Some pretty icky spoilers are below for those who haven't yet watched the first two episodes of The Boys Season 2.
It would have been easy-peasy for The Boys' showrunner Eric Kripke to let The Deep off the hook in Season 2 by immediately letting him get back in The Seven's good graces, but this show is anything but lemon-squeezy. By sending the redemption-seeking hero to the cult-adjacent Church of the Collective, The Boys brought The Deep's gills back to the forefront in a way that was as equally jarring as that intense sequence in Season 1: with a singalong.
Everyone who watched Episode 2, "Proper Preparation and Planning," witnessed The Deep making a true connection with his gills for the first time, albeit with psilocybin as the connective tissue. Once again nailing it with the guest-casting, The Boys brought in Patton Oswalt to take on the voice of The Deep's gills for a scene that went from confusion to light introspection to a ballad. When CinemaBlend spoke with Chace Crawford ahead of Season 2's debut, I had to ask what his thoughts were when he read that scene for the first time. Here's what he told me:
Not that prepping for any particular scene in The Boys is a simplistic feat, but I can fully understand Chace Crawford's decision to only keep a loose plan in mind for the scene. After all, there's isn't a "correct" way to act opposite your own talking breath-holes, so basically anything he did was setting the bar. Because to his point, that sequence didn't simply go for the laughs, but actually deepened the character's self-acceptance, pun not intended.
Chace Crawford talked more about the one-of-a-kind experience of trying to find a proper harmony with his gills, both literally and metaphorically, saying:
By all means, The Deep appeared to be back to feeling confident again by Episode 3, at least until Karl Urban's Butcher drove a boat straight through his whale buddy Lucy, which led to all kinds of blood and guts. If that wasn't bad enough, whenever The Deep next saw Homelander after that, The Seven's leader took a harsh swipe at the hero for having his gills showing. What a douche.
I asked Chace Crawford about that moment's impact as well, and he told me:
Chace Crawford is clearly feeling The Deep's pangs of loneliness for not getting to stand toe to toe with the other members of The Seven, either in real life or on the big screen in one of their scripted adventures. We'll just have to wait and see if he makes it back onto the team by the end of Season 2.
Understandably, Chace Crawford doesn't necessarily feel the need to speak of The Deep's gills as if they're God's beautiful creations, and he joked about how they freak co-star Antony Starr out while also reflecting on the sexu-gill assault from Season 1.
I wonder what Superman would think of The Deep drawing that kryptonite comparison. He probably wouldn't love it. But maybe next time, champ.
The Boys Season 2 released its first three episodes on Amazon Prime Video, with new episodes releasing weekly until all eight are completed. For those in need of more to watch in the meantime, head to our Fall 2020 TV premiere schedule to see what else is on the way.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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