The Boys season 3 release date: Cast, trailer, filming and latest news
‘The Boys’ is a satirical superhero television series based on the comic book of the same name.

Created by Eric Kripke, ‘The Boys’ is a satirical superhero television series based on the comic book of the same name. The comic book was first published by DC Comics under their Wildstorm imprint and later moved to Dynamite Entertainment. The series follows the titular team of vigilantes who bring corrupt superheroes to justice. Most of these individuals with superpowers work for Vought International and call themselves the Seven.

Originally released on July 26, 2019, on Amazon Prime Video, the series garnered a viewership of 8 million in its first ten days, making it one of the most successful original shows on the platform. It has received critical acclaim for its humor, writing, storyline, and performances. After two successful seasons, the fans are wondering if they will get a third season anytime soon. Here is everything we have to answer that question!

The Boys season 3 release date

The Boys season 3 does not have a release date yet.

Filming has begun on the season, as evidence by several of the cast members posting photos on social media. In his post, Karl Urban mentioned the health precautions that are in place on set, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Season 1 took four months to film, while season 2 needed five months. Season 3 could very well require six or more months since the pandemic makes productions a lot more complicated.

Post-production could last for months as The Boys is heavy on visual effects. The first two seasons premiered 10 months after filming concluded.

So, if The Boys season 3 filming finishes in August 2021, it's possible fans won't see the episodes until May or June 2022, according to Tomsguide.

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The Boys season 3 Cast: Who’s new, Who’s staying, and Who could leave?

The Boys season 2 ending means The Boys season 3 cast has been shaken up. No official news yet on who’s returning, though we can certainly make an educated guess after what’s transpired.

Butcher (Karl Urban), Hughie (Jack Quaid), Frenchie (Tomer Capon), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso), and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) should all be back.

On the Super side of things, there’s Homelander (Antony Starr), Maeve (Dominique McElligott), Starlight (Erin Moriarty), A-Train (Jessie Usher), and Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell) forming the Seven. The Deep (Chace Crawford) is likely to be sticking around, too. Expect Vought CEO Stan Edgar (Giancarlo Esposito) to make a handful of appearances if the actor’s schedule allows.

Outside of that, the biggest name is Claudia Doumit’s, Congresswoman Victoria Neuman. After being revealed to be behind the head-exploding attacks, it’s clear that she’s going to be a major focus of season three. According to Deadline, she and Colby Minifie (Vought PR Ashley) have been promoted to series regulars.

Talking of head explosions, escape Sage Grove patient Cindy is now on the loose and "as dangerous as ever." Chances are she'll have a presence in The Boys season 3.

One confirmed a new addition to the cast is Soldier Boy, a Supe who is essentially a twisted take on Captain America. He will be played by Supernatural star Jensen Ackles. Eric Kripke describes the character as “the very first Superhero, he'll bring so much humor, pathos, and danger to the role.” Kripke also told TV Guide that Soldier Boy has a surprise connection to Stormfront.

Another who Kripke wants to line up but hasn’t sealed the deal with yet is fellow Supernatural alum (and The Walking Dead mainstay) Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

During a roundtable at which GamesRadar+ was present, Kripke said: “Of the many things COVID is screwing up in this world, a Jeffrey Dean Morgan cameo or a Jeffrey Dean Morgan role may be one of them. But if the quarantine is removed and a couple of things break our way? Then yeah, we’ll try to figure it out.”

Among those who might not be returning are Stormfront (Aya Cash) and Becca (Shantel VanSanten), who both perished in the season 2 finale. Of course, the show hasn’t been shy about bringing back dead characters via other means – such as Doppelganger turning into Elizabeth Shue’s Madelyn Stilwell. So don’t rule out some form of flashback or cloning shenanigans just yet. Kripke has seemingly confirmed Stormfront isn't dead, so watch this space, GamesRadar reported.

The Boys season 3 release date: Cast, trailer, filming and latest news

The Boys Season 3 Plot: What is it About?

In the final episode of the second season, Maeve intervenes in the fight between Butcher and Homelander. She blackmails the latter to stand down by threatening to expose him to the public. Homelander is forced to comply because he enjoys his God-like status among the people. Stormfront’s Nazi past comes to light, and Edgar decides against selling Compound V. The Boys are cleared of all charges and are no more in hiding. Annie becomes a part of the Seven once again. Hughie takes up a job with Neuman, and it is revealed that she is a Super too.

