Friday, September 30

How season 2 changed ‘The Boys’

Warning: The following contains full SPOILERS for everyone Boys‘ Season 2, including the finale…


The Boys just wrapped up its second season with a number of jaw-dropping sequences, including a huge “Girls Get Things Done” showdown between our heroes and Stormfront, poor young Ryan losing his mother in a horrible way, the reveal of a sneaky new Supe on the scene (who’s been behind all the heads going “pop!”), and – er – Homelander redefining the “caped crusader ruling his city” moment that’s featured in so many super-stories. .

There’s no time to waste here, so let’s delve into all the ways BoysThe whole landscape just changed with the season 2 finale, “What I Know”. Juice Mobile spoke with Boys Executive Producer Eric Kripke (Supernatural, Eternal) about Homelander raining down, um, revenge (?) on the citizens he swore to protect, Billy Butcher’s decision to send Ryan to Mallory, the surprise discovery of the “head-exploding” killer, and Jensen Ackles joining the series in season 3 as a child soldier!

A Humiliated Homelander

Homelander thought he had hit the jackpot this season. Not only did he find out he had a son he never knew about, one with super abilities that were perhaps even more powerful than his own, but he got himself a psycho girlfriend on Stormfront, who was someone who shared his homicidal contempt for normal people. .

Together, given Stormfront’s ability to manipulate the media and create scary false narratives to generate a hateful support base, Homelander came closer than ever to playing by their own rules. After all, he literally killed an innocent person during a mission and got caught on film and nothing happened.

But then it all came crashing down when simultaneously Billy Butcher made a deal with Stan Edgar to rescue Ryan from his father and A-Train helped leak all information about Stormfront’s genocidal past to the public. Needless to say, Homelander now had to let his frustrations out in private, which included a crazy moment of self-indulgence atop a skyscraper as he yelled “I can do what I want!” It was something.

“That was a scene from Season 1, actually,” Kripke shared. “It was the only scene in Season 1 that Amazon had us cut because they thought, during the early days of the show, that it was going too far. It was originally supposed to air in episode two. And for the record, too, was [The Boys comic creator] Idea by Garth Ennis. He really thought that Homelander would ejaculate all over the city.

“And so we had it on a shelf,” he continued, “and it was kind of a beautiful moment that I always wish I could get into and now we go into season 2 and we had a different ending moment for Homelander and we got the note. from Amazon of ‘We wish the last moment of Homelander had a little more impact’ and I said ‘I got the idea!’ I didn’t even tell them I put it back on. I put it up and sent it to him without comment. To their great credit, they liked it in this context.”

In season 3, Kripke explained that Homelander will be wrong because “the woman he loved was cruelly torn from him, his son, whom he truly loved, rejected him. Maeve, whom he loved, and who he at least assumed was his best friend, turned out to have betrayed him. He has Starlight by his side. From his perspective he is persecuted. And he is surrounded by vipers. He’s quite the self-pitying type. I think in Season 3 there’s an incredible amount of pressure inside of him that will explode.”

A Neu Supe in the city

Although it was never confirmed, Billy Butcher’s gang was almost convinced that Stormfront was going around and making people’s heads explode. After all, who else would want to silence Susan Raynor while at the same time faking a gigantic public super-terror attack on the government? Someone who was trying to create an army of white supremacist Supes, that’s who.

But it wasn’t Stormfront. Sure, she could bust people’s melons with lightning if she wanted to, but the Supe behind these malicious murders obviously used some form of telekinesis.

That Supe turned out to be none other than the charismatic young anti-Supe warrior, Congresswoman Victoria Neuman. Yes, the politician who rose to fame after Compound V was revealed to the world. A crusader willing to take on Vought International and its privatized blockade of the superpowers.

“A big story in season 3 is revealing why he’s doing what he’s doing and hopefully it won’t be what the audience expects and there will be a few more surprises behind his motivation.” Kripke explained.

“In terms of this season, I would be lying if I said [the choice to make her the killer] It wasn’t just scriptwriting math.” “You look for the character that people least expect. We knew from the beginning that it would be her. The writers room brought up the idea that the person we least expect would be that character and then we started digging into a backstory that, in hindsight, once you hear it all, will make a lot of sense.”

Carry on my wayward soldier

Speaking of Victoria Neuman, played by Claudia Doumit of Timeless, several stars from Kripke’s previous projects have appeared on Boys. And a big Kripke-verse name is coming to season 3 when SupernaturalJensen Ackles, after playing Dean Winchester for 15 seasons, joins Boys as a Supe named Soldier Boy, who was briefly mentioned by Stan Edgar in season 2.

“Anyone who tune in to see Dean Winchester is not going to get Dean Winchester,” Kripke laughed.

“Jensen is an amazing actor and an even better person and obviously we’re very close and I think I have as good an idea as anyone of what that guy can do,” Kripke said of his decision to cast Ackles in the madness. . warped world of Boys.

“I am constantly impressed that he can handle comedy, drama, action and romance,” he added. “So it felt like the perfect choice for a guy, Soldier Boy, who is really charismatic, who has really been a fixture of American culture for decades. But of course, with the show being the show, there are darker things on the inside. And the other thing that I think Jensen and I are excited about, beyond his ability to swear a lot, is to introduce him to a different role. He’s a very different character and he’s got a lot of darkness in him, but he’s also still charming and funny. I think people will be surprised and they will love it.”

butcher boy

After a season of desperately trying to find his wife, Becca, so the two could run away and hide together, Billy watched as Becca was killed, with Ryan somewhat responsible, even though he was trying to save her from Stormfront, who I was about. to murder Becca herself. Would this be the turning point for Butcher, who was quick to fire Ryan earlier in the season, only wanting Becca by his side, rather than Homelander’s son as well?

Well, we don’t know how much personal responsibility Butcher will have for Ryan in the future. We know that he loved Becca enough to honor her dying wish, which was to keep Ryan safe. So Billy ends up sending Ryan into the care of former CIA director Grace Mallory.

“I believe [Ryan will] to be in a healthier situation guided by Mallory than Homelander in a lab with Vogelbaum,” Kripke joked. “Having said that, I think the Butcher that we meet in Season 3 is really a man at war with himself because, as we saw in this season, there are parts of him that are human. There are parts of him that know the boy is the last surviving piece of Becca, and he wants to do what’s right for him. But then there is another part of Ryan that is represented by his father that is just toxic masculinity, rage, fury and violence. And those two sides of Butcher will really be at war in Season 3.”

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