Season 3 of The Boys just gave Billy Butcher’s team their own nasty civil war and it could endanger their mission to take Homelander down.
The following contains spoilers for The Boys Season 3, Episode 5, “The Last Time to Look on This World of Lies.
As Season 3 of The Boys unfolds, Billy Butcher’s team is cracking at the seams. They’ve done well to deal Homelander a blow here and there, but after he lost Stormfront, he became an even bigger tyrant. He’s in full-blown narcissist mode, winning over white America, while showing Starlight and the infiltrators no one can stop him.
It’s why he killed Supersonic, sending a message he’s a god. Still, Team Butcher persisted, with some powering up on Compound V’s 24-hour temporary drug to try to find Soldier Boy, hoping to weaponize him against Homelander. Unfortunately, Billy’s crew just had their own civil war, which could derail the mission and make them more vulnerable than ever.
It occurred when Billy’s squad tracked down Crimson Countess, thinking a thawed Soldier Boy would head to his beloved. However, rather than use her as leverage to join them and woo him, they chained her down, setting up an interrogation session. It led to Soldier Boy killing her, once he found out she sold him out to the Russians during the Vietnam War.
Soldier Boy appreciated this, and more so, it gave the rudderless soldier new direction under Billy. The kicker was, Billy had to drug Mother’s Milk, knocking him out as he knew Milk’s moral compass wouldn’t allow them to use Countess as a sacrifice. It was despicable because not only did Soldier Boy kill Mother’s Milk’s dad’s in the past, he also had trust issues over Billy and Hughie taking the drug.
In addition, when Starlight tried to intervene, an insecure Hughie stopped her. He had teleporting powers and super-strength, but he felt Billy’s plan was the ideal one. Part of it was due to his addiction to his new strength and wanting them to physically make Homelander pay. But another was because he wanted to save Starlight and prove he was a hero worthy of her love — something she begged him not to do, as it might cost him his soul.
The episode ended with Hughie ignoring pleas to come with her. Instead, he chose Billy, which will leave Mother’s Milk and Starlight needing a new plan. If he can work with capes, that is. It’s further complicated because Maeve got kidnapped by Black Noir after she slept with Billy, so Starlight is without her muscle.
Throw in how Frenchie got taken by Nina’s crew to help repay Billy’s debt, and an injured Kimiko is still in the hospital, Team Butcher is in total disarray. It’s just as Kimiko predicted, proving Billy’s a corruptive monster. One can hope he, Hughie and Soldier Boy deliver the goods against Homelander, because if they fail, the others might not have the firepower, unity or will to pick up the pieces after all these nasty betrayals.
New episodes of The Boys air Fridays on Prime Video.
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