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Why is Homelander obsessed with milk in The Boys?

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Season 4 of The Boys has begun and a reference to Madelyn Stillwell brings a question from the show’s beginnings back to the table: why is Homelander so obsessed with milk?

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Homelander is certainly one of the best villains in the history of superhero series. The deranged leader of the Seven in The Boys likes to present himself as an all-powerful deity, but even gods have their weak points, and the Protector is no exception: the big bad’s hidden pleasure is a good glass of milk.

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From the start of the series created by Eric Kripke to adapt Garth Ennis’ comics, Homelander’s penchant for milk was highlighted. And it all seems to have started with former Vought executive Madelyn Stillwell. However, even after the death of the dangerous manipulator, the Protector continues to be obsessed with milk. For what ?

Why is Homelander obsessed with milk in the series The Boys ?

Homelander’s milk fetish is the result of the absence of a mother figure in his circle. Raised in a Vought lab, he developed what looks like a serious Oedipus complex, visibly confusing this need for maternal love with sexual desires.

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homelander who drinks a bucket of fresh milk in the series the boys

The character’s difficult and sterile childhood of all feelings can easily explain his shaky morality and his sociopathic side, while the villain of the series sometimes still seems stuck in the middle of childhood.

After killing Madelyn Stillwell, his troubles continue in season 2 and result in an obsession with milk: the character finds a last bottle of breast milk from the former director and drinks it in a disturbing scene. If this sequence could suggest that it was Madelyn’s milk that Homelander was addicted to, the rest of the season clearly brushed aside the theory: the leader of the Seven simply fell in love with all types of dairy products.

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Milk a cow sensually to drink the hot milk and thus relax after a moment of frustration? It’s done. Sharing a glass of milk and milkshakes with his son Ryan to celebrate the teenager’s debut in the Super company or trying to coax him? It’s done too. Keep a bottle of Madelyn’s breast milk in her treasure chest? Count on the Protector.

However, this obsession with milk appears nowhere in the comics The Boys by Garth Ennis. And this, quite simply because it was invented by Eric Kripke and actor Antony Starr in the series.

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In any case, this is what the interpreter of Homelander explained to GQ in 2022, remembering the scene where the character heats Madelyn’s frozen milk to drink it: “It was one of those moments where I told myself I just had to go for it. (…) So I emailed Kripke: “Dude, that was so funny. I think we should do more. » It’s become a recurring motif and it’s really crazy.

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Season 4 of The Boys started on June 13, 2024 on Prime Video. If you need to refresh your memory on what happened in previous seasons, you can take a look at our summary of the series. And to not miss anything from the rest of the new season, you can consult the episode release schedule.

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