At 3:00 pm PDT today, ComicCon@Home 2020 held its panel for Season 2 of Amazon Prime’s The Boys. A description of the panel from Comic-Con’s website is copied below along with an embedded recording of the live stream.
If you’re one of those folks who prefers to read things (or just wants the highlights), then scroll a little further for our commentary about the event.
Join executive producer Eric Kripke, along with series stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara, and Aya Cash, with moderator Aisha Tyler, for a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming second season of ‘The Boys.’ Executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will also make a special appearance. Based on The New York Times best-selling comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, ‘The Boys’ is a fun and irreverent take on what happens when superheroes – who are as popular as celebrities – abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. The even more intense, more insane season two finds ‘The Boys’ on the run from the law, hunted by the Supes, and desperately trying to regroup and fight back against Vought.
The following is a very condensed summary of the 1-hour panel, which was moderated by Aisha Tyler.
Showrunner Eric Kripke started off by saying how much everyone working on the show appreciates the positive feedback they’ve gotten.
Then moved on to discussion about Season 2, which he described as being even more intense and emotional than Season 1. The Boys are now wanted fugitives while Homelander has killed the only person who could control him (Madelyn Stillwell). Starlight is still part of the Vought corporation and feels trapped.
White supremacy/nationalism and systemic racism will be major themes this season, as well.
The panel then shared a clip from Season 2 featuring Butcher & Co. being chased by the Deep has he controls a bunch of sharks and one gigantic whale. The results are more than a little gruesome (and apologies for the language in the tweet, but that’s what you’re gonna get when The Boys are involved)
And you thought the dolphin was bad… Season 2 is f-----g diabolical! pic.twitter.com/odAyY23pSC
— The Boys (@TheBoysTV) July 23, 2020
Fun fact: Karl Urban was actually driving the boat and the whale they demolished was a giant prosthetic/animatronic model that Kripke had the production crew make.
Karl Urban (Butcher): Butcher’s character is understandably affected by the discovery that his wife is still alive and had a child with Homelander. While Season 1 was focused on his quest for revenge over her assumed death, Season 2 focuses on what he’s willing to do to save her. Butcher and Starlight also end up being forced to work together–one of many unlikely pairings that we’ll get to see.
Anthony Starr/Homelander: Homelander is in a fragile emotional state after killing Stillwell. One of the ways he attempts to reconnect with her is drinking her collected/saved breast milk.
Jack Quaid (Hughie Campbell): Hughie starts season 2 feeling betrayed/alone and feeling incredibly guilty about lying to Annie/Starlight. He’s starting to realize how to navigate the world on his own, but doesn’t have much left for him besides the mission Butcher put him and The Boys on. In fact, Butcher’s return to the group inspired Hughie to have a major moment where he tells their former leader exactly what he thinks of him.
Erin Moriarty (Annie/Starlight): Despite their major falling out (and Hughie’s betrayal), the pair still have a good deal of chemistry with each other. As mentioned before, Annie is forced into joining forces with people she would never want to–like Butcher, who shot her in the chest.
She’s also become significantly more jaded and put up a wall around herself.
After their major fight at the end of Season 1, things between her and A-Train are all types of awkward. One example of how much Annie has changed is that she blackmails him into silence so that she can remain on The Seven (but doesn’t feel good about it at all).
Jessie T. Usher (A-Train): A-Train is in bad shape due to his abuse of Compound V. Season 2 sees him being forced to face things he’s been metaphorically running from for a long time. He’s also living in a constant state of fear and anger, desperate to do whatever it takes to maintain his superstar life/status–even if that means killing or dying for it himself.
We’ll learn a lot of what’s behind A-Train’s fear of losing everything he’s built, which drives him to do some really crazy stuff in this season.
Interesting side note: A-Train never really believed Hughie killed his girlfriend. He just needed someone to blame/deflect on.
Laz Alonso (Mother’s Milk): At the start of the season, MM has become the defacto anchor/leader of The Boys after Butcher’s departure. Despite building a life for himself and having a family he loves, he can’t stop himself from fighting for justice and what’s right.
Chance Crawford (The Deep): After a funny clip of a dolphin asking him some question (and them saying they missed each other), Crawford discussed his character’s journey to find his way back after hitting rock bottom. He also revealed that someone from his past will be joining him this season.
Karen Fukuhara (Kimiko/The Female): Kimiko will have lots of cool fight scenes this season. We’ll also learn a ton more about her past, including why she doesn’t speak.
Tomer Capon (Frenchie): We’ll see much more of him this season, including an “origin” story of sorts where his real name is revealed. Capon also appeared to let it slip that Kimiko will speak at some point this season.
Aya Cash (Stormfront): Stormfront is a perfect match for Homelander who is also very savvy with social media. Cash didn’t think she’d get the role because of some of the crazy elements involved.
Her storyline is great: You’ll love her at first…then not so much. The character is completely opposite of everything Cash believes in, which made her even more fun to play.
Eric Kripkie jump backed in to discuss why he loves the characters in The Boys so much. In his mind, power doesn’t corrupt–it just reveals who you are.
He also doesn’t like writing straight villains. Instead, he enjoys giving them layers and helping the audience understand why they do what they do.
Producers Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg jumped on to thank fans for their support and revealed that The Boys has already been renewed for a third season.
This just in: The Boys is coming back for a Season 3. Please don't ask us when. pic.twitter.com/Bj6qw6qPX8
— Prime Video (@PrimeVideo) July 23, 2020
Aisha Tyler closed out the panel by revealing that she’ll be hosting a new weekly after show entitled Prime Rewind: Inside ‘The Boys.’