‘The Boys’ Showrunner on Finale’s Bloody Death, That Secret Supe Reveal and Season 3 Plans
(Warning: This story contains major spoilers for the season two finale of The Boys.)
The second season of "The Boys" ended on Friday with a finale in which the tragic accidental death of Becca (Shantel VanSanten) took place in the well-meaning superhuman hands of her son Ryan (Cameron Crovetti), who killed his mother in front of Metzger (Karl Urban ) while the little boy tried to protect her from being strangled by Nazi supe Stormfront (Aya Cash). He manages to burn Stormfront almost dead with his laser beam eyes, but lets his mother's throat through.
Metzger (Karl Urban) honors Becca's final words after she bleeds out by making sure Ryan knows it's not his fault and by keeping him away from his biological father, Homelander (Antony Starr). He sends him away with Col. Mallory (Laila Robins) because he and the rest of the boys are relieved and can go their separate ways for the time being. For Hughie (Jack Quaid), that will work for Congresswoman Victoria Neuman (Claudia Doumit) to try and fight the Supes and Vought in a less physical way - after the audience finds out she's the one responsible blowing up all these heads at the hearing in Congress.
TheWrap had so much going for it that The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke took us through his final episode of season two and teased where things are going in season three of the Amazon Prime Video series.
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TheWrap: Why did you have to kill Becca?
Eric Kripke: I'm sorry. Because she - because she would be a butcher - the show would be over. Metzger would simply be stable and good and far too functional. You know, she - unfortunately she had to die.
Alright fine The promise Butcher Becca made to take care of Ryan, to make sure Ryan knew it wasn't his fault that he killed his mother, that it was an accident. Metzger does the right thing, protecting Ryan and giving it to Mallory. Can you point out where this is headed for season three? Because I can't imagine he won't keep an eye on Ryan after making that promise to Becca, even though Ryan is responsible for her death.
Without talking too much about season 3, the butcher we see at the end of this season goes on emotionally, but with a vengeance. He's at war with himself. There's a part of him that is represented by Becca, Hughie and Ryan, there's a part of them that has only one humanity. It's a small part, but it's a part. And the other part of him is his father and violence and anger and unprocessed anger. And those two sides of him are really at war in season 3 because he's angry. And yet he can't really be angry with the child. And so he's mad at Homelander. So he's a mess. And these two teams are really fighting in season three.
Stormfront coming back next season? Because she didn't die! As Homelander said, she is locked in an unknown location.
She is not dead. She is now "stump face". You know, no comment on whether she's coming back, but she'll forever be that kind of mutilated, burly little Nazi, which we thought was the right punishment for someone who believed so in Aryan purity. And remember, she ages very slowly, so she has a long time to live in this messed up state. I think she deserves this.
But how she got into this state. At first you had the great fight, which I really appreciated. The boys took a step back while the girls defeated Stormfront. And Kimiko got the chance to come back to her a bit. But it was Ryan who really got her out. It was Ryan who had to do what he was doing, trying to protect his mother and then accidentally killing his mother. So what was the choice of having Ryan who doesn't end up killing Stormfront but ends them sooner than Kimiko?
The end of a season is like trying to answer an equation. I mean, it really is. It's really structure and math and you go through the storylines that you play when you're mapping the whole season and you think Kimiko really needs to beat Stormfront and like we know this has to happen and so we have for that made sure that moment happened. But another big story is that Stormfront is trying to be Ryan's mother and that he gets trapped between these two mothers and between these two fathers and which family will he choose? And along with this family goes the fate of the planet. Because if she raises him, such a powerful child would be like a super Nazi. This is bad business. You know, that was a big part of the story too. And then Ryan reacted as he reacted. And, you know, we've got that set up since then if you watch episode 3 where he goes out of his mind when Homelander grabs his mother's arm. He's just a kid and he's not really in control of it. And that was part of the plot too. So it's just about choosing what goes where and making sure we try to close as many of the threads as possible.
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So Congressman Victoria Neuman. Oh my God. OK so Hughie wants to take a break from The Boys and join her team and help fight the Supers in other ways - but the audience is finding out that she is a Sup herself and the one responsible for it, all of those Blowing heads at the hearing! Now what will happen to Hughie, who works for Neuman since he doesn't know about it?
Hughie accidentally goes into the lion's den. You know, he has that kind of sword hanging over his head when he goes to work at the Federal Office of Superhuman Affairs, the FBSA. And you know, all the time there is this tension about who she really is. And sooner or later he'll obviously discover it and we're really going to unpack who she is and why she does what she does. And I think that comes with surprises.
Do you have any idea when you could start production in season three? You write it right?
Yes. We just wrote a lot. That's how I've known most of the season by now. But how in early 2021? I mean, so much of it - it's a crazy world we live in, but hopefully the destination is early 21.
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