- Filming wrapped in mid-September
- Will introduce Jensen Ackles' Soldier Boy
- A fictional news show fills in the gaps between seasons 2 and 3
- Gunpowder, Blue Hawk and Supersonic have been cast in the show
- Season 3 will adapt the Herogasm storyline and introduce the superhero team Payback
The Boys season 3's production has officially ended. The next instalment in Amazon Prime's biggest hit has wrapped, according to its cast and crew, so we can start counting the days down until it's on our TV, laptop and mobile phone screens.
What do we know about The Boys' third season while we wait for that confirmation, though? Currently, all signs point towards this season being the best one in Amazon's adaptation of Gareth Ennis and Darick Robertson's graphic novels.
We don't, however, have an official launch date yet. Or a trailer. Still, we're hoping that it'll top seasons 1 and 2.
To tide you over until either of those are revealed, we've rounded up everything you need to know about The Boys season 3. That includes possible plot points, new cast members, and a YouTube series that bridges the gap between seasons 2 and 3.
A word of warning: we'll be dealing with huge spoilers for The Boys seasons 1 and 2, as well as the graphic novels. So proceed at your own risk.
Release date: We're not expecting season 3 this year. This being an effects-heavy show, with lots of post-production work, it's more likely to arrive in 2022.
Cast: A spate of new cast members have joined, most notably Jensen Ackles as the superficially Captain America-esque Soldier Boy. The Walking Dead's Laurie Holden has also been brought on board, as have Sean Patrick Flanery, Nick Wechsler and Miles Gaston Villanueva.
Story: There's a lot expected to go down in season 3. We expect it'll expand on the idea of Congresswoman Victoria Neuman being the series' secret Big Bad, as was revealed at the end of season 2. Elsewhere, it's been confirmed that The Boys season 3 will deal with the 'Herogasm' storyline, a famous part of the series' comic book history, and it'll introduce a new superhero team in Payback.
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The Boys season 3 release date
The Boys season 3 release date: 2022?
The show's return is not a huge surprise, given how popular The Boys season 2 was when it aired. According to Business Insider, The Boys became the first non-Netflix series to debut on Nielsen’s top streaming shows list. So it's pleasing to see that we'll be getting more of it shortly.
According to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) website, season 3 was scheduled to wrap in late August.
Principal photography, though, didn't end up wrapping until mid-September. As Jack Quaid, who plays Hughie in the TV adaptation, revealed (via Instagram), production ended on September 10 instead:
Still, we shouldn't expect The Boys season 3 to arrive this year. There will be plenty of post-production to carry out, editing every episode so that they flow naturally, as well as dealing other possible production issues.
Our view? The show will get a teaser trailer before the end of 2021 (maybe at Comic-Con?) with an official The Boys season 3 release date coming early in 2022. There'll be no complaints from us if it lands sooner, however.
The Boys season 3 trailer
The Boys season 3 trailer: is there one?
Not yet, but once we receive one, we'll update this section.
We wouldn't be surprised if a season 3 trailer debuts at the San Diego Comic-Con Special Edition, which is scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend (November 26 to 28, 2021). That is, if Covid-19 doesn't cause its cancellation.
The Boys season 3 cast
The Boys season 3 cast: who's returning and who's new?
There will be plenty of returning favorites for season 3:
- Karl Urban as William 'Billy' Butcher
- Jack Quaid as Hugh 'Hughie' Campbell Jr.
- Antony Starr as John/Homelander
- Erin Moriarty as Annie January/Starlight
- Dominique McElligott as Maggie Shaw/Queen Maeve
- Jessie T. Usher as Reggie Franklin/A-Train
- Chase Crawford as Kevin Moskowitz/The Deep
- Laz Alonso as Mother's Milk
- Tomer Capon as Frenchie
- Karan Fukuhara as Kimiko Miyashiro/The Female
- Nathan Mitchell as Black Noir
- Colby Minifie as Ashley Barrett
- Claudia Doumit as Victoria 'Vic' Neuman
The Boys season 3 cast should also feature a few more returning characters, but there's no official word on whether they'll appear yet. That list could include Laila Robins as ex-CIA Deputy Director Grace Mallory, Cameron Crovetti as Homelander and Becca's son Ryan Butcher and Giancarlo Esposito as Vought CEO Stan Edgar.
As for new cast members, the biggest news is that Supernatural's Jensen Ackles (aka Dean Winchester) has been hired to portray Soldier Boy, the first ever Vought-manufactured superhero.
We dive into what Soldier Boy's arrival could mean later on. For now, though, here's Ackles in his costume, complete with an R-rated tongue-in-cheek comment aimed at a specific Marvel super soldier:
He's the f'n Captain now, America. #SoldierBoy pic.twitter.com/XqtlyK3lLQJune 7, 2021
In addition to Ackles' Soldier Boy, Deadline reports that Katia Winter (Blood & Treasure) has been cast as Little Nina. In the graphic novels, Little Nina is a Russian mob boss who has a penchant for sex toys, so expect more in the way of R-rated content when the show returns.
