Published On: Mon, Jun 6th, 2022

Season 3 of ‘The Boys’ Is Darker, Dirtier, and More Cynical Than Ever

Jack Quaid (Hughie Campbell), Karl Urban (Billy Butcher), Tomer Capone (Frenchie), Karen Fukuhara (Kimiko), Laz Alonso (Mother's Milk)

In a pop culture landscape positively saturated with superhero content, Amazon Prime’s The Boys has managed to carve out a nasty little niche for themselves. The breakout hit, adapted from Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s cult comic series, quickly made a name for itself with its over-the-top violence and wildly explicit sex scenes, often combining the two in a manner not seen since Game of Thrones. But The Boys truly shines in its unsubtle yet deeply effective satire of celebrity worship, corporate greed, and America’s broken political system. The first two seasons of the series took aim at toxic fandom, commercial Christianity, and the rising tide of fascism and extremism as embodied by Nazi superhero Stormfront (Aya Cash). In many ways, The Boys is a response to Trumpism, and the continuing fracturing of American society. The series is blunt to a point, and season 3 deepens the satire while pivoting unhinged supe leader Homelander into more of a Trump surrogate than ever before.

Season 3 skips a year forward, finding its characters in a moment of calm (don’t worry, it’s brief). Homelander (a chilling Antony Starr) has been leashed thanks to Queen Maeve’s (Dominique McElligott) Flight 37 blackmail video, and is on media apology tour where he claims his relationship with Stormfront was an error of the heart. Hughie (Jack Quaid) is working for congresswoman (and secret supe head-popper) Victoria Neuman (Claudia Doumit) at the Federal Bureau of Superhuman Affairs. He’s happily reconciled with Starlight (Erin Moriarty) and has committed to fighting Vought and the supes in a legal, morally sound way. Hughie has also enlisted Butcher (Karl Urban), Frenchie (Tomer Capon), and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) as government contractors to investigate law-breaking supes. Meanwhile Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso), has quit the group and is focused on spending time with his daughter Janine (Liyou Abere). And Butcher himself has become somewhat of a father figure to Becca and Homelander’s son Ryan (Cameron Crovetti).

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