October 2, 2022

Editor’s be aware: The under comprises main spoilers for the Season 3 finale of The Boys.

With Season 3 of the hit Prime Video collection The Boys lastly premiering the finale this week, we have been following together with the continuing misadventures of our favourite irreverent, disturbing, and infrequently downright nasty supes who could not be farther from heroic — in addition to the group of motley outcasts the present is called for, who’re decided to carry them accountable for earlier and present slights in opposition to humanity, seemingly in any respect prices. Though loads occurred within the finale — together with deaths, fakeout deaths, and Butcher’s well being now on a timetable due to all that Temp-V — there’s one side wherein the present appears much more primed to enterprise away from its comics supply materials.

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Within the Season 3 finale, Homelander (Antony Starr) makes a stunning transfer in introducing Ryan (Cameron Crovetti) to the remainder of the world, formally, as his son. When a protestor inadvertently hits Ryan with a can, Homelander lashes out the onerous manner, ensuing to straight-up homicide in entrance of his supporters — solely to be met with applause began by none aside from Todd (Matthew Gorman), the brand new boyfriend of MM’s (Laz Alonso) ex-wife Monique (Frances Turner). However as Ryan appears round at his father’s unabashed followers, a gradual smile emerges on his face — which units up the opportunity of a really attention-grabbing trajectory for the fledging supe heading into Season 4.

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When Collider first spoke to showrunner Eric Kripke concerning the collection, The Boys hadn’t but been renewed for a fourth season, however on the heels of the announcement that the present is formally coming again, we had the possibility to circle again and discover out what that finale second means for not simply Homelander and Ryan — but additionally Butcher (Karl City). In line with Kripke:

“… shifting ahead, Ryan is a very vital a part of it. Each Butcher and Homelander have superb causes to struggle over Ryan, as a result of the stakes couldn’t be increased. If Ryan goes Homelander’s manner after which there’s two Homelanders on the earth, then that is a nightmare for the planet. If Butcher can get Ryan into the sunshine, then that is most likely truly the perfect weapon they’ve in opposition to Homelander. It is all the time been a present about household, and a lot of Season 3 was about fathers, so I feel it is sensible that Season 4 is about sons.”

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Granted, Butcher can be on a ticking clock now due to the reveal that his use of Temp-V has led to some critical well being issues — the type that imply he solely has between 12 and 18 months left to stay. With the likelihood that Ryan might be swayed over to Homelander’s aspect looming overhead, to not point out his personal expiration date, Kripke revealed that this might immediate the de facto chief of The Boys to make some fairly dangerous strikes in Season 4:

“That man has a really, very pushed set of targets that on his greatest day he was obsessive about, to an extremely unhealthy diploma. Now that he feels that his time is operating out, and he would possibly solely have another swing at this, my guess is that pushes him up to now additional down the highway in the direction of immorality as a result of he is feeling his mortality. For a personality like that, that is actually harmful.”

All three seasons of The Boys are actually accessible to stream on Prime Video. No launch date has but been confirmed for the upcoming Season 4.