Is Soldier Boy Homelander’s father? The Boys Season 3 Episode 7 Ending Explained


The following story contains heavy spoilers for The boys Season 3, episode 7, “Here’s a candle to light you up in bed.”

Whereas The boys-our favorite superhero satirical nudity/graphic violence extravaganza – spent time in Season 3 spoofing cursed Pepsi commercials and fitting lewd cameos for real-life comedy stars, we’ve now reached the part of the season where the story and the stakes really start to take center stage.

And after the dramatic ending of the “Herogasm” episode, when Homelander (Antony Starr), Butcher (Karl Urban), and Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles) finally got it, and Annie/Starlight (Erin Moriarty) exposed Soldier Boy and Homelander to their massive social media following for what they really are, we’re really starting to get somewhere. Episode 7, titled “Here’s a Candle to Light You in Bed,” wastes no time picking up where we left off. Vought does all sorts of damage control, paints Starlight as a rogue actor, and tries to save Homelander’s image.

We also get more insight into what’s going on with Hughie and Butcher’s use of Compound V, Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) and her powers, and Mother’s Milk’s (Laz Alonso) season-long mission to balance her personal vendetta against Soldier Boy while keeping his relationship with his daughter stronger than ever. We also get a rare glimpse into Black Noir’s psyche, which includes a cast of hallucinated cartoon characters and a clearly undiagnosed case of PTSD. This is not where we want to be.

But the story that dominates just about everything else in the series centers around the two villains battling it out: Homelander and Soldier Boy. These two had originally been pitted against each other; Since entering today’s world, Soldier Boy has wanted only one thing: revenge on the members of Payback, the team that framed him and led to his capture by the Russians. A partnership with Hughie (Jack Quaid) and Butcher meant he would eventually try to take out Homelander, but it wasn’t a showdown of passion.

But after reuniting with Mindstorm, the last member of Payback to meet his wrath, Soldier Boy learned a startling truth, and it’s one that could change the direction of the series.

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Is Soldier Boy Homelander’s father?

It sure does look like that right now, doesn’t it? Soldier Boy’s revenge tour on Payback reached Mindstorm, who has Professor X-style telekinetic powers, and Hughie and Butcher (both Suped up on Temp-V, with impending life-threatening side effects) were helping. After Mindstorm put Butcher into a deep trance (which would ultimately lead to his death), Hughie had no choice but to act against Soldier Boy briefly to save Mindstorm, teleporting him to Butcher so he could can wake him up and save his life. Hughie had promised to teleport Mindstorm out of there, but he was too slow – Soldier Boy found them and quickly inflicted a lot of pain on the telepath.

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He wanted answers – and finally, he got one. “What? It’s not possible!” we hear the unbalanced Supe say. Shortly after getting the answer he got, we see him completely punch Mindstorm’s head (hidden in a bad web), almost exactly the way Marvel’s Bad Captain America (John Walker, played by Wyatt Russell ) hit in an unassuming villain head in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

As Soldier Boy walks away, Butcher and Hughie both wonder what he was just told, but they don’t find out. But we, the spectators, are a little luckier; At the end of the episode, we hear a phone conversation between Vought’s current superstar and their superstar from decades past.

Soldier Boy realizes what happened, processes it, and has a conversation with his psychotic counterpart. In 1981, he was called, unassumingly, to Jonah Vogelbaum’s office for “some genetic bullshit,” where he provided a sperm sample (and sure enough, he shares details about the Penthouse magazine he used to provide said sample). “Turns out Vogelbaum had a child, born in the spring of 1981,” he told Homelander. “Boy. You know what the fuck is? If they had just kept me, I would have let you take the limelight. What father wouldn’t want that for his son?”

Well yes. It means exactly what you think it means. Of course, Mindstorm could have lied to pit these two psychopaths against each other (or bring them together). But for now, let’s take it all at face value. Soldier Boy is Darth Vader. Homelander, in a way, is Luke Skywalker.

What does it mean? What will happen next?

Well, Soldier Boy seemed to have a “it could have been nice, but instead, I’m still going to have to destroy you” kind of tone in his voice. He seems to blame the entire Payback mutiny – when he ended up being turned into a human weapon of mass destruction by the Russians – on Homelander’s very existence. He was replaced because Vought had someone better. And now it looks like he wants to prove, once again, that there is no one better.

But we cannot rule out other options. If Soldier Boy and Homelander are indeed father and son…The boys’ Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker – we can’t rule out that they’re getting a Return of the Jedi end on their own and team up. Keep in mind that Homelander has always been driven, in part because he feels alone in his vast power. There is no one he can identify with; there are other Supes, of course, but there is no one like him. Now that has changed, and both guys know it. And these two Supes working together, well, it’s not going to be fun for anybody. It will be difficult for anyone to impose themselves if this happens.

Maybe it’s worth remembering is a character who can blow people’s heads off. Let’s not forget that. Place at the end.

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