We’re in a new status quo as we head towards the next season of Amazon Prime Video’s superhero.
After plenty of blood, gore, explosions and one shrinking scene that will never let us see Ant-Man in the same way again, The Boys season 3 has finally come to a close with our heroes (and villains) in a slightly altered set-up.
Happily, we already know season 4 is on the cards – and with The Boys welcoming a new member, one supe apparently retiring from the game and Homelander in the ascendant, there’s plenty of intriguing threads for the show to pick up when it returns.
But where do we leave the characters as season 3 wraps up? We break down the season finale ending below. Watch out for spoilers!First, the background. This season saw Butcher (Karl Urban) and Hughie (Jack Quaid) team up with long-lost superhero Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles), a long-presumed-dead figure who agreed to kill Homelander for them if they helped him take revenge on his old team Payback. You can watch movies online free sites and also you can download seasons like the boys season 3 episode 1 stream on 4khotvideo.
The other Boys disagreed with the plan, but Butcher and Hughie went along with it anyway, coaxed along by a regular helping of “Temp V”, which gives them superpowers for 24 hours. Another spanner was thrown in the works when Soldier Boy realised Homelander was actually his son, created from his genetic material.
In the end, Soldier Boy came along with Butcher and Maeve (Dominique McElligott) to take on his son… and the final clash began.
In an about-face, Soldier Boy decided he was disgusted by his newfound son’s “weakness” and began preparing to kill Homelander – but when Homelander’s own son Ryan tried to fight Soldier Boy off, the scuffle left Ryan injured and in his grandad’s sights.
To honour his promise to dead wife Becca, Butcher turns on Soldier Boy to protect Ryan – but Maeve didn’t want to abandon the plan, fighting Homelander hand-to-hand in an increasingly brutal clash (with some success).Butcher had less luck with Soldier Boy after a while, but the arrival of Starlight (Erin Moriarty), MM (Laz Alonso) and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) levelled the playing field. Thanks to Hughie raising the lights of the studio they were fighting in, Starlight was able to access a new level of power and knock Soldier Boy down, and the others restrained him and started to dose him with the nerve agent needed to knock him out.
As it turns out, Maeve survived the fall – but like other heroes zapped by Soldier Boy’s power, her own strength has now gone. With the world believing her dead (and Vought quietly deleting the evidence that she survived) she can finally try to live a normal life.
Elsewhere, Butcher learns that he’s terminally ill after abusing Temp V for too long, and has just a few months to live. Back at the Boys’ headquarters, Starlight/Annie becomes an official member of the team, while Soldier Boy is put back into a regulated coma and locked away.
But it’s Homelander who really has the last laugh. After the battle, Ryan convinced him to walk away from Butcher, while finally starting to see things from his dad’s point of view. And in season 3’s final scene, he accompanies his dad to meet a few fans… and something different happens.
After a protestor throws something at Ryan, Homelander finally snaps and kills the “attacker” in public – but rather than be horrified, his fans cheer him on. Homelander realises that after years of censoring his homicidal impulses, he doesn’t have to any more – his fans love him regardless.
As they cheer him on, Ryan watches with a faintly troubled expression that gradually turns into a smile. While not stated outright, it’s implied he’s starting to see the advantages of being a powerful being in a world of humans.