Showrunner Eric Kripke teases major themes for The Boys Season 2
Executive producer and showrunner Eric Kripke thanked fans for watching the series and was very appreciative of how The Boys quickly became a hit. “The fan reaction has been incredible. It’s exceeded all of our expectations,” he said. “I think people are really responding to just the superhero bit of turning it on its head.”
Kripke also attributed the show’s success to a combination of their love for the characters, the satire in the story, and the social commentary that the series explores.
Panel moderator Aisha Tyler directly asked Kripke to tease whatever he could about what fans can expect to find when we’re reunited with these intense characters later this year. “When we pick up Season 2, it’s a lot more intense. We worked hard to make Season 2 crazier, but also more emotional and higher stakes,” he shared.
We know that Hughie and the Boys are being hunted and are on the run, and that they will still be working to fight back against Vought. And if you thought Homelander would be even more out of control this season, you’d be absolutely correct. Kripke said Homelander is responsible for making Vought “a scarier place” and that “Starlight is sort of trapped in this living nightmare.”
Based on what we heard throughout the full panel, be ready for every character to be pushed to their limits, and thrown out of their comfort zones.
What social commentary can we expect to see in The Boys Season 2?
Finally in the digital panel as part of Comic-Con@Home, Kripke touched on how the social commentary will be expanded in upcoming episodes with the story and with new characters. In the first season, the show explored the #MeToo movement and how celebrity reputations and management cover deeply-rooted corruption.
“We try to make this not just like ‘the most realistic superhero show ever made’, but we try to make it kind of a commentary on the up-to-the-minute world we’re living in, because it’s just this strange blur of politics and celebrity and media and social media manipulation,” he said.
“In Season 2, I would say we continue that and probably make it make it even more edgy. I can say we’re going after white supremacy in Season 2. We’re going after white nationalism in Season 2. We’re going after systemic racism in Season 2.”
Though the characters always come first, Kripke said that madness is an immediately second. “And then if we can sneak in some revelations or discussions about the real world then we do that too.”
The Boys Season 2 drops its first three episodes on Sept. 4 on Amazon Prime Video. A new episode will release each week after until the finale episode on Oct. 9. New this season, there will also be an after-show hosted by Aisha Tyler that will dive into everything we saw on screen.
Check back with Hidden Remote for more news and information about The Boys Season 2, including more what we can expect to see about The Boys and The Seven this upcoming season!