Season 3 of The Boys is over. It has left us with a bitter taste in our teeth. Season 3’s finale is quite quiet. It’s actually quite impressive. The build up to the ending was so impressive and well-constructed that we can’t help but be disappointed when it is finally executed. The show doesn’t have enough monetary resources for the visuals to go to the next level.
The writing is still the most important aspect of the show and the season finale proves it. Butcher and The Boys are not making a significant impact on Homelander or Vought’s dominion, and repetition is beginning to sink in. Everything stays the same at the end of the episode. Even the things that change don’t seem that important. Amazon will soon release season 4.
The following paragraphs contain spoilers about the final episode of season 3 on The Boys ( The Boys Season 3 Ending ) . Please read them at your own risk.
The Boys Season 3 Episode 8 Review
Perhaps anticlimax was inevitable in retrospect. Because Homelander was clearly not getting rid of, it was always a risky idea to focus a season on The Boys. It shouldn’t! Antony Starr’s performance on the show is both the most complicated and entertaining . But, more importantly, he’s also the main villain. He would eventually die so early, I didn’t expect it.
The cast is too large and the plot is so complicated that a major status quo shift seems necessary. “The Instant White-Hot Wild” doesn’t really have one. Here, the stakes are remarkably low in comparison to the season two finale. It felt like anything could happen with just one plot win (defeating Stormfront), and one character win (Butcher promising to care for a child he never wanted), but it was followed by one devastating loss (Becca). There are still explosions, lasers and deadly nerve agents this season, but you’ll see that nothing has changed.
The Boys ending is full of excitement, but don’t get me wrong. The Boys are still dealing in a schism and have different missions. Butcher and Hughie continue to transport Soldier Boy to Vought tower to kill Homelander, and Black Noir. Mother’s Milk and Kimiko, a retired Annie, Kimiko, and a recently escaped Maeve, are more focused on Soldier Boy. They know that his standard explosive trick could wipe out thousands. This divide is further complicated when Butcher knocks Hughie unconscious before he can take any more V24. Annie then takes him along.
Annie tells Hughie in the car about V24 deadlines, which makes him realize that Butcher saved his life. He convinces them to save Butcher’s when they return home. Butcher’s hideout is where their plans fall apart when the team arrives. Maeve turns back to Butcher and gives Frenchie one dose of Novichok. The gang is then briefly locked up in a safe.
Soldier Boy must keep his word. Otherwise, None of Butcher’s plans will work. The episode’s other big question is: How Soldier Boy’s knowledge about his relationship to Homelander will affect the mission? Butcher is confused as he shares stories about his abusive fathers with Soldier Boy. Soldier Boy believed he would be a better father than his own father.
Homelander is sincere in his desire to have a family. This was something that wasn’t possible until now. It’s also a smart tactical move to win Becca’s child Ryan over and appeal to Soldier Boy. He got Ryan’s location through Neuman (in return for Dakota Bob’s veeppick being killed), clearing the way for Homelander.
It is heartbreaking to see Ryan return to Homelander, the man who tortured and jailed his mother. It hurts because it makes perfect sense, even though Ryan has been absent for most of the season making the transition feel abrupt. Compare his interaction with Butcher (his final scene overall) and his interaction with Homelander. Ryan was pushed away by Butcher, who expressed disgust with him and blaming him specifically for his mother’s death. Ryan, on the contrary, is helped by Homelander to understand that Becca’s death was not his fault and that sometimes these things happen due to their abilities. Ryan’s dad tells him that he loves him unconditionally. He’s naturally susceptible.
As expected, the final blowout of season 3 takes place at Vought. Soldier Boy ends up sticking to the plan, attacking Homelander despite his impassioned pitch for a two-strongest-people-in-the-world alliance. Soldier Boy views Homelander as a “weak and sniveling pussy starved to attention” and “a fucking disappointed.” This is the exact language Soldier Boy’s father used, directly contradicting Soldier Boy’s earlier thoughts about ending the cycle. It all connects to Butcher, whose flashbacks from the last episode revealed how violence can become so normalized that it becomes an automatic way of hurting someone.
