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THE BOYS is an irreverent take on what happens when superheroes, who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as Gods, abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. It¡¯s the powerless against the super powerful as The Boys embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about ¡°The Seven,¡± and their formidable Vought backing.
Fans of the comics might be disappointed that Butcher’s dog, Terror, barely appears in Amazon’s version of The Boys. Here’s why the mutt was cut.
Here’s why Terror the dog hardly featured in The Boys season 1. For the most part, Amazon’s live-action adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s The Boys was a faithful interpretation of the comic books. Largely the same story structure was followed, and both versions utilize the same brutal violence, gross set pieces and dark humor. However, the TV series did make some notable alterations to The Boys’ story. The Female’s origin is more or less completely overhauled, several key comic arcs are accelerated and the Boys themselves are presented as a far less cohesive unit.
Another major change, and perhaps the most upsetting for comic readers, was the absence of Butcher’s dog, Terror. In the original story, Billy Butcher is constantly followed by his loyal bulldog companion, who has learned the unique trick of humping anything at his owner’s command. With little else to live for, Butcher’s bond with Terror is so strong that he’d do virtually anything to keep the dog safe. Quite brilliantly, Terror also gets involved in some the the Boys’ fights against rival superhero teams.
Terror doesn’t properly appear in Amazon’s The Boys, but several allusions are made to the canine. Firstly, Hughie notices Butcher has a dog toy in the back seat of his car and, secondly, a flashback scene reveals that before Butcher became the bane of all superheroes, he and his wife did indeed own a dog.
The Boys’ showrunner, Eric Kripke, revealed in an interview (via EW) that Terror’s absence was purely a practical move. Describing the inherent difficulties in crafting a show with green screen, stunts, special effects and a fairly large cast of major characters, Kripke claimed that the thought of adding an animal to the mix made the production feel even more intimidating. Certainly, it’s easy to see the man’s logic. Staying true to his comic incarnation, Terror would’ve had to feature in almost every scene Karl Urban’s Butcher was in, which undoubtedly would’ve resulted in cut takes, unwanted distractions and filming delays.
Arguably, Terror would’ve also felt out of place among the live-action Butcher’s cohorts. In the comic books, it comes across that Butcher is so confident in his team and his own abilities (as well as the physical enhancements from taking V), that he feels comfortable riding into battle with his precious dog in tow. On screen, however, the Boys are a more amateur outfit and also don’t use steroids to compete with their super-powered opponents. For this reason, viewers would always seen Terror as a vulnerable target, taking attention away from more important matters.
Responding to fan concerns, however, Kripke not only revealed that Terror is safe and well in the present timeline of Amazon’s The Boys, but has also confirmed that the mutt will make a more significant appearance in The Boys season 2, putting aside his reservations for the sake of giving comic readers a single episode of the formidable Butcher and Terror pairing.
The Boys season 1 ends with a shocking cliffhanger that not only surprises viewers, but takes the show far away from the comic book source material.
The Boys season 1 concluded in shocking fashion; here’s exactly what happened during the finale and how the episode’s revelations could impact future seasons. Based on the popular Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson comic series of the same name, Amazon’s The Boys charts the exploits of five rogue superhero hunters led by brash, ultra-violent Englishman, Billy Butcher. Along with former colleagues Frenchy and Mother’s Milk, Butcher recruits Hughie, whose girlfriend was accidentally killed by a reckless “supe” in the season premiere.
Joining up with the mysterious Female, The Boys cause enough trouble to catch the eye of Vought, the corporation that controls the top heroes of the United States, and comes into direct contact with The Boys’ own version of the Avengers or Justice League: the Seven. Mixing brutal action with the darkest of humor, The Boys is heavy in satire, with topics such as social media, #MeToo and Christian evangelism all covered in the show’s gleefully unsubtle fashion.
This isn’t to say that The Boys doesn’t deliver drama and emotion when necessary, and the season 1 finale is a prime example of this fine balance, leaving viewers open-mouthed and misty-eyed ahead of the already-confirmed season 2. Here’s exactly what went down in The Boys’ season 1 finale, how it deviates from the comics and what implications the events could have moving forward.
The Boys Season 1 Cliffhanger Ending: Butcher’s Wife Is Alive (& Raising Homelander’s Child)
Much of The Boys’ season 1 finale deals with Frenchy, M.M. and the Female being captured by Vought, and Hughie’s attempt to break them free with the aid of Starlight. Elsewhere, the episode begins to explore the consequences of superheroes being allowed to act as part of the U.S. military, however, it’s the Butcher and Homelander storyline packing the meatiest punch.
Earlier in the season, viewers learned that Butcher’s wife, Becca, worked for Vought and was raped by Homelander, after which she disappeared and was assumed deceased. In his usual callous coldness, Homelander thought little of his crime, and only began to suspect something was amiss when he noticed Butcher on a crusade for vengeance. Investigating further, Homelander discovers that his assault on Becca conceived a child and, desperately struggling to deal with the problems caused by carrying a superhero, Vought forced Becca to birth the child in secret. Homelander is initially told by Vogelbaum that the birth killed both mother and child but when confronting Vought executive, Madelyn Stillwell, about the scandal, her story changes to Becca suffering a miscarriage.
This inconsistency forces Homelander back to Vogelbaum, where he learns the real truth: that Becca survived the birth and has been raising a super-powered son in a secret location ever since.
Butcher, meanwhile, discovers the twisted, sexual dependence between Homelander and Stillwell and uses the company woman as bait to draw his wife’s attacker into the firing line. This plan backfires, as Homelander, irked by his recent discovery, kills Stillwell himself. With all leverage gone, Butcher desperately enacts a last-ditch effort to blow Homelander to pieces. He fails, obviously, and upon awakening from the blast, finds that Homelander has flown him to the front door of Becca’s secret residence, revealing the truth about her fate.
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