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Now that we've all watched the first season of The Boys, let's untangle all the plot threads

left dangling at the end of the season finale and figure out where we stand with these comics-inspired

characters and their superpowered stories.

Spoilers ahead!

The last we see of Hughie, he's helped his teammates escape.

He leaves Starlight behind at the warehouse where they were being held, so she can try

to resuscitate A-Train.

We don't know where Hughie's allies run to, but so far they seem pretty adept at finding

hideouts when they need to.

Hughie has grown in leaps and bounds.

In spite of Butcher calling him "pathetic" in the season finale because Hughie refuses

to help him kidnap Madelyn, the truth is Hughie is as strong as any character in The Boys.

He's grown from a young man still living with his dad too afraid to ask for a raise at work

to an outlaw who murders a member of the world's most prestigious superhero team, infiltrates

that same team's headquarters in a plot to bug their conference room, and purposely gets

himself captured in the season finale so he can rescue his new friends from what promises

to be torture and death.

Yes, he yells "I'm sorry!" over and over as he fires an assault rifle at the men guarding

Kimiko ...

"I'm sorry!

I'm Sorry!

I'm out."

...but hey, a few episodes ago he was too meek to tell his dad he didn't like pizza


Give the guy a break.

Baby steps.

Initially known simply as "The Female," the powerful but silent Kimiko enjoys her own

evolution in this first season.

When she's introduced in the fourth episode, she's too wild and savage for anyone to leave


When Frenchie frees Kimiko, we see how physically powerful she is and the violence of which

she's capable.

We eventually learn Kimiko was kidnapped by terrorists and used as a lab rat.

At first, Kimiko won't even let Frenchie get near her.

But by the season finale, she's changed.

She still isn't talking much, but the Boys manage to win her trust, particularly Frenchie.

Before the black ops team assaults the Boys' motel room, she's cleaned herself up and put

on makeup, and she's clearly affected by the young woman she sees in the mirror.

We'll have to see if those changes have stuck in season 2.

Being recaptured may have thrown her back into wild mode.

Remember when we meet Kimiko she's a prisoner, and in the space of five episodes she's captured

two more times, and nearly cut to pieces by Black Noir.

Repeatedly being captured and sliced open probably doesn't promote emotional openness.

Neither Mother's Milk nor Frenchie want to be back working with Butcher when The Boys


We haven't heard all the specifics yet, but it's clear Butcher and the others once worked

with Mallory toward similar goals, and the results weren't good.

But more than that, neither of them want to work with one another.

Mother's Milk and Frenchie seem to have gallons of bad blood between them, and no small part

of it seems to be due to Frenchie's attitude toward Mother's Milk's wife.

When Butcher recruits Mother's Milk he straight-up lies about Frenchie's involvement and predictably

he has to pull the two apart when they see each other.

By the time they're imprisoned together in the season finale, the warring outlaws have

made peace with one another.

Perhaps it's because with Milk's wife in hiding and telling him she never wants to see him

again, neither of them have anything left to lose.

By the time he confronts Homelander, Butcher is completely on his own.

Hughie leaves him, and Butcher abandons the rest of the team to their fate when he learns

they've been captured.

Hearing about Homelander's twisted relationship with Madelyn, Butcher goes to the executive's

house and covers her with explosives while his finger rests on the dead man's switch.

When things go sideways and Homelander kills Madelyn himself, Butcher resigned to his fate

lets go of the switch.

He wakes up in daylight on a green lawn, and soon learns he's somewhere he could've never

imagined existed.

Up until then, he believed that his wife Becca was murdered by Homelander.

In the season finale we learn at the same time Butcher does Becca is alive and living

with an 8-year-old boy with blond hair and eyes that glow red when Homelander tells him

who he is.

How Butcher could possibly react to this is anyone's guess.

Will he be grateful his wife is alive?

Will that make him more or less committed to taking down Homelander and Vought?

Not to mention, how's he going to survive his confrontation with the leader of the Seven?

Elisabeth Shue is wonderful as the manipulative and powerful Madelyn Stillwell, who somehow

not only pushes Vought to new levels of profit but seems to be the only person who can exert

any control over Homelander.

Unfortunately, Madelyn makes a fatal mistake.

When referring to what supposedly happened to Becca, she calls Homelander's child's death

a "miscarriage," alerting Homelander that his lover and Jonah Vogelbaum didn't get their

stories straight.

Just before he hollows out her skull with his eyebeams, Homelander tells Madelyn he

"managed to squeeze" the truth out of Vogelbaum that both mother and child survived.

Save for Homelander himself, no character's death could have more potential impact on

future seasons than Madelyn's.

She may not have had superpowers, but throughout the first season we learned just how important

Stillwell was.

Not only was she the only person who could rein in Homelander, she was pretty skilled

at manipulating the government officials who stood in her way.

Shortly before her death, Vought big cheese Mr. Edgar makes it clear he sees her as his

potential successor.

With Madelyn gone, everything's up in the air.

Not to mention that both Vought and Homelander will find themselves in a bind if they can't

explain exactly how she died.

In the beginning of The Boys, we get the notion that Homelander is a powerful weapon but the

one pulling the trigger is Madelyn Stillwell.

By the season finale, we've learned that isn't quite true.

When Homelander blasts the Baltimore mayor's private plane out of the sky at the end of

the series premiere after the mayor blackmails Madelyn it eventually comes to light that

Homelander was working all on his own.

When a supe terrorist shows up in the season's penultimate episode, it destroys the Boys'


Even though Butcher had previously brought a sample of the infamous Compound-V to the

CIA, the government isn't willing to go after Vought because they need the corporation's

supes to fight these new super-powered enemies.

