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The Boys season 3: Everything we know so far

The Boys season 3
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The newest supe is in gear for The Boys season 3. Yes, all the talk right now around The Seven's show is that Jensen Ackles isn't just on set, but they've revealed his costume too. He will be a major character in the new season, which looks to be super gorey and wild. 

The men and women behind The Boys are sharing photos of themselves back on set, and one teased that season 3 will be three times as bloody as before (and we've already seen exploding heads!). Plus, show-runner Erik Kripke is teasing out how wild the Herogasm (you read that right) episode will get, and noting it's not even the craziest part of the new season.

The Boys has been a hit since it premiered in 2019 and season 2 just made it more popular. There’s even a spinoff series in the works. The Boys season 3 received a renewal even before the second season premiered.

Last summer, Kripke said in a statement, “Amazon, in a bold and historic push to expand their 'weirdo' demographic, has greenlit The Boys! The writers and I are hard at work in the (virtual) writer's room and we're sad to say, the world has given us way too much material.”

Just what might that material entail? Fans are eager to find out and see what happens to Homelander (Antony Starr), Billy the Butcher (Karl Urban), Hughie (Jack Quaid), Starlight (Erin Moriarty) and others.

Here's everything we know so far about The Boys season 3.

The Boys season 3 latest news (updated July 20)

  • Eric Kripke says the show's take on the comic's 'Herogasm' scene will be both just as raunchy as the comics' version and not exploitative
  • And Kripke's even promising something wilder than that famed 'Herogasm' scene
  • A "Vought News" digital series is filling in the timeline between seasons 2 and 3

The Boys season 3 release date speculation

The Boys season 3 release date speculation

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The Boys season 3 does not have a release date yet, and the folks who run The Boys' official Twitter account know how antsy we are. They retweeted the MTV show's post about Jack Quaid's nomination, with the caption "wHeN iS sEaSoN 3???" — which made us think a release date or trailer was coming. It did not arrive.

On July 13, a report from The Wrap revealed that only two episodes are left to film, which makes us think they'll have wrapped production by end of summer. That said, this show requires a lot of postproduction work.

Season 1 took four months to film, while season 2 needed five months. Season 3 could very well require six or more months, since the pandemic makes productions a lot more complicated.

Cast member Laz Alonso told Collider in late April that filming is "between one-fourth of the way through and halfway through." That indicates filming on season 3 could last until the fall.

Once wrapped, post-production could last for months as The Boys is heavy on visual effects. The first two seasons premiered 10 months after filming concluded.

So, if The Boys season 3 filming finishes in September or October 2021 at the latest, it's possible fans won't see the episodes until June 2022 or later.

The Boys season 3 episode 1 details

Using a GIF from The Boys' S2 finale, Eric Kripke teased out that the goods are coming in The Boys season 3 episode 1. 

The rather explosive footage of Alistair Adana, the chairman of the cult The Church of the Collective, was captioned with the note "Actual footage of me watching #TheBoys Director Cut of Episode 301. I think you're in for something really special. And insane. And special."

The Boys season 3: Vought News videos

Amazon doesn't have a trailer for The Boys season 3 yet, but they have something different to tide us over. The Vought News Network clips will try and stitch the story across seasons. 

The first clip, seen below, shows how Vought is spreading propaganda about Homelander being the good guy in the light of the reveal of Stormfront's evil ways. The clip also shows that the U.S. Military is deciding against bringing supes into the armed services.

The Boys season 3 trailer speculation

And, yes, there is no trailer (yet) for The Boys season 3. Of course, a teaser previewing the plot could drop to reveal the release date, but it's too early for a full trailer, since the production is still under way.

If filming wraps in September, it's possible Amazon drops a teaser trailer at New York Comic-Con, which is taking place (in person) Oct. 7-10. Crossing our fingers!

The Boys season 3 cast

From the on-set photos above, we can deduce that Urban, Quaid and Moriarty will be back along with main cast members like Antony Starr as John/Homelander, Dominique McElligott as Maggie Shaw/Queen Maeve, Jessie T. Usher as Reggie Franklin/A-Train, Tomer Capon as Serge/Frenchie, Karen Fukuhara as Kimiko Miyashiro/The Female and more. 

There will also be at least two new face when season 3 of The Boys premieres. The latest addition to the cast is Katia Winter (Dexter) as Little Nina, who has worked with Vought and used a version of Compound V to make new supes. Jensen Ackles of Supernatural fame is also set to appear in the series as Soldier Boy. This character has been referred to on the show in the past and has been described as "the original Superhero.” 

The Boys season 3: Jensen Ackles photos

Now that new cast member Jensen Ackles is on set, we're seeing a lot more of him — including in full gear. We got our first look at Soldier Boy in costume from Amazon itself, check it out:

The Boys season 3: Jensen Ackles as Soldier Boy

(Image credit: Amazon via Twitter)

And what is The Boys if not a little antagonistic? It looks like Jensen Ackles is fitting in just perfectly on the set, as we see in this photo that Karl Urban posted to Instagram, of the two of them and Jack Quaid flipping the bird. Urban also notes that they're halfway through filming the season.

