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The Boys: Why Season 3's Worst Episode On IMDb Is 'A Giant Nothing' To Some Fans

For fans of hard-hitting superhero parody, Amazon Prime Video's "The Boys" is a great watch. An unflinching deconstruction of the superhero mythos that nevertheless manages to be an engaging superpower show in its own right, the series thrives on seeing just how far it can go. Of course, the decision to not pull any punches also means that the show runs the risk of an occasional misfire. Even with a stellar cast that includes heavy hitters like Karl Urban and Antony Starr and steady-handed showrunning by "Supernatural" creator Eric Kripke, the show hasn't always sailed from victory to victory ... if you ask some fans, that is.

Every season of just about any show has an episode that isn't quite as dearly beloved as the others, and for "The Boys" Season 3, that episode is "The Instant White-Hot Wild." The season finale shares the same IMDb score with Episode 3, "Barbary Coast" — but when you look at the reviews of "The Instant White-Hot Wild," it's clear that the viewers who hate the episode truly dislike it with all their hearts. IMDb user aasimazam outright calls the show "a giant nothing," and makes extremely clear what they think of the Season 3 ending in their review. "What a let down, a cumulation to a big nothing, to keep the story going for another season, then another, then another till we all die or boredom," they wrote.

Others, like user ben-mckimm, also felt that the episode was largely treading water. "An entire season of build up and literally nothing happened," they wrote. 

Despite naysayers, many viewers like the episode

The ending of "The Boys" Season 3 does reset the plot in many ways, which seems to be the main cause for IMDb users' ire. Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles), Annie (Erin Moriarty), Hughie (Jack Quaid), and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) all circle back to more or less where they were in the beginning, with Annie walking away from her superhero role arguably the biggest development in their respective plot lines. Homelander (Starr) has received a huge popularity boost and Billy Butcher's (Urban) body is failing, but both still occupy the same approximate roles they've always had on the show.  

Then again, the episode also features numerous monumental moments that'll no doubt impact the plot in many ways going forward. In fact, it seems that the majority of the viewers consider "The Instant White-Hot Wild" a pretty great episode; despite it and "Barbary Coast" being the worst-rated parts of the season on IMDb, they still boast a very decent score of 8.2 out of 10 — which is only low compared to the season's highlight episode "Herogasm" and its borderline absurd IMDb score of 9.6 out of 10.