Not sure if you’ve noticed, but Amazon Prime has been doing one huge promotional blitz for season three of The Boys. Today, the streaming service drops the first three episodes of the season and then will run one each week for the remaining five episodes. Not sure what to expect? When Eric Kripke is your mastermind and he’s given the ability to do whatever he can with little censorship, the sky is the limit. Just when you thought that seasons 1 and 2 were shocking, there have been teases that season 3 could go bigger.
As we’ve been anticipating for a while now, season three will introduce Soldier Boy, played by Jensen Ackles. He’s someone who has been mentioned in past episodes as the original Supe, the Captain America of The Boys world. So he’s an All-American good guy, right? Hee, if you watch this show, and you know that will not be the case. The question is, will he go the way of Homelander or Stormfront? I anticipate a combination of both, but it could go an entirely different way. The depiction of Soldier Boy in the series will stray from the comic, so anything goes.
For those that have seen the show, one just cannot forget the whale scene. Well, Mr. Kripke has promised that they will top the crazy from the whale scene within the first 15 minutes of the season three premiere. How could they possibly do that? He didn’t elaborate that much, but we won’t have to wait long to find out. He just promised that they will be starting this season with ‘a real bang.’
Another episode that has been talked about, a lot, is that episode set to air on June 24th, called “Herogasm.” So what is it? In the original comic, it’s basically a very graphic week long hero orgy. Jensen has talked about “Herogasm” at cons before and his stories about arriving on the set and seeing a shell shocked camera operator who had been shooting the scenes for the episode have gotten many laughs. Kripke has gone all in to re-create this sick and depraved comic book edition to the small screen, much like he has with the other deeply imaginative installments (can you say whale?). He did say though that they can’t follow what’s in the comic completely, since there is a scene where Soldier Boy and Homelander have sex so Soldier Boy can get into The Seven. The series version of Soldier Boy will not go that route. I’m just trying to figure out how Homelander can get more depraved that what we’ve already seen. I mean he’s done some really sick s***. I guess our imaginations will be stretched to new levels again.
(Love this reflective shot! So perfect)
One intriguing twist is Billy Butcher taking a drug to temporarily give him powers. Does that level the playing field, or take him down a dark path, um, darker than where he was before? Is his obsessive purpose still to take out Homelander now that Becca is gone? The preview hints that he’s turned his life around, especially caring for Becca’s son Ryan, but all that deep anger and anguish can’t truly be extinguished, can it? Again, you know what show you’re watching.
It looks like Mother’s Milk will also get a backstory too (yay!) and there will be the very colorful and vivid song and dance number for Frenchie and Kimiko. I hope that their relationship will continue to flourish and I’m curious what is in store for them. I’m also curious how Hughie and Annie is going to make their relationship work, especially since they are trying to take down Vought from two different sides. Hughie in a G-man suit being a boss now looks awesome! But we know that will probably go bad too, like his desire to carry on without Butcher in the season two premiere.
There’s been little teased about the other members of The Seven, and even the one missing member that gets an incredible amount of screen time, The Deep. There will be an American Idol style competition called American Hero to find the new member of The Seven. That is so Vought. Aren’t there two openings right now since Stormfront is out of the picture? I’m still trying to figure out how they’re The Seven when there were only six of them.
Anyway, the new episodes start June 3rd and will all be released by July 8th, so I’m sure burning questions will be answered and new ones will be created. In the meantime, here is what I could scrape together from all the promotional blitz out there about The Boys Season Three. There’s a lot of goodness out there!
Cast Interviews, Previews, Trailers, Promo Posters
This is an excellent preview from Variety, complete with interviews from Eric Kripke, Jensen Ackles, and Karl Urban. My favorite line came from Kripke talking about all the projects that have stemmed from the success of The Boys. "I'm not the first showrunner to say this, I think it was Greg Berlanti, but it's like a pie-eating contest and the first prize is more pie." I love Kripke interviews! They're never boring.
Here's a little summary of where season two left off, just as a refresher since it's been a while. Spoiler alert if you haven't seen it!
The official trailer. The Homelander backpedaling is so fun to watch. This raises so many questions!
Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr and Jensen Ackles celebrate the upcoming third season of 'The Boys' on the set of their Entertainment Weekly digital cover shoot.
Speaking of the photo shoot, isn't this amazing?
Being Emmy-nominated won’t make #TheBoys pull its punches in season 3. 🔥 @KarlUrban, @antonystarr, @JackQuaid92, @JensenAckles, @therealKripke, and more dive into what might be "the most insane season of TV ever filmed." https://t.co/O4dorOLuM1 Story by @NickARomano pic.twitter.com/yGCpqRctWW— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) May 23, 2022
Wondering what Soldier Boy is like? Vought International found the PSA...
Going through our vaults, we discovered this lost footage of America's greatest hero, Soldier Boy. On this day, we salute the sacrifices made by the few, for the benefit of the many. Let’s all heed his important reminder: real heroes don’t use drugs. pic.twitter.com/6ZOtNzE9id
— Vought International (@VoughtIntl) May 30, 2022
And leave it up to The Boys to share the cut footage!
This your Captain, America? pic.twitter.com/1eYAcGK71L
— THE BOYS (@TheBoysTV) May 31, 2022
The prime video promo poster for season three:
Dawn of the Seven
For those that may have not watched season two, our six heroes filmed a new Vought International action movie, The Dawn of the Seven. First thing in season three, we get the premiere of that movie! And what's a premiere without the trailer...
