The Boys Confirm The Season 3 Finale Was Inspired By An Infamous Donald Trump Quote
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The third instalment of the series is being hailed as the best so far as it delves more into political commentary while using the ‘supes’ as modern-day influential public figures who abuse their power horrifically.
As the third season unfolds, we see the series’ main antagonist, Homelander, morph more into an unhinged leader that could very well draw parallels to when Trump held office.
In the final episode, as Homelander finally unveils his superhero son, Ryan, to the world, before a protester yells and harmlessly throws something toward him.
As a result, Homelander lasers the man’s head in half, which causes the entire crowd of adoring fans to cheer him on, something that would've been a PR nightmare in previous seasons.
The show's creator admitted to Deadline that the scene was initially inspired by the moment when Trump said to his devoted supporters while campaigning: "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters, OK? It's, like, incredible."
Kripke said about planning the season’s finale: “Could we take Homelander so far as to literally kill somebody on Fifth Avenue and then be applauded for it?”
He added: “It’s like at the time we wrote it, we felt it was like a little satirically pushed. But it is true that the more awful politicians are behaving, you know, the more popular they’re becoming with their fan base.”
Kripke said season three sees a shift as the series begins to draw on the recent dark history of US politics, even referencing the ‘Great Replacement’ theory.
He explained: "The Great Replacement theory is here.
"At some point, it turned to who you should be afraid of is your neighbour and they’re going to rip you apart, because they support Hollywood pedophiles, or drinking adrenochrome.
“I mean, all that s**t goes back to like old anti-Semitic baking babies’ blood in your matzah and s**t. I mean, it’s at a level where it’s really almost medieval and scary. I mean, really scary.”
Kripke also spoke to Vulture and said he was writing the most recent season as Trump fans stormed the Capitol last year.
He said: “Jan. 6 was happening while we were writing the season.
"We’re a product of the time when we write it. And Jan. 6 scared the s**t out of me. It scared the s**t out of everyone.”