The Boys, a grim and satirical superhero series’ showrunner Eric Kripke revealed that the show is leading up to Homelander to become an entire sociopath.
The story involves a bunch of vigilantes on a quest to uncover the corruption of the corporation Vought and its similarly evil elite superhero group known as the Seven. Homelander (Antony Starr) is the group’s leader, and his cruelty has been evident since the start of The Boys.
In an interview, Eric Kripke hints The Boys’ future and admits that the show is intensifying Homelander’s psychopathic characteristics. As the corrupted superhero slides farther into his worst traits, the series will begin a new phase.
You could track the meta-mythology of the series essentially as the slow unraveling of Homelander. So the writers know—and Antony [Starr, who plays Homelander] is a big part of this as well—that, eventually, whenever the series reaches its climax, this guy is going to go full sociopath, and he has to be stopped before some kind of apocalyptic event. That’s what we’re building towards.
He went on to discuss how the writers are considering Homelander’s characteristics and what the role requires.
He isn’t so much evolving as he’s devolving, I would say. Right now, he still needs love. He still needs the adoration of fans and the approval and love of his son. There are all of these things that he requires that, if he became a true monster, he wouldn’t have. So we’re spending all the seasons teaching him that he doesn’t need those things one after another, after another. And then once he finally realizes he doesn’t want love or approval from anybody, then obviously, that’s when the big end game starts.
We’ve seen Homelander do some pretty heinous things during the series, so it’s not difficult to envision him turning entirely rogue and wreaking havoc on the world.
The Boys season 3 releases new episodes on Fridays on Amazon Prime Video.