This summer, the most ambitious event in cinema history finally arrives. From acclaimed Director Adam Bourke, this is DAWN OF THE SEVEN. #ReleaseTheBourkeCut pic.twitter.com/JvkaSrswD4— Vought International (@VoughtIntl) May 20, 2022
A poster of Queen Maeve from Vought International in honor of the premiere of Dawn of the Seven:
To save the world, she must show them who she really is. Brave Maeve stars in DAWN OF THE SEVEN, premiering this Friday. Get $7 off your ticket now with promo code MAEVEPRIDE! pic.twitter.com/ZfPynuqg6z— Vought International (@VoughtIntl) June 1, 2022
Here's A-Train's poster!
The heartbeat of DAWN OF THE SEVEN, A-Train! The world’s fastest man speeds into theaters and onto Vought+ June 3. #ReleaseTheBourkeCut pic.twitter.com/hPiEMi49Qj— Vought International (@VoughtIntl) May 26, 2022
Let's not forget Starlight!
In their darkest hour, she shines brighter than ever. But will it be enough? See Starlight in DAWN OF THE SEVEN, premiering June 3! #ReleaseTheBourkeCut pic.twitter.com/KPxa9stoAQ— Vought International (@VoughtIntl) May 23, 2022
Black Noir is in it too!
Critics rave that Black Noir is “worthy of Best Supporting Actor” and “might just win Adam Bourke Best Screenplay.” See the silent assassin in DAWN OF THE SEVEN, premiering in less than one week! #ReleaseTheBourkeCut pic.twitter.com/fIdweCBVWN— Vought International (@VoughtIntl) May 29, 2022
Last but not least, the star of the show, Homelander!
Critics are saying that Homelander's performance in DAWN OF THE SEVEN is "a tour de force" and "the perfect redemption arc." Support America's greatest hero by getting a ticket when they go on presale! pic.twitter.com/4bd1OlU24J— Vought International (@VoughtIntl) May 21, 2022
Leave it up to Kripke to use a fake movie premiere to promote the upcoming season three of the series! That crafty bastard.
Homelander. Maeve. Starlight. A-Train. Noir. Translucent. Mr. Marathon. Ruby the Hacker. And @greggrunberg. Together at last. The 9 hour event, in theaters only on June 3. #ReleaseTheBourkeCut @VoughtIntl #TheBoys #TheBoysTV @TheBoysTV pic.twitter.com/Pf49FWigDf— Eric Kripke (@therealKripke) May 21, 2022
This is a must read article in GQ for any fan of any of these actors, especially Jensen. Loving the leather!
This week on #GQHype: @TheBoysTV are back https://t.co/lf2xigCmrx pic.twitter.com/XXDit3qlxb— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) June 1, 2022
This is a YouTube video that came out of that GQ session. The cast talks about the show's biggest moments so far. Oh man, there's so many of them.
Here's another interview with Jensen in USA Today. He talks about The Boys but also The Winchesters as well. So much happening for this guy right now!
After 15 seasons of "Supernatural,"@JensenAckles goes from battling demons to wielding a star-spangled shield as Soldier Boy in the third go-round of "The Boys" (first three episodes streaming Friday, then weekly). https://t.co/s5Qdo5xHLQ— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) June 1, 2022
This is an interview with Jensen and Karl Urban as part of the UK press tour.
Kripke is getting us excited!
IN ONE WEEK...SHOWTIME#TheBoys #TheBoysTV #SoldierBoy @JensenAckles @PrimeVideo @SPTV pic.twitter.com/pyJWB1vmlU— Eric Kripke (@therealKripke) May 27, 2022
Eric Kripke insists that everyone watch this before watching season 3. He's even made it available on YouTube for us!
As you lube up for S3, this is REQUIRED VIEWING. Homey & Noir's backstory from #TheBoysDiabolical, which we're making FREE TO VIEW. #TheBoys #TheBoysTV @TheBoysTV @antonystarr @itsNateMitchell https://t.co/hOsqDdFEom— Eric Kripke (@therealKripke) May 27, 2022
Kripke is feeling the love after their Paris screening event. What an amazing event for them.
Feelin' more gratitude than attitude after our big Paris screening event. pic.twitter.com/xYZy4dEiOU— THE BOYS (@TheBoysTV) May 23, 2022
Here's a longer look from Amazon studios, who are mighty proud!
Don’t call it a comeback, call it a takeover. 🔥 The Boys made their return at the supe-studded Season 3 Paris screening! Don't miss new episodes of @TheBoysTV on @PrimeVideo, coming June 3. pic.twitter.com/GomevtxRvm— Amazon Studios (@AmazonStudios) May 24, 2022
Ah, the perils of shooting in Canada:
Fun behind-the-scenes mistake. After we shot an NYC-set #SoldierBoy scene with this poster, we realized it spelled "favourite" the Canadian/British way. Can't catch 'em all. Anyway, SEE FOR YOURSELF, JUNE 3 on @PrimeVideo!#TheBoys #TheBoysTV @TheBoysTV @VoughtIntl @SPTV pic.twitter.com/wLMwawcMkh— Eric Kripke (@therealKripke) May 28, 2022
This is just the tip of the iceberg I'm sure, so if you have any other links, interviews, pictures, fun stuff, anything, please share in the comments. I'll be watching the first three episodes soon and will do my best to get coherent reviews together of each episode this season. If it's anything like the first two seasons, it's going to be awfully hard to digest right away! There's always so much to process.