Ryan shoots Soldier Boy, but Soldier Boy then hits Ryan back. It is the last, personal element that Butcher must face in order to realize the consequences of his partnership with Soldier Boy. We get a short rematch of the Homelander/Soldier Boy-Butcher fight in “Herogasm,” except that this time Butcher and Homelander are on the same side. Maeve also gets involved, but she’s still focused in the original mission. Homelander then takes out Maeve’s eye in a brutal shot late in the brawl.
The rest of the Boys arrive just as Butcher is being saved and get to work. Frenchie creates a Russian nerve agent in the last minute, while Kimiko continues to brutally kill anyone who comes near him. Hughie manages to evacuate the building but his greatest win was blasting the studio lights in an attempt to increase Annie’s power to incapacitate Soldier Boy. Hughie’s ego-trip lasted far too much this season. His revelation in this episode is predictable: strength doesn’t always come with superpowers. Sometimes it’s just heroic to support those you love. But it’s still a moment of triumph.
MM gives the Novichok to Soldier Boy and Maeve takes the ultimate sacrifice, flying him out of the window during the final blackout explosion. Except that Maeve does not die. Kimiko was not able to survive the blast, but she lost her powers. This allows her to travel with Elena and enjoy the happy ending they deserve after many years of heartbreak. It will be a sad day to see Dominique McElligott go, especially considering she has had very little screen time in recent episodes. She’ll be leaving with some grace after a difficult season.
Black Noir is the only character that doesn’t make it to “The Instant White-Hot Wild” alive. His desire to face his demons causes his intestines to spill on Vought’s floor when Homelander discovers Noir knows the truth about Noir’s parentage. I guess you’re dead!
The final minutes of the epilogue are taken up by other things. Soldier Boy is returned to the CIA custody. He is put in suspended animation so that writers can use it again when they feel bored. Janine and MM share a touching moment. MM finally admits that he doesn’t want to keep the truth about his supes. Cassandra takes on her husband/pawn The Deep in order to promote her juicy autobiography. Annie is inducted into the Boys. Dakota Bob announces Neuman his veep choice.
The final image of Ryan smiling with an eerie smile after seeing his father being venerated for murdering a protester in broad sunlight is what most people will recall. Butcher is now dead, according to V24. He has only one year left to live. V24 is likely to kill him within 18 months. Butcher is left in a strange place at the end: Although he knows he will die, he remains committed to Vought’s fight. It is unclear if Butcher plans to continue his vision, or if he has changed his mind after the latest loss.
It is a loss even if everyone subdued Soldier Boy before he could kill many thousands. It’s still possible to see the collateral damage from his previous blow-ups, deaths that would not have occurred if Butcher hadn’t brought Soldier Boy back. Although the Boys are now back together, they are still in a much worse place than they were at beginning of the season with fewer allies, and stronger enemies.
Most tragically, Butcher may have lost his relationship with the boy whom he had come to regard as his son. The kid he lost to Homelander was a far more tragic and dangerous scenario than Ryan dying . It’s because he forced Ryan into the hands of the monster. This is the most delightful irony. By compromising his relationships to pursue a “scorched earth” attack, Butcher made sure he lost everything that was truly important. He’s now dead.
These are the ideas I wish this episode, and this entire season, had more space for. The third season was great mechanically, with so many interconnected pieces that work together to make a fast-paced, entertaining batch of episodes. It was a great, sometimes heart-stopping episode. Also, It was too many storylines and it was very fast, with little time to really feel the emotions.
It was full of beautiful and touching moments. Too often though, the season’s focus drifted too far, leaving interesting storylines in the dust. Hughie never confronted Neuman, his close friend, about the feelings of betrayal that he felt after learning the truth about her. We did see Annie talking to her about it. Maeve was too often used as a plot device and Little Nina vanished. The Deep’s storyline featured more comic-relief scenes. Despite all the death tolls being discussed, there was only one character who died in the Boys Season 3 ending. He was in vegetative form at the time.
