Amazon Prime’s ‘The Boys’ gained a widespread fanbase with its season 1 debut. But it left us dangling for months, waiting for a sign that season 2 was coming soon. Finally an answer, the season 2 trailer dropped July 8 revealing a September release.
The season 2 trailer is out, the release date is confirmed, Sept. 4, and they leaked the first three minutes of episode 201. The Boys mania is in full swing! And, well, this video just sums up perfectly what I’m feeling right now.
I think that The Boys is the only show capable of filling the void in my life left by Game of Thrones. It has the same elements. High-octane, adrenaline pumping drama; beautiful production value that offers amazing and creative shots, and also over-the-top violence.
To those who are not caught up on The Boys, you need to go watch season 1 now. Because The Boys isn’t just “awesome,” it’s smart. It’s clever. The Boys takes everything about the MCU superhero archetypes and flips them on their head. The Boys provides answers to questions like, what if superheroes weren’t fighting against corporate corruption but were allies to it, products of it even? What if Superman was a sociopathic narcissist with a God complex?
Most importantly, what if the vigilante crusaders weren’t superheroes but regular people, and the superheroes were the bad guys? Enter “the boys,” a ragtag supe hit squad which by looking at the season 2 trailer, I can deduce, are now the most wanted criminals in the world. Lets see what else we learned from the season 2 trailer.
‘The Boys’ season 2 trailer breakdown (season 1 spoilers below)
1) Homelander is still a d*ck
No surprise there. As this Twitter user puts it, “And in other news, the sky is blue.” The Boys season 2 trailer shows Highlander being more freaky and neurotic than ever as he angrily pursues Butcher and the boys.
Who knows just how far they will push the boundaries of his character in season 2. Seemingly he is pushed beyond concern for his public approval as we can see him eviscerating a soldier at a public rally.
And as mentioned earlier, he freaking pushed this kid off the roof. But as this Twitter user regards, this is probably just Homelander’s way of teaching his son to fly, which is just hilarious, because of course he would do it that way.
2) More from Giancarlo Esposito
After the demise of Elisabeth Shue’s character, Madelyn Stillwell at the end of season 1,* we can expect Giancarlo Esposito to get more screen time to fill the Vought executive void left by Shue. Eric Kripke, the showrunner, recently told Collider, “We really expand his role. With Shue gone we really needed a character to represent the true monster of the show which is Vought.”
A sentiment well captured in the first three minutes of season 2, which was released June 30.
3) New Supes
First, I’d like to address the regular-clothed super with telekinetic powers that blasts Butcher Hugh and Mother’s Milk through these shelves at a hobby shop
At first glance he might appear to be yet another problem stacking up for the boys. But his lack of costume implies he has no affiliation with Vought. Furthermore, if you pause at just the right time, you’ll notice Kimiko is standing behind him, leading this Twitter user to theorize about his identity.
Maybe this could be another super ally for the boys.
We are also getting introduced to Stormfront this season, the newest member of The Seven. The new character played by Aya Cash of You’re The Worst is featured many times in the trailer showing off her purple lightning, and at one point seen attacking Kimiko.
Stormfront will certainly be a problem for the boys, but seemingly also for members of The Seven. In this clip where Stormfront and Homelander meet for the first time, Cash is seen bringing her signature brand of spunk to the character which rubs Homelander the wrong way. The further implication here is that it’s also Esposito’s Stan Edgar flexing his power over The Seven.
4) The Deep is back and better than ever
Now I don’t have any hard proof of that, but things seems to be leaning in that direction which is great. The Deep’s subplot last season added many great scenes to the show, and I’d like to see that subplot pay off.
We can see in the season 2 trailer, that when Homelander is debriefing The Seven, The Deep is not there. But a lot of the trailer focuses on the boys in a boat. I assume The Deep has to be involved because being in the ocean setting actually makes him useful for a change.
Here we see the boys with what appears to be at least one big shark pursuing them, I assume courtesy of The Deep. Later we even catch a glimpse of Butcher cutting his way out of what appears to be a whale’s stomach.
*I have a friend who theorizes that Stillwell is still alive, and it was actually the doppelganger that died in season 1. I understand that’s pretty far-fetched but in may offer some explanation as to what is going on here.
Talk to us in the comments. What other fan theories are out there? What else do you think is coming in season 2 of The Boys? And seriously, what is going on with Homelander and this milk?