One of the highlights of the first three episodes of The Boys Season 3 is the shocking moment in the third episode when Homelander forced The Deep to eat his octopus friend Timothy. A lot of viewers were disturbed by the scene although it is an example of how cruel Homelander can get and we also saw how The Deep was struggling during the moment since he considered sea animals as his friends.
As a result, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) issued a statement honoring The Boys star Chace Crawford, showrunner Eric Kripke, and the special effects team with its "Tech, Not Terror" Award for using CGI instead of using a real-live animal in filming the disturbing scene.
"The Boys’ real heroes are working behind the scenes, creating a realistic CGI octopus so that animals can live in peace," PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange said in a statement. "PETA is celebrating this series for helping viewers see every octopus as an individual like Timothy, not as an entrée or as entertainment."
The organization also cited an interview where showrunner Eric Kripke explained that the mollusk "didn’t deserve the cruel fate of being eaten raw" which they said that it's "a fate many real octopuses meet, as billons of invertebrates are killed for food each year."
It is cool that the series received an honor from PETA for doing the scene with visual effects as it encourages more production to do the same practice when it comes to filming such scenes with animals involved. There is no doubt that the disturbing moment was helped by the realistic CGI that they did on Timothy which added to the intensity and horror of the scene. Let's just wait and see what more craziness the series has in store for the rest of the season.
New episodes of The Boys season 3 premiere every Friday on Prime Video.