The Boys has a large cast and big ideas. As with all three seasons, “The Instant White-Hot Wild”, is funny, grisly and very neat. Season four promises plenty of stories. The series gets longer, and it is more difficult to slow down. I still want it to keep trying.
The Boys Season 3 Ending Explained
There you go. The Boys season 3 finale is here and there’s a lot more to learn. The Boys season 3 episode 8 “The Instant White-Hot Wild” features the epic battle between Homelander and Billy Butcher, Soldier Boy, and The Boys. This episode was the culmination of the season’s buildup.
This episode was feverish. We found out that Homelander (Antony Starr), is the son of Soldier Boy. Homelander hunts down Ryan (Cameron Crovetti), with the help Victoria Neuman (Claudia Doumit), Hughie and Butcher (Karl Urban), going for more Temp-V, even though they are both in danger of overdosing fatally.
The Boys season 3 ending had more to offer than just a few endearing moments and a few betrayals (depending on which perspective you have). Let’s look at the temporary alliances, kills, and everything else that we saw on one of Prime Video’s best shows.
This is your Spoiler Warning For The Boys season 3 ending . We’re going, ahem, deep.
Boys Season 3 Ending : The chess pieces of the Boys move across the board
Ryan tells his dad, a dear old homicidal father, that “Aunt Grace” (Laila Robbins) has been taking good care of him. Homie and Ryan had a heart to heart, and Homie showed Ryan the humanity that was necessary to take his son to the dark side. It was akin in spirit to what might have happened if Darth Vader had been a master manipulator, and Luke were easier to ply.
The Boys’ very-divisive version of our politics reared its ugly head at a rally in which the blue (Homelander), and yellow (Starlight sides) cried out in anger. Her team is going to #FreeMaeve after Annie (Erin Moriarty), exposed Homelander’s evilness live on Instagram Live in 4K. Soldier Boy’s side shouted loudly about children dying so that audiences could see who was supposed to be representing them.
Ashley (Colby Minifie), and The Deep (Chace Crawford), found Maeve, Dominique McElligott, and watched as she was knockout-gassed before breaking free.
Our anti-heroes want to move on to stop Homelander. Hughie wiles off the black goo from his Temp-V, and Soldier Boy doesn’t even pretend he’s going to help his son down.
Frenchie (Tomer Kapon), and Mother’s Milk, (Laz Alonso), what do you think? They have a weapon to kill Soldier Boy. But the former has the brilliant idea of keeping it in his perfume bottle. MM is torturing Todd for killing him, but that’s only because Janine, his daughter, saw it. Now she may define him by it. Frenchie claims that MM can’t hide his brokenness from Janine and that MM is too great for his daughter to let him go.
Homelander notices Starlight’s live streaming has knocked Vought out of stock, and Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell), along with his animated hallucinations, return to the tower to announce his intention to kill Soldier Boy. Homelander, unconvincingly, embraces him.
Butcher stops at a gas station to get Hughie but not before comparing him with his little brother, whom he met last week. Soldier Boy and Butcher then set off for New York. A-Train (Jessie T. Usher), offers to help Franklin, his wheelchair-bound brother. Then he reveals that he doesn’t care if he can’t get back into the Supe games without him. A-Train then lies and says he didn’t kill Blue Hawk. But his brother sees through him and kicks him out the door before he falls out of his chair.
Failure to reconcile
Annie is there to help Hughie, and Annie takes him to the station. Annie then explains how Temp-V has put Hughie in danger. Hughie also talks about his father’s resilience and emotional strength, ultimately trying to make an apology to Annie for his actions this season. He even let her out a “I f**king told you so!” They meet Maeve, who is stationed with MM & Co..
Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara), tries to shove Frenchie’s nose out after he has done a line. He doesn’t seem able to recall any of the “buck-up” speech he gave to MM. Kimiko argues with him and we at home get a little emotional.
The group considers how Soldier Boy will interact with Homelander once they are in the same room. Starlight is unable to remotely evacuate Vought Tower. Hughie pleads for Butcher’s rescue with the gang, saying that they must “save all, even those who don’t deserve it”.
