The Boys Podcast: Eric Kripke Discusses Series Adapt, Season 2 Themes

As the promotional machine behind Amazon Prime's The Boys begins to pick up steam heading towards the series' second-season return on September 4 (with a 3 episode drop and then weekly after that), executive producer Eric Kripke continues keeping his promise to offer up some very cool stuff for fans of the streaming service's adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's comic book series. In a recent episode of the Prime Video Presents podcast, host Tim Kash sat down with Kripke for "Dolphin Sex, Comic Books and 'The Boys' with Eric Kripke" to discuss the popular streaming series. From the early days of developing series and a comparison of the series to the comics to his thoughts on how the season was received, Kripke covers a lot of ground in 45 minutes. Oh, and you didn't think he wasn't going to discuss the second season, did you? For example, what it's going to be like for Homelander (Antony Starr) now that he's found a fatal solution to his "mommy issues" just in time to be a father, all while trying to deal competition from The Seven's newest member:

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A look at Homelander and son from The Boys season 2 (Image: Amazon Prime)

From the early days of developing series and a comparison of the series to the comics to his thoughts on how the season was received, Kripke covers a lot of ground in 45 minutes. Oh, and you didn't think he wasn't going to discuss the second season, did you? For example, what it's going to be like for Homelander (Antony Starr) now that he's found a fatal solution to his "mommy issues" just in time to be a father, all while trying to deal competition from The Seven's newest member:

The Boys: Let's Take a Look Ahead and a Look Back

The following second-season teaser picks up where things left off last time: a bloody Homelander meeting his son. From there, we have a bloody mess that finds A-Train (Jessie T. Usher) not doing so well; Homelander taking on Starlight (Erin Moriarty); Mr. Edgar (Giancarlo Esposito) stepping up his presence, The Deep (Chace Crawford) still trying to not be so shallow; a quick look at Butcher's (Karl Urban) good boy Terror, and more. Joining the series this season are Aya Cash, Goran Visnjic, Claudia Doumit, Patton Oswalt, and a returning Malcolm Barrett.

Amazon Prime Video also released a preview introducing Stormfront (Cash) in all of her social media glory. In the opening scene, we get to see Vought's PR campaign making the public feel comfy about supes in the military just before the set gets a visitor, much to the chagrin of Homelander, Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott), and public relation powerhouse Ashley (Colby Minifie). But Stormfront's not just there to make a name for herself, because she's already done that. That's because Mr. Edgar just named her as the late, not-so-great Translucent's replacement- and Homelander's not happy.

Speaking of Mr. Edgar, during "The Boys F**kin' Reunion," Kripke previewed the first three minutes of the second season opener (at around the 47:30 mark) that plans are moving forward to embed supes with the military, with the Vought CEO and Secretary of Defense Robert Singer (Jim Beaver) negotiating "collateral damage" while Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell) takes care of a first-season threat.

On the side of The Boys, Urban's Billy Butcher is mysterious and brutal, hiding a personal agenda as he approaches potential new recruit Hughie (Jack Quaid), claiming to be a shadowy government operative. Butcher capitalizes on Hughie's rage over his girlfriend Robin's accidental death at the hands of Superhero A-Train and enlists Hughie as part of his plan to bring down the super-hero franchise. Rounding out Butcher's team are Laz Alonso (The Mysteries of Laura) as second-in-command Mother's Milk; Karen Fukuhara (Suicide Squad) as The Female, a young Asian assassin with blistering fighting skills who happens to have superpowers; and Tomer Capon as unpredictable wild card Frenchie, a brutal warrior when who lives a life of no attachments or responsibilities.

The Boys returns on September 4 (Image: Amazon Prime)
The Boys returns on September 4 (Image: Amazon Prime)

On the flip side, The Seven include Starr (American Gothic) as Homelander, leader of the main superhero team, The Seven; McElligott (The Last Tycoon) as Queen Maeve, a member of The Seven; Crawford (Gossip Girl) as The Seven member The Deep, an aquatic hero; Usher (Survivor's Remorse) as speedster with a major PR problem, A-Train; Mitchell (iZombie) as Black Noir, a masked superhero with fighting and Set martial arts skills; Alex Hassell as the late (and perverted) invisible hero Translucent (who's not really…you know… "translucent"); and Moriarty (Jessica Jones) is Starlight/Annie, a young woman who can make lightning bolts flash from her eyes and dreams of being a "real superhero" like the famous Seven.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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