No matter how many times I try to convince my calendar that I have date-changing superpowers, it isn't September 4 yet, which means The Boys Season 2 hasn't crash-landed into our faces just yet. Thankfully, the cast got together for a fun and laugh-filled Comic-Con@Home panel that gave fans a surprising number of non-spoilery reveals about what to expect in the streaming series' second season.
Before Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg popped in with the announcement that Amazon had officially renewed The Boys for Season 3, the always wonderful Aisha Tyler asked creator Eric Kripke and the majority of the principal cast all kinds of questions about Season 2 plotlines and character dynamics, often while dropping hard teases of her own. Let's get into some of those bigger highlights below.
The Boys Should Be Very Wary Of Butcher Now
As much as Karl Urban's Billy Butcher was a reckless maniac in Season 1, that was before he realized he had something to live for other than revenge. Now that he knows his wife Becca is not only alive, but also connected to Homelander, Butcher will have his blinders on even tighter in Season 2. That doesn't bode well for the superhero-hunting team he sorta leads. Here's how Urban explained it:
There are certainly situations that would arise where Butcher would not sell out on The Boys by putting the in harm's way, but if it comes down to Becca or his buds, I can't picture a scenario where Butcher readily chooses to sacrifice the woman he already thought he'd lost. Granted, she might not share those feelings anymore, but would that be enough to make him choose Hughie over Becca?
Hughie Won't Be A Pushover Anymore (Eventually)
Speaking of Jack Quaid's almost-accidental member of The Boys, Hughie Campbell is going into Season 2 without Butcher as a constant devil at one shoulder. (Obviously Butcher used an anal-bomb to kill off whatever angel was on Hughie's other shoulder.) It appears that separation will be good for the character's confidence. According to Quaid:
Jack Quaid specifically pointed to a moment from the Season 2 trailer where Butcher returns and is trying to get The Boys to back him on a plan, saying, 'You'll love it," and Hughie stands up to him with sincerity by saying how little love he ever feels for Butcher's plans. Now, does Hughie's newfound confidence mean that he is impervious to failure, embarrassment, pain or sorrow? Not one bit, but it'll be interesting to see how it changes him.
Starlight Embraces Powers And Has Interesting Pair-Ups
For Season 1, Erin Moriarty's Starlight was in a "fish out of water" story where the fish realizes that the world is now a very unfamiliar and suffocating place. Basically all of her ideals were given the shaft, metaphorically and so on, so the most optimistic member of The Seven is going into Season 2 will walls built up around her, which affects how she maintains her values. In Moriarty's words:
Now that Starlight has had tar poured over her rose-colored glasses, it sounds like she might be confronted with more situations that align her with behavior akin to what The Seven is often guilty of. But that attitude shift should help when she gets paired off at various points with Butcher and A-Train. Karl Urban talked about enjoying getting to spend time opposite Erin Moriarty for certain scenes, and both the actress and Jessie T. Usher talked about Starlight and A-Train have an interesting, though toxic, relationship given their mistrust for each other.
An Actual Whale Prop Was Built For That Gross Scene
The Boys' Comic-Con@Home panel also featured the debut of a wonderfully bizarre sequence that was teased in the Season 2 trailer. Basically, Butcher and The Boys are zooming along in a boat aimed for The Deep, who is standing atop a large beached whale. And then, you know, they drive the boat straight into the whale's body for a shocking and hilariously disgusting stunt. And shame on anyone who thought it was a digital effect, because that whale was a real prop. Karl Urban and Eric Kripke talked about the amazing (and hot and smelly) beast of a prop.
It obviously wasn't the kind of prop that one can just use over and over and over again, which is almost definitely a good thing for the cast members who had to go through those faux whale guts in the heat of the summer sun. But that whale is a prop you absolutely want to be able to use once, so let's all applaud Eric Kripke's dedication to grossing fans out with practical effects.
The Deep Tries To Make Human Connections Again
Of all this show's sordid characters, Chace Crawford's The Deep perhaps came the closest to finding a form of redemption and poetic justice, which puts him in an interesting place when Season 2 starts. Granted, he'd been absolutely miserable being exiled to Ohio where he was living a pretty solitary life, but that seems likely to change as his story continues. Here's how Crawford explained it:
Will The Boys fans, or characters, be comfortable with The Deep finding a genuine romantic relationship after his Season 1 arc? What could it be from his past that returns, and how will that person (or sea creature) shake things up?
Mother's Milk Becomes The Show's (Only?) Moral Compass
In certain ways, Laz Alonso's Mother's Milk is a polar opposite of Butcher. Mother's Milk is far more of a traditional family man, even compared to when Butcher was in a happily married state. But in that same vein, Mother's Milk is also the kind of person who would leave his family behind and sacrifice that connection if it meant taking on some form of heroic act. In that way, Alonso said that his character is addicted to the feeling of freedom-fighting in the same way the comic character was born addicted to Compound V. Speaking to his moral code, Alonso said:
Granted, the moral code within The Boys is a few tiers lower than it is in other comic book groups, but you take what you can get, right? Here's hoping he'll be able to steer them away from Butcher's mad plans and mad dog in Season 2.
Kimiko Gets A Deeper Backstory, Still Won't Talk
One of The Boys' most unique characters is Karen Fukuhara's Kimiko, whose silent-but-deadly introduction and Season 1 arc left a lot of questions about the character's past and what's going on inside her head. It sounds like we won't have too long to wait to get more insights, either. When asked about taking on a non-speaking role like this, Fukuhara mentions how much more audiences will learn about her mysterious character in Season 2.
It's probably safe to assume that whatever her history is, it won't be one filled with happiness, compassion and loud singing voices. Aisha Tyler hinted that Kimiko's backstory may well indeed reveal exactly why she can't, or doesn't, talk.
Frenchie's Real Name Will Be Revealed
It's easy to forget that Frenchie isn't the actual name of Tomer Capon's emotionally charged thief and marksman, but rather just shorthand for The Frenchman. Of course, there are a lot of things about Frenchie's personal life and past that fans aren't clued in on just yet. So it's awesome Capon has revealed that Season 2 will dig deeper into his own past just as it will for Kimiko.
Frenchie was a member of the original Boys unit that was headed up by Laila Robins' Grace Mallory, but left after everything went kaput there. So if Season 2 is going to shine a light on how he first teamed up with Butcher and others, you just know it's going to be the wildest introduction ever.
A-Train Is In Bad Shape, Will Probably Keep Making It Worse
Jessie T. Usher's A-Train is perhaps the most guilty of self-sabotage of anyone on The Boys. For various reasons both superficial and deeply personal, the character cannot turn away from his Compound V addiction, no matter how destructive the addiction is. And even though A-Train's heart attack in Season 1 should have been a big wake-up call for him to make changes, the character only digs himself into a deeper pit of denial and paranoia. According to the actor:
In the way that A-Train blamed Hughie for his girlfriend's death while denying all personal responsibility, Jessie T. Usher says that his troubled superhero will find someone new to put in his crosshairs for Season 2. Regarding the entry earlier about Starlight, could she be the one that A-Train tries to run all over when the show returns? If so, I gotta say he was way better off targeting a regular ass human.
The Boys Season 2 will kick off on Amazon on Friday, September 4, with the first three episodes going live that day. After that, new episodes will be streaming weekly on Fridays. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more coverage, and head to our Fall 2020 TV premiere schedule to see what other shows are debuting in the coming months.
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