Butcher, supremely manipulative, got Hughie to do what he wanted by claiming to have committed just about the worst crime possible. And we did not know that he would not have done it.
We also see supreme manipulation going on with the other guys, the company that had been running the superheroes. Garth knows exactly how bad people can be to each other.
The advertised cover of the concluding issue shows a final end for superheroes. Will that issue also have a happy ending for Hughie and Annie or will Garth give us something else? I really don't know.