In its penultimate episode, ‘The Boys’ gives a lot of action, suspense, and bloodshed to the audience. It is yet another thrilling chapter of the show, which proves that it is only getting better with time and instills an unbearable need in the viewer to jump to the final episode of the season. From shedding more light on Butcher’s backstory to leaving the audience with an explosive ending, ‘Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker’ is an exciting watch. Here’s what it means. If you haven’t caught up with the show yet, head over to Amazon Prime. SPOILERS AHEAD
The Boys Season 2 Episode 7 Recap
Mallory and the Boys present Lamplighter to Victoria Neuman, who preps him for the court hearing the next day. She tells the team that while Lamplighter is a good start, he is not enough when it comes to fighting against Vought. Mallory decides to go to Jonah Vogelbaum, to ask him to testify on their behalf. Meanwhile, Butcher gets a call from his mother and meets his father, where they talk about his brother’s death and who’s to blame for the tragedy in their family.
Stormfront and Homelander present a united front to the crowd and speak out for Compound V and how they need more Supes amongst them to fight the supervillains. They also let everyone know that Starlight is a traitor and that she has been caught. When Hughie gets this news, he decides to go it alone and save Starlight. Everyone else had left to take care of their own tasks, leaving Hughie to babysit Lamplighter. With no other help in sight, Hughie asks Lamplighter to help him get inside the Vought tower, where Starlight is being held in a cage designed to suppress the powers of the Supes so that they can’t break out of it. After much consideration, Lamplighter decides to help him, but things don’t turn out as well as Hughie had thought they would. In between all this, Maeve and Elena reach a point where the latter decides to take a break from their relationship. Maeve is left distraught by their break-up, but she arrives just in time to save the day.
If you thought you had seen the most diabolically blood-spattered ending of an episode of ‘The Boys’, this one proves you wrong. All the things that could go wrong do go wrong here, and with just one more episode left in the season, it worries us about the fate of the Boys while also exciting us about the final showdown that is only one week away.
Starting with the minor things to take place in this episode, Starlight gets a prison break style escape, all thanks to Hughie. He shows up at the Vought Tower with Lamplighter but is left hopelessly stranded when the Supe burns himself to death. It had been a suicide mission for Lamplighter, but the fire alarms allow Starlight to break out of her cell and run away. She has a little tussle with Black Noir, where it looks like he will kill her, but Queen Maeve arrives just in time to save her.
Meanwhile, Homelander and Stormfront decide that they don’t want Ryan to live with Becca anymore. Homelander had been blaming Becca for the barrier between him and his son, and a little nudge from Stormfront allows him to take complete control. He tells Ryan that his mother has been lying to him, and there is a whole new world out there waiting for him. (Though, he might’ve failed to mention that he raped his mother!) An angry Ryan doesn’t allow Becca a chance to explain her situation, and before she can blink, Homelander and Stormfront take him away, leaving her all alone.
After all these upheavals, the day of Vought’s hearing finally arrives. Previously, the Boys had secured Lamplighter to give testimony against the company, but they knew it wouldn’t be credible enough. After Grace’s attempts to get Jonah Vogelbaum, the man who brought up Homelander, fail, Butcher steps in to save the day. While Grace had tried to call in old favors or call out to his sense of morality to step up against Vought, Butcher takes a different route. He warns Vogelbaum that should he refuse to testify, Butcher will kill his daughter, his sons, and all their little kiddies. The threat does the trick and Vogelbaum appears the next day for the hearing, which is broadcasted live. It looks like nothing can save Vought now, but then, something horrific happens.
Go back to the time when Susan Raynor was still alive and the Boys had tried to get her help. She was killed by an unseen force, with her head popped like a cherry. In the previous episode, when the Boys attacked the Sage Grove Centre, they had come across the Supe who could blast people off just by looking at them. Stormfront had attacked her, but she didn’t die. She had walked away, hitching a ride along the way. While we don’t see her, it is clearly her doing that the entire courtroom is painted with blood. One after another, people’s heads are blasted away, with none the wiser about where the attack is coming from and how to stop it.
Mallory leaves the scene with Victoria Neuman. The newest Supe is killed, but Maeve, Stormfront, and Homelander are not harmed. Whether or not she didn’t kill them intentionally is a debate for another episode, but this bloodbath only means bad things for the Boys. With another chance to expose Vought down the drain, there is no other option in sight for them to hit back at the evil corporation. What’s worse is that this attack will give another reason to Vought to push for Compound V, giving more weight to what Stormfront and Homelander have been telling the world. Their ratings are going to skyrocket, and the Boys will have to come up with another way to save the world from Vought’s nefarious plans.
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