The Boys star Karl Urban has described season two as "a testament to the sick mind" of showrunner Eric Kripke.
The New Zealand-born actor, who plays Billy Butcher on the Amazon Prime adaptation, said the thought of bringing the series back for a second instalment seemed a daunting task to begin with, given the success of its first season – and subsequent high expectations. Kripke, though, leaned into the pressure.
"[It] was a huge challenge in the sense that season one came out and was a massive smash hit. Collectively, we were all like, 'Okay, we need to top that and deliver something even better for season two,'" he recalled to Digital Spy recently.
"Eric Kripke put us together, and said 'Listen, what we're not going to do is go bigger. We're going to go deeper, pull apart the fabric of these characters," he continued. "We're going to rip away the things that are most precious to these characters.'
"I think he achieves it beautifully, but also I think he contradicted himself because he totally went bigger. The set pieces and the effects are way bigger than season one."
Based on the popular graphic novels by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, The Boys centres on Hughie Campbell (Jack Quaid), who joins Billy's superhero-hating vigilante gang after his girlfriend is killed by a careless, cocky speedster named A-Train.
Elsewhere, Annie January (Erin Moriarty), a young woman who possesses the ability to emit light joins The Seven, an elite group of supes, in the hopes of making the world a better place. But once she gains access to the other side, she sees how corrupt they really are as they manipulate their public image, abuse their powers and use a special drug to enhance them.
"Season two has an epic quality to it. It's like season one, except on steroids. It's like Compound V to the f**king max," Urban concluded. "It's really a testament to the sick mind of Eric Kripke. I don't know where he gets this shit from, honestly."
The Boys season two lands on Amazon Prime Video on September 4. The show's first season is available to stream now.
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