'The Boys' Season 2 release date, trailer, cast, spoilers for Amazon's show

'The Boys' will be back for more real soon.

Amazon really struck gold in summer 2019 with The Boys, a riveting and hilarious skewering of the superhero genre that supersedes anything we’ve seen on Netflix. Adapted from the Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson comic series of the same name, The Boys tracks the formation of a wannabe black-ops unit of regular Joes who have tasked themselves with keeping the superheroes of the world in line — a real necessity, as “supes” in this world tend to have some rather vile private lives. The show’s first season tracks the group coming back together after some time apart as they uncover a sinister conspiracy amidst the world of supes. It’s ended up being a huge hit, which is a good thing since Season 2 started production before Season 1 even released.

Here’s everything we know so far about Amazon’s The Boys Season 2, including which cast members will be returning, when new episodes will debut on the streaming platform, and how you can watch Season 1 right now.

Will there be a Season 2 ofThe Boys ?

The Boys scored an early Season 2 renewal, which executive producer Seth Rogen confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con. The renewal was announced just one week before the premiere of Season 1 on July 26.

Karl Urban and Jack Quaid in 'The Boys' on Amazon
Billy Butcher and Hughie Campbell have an intense chat.

When is The Boys Season 2 release date?

While a hard date isn’t available yet, Karl Urban (who plays the antihero Billy Butcher, the leader of the Boys) recently posted on Instagram to announce that he’d wrapped filming on Season 2 of the series. There’s a good chance that means the season is close to wrapping as a whole as Billy is a pretty vital character in the ensemble. He also included the crucial detail that the show will be back in mid-2020. That could mean another summer release to keep up the pattern started with Season 1, but there’s always a chance it could be coming our way earlier.

Is there a teaser trailer for The Boys Season 2?

Not yet, but Amazon did release this short clip soon after Season 1 premiered which seems to tease the events of The Boys Season 2.

How many episodes will The Boys Season 2 have?

An episode order wasn’t announced when The Boys was renewed for Season 2, but fans can probably expect the same episode count as Season 1 (eight). There’s always the outside chance Amazon could order a few more episodes depending on the success of Season 1, but for now, the safest bet is to expect eight new episodes total for Season 2.

Which The Boys cast members will return for Season 2?

Spoilers ahead for The Boys Season 1!

Given how Season 1 ended, a majority of the cast of The Boys will return. Two characters who will definitely not return are Translucent (Alex Hassell) and Madelyn Stillwell (Elizabeth Shue) given the fact they both bite it over the course of the first eight episodes.

Definite returns include Karl Urban (Billy Butcher), Jack Quaid (Hughie), Tomer Capon (Frenchie), Karen Fukuhara (The Female), Laz Alonzo (Mother’s Milk), Jesse T. Usher (A-Train), Erin Moriarty (Starlight), Anthony Starr (Homelander), Dominique McElligott (Queen Maeve), and Chace Crawford (The Deep). There’s always the possibility of supporting characters like Colby Minifie’s Ashley, who runs PR for Vought and The Seven, or Simon Pegg as Hughie’s dad. Then again, with no confirmed plot announced, it’s unclear what the scope of Season 2 will be and who will return.

Dominique McElligott and Anthony Starr in 'The Boys'
Queen Maeve and The Homelander get suspicious

Are any new characters coming to The Boys Season 2?

At that same San Diego Comic-Con panel, we also learned that You’re the Worst alum Aya Cash would join as Stormfront. In the Ennis/Robertson comics, Stormfront is a male villain who is part of the supervillain group known as Payback, which operates in direct opposition to The Seven. Stormfront is also styled in the same vein as Marvel’s Thor or DC Comics’ Shazam. Just as his villain name implies, Stormfront was a member of the Hitler Youth, raised with white supremacist ideologies which are fundamental to his worldview.

It has yet to be confirmed if the rest of Stormfront’s Payback comrades will join him her in Season 2 but they would be an interesting addition to the show. The fact that The Boys Season 1 introduced the concept of supervillains in general to this world seems to suggest that there could be even more scattered around the planet. So we wouldn’t be surprised if they decided to team up.


The Boys Season 1 is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video now.