The Boys season 2, episode 4 spoilers follow.
The Boys star Shantel VanSanten has reacted to the "painful" choice made by her character Becca.
In the season 2 episode 'Nothing Like It In the World', Becca and Butcher reunited and he offered her and her son Ryan a means of escape.
However, despite their emotional reunion, in the end Becca decided not to go with her heart and instead stay put, believing that Butcher could never really be trusted to keep Ryan safe.
Speaking about Becca's decision to TV Line, VanSanten admitted her first reaction when reading the script was confusion.
"I struggled with it because that's the love of her life," the actress said. "And she loves Ryan, and that's her child, and she chose to raise the child over telling her husband. It's so complex.
"But she tells him in that episode she can't save him, and she has the opportunity to save Ryan so that he doesn't end up a bad human or a bad superhero. She feels that responsibility so heavily, and she knows that she can't save Butcher. Butcher has to save himself."
VanSanten went on to say that she doesn't know if Becca will ever see Bucher again but "he needs to go and figure it out".
"That's a pretty painful realisation when you love somebody enough to be able to let them go, and she's had to do it now twice," she continued. "There was so much pain in those moments.
"I remember feeling so frustrated and angry and sad in my Becca brain that I ended up kicking a tire in between scenes, and I was just like, 'Ugh, this is the worst!' You feel all of that struggle.
"I had a wonderful scene partner in Karl [Urban] and just being able to play the conflict of how much they love each other and how much they just can't make it work."
Speaking of Butcher, the character has just received his own short spin-off film.
Posted on the show's official Twitter last week, the short fills in plot gaps between season one's shocking finale and the beginning of season two.
The Boys season two is available on Amazon Prime Video.
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