The Boys season 3 cast grew further in June 2021. Entertainment Weekly revealed that Sean Patrick Flanery, Nick Wechsler and Miles Gaston Villanueva have joined the show as Gunpowder, Blue Hawk and Supersonic respectively. Meanwhile, Variety announced that former Walking Dead star Laurie Holden joined as Crimson Countess.
Of the quartet of newbies, only Crimson Countess and Gunpowder have appeared in the comics. Both could be described as villains – though such things are relative in The Boys universe, of course – with Crimson Countess a riff on WandaVision ’s Scarlet Witch, and Gunpowder a weapons expert.
Interestingly, Gunpowder briefly appeared in a TV interview in The Boys season 1, though he was played by a different actor.
The Boys season 3 plot
The Boys season 3 plot: what can we expect from the story?
Spoilers follow for The Boys season 2 and the graphic novels.
While season 2 wrapped up plenty of its plot threads, there are still some that The Boys season 3 must address.
One of the biggest concerns Stormfront (Aya Cash), who was severely injured by Ryan Butcher in season 2's finale. So far, Vought boss Stan Edgar has only suggested she's "in a secure location". So it's unclear if Stormfront will appear in some guise in season 3.
Stormfront’s diminished state means that there‘s a vacancy to join Homelander in the 'Big Bad' department. Now that Congresswoman Victoria Neuman has been outed as the Supe who explodes heads – as seen in season 2's final scene – she fits the bill.
Of course, that means things could get bad for Hughie. As we've seen, The Boys have temporarily disbanded, with Hughie now working for Neuman. We don't know how long it'll be before Hughie realizes that his new boss is as bad as Homelander, or what Neuman's master plan is. Expect it to be the basis on which The Boys season 3's plot is built.
Speaking of Homelander, it appears that he's going to go off the rails. Last seen pleasuring himself over the city, Homelander has a maniacal look in his eye. That "I can do whatever the f**k I want!" line he repeats, too, shows that he's ready to get back at those who betrayed him. If we were Queen Maeve, Starlight and The Boys, we'd watch our backs.
Homelander won't be the only Supe who is ready to bring the hurt in season 3, either. Soldier Boy is primed to cause some chaos, and his graphic novel backstory hints at some really mature content that's likely to appear in the TV adaptation.
🔥Season-three’s greetings, everyone! Can ya tell we’re excited to be back?🔥 @TheBoysTV @ErinMoriarty_ @SPTV @PrimeVideo pic.twitter.com/NDi1t5QfUaFebruary 24, 2021
In the comics, there are two versions of Soldier Boy, with the TV series likely introducing the first generation's version. Soldier Boy is a Supe who becomes a US icon during World War II but his backstory isn't as honorable as the general public think.
Soldier Boy ends up killing his fellow Supes, as well as US soldiers, during one specific mission. Lieutenant Greg Mallory, whose gender has been changed for the TV show, kills Soldier Boy in the comics as recompense. However, given that this Soldier Boy is alive and well in the TV universe, his backstory and character arc need to be altered.
The arrival of Soldier Boy also ushers in the the introduction of another superhero group – Payback. Dubbed the "second most popular superhero team" behind The Seven, Payback are the team led by, in the comics at least, the second iteration of Soldier Boy. Stormfront is also a member of this unit, so her live-action counterpart already has ties to the TV show's version of Soldier Boy.
Season 3's first episode is titled 'Payback' – as revealed by Eric Kripke on Twitter. This might be a subtle tease about how Homelander plans to exact revenge on certain individuals, but it's more likely to hint at Payback's arrival.
If it does, we could get a flashback episode introducing Soldier Boy and his backstory. That would lead nicely into season 3's main plot, and also act as a novel way to open The Boys' next instalment. Given that we've had new superhero casting announcements recently, we believe this is how it'll go down, too.
Kripke has also elaborated on how Soldier Boy may fit into The Boys season 3. Speaking to Deadline in June 2021, Kripke said: "A big element of the comics actually are flashbacks to World War II and Vietnam. I always really loved it because you got to see how the superhero phenomenon didn’t just affect the present, but how it affected parts of the past as well."
Actual photo of me reacting during our first production meeting for the #Herogasm episode.#TheBoys #TheBoysTV @TheBoysTV @PrimeVideo @SPTV #SPNFamily pic.twitter.com/YdCHVj9rAUApril 14, 2021
We also know that Soldier Boy's appearance will lead to the inclusion of one of the graphic novels' most shocking storylines – Herogasm. This story strand sees Vought's superhero line-up travel to a remote tropical island to engage in a massive, secret company-organized orgy.
At the time of publication, Herogasm was considered to be the most controversial moment in the entire series. It contains one particular scene involving Homelander and Soldier Boy having sex, but The Boys season 3 won't include this particular sequence, as Kripke confirmed in October 2020:
Q: #AskTheBoys Soldier Boy? Please tell us there will be a scene a la “Herogasm” from the comic!- @WelshmenA: pic.twitter.com/hl3atxj9d0October 12, 2020
Kripke has since teased Herogasm's sequence in season 3, saying that filming it was the "craziest dailies" that he'd ever seen. Speaking to Vanity Fair, Kripke doesn't think that anything else that he films (for the TV adaptation) will ever top it.
