The Head Popper Revealed
Season 2 launched a recurring subplot involving a mysterious murderer with the facility to make their victims’ heads explode. The finale lastly revealed the identification of that murderer, and it is most likely the final character anybody would have guessed – crusading politician Victoria Neuman. That reveal comes on the very finish of the episode, as Neuman cuts a take care of the slick, slimy cult chief Alastair Adana, solely to seem outdoors his mansion with a actually mind-blowing parting present.
It is actually a surprising reveal, notably as a result of Victoria had been depicted as one of many few genuinely good and well-meaning characters on the present. The Boys’ model of the character is paying homage to precise Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, although clearly that resemblance solely runs floor deep.
That stated, Season 2 has been leaving clues as to the killer’s identification. As showrunner Eric Kripke advised IGN, the premiere episode principally spelled it out for us, even when that clue is just apparent in hindsight.
“Have a look at the primary time she’s launched,” stated Kripke. “We inform the viewers as she’s being launched that she’s the pinnacle popper. Proper after [Susan] Rayner’s head explodes, [Marvin’s line to Frenchie] is, ‘Who are you aware who can do that!’ And we minimize to Victoria. And it’s the primary time you see her. So the very first introduction was us hinting who she actually was. We positively tracked by means of and made certain we have been appropriate with all of our motivations. Particularly understanding the place she’s going, and made certain all of it lined up.”
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That preliminary head-popping scene set a precedent for the remainder of the season. Every time the murderer strikes, Neuman is someplace within the neighborhood. Although Kripke says Neuman can “just about pop any head that she desires, which supplies her an unimaginable quantity of energy,” it appears her one limitation is the necessity to have her victims in her line of sight. That is why Episode 7’s massacre unfolds with Victoria proper in the midst of a packed courtroom. She’s choosing her targets and assassinating them, whilst she feigns horror. Episode 6 was additionally designed to throw viewers off the scent, because the asylum breakout featured one other character with comparable head-popping skills.
Even if the writers have been teasing this reveal from the start, actress Claudia Doumit wasn’t in on the key till the tail-end of manufacturing.
“I had no concept,” she advised IGN. “I believed I used to be coming into the present as this congresswoman, and that was it. I had no concept I had any powers, so I’m simply as shocked because the viewers. I didn’t discover out till Episode 7.”
Conserving Doumit at nighttime appears to have had the specified impact when it comes to making her character’s expressions of shock and innocence appear real. Nonetheless, with Episode 7’s ugly courtroom scene, Kripke and his group particularly filmed a number of variations of Doumit’s materials, with the aim being to have one model the place Neuman is visibly horrified by the violence round her and one other the place she’s calmer and extra collected.
“We did a few completely different reactions for her,” Doumit stated. “We did the one which made it, the place she’s shocked and she or he’s seeing this all play out as if, ‘Oh my gosh, what’s occurring? Oh no, who may or not it’s?’ After which we did a pair the place it was extra toned down and she or he was extra in management and simply taking a look at it occur moderately than reacting in the way in which that she does on display. However I feel that’s the path we went since you don’t wish to suspect her, you don’t wish to suppose it’s her doing something, she’s on this mess identical to everybody else.”
Is Victoria Neuman In The Boys Comedian?
Like a lot of the characters on the present, Victoria Neuman relies on an current character from The Boys comedian guide. However as with Shawn Ashmore’s Lamplighter, she’s a case the place fairly a number of liberties have been taken within the transition from web page to display.
Within the comedian, the character is Victor Ok. Neuman, former CEO of Vought and present Vice President of america. That model of Neuman, nicknamed “Vic the Veep,” is principally a parody of George W. Bush and is depicted as a bumbling fool whom Vought is ready to simply manipulate to their benefit. Additionally not like the TV model, he has no superhuman powers. That stated, Vic the Veep’s political trajectory might give us some concept of how Victoria Neuman suits into the bigger street map of the TV collection.
“One factor I like about The Boys is all of the real-life, dirty worlds it will get concerned in,” Kripke advised IGN. “And thru Victor Neuman they delved into politics rising as excessive because the White Home. I needed to trace to the viewers that because the present proceeds, we’re going to get into the political sphere as properly, and as a congresswoman she’s going to be our method in.”
