The Boys will soon be back in town.
The third season of Amazon Prime’s superhero satire, based on the graphic novels by Garth Ennis, will be hitting our screens in 2022.
The streaming service has already confirmed a spin-off animated series Diabolical, also brought to the screen by Eric Kripke, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, will be debuting ahead of the new season – but now we know for sure when the main event is back.
Here’s everything we know so far, from the release date and teaser trailers, to storylines and new characters.
When Is The Release Date For The Boys Season Three?
In January 2022, it was announced that the third season would be hitting our screens on Friday 3rd June.
Just like the second season, the first three episodes will air that day, with one new episode premiering weekly until the finale on Friday 8th July. In total, there will be eight episodes this time around.
Shooting on this series took place between February and September 2021, with the same nine month post production period as the prior seasons.
Is There A Trailer For The Boys Season Three?
So far, Amazon have only released a brief, less than 20 seconds long clip to announce the new season – but this alone suggests Antony Starr’s Homelander is on the verge of a major breakdown.
Considering the violent fantasies he had last season, the number of civilian deaths under his belt, and the fact he briefly teamed up with a literal Nazi, it’s safe to say we have a lot to be scared about when he fully snaps.
Who’s Joining The Cast Of The Boys Season Three?
The main new character in the upcoming season is Soldier Boy, a Captain America parody who fought in WWII and became the first super celebrity in this universe.
He will be played by Supernatural star Jensen Ackles – with rumours swirling that his father will be played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan with Kripke announcing that he was in talks with The Walking Dead actor about a possible role.
Other characters from the comics making their debut will be the Crimson Countess (Laurie Holden, The Walking Dead), and Little Nina (Katia Winter, Dexter).
In addition to these, there are three new characters invented for the show; Blue Hawk (Nick Wechsler, Revenge), Gunpowder (Sean Patrick Flanery, Dexter) and Supersonic (Miles Gaston Villanueva, Nancy Drew).
Finally, Kristin Booth (Orphan Black) and Jack Doolan (Marcella), have been announced as TNT Twins Tessa and Tommy, whilst Frances Turner (The Man In The High Castle) will play Monique, wife of Mother’s Milk.
Who’s Returning For The Boys Season Three?
On the Vought side of things, Homelander (Antony Starr), A-Train (Jessie T. Usher), Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara), Black Noir (Nate Mitchell), Starlight (Erin Moriarty), The Deep (Chase Crawford), Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott), and Stan Edgar (Giancarlo Esposito) will all be back for the new season.
Additionally, there will be a beefed up role for Congresswoman Victoria Neuman (Claudia Doumit), following the explosive revelations of the season two finale.
Over in The Boys, Billy Butcher (Karl Urban), Hughie Campbell (Jack Quaid), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso), and Frenchie (Tomer Kapon) will all be back.
What’s The Plot Of The Boys Season Three?
So far, we only have two episode titles. The premiere is called Payback, which references a comics storyline introducing another group who were involved with new character Soldier Boy and Stormfront (from season two).
Showrunner Kripke has said of this opening: “We’re doing something in the first episode that I think is definitely the craziest thing we’ve ever pulled off… and might be one of the craziest things anybody’s ever tried to pull off.”
But it’s the sixth episode that has captured most attention already, entitled Herogasm – based on an infamous storyline where Vought’s heroes convene on a secret island to do whatever they please. And with this being The Boys, expect something more twisted than a simple superhero orgy (although do also expect that).
Other storylines are likely to revolve around Queen Maeve’s blackmail of Homelander starting to backfire, Congresswoman Victoria Neuman’s Vought relations, and according to Kripke, some connections to the US government’s real life response to the pandemic.
Those who have read the comics know that Billy Butcher’s arc eventually leads him to become the show’s most tragic villain. Expect that aspect of his character to start manifesting more this time around.
We’ll update this article with more information when it drops.