Um. So. I've just seen dailies that are, by a mile, the craziest fucking dailies I've ever seen in my career. Or maybe anyone's career. #YouAreNotFuckingReady#TheBoys #TheBoysTV @TheBoysTV @VoughtIntl @PrimeVideo @SPTV #SPNFamily pic.twitter.com/pMUuYkUnuQJune 16, 2021
While there will be plenty of risqué moments in The Boys season 3, there will also be plenty of blood, gore and violence. Speaking to Collider about the show's production, Laz Alonso (Mother's Milk) revealed that the upcoming season would be the bloodiest yet. Alonso's comments were backed up by Jack Quaid, who told Inverse that "no one is okay" once season 3's plot ratchets up.
There are other less important plot points that need some form of resolution in The Boys season 3.
Compound V – the substance that gives people superpowers – isn't being released to the general public anymore. It'll be interesting to see if this is the first and last time that it'll be offered out, or if it'll still fall into the wrong hands and lead to the emergence of new supervillains.
Additionally, there's bound to be more infighting among The Seven. A-Train and Starlight have been readmitted to the team, but The Deep hasn't. Homelander is still a member, so no doubt he'll be gunning for Starlight. Add in the fact that Black Noir is in a vegetative state after suffering a peanut allergy in season 2, and Queen Maeve's presence in The Seven, and things could get ugly fast.
We should find out more about other superpowered beings. Cindy, the telekinetic individual who broke out of the Sage Grove testing facility, was last seen hitchhiking towards an unknown destination. She seems to be traveling down the 'supervillain' path, so she might have a more prominent role in The Boys season 3.
Q: @TheBoysTV @DarickR @therealKripke I don't have a question, I just wanted to thank you for getting Love Sausage in there. #AskTheBoys- @doctorthirteenA: pic.twitter.com/MPhx4cfkuZOctober 12, 2020
Next, we have the aptly named Love Sausage – yes, the guy with the abnormally long penis (played by Andrew Jackson) who attempts to strangle Mother's Milk at the testing facility. Kripke has teased that Love Sausage may appear, but we'll have to wait and see.
The new season may also be taking a note out of Avengers: Endgame's book and jumping forward in time. Per on set photographs, The Boys season 3 may occur in 2024, judging by a poster where real-life Senator Ted Cruz is making a presidential run:
Filming Update!#TheBoys epic set in downtown Toronto 🦸♂️🎥🎬Was going to save mine, but everyone was posting yesterday. Ted Cruz 2024 🤦♂️🤦♀️ pic.twitter.com/KEMHBA1dajMay 30, 2021
Speaking of politics, Kripke hasn't been shy in saying that season 3 will focus on how The Boys reflects present day (and historical) America, among other themes.
"In the third season, we got interested in the history of the Vought universe and its fractured reflection of the United States," he told THR. "It’s like how people say that there are “good old days” and that somehow there’s some sort of past that we need to be great again and return to.
"Make America great again for who exactly? [In] Soldier Boy... we’re able to delve into issues as disparate as toxic masculinity and racism and some of the wars we’ve been through. We’ve been able to explore not just the here and now but the past — and that’s exciting."
The Boys season 3: new YouTube miniseries fills in the gaps
The Boys season 3: new YouTube miniseries bridges the gap between seasons 2 and 3
To tide fans over until season 3 arrives, a new YouTube tie-in series covers the wider Boys universe in general. Seven on Seven with Cameron Coleman is a news-style episodic miniseries that bridges the gap between seasons 2 and 3.
Starring Matthew Edison as the titular news anchor, Seven on Seven is broadcast on the fictional Vought News channel and details the latest news surrounding the world's greatest superhero group, as well as secondary Supes and other important characters.
Speaking to The Wrap, Kripke said Seven on Seven is "all real, canon stuff", so it'll contain interesting snippets for fans to keep abreast of ahead of season 3. Check out the first three episodes below:
The Boys season 3: how many seasons will there be?
Kripke has revealed that he's planned for five seasons. However, he also teased the prospect of more instalments than that in October 2020:
Q: @TheBoysTV @therealKripke #AskTheBoys how many more seasons of the boys do you guys have planned?- @JDG0919A: pic.twitter.com/gRG6ppZN4iOctober 12, 2020
It's unsurprising, seeing as Supernatural – the show that made Kripke's name – was originally supposed to run for five seasons, but ended up making it to 15.
Kripke may decide, then, that The Boys needs another season or two after its fifth instalment to wrap up its story. There are 72 issues of Ennis and Robertson's comics and, while the TV show has gone in its own direction story wise, there's enough plot left to tell for at least three or four seasons.
Besides, assuming audiences continue to watch The Boys, Amazon is likely to keep renewing its biggest TV show for as long as possible. In other words, you can bet on The Boys running for a number of seasons yet.