While you could hardly be blamed for assuming powering up terrorists was a company-wide

Vought conspiracy, we learn it was all Homelander's plan to force the government to let superheroes

work for the military.

"And now we have villains all over the globe that only we can fight."

Now, Madelyn is dead, Vought's supes are greenlit for active service, and there is no one left

to keep Homelander in check.

He was already the most physically powerful man in the world.

Now, Homelander is getting close to becoming powerful in other ways.

The last person that saidnoto Homelander is dead, and at his hands - or eyes, whatever...

What happens if this twisted Superman stops taking orders from Vought?

From the military?

From anyone?

We meet Dr. Stan Edgar for the first time in the first season finale of The Boys.

He gives Madelyn a bonus for helping get the military contracts approved, and he makes

it clear he's interested in her becoming his successor.

But Madelyn doesn't survive the season finale, and it makes us wonder exactly how Vought

will recover from losing one of their most effective executives.

Without Stillwell, Vought's most powerful and influential heroes will need a replacement

handler, and that handler will have the challenge of trying to control the physically most powerful

people in the world with fewer cards in their hands than ever.

Homelander has learned that he can not only manipulate just as well as his dead lover,

but he can even kill Vought executives with impunity.

When a man can lift mountains and burn off body parts by looking at them, what Vought

executive will be able to rein him in?

And if no such person can be found, what happens to Vought?

As Homelander pushes the envelope further he's going to see Vought and the rest of the

Seven as less and less important.

By killing Madelyn, Homelander may have set a time bomb within his own mind, and within

Vought itself.

When we leave Starlight, she's acting more like an actual superhero than any other member

of the Seven.

A-Train would probably kill Hughie but his heart gives out from his continued use of

Compound-V. Even though his survival could mean her losing her spot on the team, imprisonment,

or even death, Starlight is performing CPR on A-Train the last time we see her.

A-Train knows Starlight helped Hughie escape, and if he survives and tells Homelander, things

won't go well for Starlight.

There are other possibilities.

A convenient if a bit predictable outcome would be that A-Train survives but is unconscious

for a long time, can't remember what happened right before his heart attack, or both.

There's another potential outcome, and it depends on exactly who Starlight has become.

Earlier in the episode, Starlight has a conversation with Queen Maeve, who tells Starlight she

was just as idealistic when she first joined the Seven, but kept giving away pieces of

herself until there was nothing left.

It's this conversation that convinces Starlight to come to Hughie's aid, and it's a conversation

that may save A-Train's life.

When Hughie leaves the warehouse, Starlight could easily just stop trying to save A-Train's


Considering what's in store for her should A-Train survive, the thought must be a tempting


If she gives in to that temptation, she may get closer to the position Maeve has been

in for years.

The Wonder-Woman-esque Queen Maeve is one of the most conflicted characters we meet

in The Boys.

She tells herself she gave up trying to be a real hero long ago, but throughout the first

season we see glimpses of her desire to change.

She tries and fails to get Homelander to save at least some of the passengers of the doomed

Flight 37 in episode 4.

Guilt-ridden over the event, she visits her ex-girlfriend Elena but later rebukes her.

When Homelander finds out about Hughie and erroneously thinks Starlight helped him infiltrate

Vought on purpose, it's Maeve who steps in and defends her.

"You want her, you got her.

She's your responsibility now.

I just hope you're right about her.

For both of your sakes."

In the season finale, when Maeve finds a drunk Starlight getting sick in the ladies' room,

for the first time she shows genuine sympathy for her teammate.

Maeve opens up to the younger hero and tells her that she really did care when she first

joined the Seven, but years of compromise and giving away pieces of herself turned her

into something else.

She urges Starlight to be herself, because at least one of them should be.

Whatever's coming in future seasons of The Boys, Maeve may be the key element in any

struggles against Homelander.

She clearly isn't ready for open revolt against the more powerful supe, but she may very well

be getting close.

By the season finale, the Deep has no allies left.

Homelander hates him for informing Madelyn he's responsible for killing the Baltimore


He's exiled to the relatively crime-free Sandusky, Ohio after his disastrous attempt to spring

a dolphin from a water park.

All of this pales in comparison to the fact that he forces himself on Starlight in the

premiere episode.

In Sandusky, the Deep is even more useless than ever and when word comes in that the

government has greenlit supes for military action, he assumes his time for redemption

has come, but his Sandusky handler assures him Vought wants the fish man to stay exactly

where he is.

When we last see the Deep, he's freeing himself.

From hair.

First he shaves all the hair off his chest, and next he hesitantly buzzes all the hair

from his head.

So what is the Deep doing?

Well, what's one of the biggest differences between a man and a fish?


Perhaps this low-rent Aquaman no longer sees any options for himself on the surface world.

Maybe the Deep is planning to run away to the place he's named after.

He seems to have pretty stimulating conversations with doomed dolphins and grocery store lobsters,

so who knows?

Maybe he'll be happy.

"What's up man?

How'd you end up here?"

In the beginning of The Boys, Butcher and Hughie are looking for vengeance.

But by the end of the first season, it's clear their quest may eventually have a much more

important goal.

We now know that not only were the terrorist supes exposed to Compound-V done so just so

the Seven would have an excuse to join the military - but that it was Homelander who

was behind it all.

By the end of The Boys' first season, the stakes have gone far beyond the profit margin

of Vought or violent emotional catharsis of Butcher and Hughie.

Homelander is now a threat on a global level., the ragtag team of revenge-seekers, mercenaries,

and traumatized lab rats may be the only thing standing in the way of global annihilation.

"This is never gonna stop!

It's just gonna be more blood and more awfulness.

That's the f------ game."

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