Ashmore, whose previous TV credits include The Following and The Rookie, will appear during the darkly comic superhero series’ sophomore run as Lamplighter, a former superstar member of the Seven before he left under mysterious circumstances, to be replaced by Starlight. What’s more, Lamplighter ties in directly to the Boys’ tragic history — he’s actually the reason they broke up eight years ago — so when the pyrokinetic enters their lives again, he dredges up painful memories, pokes at their raw nerves, “and changes everything,” reads the synopsis. Check out a first look above.
“We were thrilled that Shawn — who is, let’s be honest, an OG superhero — wanted to play the crucial part of Lamplighter,” The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke said in a statement. “He brings so much depth, menace, and world-weary humanity to this former member of the Seven. And Shawn is a really good guy. We’re grateful to have him join our bloody little family.”
Season 2 of The Boys will premiere Friday, Sept. 4 with the first three episodes, followed by a weekly rollout that will culminate “in an epic season finale” on Oct. 9. Season 3 is already a go, ordered last month.