The Boys are all about loyalty, loyalty, and loyalty
Butcher and Soldier Boy discuss invading the Tower and bond over their memories of their fathers. SB, on the other hand, goes vulgar about his past partners before explaining how miserable their childhoods were. Butcher attempts to convince SB Homelander isn’t worth caring about. But that speech doesn’t go over well.
Vought is the second failed conversation. Homelander tells Noir his latest revelation as he attempts to learn anything positive about Soldier Boy. Homie gets Noir to admit that he knew of the secret fatherhood. Homelander then proceeds to literally rip Noir’s guts and to leave him in a pool of his own blood.
Maeve and Co. go to Butcher’s house and demand answers. Hughie insists that they not go to violence (tough chance on this TV show), but then Frenchie stands up for himself and demands basic worker rights after Butcher tells them to stop. Hughie pleads with reason. Maeve releases the anti-SB nerve agents and Soldier Boy comes in to threaten Annie. They are all forced to go into the safe by Butcher.
A-Train’s warning is analyzed by Deep and Ashley. Homelander tells them to stay in the tower in order to show their confidence. He shows them Noir’s helmet before telling them about Deep and the Octopus.
Deep promises loyalty. Homelander demands Ashley take off her wig. The Deep proves his loyalty by assassinating Lamar Bishop, Graham Gauthier (potential VP candidate), helping to create a space for Victoria Neuman.
Big climactic ending for season 3 of The Boys
Starlight and the gang escape from the safe. Frenchie claims they can get more nerve agents from Vought Tower, and everyone is skeptical. Hughie begins to make a chorus of promises, but it’s still the best option. Hughie finds a bottle of Temp-V and all of us fear he will be dumb.
Homelander, Soldier Boy, and Maeve greet him in Vought Tower. He reveals that he killed Noir because of his hidden lineage. Homie makes a request for his father to join the dark side and brings in Ryan, the ultimate human shield who calls Soldier Boy “grandpa”, and has forsaken Butcher.
Soldier Boy does not buy this nonsense. He calls his son “weak,” a “starved for attention”, and a “f**king disappointment”. Ryan laser-eye-blasts SB to end the fight, and then knocks the child out of a cabinet.
Just as Soldier Boy is about de-power Homelander and take out Ryan, Butcher saves the day with Temp-V-enabled eye-beams. Butcher then explains his love triangle to SB, who mocks him for wanting Ryan to be saved. The big battle begins as Soldier Boy and Butcher destroy the Vought Network set, while Maeve fights Homelander.
Starlight and MM are able to save Butcher while Kimiko and Frenchie make more nerve agent at the lab. Hughie orders an emergency evacuation. Ashley takes the emergency pod, leaving her assistant Ashley.
Kimiko defends Frenchie at the lab and kicks butt to Michael Sembello’s Flashdance tune “She’s a Maniac.” Homelander slits the eye of Maeve with his thumb. More violence ensues, and a paralysed Frenchie gives Kimiko the gas to stop Soldier Boy.
In the Vought News set Soldier Boy beats Butcher and stops Kimiko gassing him. Hughie is left with a difficult decision. You can either take Temp-V to assist or be smarter. He chooses the latter and lights up the newsroom to give Starlight the power to take Soldier Boy down for a second. The gang has enough time to gas Soldier Boy with MM taking care of his family.
Soldier Boy attempts to go nuclear to prevent being frozen again. Maude stabs Homelander in her ear, then she sacrifices herself by throwing Solider Boy and herself out of the window.
The aftermath of Vought Tower’s battle
Everyone gets up but Butcher is unable to get a word from Ryan, who has chosen Homelander as his father. Butcher begs them to leave, and they ignore him. Also, Butcher falls asleep as Temp-V puts him down. Butcher awoke in hospital to find out that he has no time left (up to 18months), and will have to have his foot amputated. Janine is informed by MM that he has a complicated past and that Soldier Boy had killed their relatives. However, she still loves her father and tells him that he is her hero.
