WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Season 1 of The Boys, streaming now on Amazon Prime Video.
For those not familiar with the source material, the death of Translucent in Amazon Studios' The Boys likely proved shocking. However, given the Supe's impenetrable skin, it also likely seemed improbable, and according to co-creator Eric Kripke, that was a conscious decision.
During a Reddit AMA, a fan asked Kripke how the Boys were able to blow Translucent up from the inside out, to which he said, "Yes, you're absolutely right, the skin should have contained the blast, but then we'd have missed out on that amazing bloody explosion of 'blood and meat' (cause Translucent predicted his own death). One solid writer's room rule: 'Keep Your Rules in Mind but Never Logic Yourself Out Of Entertainment.'"
The moment in question occurs after Translucent confronts Hughie at work, only to be subdued and imprisoned by the Boys. While in their custody, Frenchie places C4 in the Supe's colon and after Hughie has a change of heart and decides to let him go, he swiftly has yet another change of heart and detonates the explosive.
Season 1 of The Boys is streaming now on Amazon Prime Video. The series stars Karl Urban as Billy Butcher, Jack Quaid as Hughie, Laz Alonso as Mother's Milk, Tomer Kapon as Frenchie, Karen Fukuhara as the Female, Erin Moriarty as Annie January, Chace Crawford as the Deep, Antony Starr as Homelander and Simon Pegg as Hughie's dad.