How did Soldier Boy end up with the Russians?

Prime Video Series Season 3 The boysbased on Garth Ennis and darick robertsonthe comic book series of the same name, is racing towards what is sure to be an explosive conclusion now that Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles), Vought’s poster child and America’s greatest hero long before Homelander (Antoine Starr), escaped from his cryogenic chamber where he was detained and tortured by the Russians for decades.

According to Vought, however, Soldier Boy died in 1984 following a meltdown at a nuclear power plant. So how exactly is Soldier Boy alive and how did he end up in Russia drinking sulfuric acid cocktails?

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In Episode 4, “Glorious Five Year Plan”, the boys take a trip to Russia in hopes of finding the mysterious Anti-Supe weapon that shot down Soldier Boy so they can use it to kill Homelander. When they arrive at the establishment, chaos ensues as a suped-up butcher (Karl Urban) and Hughes (Jack Quaid) fight Russian security before opening a safe room which they believe must contain the weapon. Instead, they find no one but Soldier Boy himself. He comes out of the smoke, sporting a bushy beard, but he hasn’t aged a bit. After releasing an energy blast from her chest, critically injuring Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara), he flees to Manhattan where he hears a Russian song playing on the radio. The song triggers painful memories of him being experimented on in Russia, causing energy to explode from his chest, killing 19 people.

The boys get a tip from the caption (Paul Reiser), former Vice President of Hero Management at Vought before Madelyn Stillwell (Elizabeth Shue), that after the explosion, Soldier Boy visited him to get the address of his former girlfriend and fellow Payback member, Crimson Countess (Laurie Holden). The boys arrive at Crimson Countess first, with Butcher attacking her while she’s in the middle of a camgirl session with @Sir-Cums-A-Lot-779 (played by Seth Rogan, in the role he was born to play) on Supe Porn Platinum. Boucher and MM (Laz Alonso) holds Crimson Countess back and tells her that Soldier Boy is coming for her. A characteristic smirk spreads across Butcher’s face when a panicked Crimson Countess asks how Soldier Boy escaped from Russia, revealing that she knew he was alive the whole time.

Soldier Boy arrives, and we quickly learn that it was none other than Crimson Countess and the other members of Payback who betrayed Soldier Boy and turned him over to the Russians. Fueled by revenge, Soldier Boy asks her how much the Russians paid her. To his surprise, she tells him that they didn’t pay him anything. Stunned and enraged, he says that during all his years of torture and experimentation by the Russians, he always held out hope that the Crimson Countess would come to save him because he still loved her.

Crimson Countess, obviously acknowledging that this reunion is definitely not going to end well for her, drives the final nail into the coffin. She tells him, “I didn’t like you. I hated you. We all did it.” The moment parallels Homelander and Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott) confrontation earlier in the episode where Homelander asks Maeve if any of their relationships were real, and she quietly whispers in his ear, “From the start, I hated you. But besides, I fucking pity for you.” After the Crimson Countess’ shameless confession, Soldier Boy blasts energy from her chest and burns her, taking her entire caravan with her.

Season 3, Episode 6 of The boys airs Friday on Prime Video.

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