In the latest episode of Prime Video’s The Boys, “Herogasm,” a major character decides to quit being a superhero.
WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for The Boys Season 3, Episode 6, “Herogasm,” which released Friday on Prime Video.
The latest episode of The Boys Season 3, “Herogasm,” ends with Annie January/Starlight quitting The Seven.
In “Herogasm,” Starlight goes to the titular orgy to stop Soldier Boy, Hughie Campbell and Billy Butcher from killing people, specifically the TNT Twins. However, Soldier Boy’s powers leave a number of characters dead or badly injured. The former leader of Payback also has a major battle with Soldier Boy.
Responding to the carnage, Starlight does a live video on social media in which she exposes Vought International’s lies and calls out the behavior of both the company and The Seven. She also reveals Soldier Boy is, in fact, alive and that something happened to Queen Maeve. Towards the end of the video, January promises to keep telling the truth about Vought International, regardless of the cost, and says she’s no longer Starlight. She reveals her real name to viewers and then, as the episode wraps up, says, “I fucking quit.”
In The Boys, superhero is more of a construction by Vought International than an actual designation for a person who does heroic deeds. As such, by quitting The Seven, January is no longer a hero in terms of how the universe understands that term, though she’s still more than capable of doing heroic things. It’s not clear at this time what backlash January will face as a result of her actions.
Created by Eric Kripke, The Boys is based off a comic book series by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. In both series, The Boys are a group dedicated to fighting Vought and superheroes. Herogasm specifically is a six-issue limited series by Ennis, John McCrea and Keith Burns. The Prime Video show’s episode of the same name is a loose adaptation of that story.
Earlier this month, Prime Video opted to renew The Boys for Season 4, which is unsurprising. The streaming series has been among the platform’s most popular, earning many views as well as critical acclaim over the course of its three seasons.
New episodes of The Boys Season 3 release Fridays on Prime Video. The next episode of the series, “Here Comes a Candle to Light You to Bed,” releases July 1.
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