Executive producer Seth Rogen was instrumental in bringing The Boys to light. The word that The Boys season 3 was happening first came from him while speaking at the Comic-Con: At Home conference in July. Through Digital Spy he said, “Because this show has fans and it is watched by people like you, they have decided to renew it. So, if you like The Boys, you’ve got more of it. Thank God.”
Let us start off by saying this (at the chance of repeating ourselves): Amazon’s The Boys is one great show. It has done a wonderful job bringing the comic book series, co-created by writer Garth Ennis and designed and illustrated by the other co-creator Darick Robertson. Of course, there have been a few tweaks here and there (story and characters) but for the most part, the series has remained faithful to the fun, gory, and naughty nature of its source material.
We have gotten two seasons and now its greenlit for a third. So, what do we know about The Boys season 3? As an FYI, there may possibly be some season 2 spoilers ahead, so proceed with caution. Or dive head-long into it with reckless abandon!
JENSEN ACKLES AS SOLDIER BOY
Let’s go back to the beginning. In this case, The Boys season 3 plans on going back to one of the originals. Solider Boy is the name of one of the original superheroes on The Boys comic universe and one of Kripke’s pals is being brought on board to portray him. This would be Jensen Ackles, fresh from the hit series Supernatural, which just so happens to be another one of Kripke’s creations.
In the comic, Soldier Boy is the leader of sorts of Payback, which was the superhero team before the Seven was created and consisted of Tek Knight, Stormfront, Swatto, Mind-Droid, Crimson Countess, Eagle the Archer, and Soldier Boy. He is considered the original superhero and his upcoming presence is going to cause a lot of havoc for the new Seven.
On bringing Ackles on board for The Boys season 3, Kripke said that Ackles wasn’t even on his radar when he was looking to fill the role. He told Entertainment Weekly, “My assumption was, he’s just finished his 15 years [on Supernatural]. I can’t imagine he wants to dive into another project,” Kripke says. “But, as luck would have it, he called me for a completely other issue. He wanted to pick my brain about a project.”
It was during this conversation that Ackles had asked Kripke what he was working on. The casting of Soldier Boy was then broached and Kripke sent over audition pages. Once Ackles read them, he was immediately enthralled. Kripke said, “Within a week he was booked, but it wouldn’t have happened if he hadn’t just randomly called. I hadn’t talked to him in months.”
Season 3 Casting Rumors
The Ackles announcement, so far, is the only sure thing in terms of new casting to be announced for The Boys season 3. Rumors, though, have persisted and one juicy one includes The Walking Dead’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan). These rumors were only fueled (and maybe started) by Negan himself.
Of course, Kripke added fuel to the fire with his response to Morgan.
Looks like Morgan may be on a collision course with The Boys.
There also may be one more BIG addition to season 3, though this large member was introduced in season 2. Yes, we are talking about the large and in charge Love Sausage. If ya haven’t seen it, the recommendation from GFR is to check out episode six of season 2. Fair warning, you may want to back away from your TV set or whatever electronic device you’re watching The Boys on.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE BOYS SEASON 3
Where do Kripke and company go in The Boys season 3? With Soldier Boy being introduced, you can expect to go backward. This means that the history of Vought will come into play. Trying not to give away too much if you haven’t yet seen all of season two, Homelander will have some scores to settle and Queen Maeve, well, things may not go as well for her in season three as they did in season two.
If seasons one and two gave us any hint of what The Boys season 3 may include, then you can damn well be sure there is plenty more gratuitous violence and depravity on the way. In a nutshell, The Boys tells the story of superheroes and what happens when power becomes too much to handle.
Eric Kripke, the shows creator, said this to Comic-Con: At Home via Syfy, “We just really try to be very character-forward in the show,” added Kripke. “I really think that’s the compass of getting this tone right. …The thesis of the show is, superheroes with power are inherently [still] people, and so they are prone to the types of challenges and potential corruption that happens when you get so much power and access…I don’t want you to agree with what these superheroes do, but I do want you to understand it.”
The show has done a brilliant job balancing the flaws and good deeds done. The Boys season 3 looks to be no different when it comes to jumping into characters old and new. Take, for instance, the introduction to new season 2-character Stormfront, who in the comic was a male character, changed for the series to a female character and portrayed by Aya Cash. When she first appeared, her character seemed to have things in order. But as the season progressed, the Nazi superhero began to show her darker side.
As Cash described her character, she also states how she “violently” does not see eye to eye with Stormfront’s take on society, “my job as an actor is to find the humanity and go to the ugly and gross parts in ourselves.” She also went on to praise Kripke, as he is the show’s head writer, for the fact that he’s been able to find the humanity in Stormfront while also being able to punish the superhero for her major dislike of humankind. With that character arc having been played out, who’s coming next?
At the present time, a debut date for The Boys season 3 on Amazon Prime Video is an unknown. With all the pandemic delays, best guess would be a late 2021 premiere.