WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Season 1 of The Boys, streaming now on of Amazon Prime Video.
Amazon’s The Boys has generated a lot of buzz. Critics received the show warmly and fans are already begging for more following the Season 1 cliffhanger. Thankfully, a second season has already been ordered, but with the status quo in shambles and the finer plot points divorced from the comic book source material, it’s difficult to imagine what that will look like. However, there are plenty bread crumbs left behind , both by the show and by the comic, by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, that can provide fuel for speculation.
Before we start playing with conjecture and wishful thinking, let's just go over the state of The Boys at the end of its shocking finale: The titular gang of superhero hunters have discovered the secret origin of The Seven (along with every other caped hero), a chemical enhancement serum known as Compound-V, which imbues its users with powers. Homelander has murdered his surrogate mother figure (and vice president of Vought International), Madelyn Stillwell, played by the amazing Elisabeth Shue, after admitting he had given Compound-V to terrorist organizations in the hope of creating real-life supervillains. And, if all of that weren't enough, it's also revealed Billy Butcher’s wife, Becca, and Homelander’s illegitimate child are alive and well, hidden from the rest of the world.
In a single episode, the series leveled the playing field for our heroes while raising the stakes on both personal and global levels. Where the story goes from here is completely up in the air, but there are a few things we should expect. The most concrete is the arrival of a gender-swapped version of Stormfront, played by You're the Worst star Aya Cash. In the comics, Stormfront was a Nazi experiment who was the first successful superhero ever created, and yes, he is as terrible as you'd think. With the secrets of Compound-V exposed, it would only make sense that the next season would delve into its sordid history. That would also open the door for the fan-favorite character The Legend, a craggy former comic writer/editor turned informant who helped to shape how the world sees superheroes. The Legend has nearly limitless knowledge regarding Vought-America and Compound-V, so it stands to reason The Boys would seek out his help.
Speaking of the miracle drug, we should also expect The Boys to begin to experiment with Compound-V. Our heroes dosing Compound-V to give them the edge against supes is introduced early on in the comics, and when we meet Butcher and his crew, they've been doing so for some time. Seeing as how Homelander is out in the world without restraint now that Stillwell is dead, the gang is going to need to even the odds, so seeing them experiment with Compound-V will most likely be a big part of Season 2. We can already imagine a scene in which Frenchie injects a dose of the serum into himself without fully understanding how it works.
The biggest lingering question is what will happen to Butcher and Becca. Given the nasty streak the show loves to flash, there's no way Season 2 will begin with a heartfelt reunion. Someone isn't going to leave that lawn. Perhaps Homelander will eliminate Becca, just to prove a point to Butcher. It's difficult to put it past a show like The Boys to make the death of a significant other in its season premiere a motif. Regardless of how the twisted love triangle unfolds on the screen, one this is for sure: iI ain't gonna be pretty.
The Boys stars Karl Urban as Billy Butcher, Jack Quaid as Hughie, Laz Alonso as Mother's Milk, Tomer Kapon as Frenchie, Karen Fukuhara as the Female, Erin Moriarty as Annie January, Chace Crawford as the Deep, Antony Starr as Homelander and Simon Pegg as Hughie's dad.