The Boys’ early season 3 renewal shouldn’t shock anyone

The Boys season 2 Wanted Poster teaser art. Image courtesy Amazon Prime Video
The Boys season 2 Wanted Poster teaser art. Image courtesy Amazon Prime Video /

At Comic-Con@Home, it was revealed that The Boys has been renewed for an early third season. When you think about it, this isn’t surprising at all.

It’s unfortunate that everything going on right now has forced us all to cancel plans. Vacations and meeting up with friends are just a couple of the normal things that we can’t do without risks. However, the entertainment industry has also been affected – including get-togethers like comic book conventions.

San Diego Comic Con is an event that people all over the world look forward to; it’s  where we get to see some of our favorite stars, previews of upcoming projects, and buy exclusive merchandise. Though it’s not happening in it’s normal capacity this year, we have gotten Comic-Con@Home instead. All of the news and excitement, but from the safety of our home.

One very exciting thing to come out of the virtual convention was in regards to Amazon’s The Boys. This exciting revelation excited this writer because it was announced during the show’s panel that The Boys has been renewed for a third season.

An early renewal no doubt, but it’s not really all that shocking that The Boys will get a third season. What may be surprising is that the announcement came over a month before season 2 premieres. However, if you’re a fan of the show, you’re probably not amazed by this news. If you are shocked, here’s why you shouldn’t be.

Social media and chemistry

One thing that allows The Boys to really stand out online is their social media presence. All of their stars spend time posting updates about the show. This gives fans something to look forward to. The more they see, the more excited they’ll get – even if it’s something silly.

Last year, Erin Moriarty posted a video of herself in costume with Black Noir dancing (see: above). Things like this make fans happy. It shows that the cast is getting along and having fun. A happy cast means it’s easier for everyone to work together. We’ve seen how a few bad incidents can ruin a crew’s chemistry all the way from the top to the bottom. And if they enjoy being around each other, they may not want to stop filming the show.

There’s also The Boys‘ verified social pages. The team running the account is phenomenal. They do things and never break character. On Twitter, they’ll look for participation by asking fans who their least favorite member of The Seven is, or they’ll randomly remind them that “there are no good Supes”. They even had an Instagram filter in which you could click on IG Stories and find out which member of the show you are!

A strong social media presence bodes well for the show, and clearly, it’s working in its favor.

The previews and snippets

Over the last month, The Boys has dropped multiple clips of season 2. More than you’d expect, in fact. We saw Giancarlo Esposito playing Vought International’s CEO Stan Edgar and he looked scary. He was emotionless to the idea of innocent people getting killed as long as Vought made money. In the clip above, we witness The Boys being chased by sharks and The Deep riding a whale – a  scene that ends with our heroes ramming their boat through the giant sea creature. A very bloody and unforgettable image.

Videos like this let the audience know a couple of things. First, the show hasn’t changed. We’re still going to get all of the ridiculous and over the top violence. It also debuted a new character with a beloved actor.

These snippets, trailers, and teasers keep this show in people’s heads. Constantly reminding us that The Boys is coming soon.

Future projects

Last year, on a Reddit thread, Amazon’s The Boys’ co-creator Erik Kripke announced that the raunchy story Herogasm would be in the series. Saying,

"“We JUST figured out how to do Herogasm!! It’ll come in Season 3 maybe (if we get picked up for Season 3). I’ve really wanted to do it, but needed to figure out our twist on it, so it’s not just an hour of hardcore porn. But I think we got it!! Super excited about that.”"

This highlighted that the creators know the potential of  the program. Not only that, that they’re aware of the source material’s appeal. The Boys has multiple stories and characters that can be pulled from pages of the comic books; others can be created by the writing staff.

Recently, Garth Ennis (creator and writer of the The Boys comic book) has continued the story. Considering how the series originally ended, it’s shocking that new stories are being released. Nonetheless, this shows that there’s more to Billy Butcher than we know.

Faith in the show

The biggest takeaway is that Amazon and everyone backing The Boys have faith in the product. No matter how good the ratings are, if the people providing the money lose faith, the show will be doomed. But that’s not the case here.

Announcing that season 3 is happening shows significant confidence in the product. And why wouldn’t they be confident? The Boys is a great show unlike anything on TV. As long as they continue to give the people what they want, we’ll continue to watch.

It may seem like a simple thing to say, but it’s true. If the backers are happy, the show won’t stop until the creators are done. Look at Supernatural. That show was only supposed to go five seasons. They’re now in their final season, ten years after the original series finale. Who knows. Maybe we’ll see more seasons of The Boys than we think.

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What do you think? Are you already excited for season 3 of The Boys? Let us know in the comments below.