The latest photo from the set of The Boys season 3 shows that new addition Jensen Ackles has had a bit of a shave. Is this his new look as Soldier Boy? Only time will tell.

The Boys season 3 Jensen Ackles Twitter

(Image credit: Eric Kripke via Twitter)

the boys season 3: Jensen Ackles' new look

(Image credit: Instagram/@JensenAckles via CinemaBlend)

Supernatural star Jensen Ackles is arguably the biggest addition to The Boys season 3 cast, and he started filming for the season on the week of April 19. The above photo he shared (which we assume is tied to his character) teases that Soldier Boy may need a haircut.

The Soldier Boy character, as we learned from Mr. Edgar (Giancarlo Esposito) in season 2, was one of the soldiers who was (apparently) a recipient of Compound V during World War II. But unlike Stormfront, Soldier Boy was fighting on the Allied side, as Frederick Vought had already switched sides. 

Soldier Boy, it seems, would be a big riff on Captain America. Or at least that's how he was portrayed in the comic books. There, he led a group named Payback, the team that pre-dates The Seven. His group included Crimson Countess, Eagle the Archer, Tek Knight, Swatto and ... Stormfront.

In an interview with Collider, The Boys' Laz Alonso (who plays Mother's Milk) noted that the addition of Soldier Boy enables The Boys to make "all of the other ensemble Supes darker as well."

Ackles, fresh off of a 15-year stint leading Supernatural, jumped at the role, according to The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke. Specifically, "He texted me back in three minutes and said, 'I definitely want to do this!'" And Ackles was signed on in the next week.

The Boys season 3 set photos

The latest set photo from The Boys season 3 teases a reality show dubbed "American Hero," at play. The site Insauga shared a photo of a $50 million mansion in Mississauga, Ontario, with a billboard that says American Hero at the top. 

The Boys season 3 set photo

(Image credit: Insauga)

Another leak shows that the "Dawn of The Seven" movie is finally hitting theaters.

The Boys season 3: Set photos

(Image credit: Anita Windisman / Twitter)

Antony Starr has reported for duty and put on the Homelander boots, as evidenced by this tweet:

The Boys season 3: Homelander's boots

(Image credit: Antony Starr / Twitter)

Eric Kripke posted the first photo from the set of The Boys season 3. It's not very revealing, though it is a bit titillating. The photo depicts a gold statue of Homelander and focuses on his, uh, package. 

The Boys season 3: Homelander Statue

(Image credit: Eric Kripke / Twitter)

The Boys season 3 plot

Last fall's finale of The Boys ended with some stunning revelations about Stormfront (Aya Cash). She turned out to be a Nazi and the wife of Vought's founder. 

Season 3 will continue to explore the origins of Vought as well as the Seven. As we noted above, Jensen Ackles has been cast as Soldier Boy. He was part of an original teamed called Payback, whose members included Stormfront, Eagle the Archer, Tek Knight and Chrimson Countess.

"One of the reasons that we're getting into Soldier Boy [in season 3] and that team, Payback, is we're interested in exploring a little bit of how we got here," Kripke told Entertainment Weekly. "Through the history of the supes, we can tell a little bit about the history of America and how we ended up in the current fraught position that we're in. Soldier Boy gives us an opportunity to do that."

That "fraught position" is one where white supremacy and violence still exist and people continue to try to fight back — and it's become even more fraught since Kripke discussed it in October.

"Certain politicians like to pitch this somehow idyllic ‘good old days’ where everything was perfect and calm. That is complete and utter bulls---," Kripke said. "It was never that way. So, by exploring the history of Vought in the history of America, we get to make some of those points. There was never an America when they say ‘Make America Great Again.’ It was always a struggle. That's the point. It's a struggle to make things better."

One the most talked about rumored scenes in The Boys season 3 will be Herogasm, which was basically a sexual retreat for superheroes, the biggest super-powered orgy ever. Kripke told EW that "the dailies are bananas. I've been around the block a few times. I'm a seasoned producer. Every single day on those dailies, my jaw was on the floor. I just could not believe how insane those dailies were. It's just crazy. I can tell you that for anybody who is a fan of the comic and is expecting to see Herogasm, we are delivering it. That is happening." That said, Kripke also said a "crazier thing," is in episode 1.

One thing we can definitely expect from The Boys season 3? There will be blood. 

Laz Alonso, who plays Mother's Milk, told Collider that this may be the most violent season yet — and that's really saying something. 

"I was talking to the head makeup artist and she's in charge of ordering the blood — that's one of her many jobs," he explained. "She told me that all of Season 2... When you talk about bulk, I don't think they used over a gallon of blood in Season 2, believe it or not. Season 3, we're already at three and a half gallons of blood. So that should give you a little indication of where it's going."

Henry T. Casey

Henry is an editor writer at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and Apple. Prior to joining Tom's Guide — where he's the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and looking for the headphone adapter that he unplugged from his iPhone.