In the comics, Queen Maeve is decapitated by Homelander. As showrunner Eric Kripke explained, "At no point did I ever consider killing Maeve [...]. We were intentionally building to a happy ending for her, always, for a lot of reasons. One, she deserved it. Believe it or not, 'The Boys' is a moral universe, and when you make the right choices, you get rewarded, and she deserved a happy ending with Elena."