Warning: This article contains spoilers for The Boys season 3.The final shot of The BoysSeason 3 spells trouble in season 4 for Billy Butcher, but Ryan’s climactic smile is even more frightening. The backstories and stories of Soldier Boy, Homelander,and Billy Butcher demonstrate how their distorted morals stem from their childhood traumas and their toxic paternal relationships. Ryan, too, has seemingly tipped off on the dark side because his father figures — Homelander and Butcher — are constantly letting him down and misguiding him, but he still has time to turn the tides and become a righteous supe. Ryan isn’t sure if he will ever find redemption but things look grim for him in. The Boys Season 4, especially after season 3’s final scene.
The end of The BoysSeason 3 Ryan Butcher, (Cameron Crovetti), looks like he’s had an unsettling heart change. Ryan addresses Homelander right as Karl Urban’s Billy Butcher (Antony Starr’s Homelander) are about to battle it out again “Dad“He soon left with him. This was a long process due to Billy Butcher’s unrelenting animosity toward Ryan. Ryan’s complicated decision seems to have more to it than meets the eye.
One theory is that Ryan has a growing affection for Homelander. He decides that he will give his hand in. The BoysSeason 3 to protect Billy Butcher and everyone else. Ryan realizes Homelander’s power enough to kill all of them on his own, and only Ryan can stop him. Ryan makes a difficult decision and sacrifices his morality to save others from his father’s fury. Ryan’s character arc becomes ambiguous and frightening by doing this.
The Ryan Season 3 Finale explains The Boys Season 4.
With a clear deadline in mind, Billy Butcher is now on the warpath against Homelander & Victoria Neuman. The Boys. Homelander is slowly learning that no matter what, his fans will love him. Ryan, however, is in a liminal place where he could blindly follow the father or turn his back on his father’s evil ways. Ryan’s decision to join Homelander in season 3’s final minutes to save others is a sign that his heart is still right. Ryan’s climactic smile remains. The BoysSeason 3 contrasts this. It shows that he doesn’t mind Homelander shooting innocent people if they stand up to superpowerful supes such as himself. This is a sign he is becoming more like Homelander despite still caring for Billy Butcher.
Ryan’s complex story makes him one the most important characters in the series. The Boys‘ Future storylines. His final decision will decide what happens to the rest. The Boys‘ universe. He is not as lost and confused as his father. However, his desensitization towards violence towards strangers shows that his only steps away from falling into immorality, corruption, or apathy that surrounds them.