Season 2 of The Boys surmounted the high expectations that audiences had for it following season 1, with an … explosive … plot that never failed to leave audiences in shock and awe. With season 3 looming on the horizon (production officially started today), we decided to compile a list of things we’re looking forward to seeing in season 3 of The Boys.
1. Jensen Ackles as Soldier Boy
It was announced back in August of 2020 that Jensen Ackles would be joining the cast of The Boys in season 3 as Soldier Boy, the first Superhero (and a spoof of Captain America). An alum of Supernatural, another one of Kripke’s well-known ventures, Ackles is no stranger to the direction of Kripke. While not much is known about Ackles’ role so far (including the suit — Kripke, if you’re reading this, we’re begging you to please leak the pics), Soldier Boy was … not the best dude (are we even surprised? He’s a Supe) in the comics, so it’ll definitely be interesting to see Ackles transition from Dean Winchester, the guy who saves the world, to another one of Vought’s depraved Supes.
Petit Hughie G-Man
Oh, Hughie. Sweet, petit Hughie. Only he could finally get out of danger and catapult himself right back into it without even knowing — what is it they say? Out of the frying pan, into the fire. Feeling like he “never really fit in with the guys” but still wanting to help fight Vought, Hughie turned to Victoria Neuman looking for a job to fight the good fight — but, y’know … legally. While we’re definitely looking forward to seeing how implanting himself in the middle of the next great inevitable clusterf*ck that is one Miss V. Neuman’s Office of Supe Affairs, it’ll also be interesting to see how this new position will change Hughie. Will he be a more confident and more tactically trained version of himself than he was with the team when we next see him? We’ll have to tune in next season to find out.
3. The Boys’ Lives Outside of Being Fugitives
While we learned at the end of last season that the Boys got pardoned and that they could return to their normal lives, who else isn’t completely convinced that this is going to stick? Though Grace Mallory disclosed plans of a new government team to keep tabs on the Supes, none of the Boys seemed to accept this offer: Butcher ominously walked away with no answer, M.M. went home to his family, Frenchie and Kimiko took off together, and Hughie — well, you’ve just seen what Hughie’s up to. It will be interesting to explore the team’s lives outside of their normal “run for your life” dynamic — even if we don’t think it’ll last too long.
4. The Seven’s New Dynamic
In the wake of all that’s changed, things are bound to be different within The Seven next season. With A-Train back on the squad after Stormfront’s Nazi background was exposed and Maeve and Starlight’s actions that undermined Homelander’s sense of power, it’ll definitely be … interesting to see how the team dynamic has shifted. Our parting moments with Homelander last season left us with the impression that he’s less than stable — and who wouldn’t be after your agenda was ruined, your girlfriend was lasered to smithereens, and your son was taken away from you. Will he exert the same power he once held over the other members, or does this truly signal the beginning of a new era for the team? Only time will tell.
5. A World Where Vought’s Secret Is Out
The end of season 2 saw Vought put Compound V on an indefinite hold due to all of the dirt that was finally brought to light by the Boys. With (some) of Vought’s dirty secrets now exposed, it’ll be interesting to see what they do in terms of damage control moving forward — especially because we know that they are definitely willing to sink to some low, low levels. Something else that will be interesting to watch is the public’s reception of Vought in the wake of these events — will they attribute it to a few bad apples in order to keep worshipping their favorite heroes? More dirt is definitely lurking in the shadows, as Alastair revealed right before his head exploded. It’s only a matter of time before something else heinous crops up — though if we know one thing, it’s that Stan Edgar won’t let anything go easily.
6. Hughie and Annie’s Relationship
Ever since season 1, Hughie and Annie’s relationship has been a very “will they, won’t they” storyline. The timing just never seemed quite right for the two, what with Robin’s recent death and Hughie being a fugitive and all. However, at the end of season 2 after his big speech about stepping out on his own in terms of the Boys, Hughie said that he definitely planned to “cling” to Annie before the two shared a heartwarming kiss. Whether or not this means that the two will be together at the end of season 3 is still up in the air, but in an interview with TV Guide, Kripke has said that whatever direction their relationship moves in the future will be sticking for a while.
“I don’t want to necessarily say where they go, but I will say we don’t want to play the ping-pong of they’re together, they’re not together, they’re together, now they’re not together. So whatever next move we make, we’re going to stick with it for a while.”
While not much is known about what will happen in season 3, these are a few things that we would love to find out more about as the world-building we are presented with in The Boys continues to unfold. If we know one thing for sure, it’s that season 3 is destined to be bigger, better, and crazier than ever before with episodes like “Herogasm” set to air.
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