on September 4, then air the remaining five episodes weekly after that. We wanted to give you time to freak out, digest, discuss, come down from the high before we give you another dose."
The first season of The Boys was a grimly funny delight, setting the bar very high, with fans anxious to see what Butcher and Homelander will get up to following a cliff-hanger ending. Thankfully we do not have too long to wait as The Boys second season is due for release on September 4. This comes to us courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.