Based on the comic of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, ‘The Boys’ is a superhero series that tackles the premise of what will happen if superheroes start abusing their powers. The black comedy action series follows the titular vigilante team in their fight against the Vought International-powered superheroes called The Seven. Developed for the TV screen by Eric Kripke, ‘The Boys’ has gained quite a lot of popularity for its clever use of dark humor and satire.
Since its premiere in 2019, the show has garnered massively positive reviews from fans and critics alike. Praised for its action sequences, storytelling, characterization, dialogues, dark humor, and performances, the show has spawned two critically acclaimed seasons. As it has almost been a year since the conclusion of season 2, excitement about the next iteration is at an all-time high. Naturally, fans are clamoring to know when ‘The Boys’ will make a return with season 3. Well, we come bearing answers!
The Boys Season 3 Release Date
‘The Boys’ season 2 premiered on September 4, 2020, on Amazon Prime Video and concluded its run on October 9, 2020. The season comprises a total of 8 episodes with an average runtime of 55-68 minutes.
Amazon Studios confirmed the renewal of the show for season 3 on July 23, 2020, almost two months ahead of the release of the second season. The studio had even more exciting news in September 2020 when Seth Rogen announced that the popular series is getting a spin-off with the words, “The Vaught Cinematic Universe is expanding.” Finally, in October 2020, Eric Kripke announced that season 3 will start filming in early 2021. According to sources, filming for the third season commenced on February 24, 2021, and will most likely conclude in September 2021.
Additionally, the network blessed the fans on July 7, 2021, by releasing the very first episode of the spinoff series ‘Seven on 7 on VNN’ on the Vought International YouTube channel. Coming back to season 3, if everything goes according to schedule, the season will likely go into post-production by late September 2021. Considering the fact that the series has always required heavy post-production work, we can expect ‘The Boys’ season 3 to grace the streaming platform sometime in mid-2022.
The Boys Season 3 Cast: Who is in it?
Most of the main cast will be stepping back into their characters for season 3. Series favorite Karl Urban will be back to reprise his role as Billy Butcher, while Laz Alonso will step back into the shoes of Mother’s Milk. Other characters confirmed to return on the side of the Boys comprise Jack Quaid (Hughie Campbell Junior), Karen Fukuhara (Kimiko Miyashiro/the Female), and Tomer Capon (Serge/Frenchie). On the other hand, Anthony Starr will make a dominant return as the leader of the Seven, Homelander/John, alongside Erin Moriarty as Starlight/Annie January.
Other Seven members sure to make a return to our TV screens include Dominique McElligott as Queen Maeve/Maggie Shaw, Nathan Mitchell as Black Noir, Chace Crawford as the Deep/Kevin Moskowitz, and last but certainly not the least, Jessie T. Usher as A-Train/Reggie Franklin. Giancarlo Esposito is confirmed to return as Stan Edgar, while Claudia Doumit (Victoria “Vic” Neuman) and Colby Minifie (Ashley Barrett) have been promoted to be series regulars in season 3.
Characters who met their end in season 2 and will not return in season 3 include Krishan Dutt and Samer Salem’s Naqib, Abraham Lim’s Kenji Miyashiro, Dan Darin-Zanco’s Doppelganger, Shawn Ashmore’s Lamplighter, John Doman’s Jonah Vogelbaum, Goran Višnjić’s Alastair Adana, and Shantel VanSanten’s Becca Butcher. Moreover, Aya Cash’s Klara Risinger/Stormfront loses her limbs in the season 2 finale, but with her not being dead, Stormfront’s return has been teased by the actress.
There is also confirmed news of several new faces in the show, with the most popular announcement being ‘Supernatural’ fame Jensen Ackles, who will take on the role of Soldier Boy. Also joining the show is Laurie Holden (‘The Walking Dead’) as Crimson Countess, Katia Winter (‘Dexter’) as Little Nina, Sean Patrick Flanery (‘The Boondock Saints’) as Gunpowder, Miles Gaston Villanueva as Supersonic, and Nick Wechsler as Blue Hawk.
The Boys Season 3 Plot: What is it About?
In the season 2 finale, the fight against Stormfront ends on a bitter note as Ryan Butcher incapacitates the Supe but accidentally kills his mother in the process. The Boys, though, are able to profit from Stormfront’s defeat as they lose their fugitive status after revealing the Supe’s Nazi links. Moreover, the show discloses Congressman Victoria Neuman as the Supe with the head popping superpower in a last-minute spine-chilling reveal.
Season 3 is likely to take off from where the ending of its predecessor. With Aya Cash teasing about Stormfront’s return, we might learn what finally awaits the now incapacitated Supe. Moreover, with Stormfront now missing from Homelander’s team, a position is open, and it remains to be seen whether Congresswoman Victoria Neuman grabs the opportunity to get close to the Seven or not.
Claudia Doumit, who plays Vic Neuman, was promoted to a series regular because of how much weight her character will have on season 3’s storyline. So, we can also expect the show to shed more light on the newly revealed Supe. Moreover, series developer, Eric Kripke, has confirmed season 3 will feature the “Herogasm” arc from the comics.
There are also speculations that the show might follow the comics to a T and gradually turn Billy Butcher into a tragic villain with genocidal impulses. Thus, with several avenues to explore and even more mind-blowing action to bring to our screens, ‘The Boys’ season 3 is sure shaping up to be another witty, powerful, and thrilling romp through the dark superhero world.
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