‘The Boys’ star Laz Alonso wraps up the satisfying, long-awaited confrontation between Mother’s Milk and Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles) in the season 3 finale.
“It’s an important moment because one of the biggest story points when it comes to the boys side is that you don’t need superpowers to be a hero,” Alonso told Insider. “You don’t have to have that tremendous advantage to do something heroic and do something for someone else.”
Some of the season’s biggest storylines – Soldier Boys’ hunt for every member of his former team Payback and the Boys’ mission to kill the leader of the Seven, Homelander (Antony Starr) – culminate in an all-out war at Vought Tower.
Two fights will take place simultaneously in the final, which will be released on Thursday evening.
Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott), who has been training for months to face Homelander, is finally allowed to throw punches. And Butcher (Karl Urban), with enhanced abilities due to his use of temporary Compound V, fights Soldier Boy for damaging Ryan (Cameron Crovetti) and refusing to back down.
Mother’s Milk and Annie January/Starlight (Erin Moriarty), both at odds with Butcher over a Solider Boy deal, join the fight just as he is about to be murdered by the Supe’s shield.
The rest of the team also help overpower Soldier Boy, who has impenetrable skin and can emit deadly rays.
Kimiko and Starlight eventually hold Soldier Boy down, allowing Mother’s Milk to have the satisfaction of placing the Neurotoxin Mask over him.
“You’re not a hero,” Mother’s Milk tells Soldier Boy. “You’re just another racist piece of shit that we can’t seem to get rid of. This is for my family.”
It’s a deserved moment for Mother’s Milk, who has been tormented by the presence of Soldier Boy all season due to the Supe murdering his family. While some of the Boys submitted to V24 to level the field in their fight against the Supes, Mother’s Milk refused due to their strict code of ethics.
Alonso said the aforementioned scene highlights the idea that “your courage to risk everything for the people around you is what counts.”
“It’s not about whether or not you have this power or that power,” he said. “Sure it helps. But what you saw in that scene was everyone was exalted as a team, not one person outshining the other because we all needed each other in that moment.”
It’s Maeve who makes the ultimate sacrifice by jumping out the window with Soldier Boy, who will power up and likely kill everyone. Maeve survives and Soldier Boy is taken back to a containment chamber, but she no longer has her powers because his explosion fried the compound V in her system.
After Soldier Boy is defeated, Mother’s Milk finally tells his daughter Janine the truth about her family history and the role the Supe played in it. In response, Janine tells Mother’s Milk that he is her hero.
Alonso doesn’t know what’s next for Mother’s Milk, but expects his character to have more interactions with Annie, who officially joins the Boys towards the end of the finale.
“I’m so happy she did because you always have Frenchie and Kimiko, you have Butcher and Hughie, and Mother’s Milk has always been kind of a floater,” the actor said, adding, “Now that she’s around , everyone can somehow mate and sort of have their wingman and wingwoman.”
“When it comes to the moral core, she was like the Supes’ breast milk,” he added. “So it only makes sense that the two most morally sound people would now team up.”
Alonso said that Mother’s Milk and Annie becoming unlikely, adorable accomplices were something that “accidentally became lightning in a bottle”.
The actor said viewers “really loved the chemistry between the two characters,” so Kripke wanted to continue that into season three, where “they have to rely on and trust each other.”
There’s also the edition of the temporary V that Vought has been quietly crafting this season.
“If we capture it as a story point – and I’m sure it can’t go away now that we’ve introduced it – Mother’s Milk is going to have to be an extremely challenging challenge for those who take it,” Alonso said. “Because the whole moral compass of the Boys has always been anti-superheroes and anti-V and how it creates a society of haves and have-nots.”
“And now we’ve become part of the rich, how does that affect our moral compass?” he continued. “How does this affect our psychology? How do we behave now? Are we starting to become like them?
All episodes of The Boys Season 3 will stream on Prime Video.