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Why The Boys Fans Think Cindy Isn't Behind The Courtroom Scene

Hughie (Jack Quaid), Mother's Milk (Laz Alonso), Butcher (Karl Urban), Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) and Frenchie (Tomer Capon) — AKA The Boys – don't exactly have the best luck when it comes to dealing with Supes. Hughie's fiancé was murdered by a speeding A-Train (Jessie T. Usher), Butcher's lost wife turned out to be hidden away with Homelander's (Antony Starr) son, Kimiko was kidnapped, and Frenchie, well, let's just say things tend to get explosive for him whenever Supes are involved.

At the start of The Boys season 2 it seems like our heroes are about to catch a break. Back in season 1, they identified a connection between the superhero-making corporation Vought and the oncoming threat of "super terrorists." Unfortunately, when they bring their findings to CIA Dept. Director Susan Raynor (Jennifer Esposito), things go a bit sideways. Just as Raynor is about to piece together what's really going on, her head explodes. Whoops.

Since that moment, fans of The Boys have been wondering who or what made Raynor's head pop like a balloon.

The questions (and bad luck) continue in episode 7 of season 2, entitled "Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker," during which a government hearing is expected to expose Vought's dirty laundry. Instead, just like with Raynor, essentially half the people in attendance lose their heads — like, literally — bringing the hearing to an early and bloody conclusion.

The writers clearly want viewers to pin responsibility for these combustible decapitations on one specific character, but fans think there's something else going on.

Why Cindy isn't the head exploder on The Boys

In episode six of season two, entitled "The Bloody Doors Off," we find out that Vought's plans have shifted in a pretty meaningful way. In the past, the corporation was only able to create new superheroes by administering Compound V in infancy. Now, we know that there have been efforts in place for some time to turn fully mature people into Supes. The problem is: The results with mature subjects have been mixed. A lot of people die from the experiments, and thus far it would seem that everyone who survives goes stark raving mad.

In a secret facility a former member of The Seven named Lamplighter (Shawn Ashmore) has been hard at work studying cases of these late-stage Supes. Our heroes turn up at this facility, and accidentally wind up unleashing some of these people on the world. One escapee named Cindy (Ess Hödlmoser) seems to have the power to make people explode. Hmm.

Seems like this Cindy is a likely candidate for the head explosions, but fans are thus far unconvinced for a few reasons. For one thing, according to Reddit user Worker8 "Cindy's powers exert a crushing force. She crushed a man. She pulled at doors." What we saw at the Senate Hearing wasn't crushing, it was popping. We think it's also worth pointing out that Cindy was safely locked away when Raynor got popped as far as we know. If Cindy didn't kill Raynor, then she probably didn't kill anyone at the hearing, either.

Who's actually exploding all these heads on The Boys?

If Cindy isn't behind all the exploding heads, then who is? More importantly, why is someone or something exploding heads? Fans are theorizing that it's someone involved with The Church of the Collective.

As a refresher, The Church of the Collective is kind of The Boys version of Scientology. Thus far, both A-Train and The Deep (Chace Crawford) joined the church after losing their connection to The Seven. The head of the church is a man named Alastair Adana (Goran Visnjic) who seems to have an almost supernatural love of Fresca.

As Reddit user mrr_93 puts it, the "church has been built up and the head guy kept saying he'll get the Deep and A-train into the seven somehow – and they just eliminated A-train's rival." It's true that one of the victims at the hearing was the speedster set to replace A-Train in The Seven. Clearly, the Church of the Collective wants some of that power Vought has, and we aren't quite sure what exactly connects the Church with Vought. Frankly, we don't even know what "The Collective" is at this point. For all we know there are aliens about to rain down from the sky.

What we can say is that, considering that the mystery head exploder was introduced at the beginning of the season, it's extremely likely that we'll find out whomever or whatever is behind this messy acts before the season ends. Is it Vought? Is it Cindy? Is it The Church of the Collective? Or is it someone else entirely whose reveal will completely change the way we've viewed this entire season?