The Boyseasily proved once again why their one of the finest superhero series on television with that season 3 finale. The jam-packed episode managed to juggle a violent superhero showdown, a couple of twists, and teased the following big problems for Butcher and The Boys in future seasons.
From Starlights new powers to Homelanders new apprentice, it was a satisfying season finale on many levels.
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Soldier Boy had a tense childhood, unsurprised.
What is the true identity of Soldier Boys?
When it comes to discovering how Soldier Boy first became Soldier Boy, the finale plays out. After failing to enroll in the army, Soldier Boy went by Ben. Naturally, after coming to his father's golf buddies in the war department, he attended the Compound V trials. Sadly, no. His father continued to hate him, refusing to even accept him as his name.
Later, we discover that, in the 1980s, Vought scientist Jonah Vogelbaum used Soldier Boys DNA to create Homelander. Soldier Boy is therefore his father in Homelanders' conflicted beliefs about how families operate.
1984: What occurred in Nicaragua?
It wasn't clear what happened on that fateful day in Nicaragua in 1984. Called Operation Charly, President Reagan's off-the-books CIA project was designed to assist the Contra rebels in their struggle against Russian-backed Sandinistas in the country. Lieutenant-Colonel Grace Mallory was charged with trafficking cocaine into the United States and purchasing weapons for the rebels.
Mallory's rebel camp was destroyed and all of her soldiers were massacred. It was the day Soldier Boy disappeared into the hands of Russians, but no one aside from Payback knows how.
Payback was the city's biggest superhero teamup before The Seven.
Black Noir's Mysteriousness
Payback's silent assassin always completed the job for the company, with no fuss. When Soldier Boy returns to the United States after years spent in a Russian lab, Black Noir inexplicably pulls a runner.
In Black Noir's cartoon hallucination, we learn that Stan Edgar made a deal with Black Noir to kill Soldier Boy, because years earlier Vogelbaum had created a superior flying superhero, the next best model: Homelander. Vought wanted Homelander to be the lead superhero loved by America. Soldier Boy had to get out of the way.
Black Noir is no longer a mystery.
Swatto, Mindstorm, Black Noir, the TNT Twins, and Soldier Boys' girlfriend all hated Soldier Boy (Gunpowder was the exception), and Black Noir, who hated Soldier Boy even more after brutally beating him up over ruining his chance to appear in Beverly Hills Cop, agreed to Edgars' terms. Crimson Countess claimed the Russians had created a rifle that killed Soldier Boy.
Black Noir and the rest of Payback, particularly Mindstorm, fought on Soldier Boy and gave him to the Russians. When Homelander discovers that Soldier Boy was his father, he punches Black Noirs guts out. His cartoon friends wish him peace and say his final goodbyes.
Ryan is finally defeated by Homelander.
Butcher was debating whether or not to take care of Becca and Homelanders son Ryan. On the one hand, this is the son of an evil psychopath, but Butcher gives Ryan a chance, sending him to the safe hands of the CIA and Aunt Grace.
But psych! In one of many twists, Ryan finally accepts Homelander as his father, thanks to insider information from Congresswoman Victoria Neuman, who works with Ryan at the Bureau of Superhuman Affairs. Homelander gives a powerful speech, convincing Ryan that the kid who murdered Becca was a mistake. Thats what Supes do: Cause countless unfortunate, often fatal, incidents.
This season, Queen Maeve is doing a lot of heavy lifting (with little screen time).
Maeve is no longer alive.Hooray!
Maeve seemed to be a goner this season, although the first time wasnt convincing. It was no surprise to see her still alive and held captive by Homelander 12 floors beneath Voughts The Tower. Despite her belief that she was not drugged, Maeve woke up while she was being transported to another location.
Ryan has two father figures to choose from.
Meet Ryan, the soldier boy.
Soldier Boy decides to keep his word and (attempted to) kill Homelander in yet another clever twist. After Mindstorm told Soldier Boy that he was Homelanders father, it appeared as though Soldier Boy would change his mind and parent Homelander like his own father never did. But when Soldier Boy confronts Homelander, Soldier Boy expresses his concern for Homelander, calling him a weak sniveling pussy, hungry for attention.