In the third season, we will be introduced to Soldier Boy and the superhero team called Payback. The team happens to be the “first premiere superhero team.” The upcoming season will also throw light on the history of Vought through the eyes of Soldier Boy and the Payback. We will learn how the corporation came to be what it is today. When we meet Homelander in season 3, he will be more unstable than ever, Thecinemaholic wrote.

The Boys season 3 spoilers

Some clues from the season two finale could give us a hint about where The Boys’ story will go next, with Hughie joining the campaign of mysterious congresswoman Victoria Neuman (Claudia Doumit) after her true colors were revealed in the most recent episode.

“Similarly, there is a corrupt politician in the books named Vic Neuman. And through him, they kind of dig into some of the seedier sides of politics,” Kripke told Collider.

“And although we have a very different character, I think we’re signaling that we also have a corrupt politician who is going to lead us into some of the seedier sides of politics as the show proceeds.”

The series is also set to explore the past of evil corporation Vought through the lens of Jensen Ackles’ Soldier Boy and his superhero team Payback, a riff on the Avengers (hence the name).

“One of the things I love most about the world in [The Boys] comic books isn’t just how fleshed out it is, but the history of it. It goes back 60, 70 years and it’s just as fleshed out as it is today,” Kripke told EW.

“One of the reasons that we’re getting into Soldier Boy [in season 3] and that team, Payback, is we’re interested in exploring a little bit of how we got here. Through the history of the supes, we can tell a little bit about the history of America and how we ended up in the current fraught position that we’re in. Soldier Boy gives us an opportunity to do that.

“Certain politicians like to pitch this somehow idyllic ‘good old days where everything was perfect and calm. That is complete and utter bulls—. It was never that way. So, by exploring the history of Vought in the history of America, we get to make some of those points. There was never an America when they say ‘Make America Great Again.’ It was always a struggle. That’s the point. It’s a struggle to make things better.”

Elsewhere, Antony Starr’s Homelander is less stable than ever while Butcher has been recruited to join an official hero-monitoring team backed by the CIA, adding new legitimacy to his violent crusade.

“There are two words that Eric has said to me about Season 3,” Starr told Collider. “His description for Homelander Season three was, ‘Two words, homicidal maniac.’ That’s all I know.”

The first photo released of season three was a statue of the iconic supervillain, which Homelander would be glad to know focuses on a, um, certain area.

Starr continued to tell Collider: “I just feel like his identity is so bizarrely and dysfunctionally twisted up in the corporate identity of Homelander. He wouldn’t know who he is without that costume, without that flag, and without that public persona and identity.

“It’s a form of skin to him. I don’t know what he would wear. I’ve been asked, ‘Will he ever take the suit off?,’ and I’m like, ‘Well, you tell me what he would wear because I can’t imagine Homelander in civilian clothes. I really can’t.'”

And Kripke has also suggested that season three may be inspired by the coronavirus pandemic, albeit indirectly.

“I can tell you that season three, without being specifically about COVID, we’re having a lot of conversation about the government response to COVID here in the States,” he told us.

“And my guess is you’ll see that metaphorically show up one way or another in season three.

“It’s a fortunate opportunity for me to have a show where I can talk about the world and I have a place to put all my frustration.”

And generally speaking, Kripke says fans should expect the show to go even bigger and more outrageous for season three – and after seeing the “Love Sausage” in season two, that’s already hard to picture.

“Is there anything we won’t touch? No, no,” he said.

“Amazon, to their credit, has given us a lot of rope to hang ourselves with and we have every intention of taking it as far as we can.”

We can hardly wait to see how far they’ll go – though we already know that the third season will tackle the Herogasm storyline, which involves an alien invasion being used as a front for a wild orgy, Radiotimes cited.

The Boys season 3: Season 2's ending explained and unanswered questions

One of the biggest The Boys season 3 unanswered questions concerns how much of a role the badly injured Stormfront will get to play. In the season 2 finale, she was attacked by proto-supe Ryan and went the way of Anakin Skywalker, severely burned and losing three limbs. We last saw her deliriously babbling away in German before being taken away to what Vought boss Stan Edgar described as a “secure location”. She seemingly still has a role to play, however.

