Writing for television is a balancing act between delivering a compelling story and keeping the most compelling parts of it teetering on the edge. If a story delivers too soon, it leaves little open for future seasons. Meanwhile, if stories wait too long to deliver their most controversial moments, then a viewer might get bored with anticipation. But there’s something to be said about a story that thrives on the inevitable. It’s something that both characters within the story and viewers can sense coming. And once that moment hits, there’s no turning back for anyone involved. It is a very bold storytelling device to pull off, and that’s exactly where The Boys is headed.
From the moment the show premiered, a clock started counting down to when Homelander would snap. The “hero” was immediately painted as a narcissistic egomaniac wielding ultimate power with complete disregard for anyone who stood in his way. The only problem was he had no real plans or agenda. His ultimate goal was to satisfy his own vanity. And as things continuously don’t go his way, his frustrations will continue to grow and grow until he lets out his violent tendencies in the most horrific way possible. It’s inevitable. It’s going to happen. In fact, some may call it his destiny.
And it’s a pretty admirable stance for the show to take. Many shows are contingent upon the status quo; that is what allows a show to continue on for more seasons and more views. But from the very beginning, The Boys had set itself on this unstoppable path of Homelander’s unraveling. And since that is the case, the show was written with a clear end in mind. Most shows don’t do that because why would anybody purposely envision a moment when a successful show would cease to be? But the fact that The Boys has been on this track from its first episode should be applauded because it makes for damn good television.
New episodes of The Boys air Fridays on Amazon Prime.