Prime Video superhero series The Boys Season 3 is officially returning. In its two seasons, Amazon Prime’s The Boys has quietly emerged as one of the best, savviest shows on television. Though from the outside it looks like a generic “what if superheroes were bad” narrative, it’s a devastatingly sharp critique of American corporate structures and the horrors they have wrought. (Or have… Vought… if you want to be more specific.) With a Season 2 finale that was characteristically bloody but left a lot of hanging questions, fans are clamoring for Season 3. Here’s what we know about it so far.
The first full-length trailer of The Boys Season 3 arrived on Monday, May 16, and there’s a lot to unpack. First of all, we are going to be picking up about a year after the events of Season 2. Homelander is on the press trail to try and redeem his image after having a very public love story with a Nazi. He’s claiming that he simply “fell in love with the wrong woman,” but it’s clear that we are very close to Homelander’s mind snapping and that won’t be good for anyone.
The headline news here is really about Billy though. We see him take a serum that gives him superpowers for 24 hours. According to him, it is to level the playing field for once but Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso) points out that the entire ethos of the boys is that no one deserves that kind of power. It’s also unclear whether this new mystery serum will have the same addictive nature as Compound-V because if it does, that’s going to open a whole new can of worms.
Then there’s Soldier Boy. He’s coming out of retirement, and in what looks like a cryogenic chamber. The beard is in full effect and we know he’s going to be interacting with Billy at least, but also smashing someone’s head in with his shield like Captain America (Wyatt Russell) did in that episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier we all try to forget. It seems like Soldier Boy might have a bit more in common with Homelander than we suspected. It remains to be seen if that will be a good thing or a total travesty. Regardless, this is The Boys so it will be something we never expect.
Boys season 3 cast
Here’s the full cast list for The Boys season 3:
- Karl Urban as William ‘Billy’ Butcher
- Jack Quaid as Hugh ‘Hughie’ Campbell Jr.
- Antony Starr as John/Homelander
- Erin Moriarty as Annie January/Starlight
- Dominique McElligott as Maggie Shaw/Queen Maeve
- Jessie T. Usher as Reggie Franklin/A-Train
- Chase Crawford as Kevin Moskowitz/The Deep
- Laz Alonso as Mother’s Milk
- Tomer Capon as Frenchie
- Karan Fukuhara as Kimiko Miyashiro/The Female
- Nathan Mitchell as Black Noir
- Colby Minifie as Ashley Barrett
- Claudia Doumit as Victoria ‘Vic’ Neuman
- Jensen Ackles as Soldier Boy
- Laurie Holden as Crimson Countess
- Sean Patrick Flanery as Gunpowder
- Nick Wechsler as Blue Hawk
- Miles Gaston Villeneuva as Supersonic
- Cameron Crovetti as Ryan Butcher
- Giancarlo Esposito as Vought CEO Stan Edgar
- Laila Robins as Grace Mallory
- Cameron Crovetti as Ryan Butcher
- Katia Winter as Little Nina
- Justin Davies as young Stan Edgar
- Kristen Booth as Tessa, one of the TNT Twins
- Jack Doolan as Tommy, one of the TNT Twins
The biggest season 3 casting news is that Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles has been hired to portray Soldier Boy, the first-ever Vought-manufactured superhero. We’ll dive into what Soldier Boy’s arrival could mean for the show’s other characters later on.
In addition to Ackles’ Soldier Boy, Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead) Sean Patrick Flanery (Dead Zone), Nick Wechsler (Dynasty), and Miles Gaston Villanueva (Nancy Drew) have joined the show as Crimson Countess, Gunpowder, Blue Hawk, and Supersonic.
The Boys season 3 plot
Showrunner Eric Kripke left plenty of open doors in the Season 2 finale, but the biggest reveal has to do with the anti-supe Congresswoman Victoria Neuman, played by Claudia Doumit. Victoria had been hovering on the sidelines throughout the season. She’s an Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez-esque politician who has been an outspoken opponent of Vought and Compound V. But, as we learn in the last bits of the Season 2 finale, she’s also a supe herself with the insane ability to blow people’s heads off. So what’s her angle here? Hard to say! But we do know that sweet Hughie (Jack Quaid) is going to work for her. What mess has he gotten himself into now? “We want people worrying about thinking about the danger Hughie is in: The poor guy is trying to fight the fight in a good way—in a legal way—and literally step one he finds himself working for a secret super,” Kripke told Variety.
Meanwhile, Homelander’s son Ryan (Cameron Crovetti) is now in the custody of Grace Mallory (Laila Robbins) and the US government, while Homelander himself is being blackmailed by Maeve (Dominique McElligott), who threatens to release the video demonstrating how he left a plane of people to die if he goes after her or Starlight (Erin Moriarty).
The full trailer for the series implies that Homelander’s emotional meltdown will constitute a big portion of the season, while other parts will be devoted to Hughie’s disillusionment and the introduction of a serum that can give people super powers for a brief time. There will also be a musical number.
The Boys season 3 release date
The Boys season 3 will exclusively launch on Prime Video on June 3, 2022.
The season’s first three episodes will all arrive on that date, with subsequent episodes will be releasing weekly after that. Check out below for an official rundown of each episode’s launch date:
- Episode one – Payback
- Episode two – The Only Man in the Sky
- Episode three – Barbary Coast
- Episode four – Glorious Five Year Plan
- Episode five – The Last Time to Look on This World of Lies
- Episode six – Herogasm
All of the above have ties to the storylines in the comics – you can read more via this Reddit post ( open in a new tab)if you really want to spoil things for yourself ahead of time.
The Boys season 3 finale will arrive on July 8, which might be just in time for any Independence Day-style episode that the show’s creative team might have cooked up.