“She's not technically dead," actor Aya Cash (whose initial contract on The Boys was for one season) told Entertainment Weekly, "but I think you'll just have to see season 3 to find out what happened to her if she's going to be around at all in her smaller form.”

“She's not dead. She's just a stump,” added Kripke. "Among the writers and talking with Aya, we're like, 'Well, what is going to happen to Stumpfront?' So we’ll see.”

Stormfront’s diminished state means there‘s a vacancy to join Homelander in the Big Bad department. Now that she’s been outed as the supe who explodes heads, the smart money would have to be on Congresswoman Victoria Neuman.

Kripke told EW that Neuman “will play a big part in season 3. I don't want to say too much because there's a certain mystery in season 3 about exactly why Victoria is doing what she's doing. But, yeah, I think the overall theme of the show is you need to have a healthy suspicion of your authority figures, and that goes for all of them.”

He divulged a little more to Variety: “Having broken most of season 3, I think we have a pretty good idea of where her story goes and why she’s doing what she’s doing. There are some reveals and twists and turns, and similarly to what we’ve done with a lot of other characters from the books, Vic Neuman was a man in the books and he ends up getting deeper and deeper into politics as the comics go on. It’s the frightening notion that there might be a supe heading deep into American politics, which is screwed up enough already. So we start to play Victoria in that way in season 3.”

Beyond the main villains, the biggest The Boys season 3 unanswered questions surrounding what happens to the Church of the Collective now that its leader, Alastair Adana, has had his head popped by Victoria Neuman and young Ryan. How will he get on without his mother, and with Billy Butcher as an unlikely guardian?

“Ryan will continue to be in the story in season three, actually,” Kripke said in a Twitter fan Q&A. “He kind of represents all that's good about Butcher and Butcher keeps tabs on him and they definitely interact, and it's kind of sweet. But Butcher obviously has crazy amounts of rage about what happened to Becca and still hates Homelander, so trying to balance those two sides of his personality is sort of the big struggle for him in season three.”

We’ve also learned a little more about the fate of a pair of supes we first encountered at Vought’s sinister Sage Grove Center. For starters, Cindy, the powerful telekinetic supe who allowed all the inmates to escape, was last seen getting picked up by a hitchhiker.

“When you're running a show it's just always smart to just plant little landmines everywhere that you can go back to and use and Cindy will return,” Kripke said in his Twitter Q&A. “I'm not entirely sure when, but before this show is over you will see Cindy again.”

Then there’s the small (or maybe not so small?) matter of Love Sausage, the supe who used his surprisingly long and prehensile penis to attack Mother’s Milk. It seems we haven’t seen the last of The Boys season 2’s most infamous new addition.

While Kripke did admit to EW that, ahem, extending Love Sausage’s role is difficult because he’s “so absurd”, he said that “without spoiling anything, someone just successfully pitched, not an extended return but a return of Love Sausage in season 3. So, there's more Love Sausage on the horizon.”

So how long will The Boys run? “The rough idea in my head is five seasons total,” Kripke said on his Twitter Q&A, “but I also know better than to say how many seasons a show is going to have”. (Supernatural, one of Kripke's shows, was originally envisaged as a five-season deal, yet has run for 15.)

“[Eric Kripke] does have an ending in mind that he likes and is working towards,” executive producer Seth Rogen told GamesRadar in August 2020. “But I do also know how fluid these things are. I know some of my favorite shows were not plotted out incredibly specifically, but, to my knowledge, he has an endgame in sight and an ideal number of seasons in his head.

"But again, these things change, and I've literally been in the writers' room where someone says something and you go, ‘Oh no, maybe we need two more seasons to do this idea we all like!’ But he's been very deliberate in the plotting out of the show, and we talk so much about a crowd-pleasing experience with the show and making our TV equivalent of fun, edgy blockbuster.” TechRadar noted.

What’s going on with the spinoff?

Ahead of “The Boys” Season 2 finale, Amazon fast-tracked the development of an untitled spinoff series set at a superhero college run by Vought. Kripke told TheWrap the show, which has not been ordered by the streaming service yet, is “loosely inspired” by the comics’ G-Men, a blatant parody of Marvel’s “X-Men” characters.

The spinoff series will be executive produced by Kripke, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg, who developed “The Boys” for Amazon, as well as Craig Rosenberg, who is writing the pilot, according to the wrap.

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