After Soldier Boy attacks Ryan, there is a spanner in the works.
Starlight has risen.
Starlight shines even brighter.
Hughie has been grappling with feelings of inadequacy and powerlessness all season. He has a superpowered girlfriend he cant protect without the help of Temp V (the green phial of Compound V that grants people superpowers for 24 hours). He saves herself. For the first time, she levitates and unleashes a powerful flash to stun Soldier Boy.
Mothers Milk has the chance to seduce Soldier Boy by combining a deadly nerve agent with a Frenchies concoction. However, this isn't enough.
Maeve saves the day.
Queen Maeve loses an eye in an attempt to defeat Homelander, but she also realizes that Soldier Boy is about to unleash radiation that will kill everybody. Proving her hero status once again, she tackles Soldier Boy out the window and they plummet through the air. Somewhere in the middle of Vought Tower, Soldier Boy explodes.
Everyone (important) lives for the time being.
Queen Maeve and Soldier Boy survive, despite the fact that she is no longer capable (Soldier Boys radiation removed the Compound V in her system, just like it did to Kimiko), but she is still free to pursue the life she always wanted with her girlfriend Elena. The media reports her death, that she sacrificed herself to defeat the Russian-radicalized Soldier Boy. Even Ashley deletes footage of Maeve being discovered alive in an alley by Mothers Milk. (Well done, The Boys, for not committing
Soldier Boy has also been picked up and sent to another organizations secret chamber. Grace overlooks Soldier Boys' transference to a fresh cryo chamber.
Victoria Neuman is tackling the long game.
The future teasers
Homelander continues to enrage his particular group, which is mainly Nazi Stormfront supporters, but he introduces his son Ryan, who also teaches him that it is OK to shoot people to death. Ryan leaves us with a creepy kid smile, implying that hell might indeed follow his father's footsteps.
The Boys, who have been permanently joined by Starlight, have to deal with the consequences of Victoria Neuman becoming the run-mate of presidential candidate Robert Singer (his previous run-mate was drowned during an evening pool swim by The Deep, on Homelanders orders). This could see Neuman become the new vice president of America, unless The Boys remove the head-popping Supe, something Butcher intends to do.
Will Maeve be seen again when The Boys run out of ideas? Will Grace Mallory begin her own experiments with Soldier Boy and use him against Vought? What lovely father-son destruction will Homelander and Ryan do in the future? Will anything The Boys does again be bigger and more graphic than episode 6's Herogasm?
The good news is that Amazon Studios has already renewed The Boys for a fourth season. After this chapter, there is no doubt the show will continue to deliver some of the finest and most radical superhero fare on TV.
Does The Boys have a second spin-off?
The Boys is returning to the Godolkin University School of Crimefighting after an animated anthology series Diabolical. Its now been titled Gen V. It will follow Voughts Supes as they go through horrifying trials and face plenty of R-rated violence.
Gen V is a funny, R-rated series that follows hormonal Supes as they put their physical, sexual, and moral limits to the test, competing for best contracts in the finest cities. Its part college show, part Hunger Gameswith all the heart, satire, and raunch of The Boys.
Lizzie Broadway, Chance Perdomo, Jaz Sinclair, Shelley Conn, Maddie Phillips, London Thor, Derek Luh, Asa Germann, Patrick Schwarzenegger, and Marco Pigossi have been cast.
Will Gen V be connected to the main The Boys program?
The Boys' showrunner told Deadline that there's definitely a crossover, and we're trying to build a universe where some of the issues and plotlines from Season 3 carry over to Season 4 of the show. Like there's a presidential campaign happening in the background of that season, and there's certain things happening at that school that are both in reaction to Season 3 of The Boys. There's Soldier Boy, etcetera, but also some new plotlines that we have to pick up and take into Season 4.
Gen V is still in development, and no release date has been set.
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