Kripke continued, “She’s not simply going to be Vic, who was type of an fool in Vought’s pocket — I feel [The Boys comic creator/writer] Garth [Ennis] was making an attempt to make a satire on George W. Bush on the time. However she goes to be somebody who’s rising in authorities however has ulterior motives which are harmful. In that method, we attempt to take the spirit of the character from the comics and replace them in a contemporary method.”
Is Stormfront Nonetheless Alive?
Victoria Neuman’s rise within the Season 2 finale coincides with the autumn of Stormfront. After enduring a savage beatdown courtesy of Starlight, Queen Maeve and Kimiko, Stormfront finally meets her defeat when she pushes Homelander’s son Ryan over the sting and is dismembered by his warmth imaginative and prescient. When final we see her, Stormfront is burnt to a crisp, lacking a number of limbs and muttering in German.
At this level it is unclear whether or not Stormfront’s accidents have been deadly or if she’s nonetheless clinging to life in a Vought laboratory someplace. Her… moderately bodily strategy to foreplay with Homelander actually suggests Stormfront has therapeutic skills, however which will or might not prolong to regenerating lacking limbs and eyeballs.
And in any case, whether or not Stormfront is alive or useless could also be irrelevant. Together with her previous as a Nazi check topic uncovered, Stormfront has outlived her usefulness as a public-facing member of the Seven. If she serves any objective going ahead, it is extra seemingly as genetic fodder for Vought’s different superhuman experiments. In different phrases, do not anticipate Aya Money to reprise the position in Season 3 except Stormfront returns through flashback. Which may really be a risk, as we’ll contact on in a second.
Have the Boys Disbanded?
Season 2 ends on a far happier notice for many of our heroes. Whereas Billy Butcher was pressured to observe his spouse die and ship her son into protecting custody with the CIA, he and his group scored an enormous victory in opposition to Homelander and Vought. Their prison information have been cleared, and so they’re now free to return to being extraordinary civilians in the event that they so select. For some characters, like Hughie and Mom’s Milk, Season 2 ends on a downright pleased notice. However it would not take a superhuman psychic to know issues will not keep that method when Season 3 rolls round.
“There’s no query that they start in a spot of feeling secure,” stated Kripke. “The Boys will not be completely disbanded. The Boys we’ll discover on the prime of Season 3 will really be very recognizable to those within the comedian guide: formally backed by the CIA now, workplaces within the Flatiron constructing. , it’s going to be type of basic Boys however with a pair twists and turns, like Hughie received’t be with them for example. He’s working with the Federal Bureau of Superhuman Affairs. However drama being drama, the world of security they suppose they’re residing in explodes fairly shortly and so they discover themselves with an enormous new drawback.”
Definitely, the rise of Victoria Neuman complicates the continuing battle between Vought and The Boys. Kripke describes her as “the wild card” in Season 3, one whose motives might or might not align with both faction. And the truth that Hughie is now working instantly for Neuman will trigger issues of its personal.“I feel she sees alternative there,” teased Doumit. “And I feel [Victoria] latches onto that, I feel she’s all about maneuvering and alternative. I feel she’s very calculated in her strategy. So I feel she’s simply been handed a beautiful little present with Hughie strolling in. So she’s most likely seeing how that may play out in her favor shifting ahead.”
We additionally know Supernatural star Jensen Ackles has been cast as patriotic hero Soldier Boy for Season 3. Kripke advised us Soldier Boy will shake up the established order in an enormous method, maybe as a lot as Stormfront’s debut did for Season 2. Within the course of, Soldier Boy will assist shine a brighter mild on Vought’s sinister previous and the origins of their superhero creations.
“The large season-wide mythology can be about Soldier Boy,” stated Kripke. “What’s attention-grabbing about Soldier Boy is that he’s been round for many years. He was Homelander earlier than Homelander. So it actually provides us a possibility to not simply get into new corners of the story within the current day, however to actually discover the previous of Vought within the final ’60 to ’70 years and the way they turned who they turned.”
For extra on The Boys, take a look at IGN’s assessment of the Season 2 finale and discover out extra about the show’s upcoming superhero college-themed spinoff and why we never see Black Noir’s face.
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