Spoilers below for anyone who hasn't yet watched The Boys' penultimate Season 2 episode.
As viewers are no doubt keenly aware, The Boys has gone down some wild and crazy avenues with Season 2, introducing fans to characters such as Billy Butcher's father (as played by John Noble), the R-rated hero Love Sausage and his titular love sausage, and the various higher-ups at the Church of the Collective. But none of those characters could hold a candle – pun intended – to the fiery mastery of X-Men vet Shawn Ashmore's Lamplighter. The former Seven member's Season 2 arc sadly already came to a close with Episode 7, with Lamplighter taking his own life in a pretty shocking moment that even showrunner Eric Kripke regrets.
In Episode 7, titled "Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker," Lamplighter joined Hughie on a mission to save Annie from being held captive by Vought in a powerless cell that kept her from using her powers. While there, Lamplighter revealed that his personal plan was actually to kill himself in front of the statue made in his image when he was part of The Seven. Upon seeing that it wasn't there, though, Lamplighter stated he only wanted to make his father proud, and then went up in flames anyway, freaking Hughie the hell out in the process.
The Boys' Shawn Ashmore recently spoke with CinemaBlend about Lamplighter's ultimate fate, and when I asked him how he felt about it, and whether or not there were plans to bring him back to honor the character's return in the comic book, here's what he told me:
Granted, it's not like Lamplighter immediately seemed like a new member of The Boys whenever they all crossed paths within the walls of Sage Grove. But considering he and Hughie went through a limited span of bonding, it did seem like he intended to be more helpful to the group in ways that did not involve quietly burning to death. Thank goodness his actions also still led to Starlight's escape, or else his demise would have left an even more sour taste in everyone's mouths.
Shawn Ashmore makes a good point in bringing up that Lamplighter set up his own brand of poetic justice by killing himself in the same way he'd killed untold numbers of Compound V recipients whose powers were not deemed suitable by Vought. By all means, Lamplighter likely killed off a few future villains while following Stormfront's bidding, but when I asked the actor if he found any merit in what Lamplighter was doing at Sage Grove, he said:
Really, nothing Lamplighter did was completely selfless, since he was also supposed to testify as a witness against Vought, but killed himself before that could happen. Sure, it probably wouldn't have actually gone down as planned, considering the head-popping way things played out when John Doman's Jonah Vogelbaum agreed to take the stand in Lamplighter's stead, but still. I guess it all comes back to him helping The Boys. Shawn Ashmore continued:
Thankfully, though, my conversation with Shawn Ashmore wasn't all doom and ashy gloom. I brought up how cool his costume looked, and that we didn't get to see it as often as it deserved to be seen. Here's how the actor responded:
For now, I'm going to keep on hoping that Eric Kripke and The Boys' producers figure out a way to bring Shawn Ashmore's Lamplighter back in Season 3. Next season will also be introducing Jensen Ackles' Soldier Boy, a character whose backstory was also introduced through dialogue before the actual hero arrives within the narrative. Maybe he or someone else from his crew will have resurrection powers. Or maybe Lamplighter is just dead for good.
The Boys has one more episode left in Season 2, with the season finale hitting Amazon Prime Video (opens in new tab) on Friday, October 9. While waiting to see how everything goes down, head to our Fall TV 2020 premiere schedule to see what new and returning shows are on the way.
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