While fans are already excited for the upcoming second season of Amazon’s The Boys, showrunner Eric Kripke has revealed even more news to get excited about.
In an interview with Collider, Kripke revealed while fans won’t see The Butcher until the second episode, they will be well abreast about his journey between the season one finale and his rejoining the group.
According to Kripke, the flashback sequences were cut from the episode due to pacing issues, but his team has saved the footage, along with other extra material, and is putting together a short film to be released shortly after the second season debuts on Amazon Prime with the events of the short film still being referenced throughout the season.
In addition to the short film, entitled “Butcher,” Kripke revealed the show received a much bigger budget from Amazon, which was used for much more than action set pieces or visual effects, noting that it helped bought his team time for a lot.
“It doesn’t just mean huge action scenes. It does mean some of those. We have some huge sequences,” Kripke said. “There are larger sea mammals. There is some bigger stuff for sure. But there is also a lot more intense stuff and scenes that were really difficult for the actors emotionally and require a bit more time. It’s not just the visuals that are epic; I think the emotions are a little more epic this season and that just takes some TLC with the actors.”
In Season 2, The Boys are on the run from the law, hunted by the Supes, and desperately trying to regroup and fight back against Vought. In hiding, Hughie (Jack Quaid), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso), Frenchie (Tomer Capon), and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) try to adjust to a new normal, with Butcher (Karl Urban) nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, Starlight (Erin Moriarty) must navigate her place in The Seven as Homelander (Antony Starr) sets his sights on taking complete control. His power is threatened with the addition of Stormfront (Aya Cash), a social-media-savvy new Supe, who has an agenda of her own. On top of that, the Supervillain threat takes center stage and makes waves as Vought seeks to capitalize on the nation’s paranoia.