The Boys season 2: Everything you need to know
The Boys are back in town. Here's how to catch up with the popular Prime Video series.
If you think superhero show fatigue has become a thing, you probably haven't watched The Boys yet.
The popular series breathes fresh life into the genre, offering a fun take on what happens when the guys everyone looks up to abuse their powers instead of using them for good. With a top-notch cast and intriguing plot, The Boys quickly became a hit for Amazon Prime Video, scoring a season two renewal before it was even released.
Turns out, Amazon knew it had a hidden gem in its arsenal. Developed by Eric Kripke based on the graphic novels by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, the show's freshman season debuted to positive reviews, with critics praising it for its genre-bending tendencies and willingness to tackle heavy themes.
After a long wait, The Boys is finally back with season two – and it looks like this one will be a doozy. Here's everything you need to know before you tune in.
When is The Boys season 2 available in Australia?
The Boys season two will premiere in Australia on 4 September.
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How can I watch The Boys season 2?
The show is an Amazon original, so you can watch it exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. While the platform usually releases all episodes of a season at once, it's going a different route with this one.
The first three episodes of The Boys season two premiere on Friday 4 September, with new episodes available each Friday following, culminating with the season finale on 9 October.
Prime Video is free with an Amazon Prime subscription, which comes with appealing benefits like free shipping and access to exclusive deals. New users get a 30-day free trial of the service.
The Boys season 2 preview
Season two of the series finds our favourite antiheroes on the run from the law, hunted by the Supes and desperately trying to regroup and fight back against Vought. In hiding, Hughie, Mother's Milk, Frenchie and Kimiko try to adjust to a new normal, with Butcher nowhere to be found.
Meanwhile, Starlight must navigate her place in The Seven as Homelander sets his sights on taking control. His power is threatened with the addition of Stormfront (Aya Cash), a social-media-savvy new Supe with an agenda of her own. Furthermore, the Supervillain threat takes centre stage and makes waves as Vought seeks to capitalise on the nation's paranoia.
Recurring stars in season two include Claudia Doumit, Goran Visnijc, Malcolm Barrett, Colby Minifie, Shantel VanSanten, Cameron Crovetti, PJ Byrne, Laila Robbins and Giancarlo Esposito returning as Vought boss Stan Edgar, among others.
Early reviews from critics are great, with the season currently boasting a 90% score on Rotten Tomatoes. "Rude, crude and ultra-violent; The Boys are back with another hugely diabolical but enjoyable outing!" one critic writes. In other words, this season might even be better than the first one.
The downside? The new weekly release schedule is a drag, especially if you're more into binge-watching. You can always wait for all episodes to be out before tuning in, but that might prove unbearable if you're a die-hard fan. At least we get three episodes from the get-go.
If there is a positive you want to take away from this, the 30-day free trial gives you access to Prime Videos entire content library which is larger then Netflix's. You can see the full list of Prime Video shows or our guide to Amazon's movies here.
Another bit of news that will brighten your day: The Boys has already been renewed for season three, with Jensen Ackles (Supernatural) set to guest star as a new super character named Soldier Boy. All in all, it looks like the show will be sticking around for a while. Excitement intensifies.