We learn back at the hideout that The Boys made a fake head with that Vought News Network video that claimed Maeve was dead. The attack left her still without an eye and she isn’t able to recover from it. Elena is here to help her ex and they will be able to escape Homelander’s reach.
Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” plays while the Ashleys remove footage of Maeve being preserved. Grace watches as Soldier Boy is returned to cold storage, and Deep’s wife shares all about their relationship via TV. Annie January, Flatiron Building HQ burns the Starlight suit and MM invites her to join. Frenchie claims that The Boys are now a democracy and that everyone is in agreement. Butcher is not opposed. We learn that Dakota Bob has chosen Victoria to be his new Vice President.
We close the show with a Vought tower rally. Soldier Boy’s statue is thrown to the ground by Homelander supporters, who join forces with some Stormfront sign-wielders. Ryan flew in to the rally and was given an introduction. However, a protester with a plastic bottle attacked Ryan. In another obvious political reference Homelander kills the man in broad daylight in front of tons of witnesses without any consequences. Todd is the one who stands up to give a standing ovation for this. We wanted MM to beat him up.
The Boys Season 3: Things for Next Season
To recap: Homelander has killed Noir and regained the son of his father. His press is not good, but his base is strong. Although he still has Neuman and A-Train as his allies, Ashley, Ashley, and The Deep, it seems likely that they will all be taken away at some point.
Starlight has been expelled from The Seven by the Boys. Soldier Boy is now disabled and off the board. Butcher has little time left.
The Boys season 4 story is the same as before: Stop Homelander. He just has the ear and support of the Vice President. This will make it even more difficult.
The Boys Season 3 Finale – What Are The Questions ?
What was the Favor Neuman asked from Homelander?
Last week’s episode featured Neuman asking Homelander for a favor. She also gave him a piece paper with an address. The episode begins with the revelation that The Deep killed the senator who was running for vice-presidential. The Deep kills the senator, and Neuman is now running for Vice President, with a more ambitious seat in future.
Neuman provided the address of Ryan’s hiding place in exchange for this favor. Ryan is taken away by Homelander, who appears before him. Ryan clearly isn’t happy hiding from the world. He hugs his father with passion because it means he can live again and go outside. These scenes show Homelander’s concern for his child.
Meanwhile, Soldier Boy, Hughie and Butcher prepare to pursue Black Noir and Homelander. Hughie and Butcher are shocked when Soldier Boy tells Hughie that he is Homelander’s biological father and is considering killing his son. Butcher reminds him that Homelander may be his blood, but that he did not raise him and didn’t love him. Ashley is forced to release Maeve from her cell because Homelander’s indiscretion in the last episode caused her to flee. Maeve searches for Annie and The Boys.
Butcher hits Hughie so hard, he loses consciousness. Annie is asked to pick him up. Butcher tells Hughie that compound V will kill him. Annie is unable to understand Hughie’s feelings but Butcher knows he must stop Butcher doing what he is about. Butcher and Soldier Boy are heading to Vought’s tower. If Soldier Boy explodes inside, many innocent people will be killed.
Black Noir is back in the tower and asks Homelander to execute Soldier Boy. Homelander is angry and asks Black Noir whether he knew Soldier Boy’s father and if he was still alive. Homelander is relieved that Black Noir didn’t answer, but his silence was enough to confirm his suspicions. Noir is killed, ending his pain. Homelander humiliates Ashley, A-Train and The Deep and reminds them that they are not his family and friends.
Soldier Boy and Butcher arrive at Tower and meet Homelander. Annie and the rest arrive at the tower and clash with Homelander inside the news studio.
In the Boys’ Season 3 Ending, Who Lives and Who Dies?
Soldier Boy and Homelander have an amazing conversation before the fighting begins. They acknowledge their fatherhood and that they are sons.
Homelander invites Ryan to the room and presents him as Soldier Boy’s grandson. Soldier Boy seems moved. He is told by Homelander that they can become a family and that he doesn’t think they have to be alone. Soldier Boy, however, sees Soldier Boy’s need for attention as weakness. He grabs Homelander and is ready to kill him.
