Here’s what we know about The Boys Season 3’s release date, plot, cast, and more.
The Boys Season 2 ended on a bang–well, technically, multiple bangs, as the last two episodes featured a veritable bloodbath of head explosions (and what a twist the culprit’s identity turned out to be). The Season 2 finale also wrapped up many of the season’s storylines, from Butcher’s quest to reunite with Becca to Homelander’s journey down the nazi rabbit hole with Stormfront. The finale tied a bow on these things and more, while laying the groundwork for future episodes.
Of course, that just leaves us looking forward to The Boys Season 3 all the more. So far, we only have tidbits of information about it, so let’s get right into breaking down everything we know.
The Boys Season 3 release date
Currently, we have no idea when The Boys Season 3 will premiere. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, production on most TV shows and movies has halted or become unpredictable, and The Boys is no exception. That said, we know The Boys Season 3 will arrive at some point–Amazon announced as much during 2020 Comic-Con, before Season 2 had even premiered.
Showrunner Eric Kripke hopes to begin shooting in 2021
Kripke during The Boys Comic-Con 2020 panel
During the Season 3 renewal announcement, The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke did give a vague window when the show might begin Season 3 production: early 2021, although “that’s up to a microscopic virus,” as Kripke put it. In the meantime, he and the other writers are in the “virtual writer’s room” focusing on writing and pre-production in anticipation of being able to start shooting.
The show will continue to tackle current events and politics
Anyone who watched The Boys Season 1 and Season 2 definitely has a solid idea of the show’s politics. The Boys has never been shy about incorporating current events and themes, particularly with Season 2’s focus on right-wing propaganda, social media, and extremism worming its way into American culture. When Season 3 was announced, showrunner Eric Kripke said, “the world has given us way too much material,” confirming that the show will continue looking to current events for inspiration.
We can infer some plot points
Besides that, we don’t know anything concrete about Season 3’s plot. That said, we can infer some things based on the way Season 2 ended. For example, it’s probably safe to guess that Hughie will be working directly for Congresswoman Neuman next season–which is bad news for The Boys, given what we learned about Neuman in the finale. In addition, with nothing left to lose, it seems likely that Butcher will accept Mallory’s offer to resume working for the CIA.
Black Noir will return
Just in case you thought Black Noir’s Almond Joy-induced coma might be permanent, rest assured that the most mysterious member of The Seven will return. When we chatted with Nathan Mitchell, the actor behind the opaque black mask, he confirmed that Black Noir has a future on the show. If you want a hint of what that future might be, check out our explanation of Black Noir’s comics storyline, and what a certain Season 2 reveal might mean for him.
Season 3 will introduce Soldier Boy
Jensen Ackles in Supernatural
In August 2020, The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke announced that another character from The Boys comics, Soldier Boy, will be introduced in Season 3. Soldier Boy is a Captain America parody whose origin story involves having allegedly fought in World War II, though in the comics, that narrative is called into question. Soldier Boy will be played by Jensen Ackles, who fans may recognize from Kripke’s previous show, Supernatural. Kripke said Ackles will “bring so much humor, pathos, and danger to the role.”
A Walking Dead star may join as well
Soldier Boy might not be the only new face and Supernatural alum appearing in The Boys Season 3. After The Walking Dead star Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan) had an exchange with The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke on Twitter in early 2020, Kripke confirmed with Collider that he and Morgan have seriously discussed the possibility of the actor joining The Boys. “There’s one role we’re already talking about,” the showrunner said, adding that they’d been “texting back and forth” about it. “I don’t think it’s a done deal yet, but the will is there, and we’re both talking about it,” he continued. So while Jeffrey Dean Morgan joining The Boys isn’t a sure thing, it is a real possibility.
We may get a spin-off too
In addition to The Boys Season 3, Amazon may be developing a Boys spin-off series. The show will focus on a “supe college” run by Vought, the evil megacorporation that serves as The Boys’ central villain. Variety describes it as “an irreverent, R-rated series that explores the lives of hormonal, competitive supes as they put their physical, sexual, and moral boundaries to the test, competing for the best contracts in the best cities. Part college show, part Hunger Games–with all the heart, satire and raunch of The Boys.” The pilot is reportedly being written by The Boys writer and executive producer Craig Rosenberg, who will also serve as showrunner. The Boys’ executive producers Eric Kripke, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver will also serve as executive producers, alongside Neal H. Moritz and Pavun Shetty.