When he hasn’t been giving angry speeches to the hero-loving masses who continue to cheer him on, Homelander’s spent this season of The Boys just bullying the other members of the Seven just for kicks. In this week’s episode, he murdered a fellow Supe — Supersonic, as played by Miles Gaston Villanueva — and has no problems telling Starlight (Erin Moriarty) that her boyfriend Hughie (Jack Quaid) will suffer the same fate if she keeps making moves against him . Similar to Jensen Ackles’ Soldier Boy, Homelander is meant to represent “white male victimization and unchecked ambition.” It’s quite clear from reading the showrunner’s thoughts on his patriotic baddie that he has a lot of contempt for both the character and the former Head of State who inspired him, admitting that it was still surreal that Trump won the 2016 election in the first place. But much as Trump has informed the show’s chief antagonist, Kripke knows the satire doesn’t just end with this one man.
In the years since Trump’s election, more government officials have begun enacting racists, sexistor transphobic laws just because they can, and in several cases, have been applauded for it. “The more awful public figures act, the more fans they seem to be getting,” acknowledged Kripke. “That’s a phenomenon that we wanted to explore, that Homelander is realizing that he can actually show them who he really is and they’ll love him for it.” With the show already locked in for another season, Kripke will certainly be exploring more of the monstrous boy scout’s depravity. If you still need more evidence about who the guy’s based on, you’ll certainly be getting it. Just be sure to pay attention this time.
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