The Boys are back and better than ever in Season 3, with more than one episode of the hit Prime Video series coming off, with more than one shocker following the TNT Twins' fate event, including a scene that left at least one member of the Seven, in question, and some minor minorities. This week, the episode revealed that the connection between Homelander and Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles) is even closer to anyone's expectations, with the father and son living there.
This move definitively alters the relationship between Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's original comics, in which Soldier Boy and Homelander are netly not linked at Herogasm in one famous scene. When did the decision to make these two links by blood actually happen? According to showrunner Eric Kripke, the change to the relationship was made after Ackles was initially cast in the role:
"It happened early, but I think it happened after we had cast Jensen in the early couple... first months. We strive to be very, very realistic, but we have also found that the drug has a base on, and it also makes people feel absolutely wonderful. So, it wasn't a possibility to say that he will not age but be able to be inside the same older man and ultimately father to Homelander."
"It happened early, but I believe it happened after Jensen was cast in those early couple... first months. We strive to be very, very realistic, but we also have an element of the show that's completely magical. So we have this drug that makes people feel like a stranger, basically. So, it wasn't a reach to say that, well, he doesn't age, but could still be inside the same older man and ultimately father to Homelander."
The development was also influenced by writers studying some of Season 3's main themes, such as how many other characters were wrestling with a certain parental dynamic, especially fathers and sons, and the type of terrible behaviors that can be passed down or unconsciously inherited. When other relationships such as Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) and Ryan (Cameron Crovetti) are intertwined (for obvious reasons), how would that complicated web become even more tangled?
On the other hand, it adds to Homelander's plan to kill the Soldier Boy a very interesting twist, especially now that he knows the other cop is someone who represents a connection he might be seeking to have. In Kripke's words,
"It" was taken from a very thorough examination of the themes that were evolving for us. It just became really evident that the majority of the season was about fathers and sons, and that's just starting to feel quite like, "Well, we should give Homelander a dad," says the author, who explains that maybe he should love it. "They are really good points for what the plot should be," says the plot director.
"It" came from a brief study of the themes that were changing for us. Exactly how much of the season was about fathers and sons and generational trauma, and it just became a lot of organic of like, 'Well, we should give Homelander a dad, and it should be this guy that he hates and then realizes that maybe he should love it." If you're very conscious and very clear about your themes and character arcs, then you'll get some ideas.
Season 3 of The Boys aired on Friday, June 3, with its first three episodes, ending each Friday until the final day on July 8.