Wondering when The Boys season 3 will be released on Amazon Prime Video? Fans are eager to watch more of the dark superhero drama, but they'll have to wait. Creator Eric Kripke has dropped a big clue about when The Boys season 3 will be ready — and it's not soon.
The Boys first premiered back in the summer of 2019, and the hype around the series has only grown over time. There’s even a spinoff series in the works! And as the second season of the show — starring the likes of Karl Urban (Billy Butcher), Erin Moriarty (Starlight), Jack Quaid (Hughie Campbell), and more — just concluded, fans want to know what to expect of the next season of The Boys.
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Showrunner Eric Kripke said in a statement that he and the writers are already working on the new installation of the superhero series, noting in a press release, “Amazon, in a bold and historic push to expand their 'weirdo' demographic, has greenlit Season 3 of 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.”
The Boys season 3 release date
Kripke elaborated on The Boys season 3 release date and filming timeline in a tweet on Oct. 14.
#TheBoys Will Return.#Season3 Begins Filming Early 2021You're Not Fucking Ready.#TheBoysTV @TheBoysTV @PrimeVideo @SPTV #SPNFamily @Sethrogen @antonystarr @JackQuaid92 @KarlUrban @ErinMoriarty_ @lazofficial @KarenFukuhara @The_JessieT @itsNateMitchell pic.twitter.com/sg0CdD74PcOctober 14, 2020
So, the good news is that the season 3 premiere episode has already been written by Craig Rosenberg and it's even got a title: "Payback."
But the bad news is that filming doesn't begin until early 2021. According to the website of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada union — IATSE — season 3 of The Boys has been cleared to resume production. That likely means safety protocols have been established for the cast and crew to get back to work. It seems they’ve been cleared to start as early as February.
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 COVID-19 pandemic makes productions a lot more complicated.
Postproduction could last for months, since 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 August 2021, it's possible fans won't see the episodes until May or June 2022.
The Boys season 3 cast
We're not going to spoil the just-aired finale for you, but depending on what happens, anyone currently in the cast of The Boys could be suddenly cast out by a tragic death or a storyline that simply writes them off the show.
But we think it’s safe to assume that Urban, Moriarty, and Quaid 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 one new face when Season 3 of The Boys premieres: Jensen Ackles of Supernatural fame is set to appear as Soldier Boy. He has been referred to on the show in the past and has been described as "the original Superhero.” Fans will just have to wait and see how he’s introduced and how big a role he will really play in the next season of the Amazon series.
The Boys season 3 plot
Since the second season of the Amazon Prime Video series will conclude with the release of the finale episode on October 9, fans can’t really be sure what to expect of any future seasons. It’s anyone’s guess which characters will stick around, and whether or not Kripke and the writers behind the show will throw a curveball that could completely change the course of the series in later episodes.
Of course, the show is based on Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s comic-book series of the same name, so fans could potentially get hints at future plot points or characters from there. But the Amazon series is obviously an adaptation that could conceivably go in any direction.
For the most part, reviews of season 2 of The Boys have been good. There’s no reason to believe that the team behind the show won’t keep delivering the show that fans love via a third season.
The Boys season 3 trailer
If anyone's offering you a The Boys season 3 trailer? Do not trust that link, it's about as sketchy as a stash of Compound V from A-Train. We're so far from production of the series that anything on YouTube claiming to be a trailer of the new season is probably just a fan-made clip.