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The Queen Maeve Scene That Went Too Far On The Boys

In a world full of superheroes and villains, there is no question that "The Boys" veers into heightened reality. The series makes clear parallels to DC comics like "Superman" and "Wonder Woman" with counterparts Homelander (Antony Starr) and Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott). But unlike those properties, the Amazon series creates real-world consequences. Outrageous and bloody, "The Boys" posits what it would be like if superheroes not only existed, but were paid for the privilege of saving the world. The result is the likes of Homelander and Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell). Company men who are corrupted by power and think that they can get away with anything. With larger than life characters that are impossible to kill, it makes sense that some events require suspension of disbelief.

Fans have seen women liquified and babies with laser eyes. But even so, some events do not make sense in the world of the show. For 2 seasons on "The Boys," Queen Maeve has attempted to reclaim who she once was and earn redemption after her mistakes. Despite this well-written character arc, one of her biggest moments does not stick the landing.

Homelander allowing Queen Maeve to blackmail him doesn't make sense

After Homelander teams up with white supremacist Stormfront (Aya Cash), it unites the rest of the characters against him. Homelander is the ultimate villain who needs to be taken down and at the end of Season 2, it was Maeve who did it. Sort of. With Homelander being invincible, Maeve realizes the only real way to stop him is through blackmail. The worst thing for him would be if the public knew that he caused the deaths of a plane full of innocent people.

Maeve produces a video proving that Homelander is a murderer and threatens to release it if he moves against her. Though this makes sense in theory, there is one glaring flaw. Why would Homelander let Maeve off with the footage of that day? He is already too strong for Butcher (Karl Urban) and Hughie (Jack Quaid) to beat. He should have no problems killing them after everything they've done.

The same goes for Maeve. While it would be harder to kill Maeve than The Boys, there is nothing stopping Homelander from at the very least destroying the video. Maeve even has it in reach, which he easily could have laser blasted. Homelander is so powerful that it makes no sense that there are still characters running around when he knows they are trying to oppose him. He has become so unstable and so ruthless that nothing should get in his way at this point.