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‘Desperate and Grimy’: The Boys Creator Explains The Surprising Butcher and Maeve Hook-Up Scene Inspiration

The Boys season 3 has had an interesting run so far. Each episode comes in with a new twist, new parody, and interesting adventures. Eric Kripke recently talked about the surprising hook-up scene between Butcher and Maeve. In the previous season, Maeve, played by Dominique McElligott, managed to blackmail Homelander, the satirical version of Superman, to leave Butcher, played by Karl Urban, and his team alone. The two then get together to kill Homelander but fail to do so. Disheartened and drunk, they end up hooking up, which really came as a surprise to many.

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Eric Kripke talked about the inspiration behind the hook-up scene in The Boys

Eric Kripke talks about his inspiration behind the hookup scene between Maeve and Butcher
Eric Kripke talks about his inspiration behind the hookup scene between Maeve and Butcher

In an interview, the showrunner of The Boys, Eric Kripke talked about his inspiration behind the hook-up scene between Maeve and Butcher. He told TVLine that the scene was inspired by the “grimy” scene in the movie, Monster’s Ball. It is the scene where Billy Bob Thorton and Halle Berry’s characters hook up when they face a low point in the plot.

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The Boys fans surprised by the hookup scene
The Boys fans were surprised by the hookup scene

He said, “The writers talked about that moment as like desperate and a little grimy. We talked about Monster’s Ball when Billy Bob Thorton and Halle Berry hook up and it’s just so grimy because they’re both mourning deaths. So, we talked a lot about [how] they’re both so cornered right then and there, and they both have so much in common, surprisingly, [in] how much they hate Homelander, how much they hate superheroes, in general, how f—ked up they both feel. And then it just kind of explodes in this hookup.”

Karl Urban too got his inspiration from a movie for the scene

The showrunner went on to share that Karl Urban watched the hookup scene between Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange in the movie, The Postman Always Rings Twice, for the scene between his character and Maeve. That is what influenced the staging of the desperate romp between the two. This fling has led to Maeve being in a tight spot as Homelander picked Butcher’s scent on her and she was kidnapped by Black Noir. While it is confirmed that she is alive but she is not very safe.

Karl Urban too got his inspiration from a movie for the scene
Karl Urban too got his inspiration from a movie for the scene

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The fans wait to see how the scene would play a role in the future episodes of the show. But looking at how Butcher hates Superheroes and wants them all gone, the hookup with Maeve was just a moment of passion and means nothing more to him. It could just be a way to move the plot forward with Homelander. But if the man does catch feelings for Maeve, it could mean that his perspective might be changed.

The Boys season 3 is streaming on Amazon Prime.

Source: TVLine

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