Ryan sees his father dying and fires at Butcher using his laser vision. Butcher is shocked to see Ryan protecting Homelander. Soldier Boy strikes Ryan and Both Homelander and Butcher respond by attacking Soldier Boy together. Butcher continues to fight against Soldier Boy, while Homelander fights an angry Maeve. The battle continues for several minutes, until Soldier Boy is gassed by The Boys and made vulnerable.
But it is not enough. Soldier Boy is about exploding. Ryan is protected by Butcher, while everyone else is ready to die when Maeve confronts Soldier Boy and jumps through the window with him. Maeve saved everyone’s lives when the explosion occurred outside the window. Maeve is declared dead by the news. Ashley witnesses The Boys rescue Maeve after the explosion. This means that she is still alive.
Maeve, who is still recovering from surgery, decides to leave the grid to be with his girlfriend and finally find happiness. Annie makes her costume and is accepted into the team. Butcher, on the other side, is informed that he has only 18 months left to live due to the effects compound V.
The whole team notices that Neuman is on television announcing her campaign. Butcher claims she is the next to go.
Ryan is introduced to Homelander by his followers. They all love him and consider him a prince. Homelander is furious when a Starlight fan throws a cup at him and kills his son in front of everyone. They all cheer Homelander’s murder of the man and all have a good time laughing. Ryan, who had been struggling to smile, finally finds a way to do it because he realizes he can be happy with his father.
The Boys Season 3 Ending Theories : Ryan is the New Villain?
The fight that was supposed to take place between Soldier Boy and Homelander takes a completely different turn. All the Boys have to work together to defeat Soldier Boy, who appears determined to kill not only Homelander, but his son Ryan. He subdues all.
Hughie gives Annie a fighting chance when it seems like Annie is his only opponent. Starlight’s abilities are linked to electricity. Hughie decides to increase the power around her in order for her to benefit from it. Annie is able to unlock a new level in her abilities thanks to this tactic. Homelander may not be the only one capable of flying now.
This is exciting, as it indicates that Annie’s true potential is still unknown. What else is she capable of if she can fly? Is it possible that her power is equivalent to Homelander’s? Annie will be the one to bring the Supe to his knees. It remains to be seen, though it will give the Boys a huge advantage in their fight against Homelander or Vought. It seems they may need it, as Soldier Boy is still alive.
He is still alive when the Boys subdue him using Novichok and a little help by Maeve. He is currently being put under cryogenic sleep with Mallory supervising. This means Soldier Boy won’t be a problem for the foreseeable future, but it doesn’t mean he won’t return. He had been held captive once before, and he was able to return. He is closer to home this time and he will eventually get out of his forced nap. He’ll be back for the Boys this time as he did for Payback. That’s for the future.
The Boys are more urgently concerned in the immediate future. Victoria Neuman was advancing her political ambitions, while they were concentrating on Homelander. In return for a favor, she had made a deal to Homelander and got Ryan’s exact location. As it turned out, the favor was to kill Vice President so she could take his place. Prior to this, Supes were not even considered for military service. Stan Edgar kept them under his control, Homelander included, so it was impossible for them have more power than normal people.
Things will be very unpredictable with Victoria at the White House. This is clearly only one step in her plan. In the next season, it will be clearer what she intends to do with her political power. The Boys, which officially includes Annie, will have to bring down Neuman. They won’t be following a rogue Supe, however. This will be the VP of America and a plot against it would amount to treason. Mallory and the CIA may not be able this time to assist them.
Butcher is in deeper trouble as Ryan is now under Homelander’s care. The boy, who is the only one left in the world, has been raised by a psychopath. Butcher had abandoned him, even though he meant well. Butcher didn’t think through the consequences of his actions. He feels loved and accepted by Homelander. His father doesn’t blame him for the death of his mother, and he does not stop him from using his powers.
Ryan had never been afraid of his powers before this. However, Homelander’s killing of a civilian in front everyone and being cheered about it led him to believe that his father would follow his lead. It’s not good for anyone to see his smile at the end. Ryan might become a villain, and Butcher may have to cancel his promise to Becca.