*Interview contains spoilers for Season 1 of THE BOYS*
On September 4, 2020, the much-anticipated Amazon Prime Video series THE BOYS returns in all its gory, over-the-top antics for Season 2. Recently, Nightmarish Conjurings had the opportunity to attend press roundtable interviews with the cast of THE BOYS to talk about their characters, what fans can expect from the new season, and everything in-between. In preparation for the premiere, the next three weeks will be dedicated to sharing interviews conducted from this press event.
Per Amazon’s description, “The even more intense, more insane Season 2 find THE BOYS on the run from the law, hunted by the Supers, 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 Supervillian threat takes center stage and makes waves as Vought seeks to capitalize on the nation’s paranoia.”
Recently, I spoke with actors Karl Urban (“Billy Butcher”) and Laz Alonso (“Mother’s Milk”) about what’s in store for their characters in Season 2. During the finale of Season 1, Butcher learned the hard way that his wife, who he assumed was dead, was very much alive and had conceived a child after being raped by Homelander. Knowing Butcher’s agenda against the Supes, especially Homelander, I was curious if this revelation would lead to the ultimate confrontation. “As to will we see a bigger confrontation between Homelander and Butcher, I’m afraid you’re just going to have to wait and see on that!” explained Urban. “What I will say, is that right across the board the stakes are raised in Season 2 and the conflict is all around. It’s not just between the Boys and the Supes, it’s internally within the Boys and it’s also internally within each character as they sort of really struggle to come to terms with the given circumstances.”
Urban went on to detail how showrunner Eric Kripke made it a focus to dig much deeper into the characters as well as upping the ante in terms of the look and feel of the upcoming season. “Eric said, ‘For Season 2, we’re going to try to really push the envelope and really get to explore these characters and make Season 2 a very, very rich character study.’ We didn’t necessarily want to go bigger with the special effects and try and top Season 1, but that’s exactly what [Eric] has done!” laughed Urban. “Not only has he gone deeper in the characters but the effects and the set pieces are mind-blowing. Some of the stuff we got to do was real old school filmmaking techniques that most producers wouldn’t allow their cast to do anymore, so it was a lot of fun.”
Speaking of set pieces, Laz Alonso had the chance to work with a specific prop that had a very deep meaning for his character. The last we saw of Mother’s Milk, he was freed from a jail cell (thanks to Hughie) but his involvement with the Boys has, unfortunately, put his family at risk. “You know, in Season 2, we find [the Boys] in a basement gang-shelter under a bodega somewhere deep in either The Bronx or Queens” explains Alonso. But it’s here where Mother’s Milk finds a new hobby in building dioramas not only to pass the time but to feel a connection to his family. “That’s the closest he can get to where… regardless of what his environment may be, in his mind, he’s in a beautiful home in the suburbs and he’s building this for his daughter.” Alonso goes on to explain that, “it’s Mother’s Milk’s way of dealing with the fact that he’s in a place that he shouldn’t have found himself in but because he just had to do this one last thing [for Butcher] he’s here. It was almost an apology gift for his daughter, hoping to one day find her again and be able to give her this gift. This was his way of remaining close to his daughter.”
As an Interior Designer by trade, I loved seeing how Mother’s Milk expertly and delicately built this diorama with patience and love. When asked about the construction/design of the house, Alonso explained, “It was awesome because the props department really allowed me to decorate the house. They laid out the red carpet and I got to pick the color scheme and the wallpaper and the bedding….all the stuff! As the season progressed the house got more and more and more furnished till the moment where Mother’s Milk decides what he’s going to do with it.” Regardless of what happens to the diorama (please don’t let it get ruined!!) Alonso was quick to give a shout out to those that helped in constructing this beautiful prop: “Props to our props department!” (I’m assuming the pun was intended).
THE BOYS SEASON 2 will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, September 4, 2020.