Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for Episode 7 of Generation 5.
- Dean Shetty despises the Supes and wants to create a virus to kill them all, so she sets up a meeting with Grace Mallory from Boys.
- Mallory, responsible for creating The Boys, realizes Shetty’s plan is a “war crime” and mysteriously asks someone on the phone to keep a close eye on her.
- Shetty’s motives stem from her tragic death in the transoceanic crash of US Flight 37. Boys Season one and her desire for revenge setting the stakes for season four Boys.
How generation V As the first season comes to an end, we have finally learned the true purpose of the Forest and the motives of the people who control it. As speculated last week, it turns out Indira Shetty (Shelley Conn), the dean of Godolkin University, actually despises Supes and wants them all to suffer a fate worse than death. The virus, which she entrusted to the Forest’s chief scientist, Dr. Cardoza (Marco Pigossi) is being experimented upon without Vought’s knowledge, and he has the ability to kill any Supe he comes into contact with. Shetty is so encouraged by the results that she makes an appointment with a familiar face from Boys — Grace Mallory (ur.Layla Robins).
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What does Dean Shetty want from Grace Mallory?
Frequent employee of one William Butcher (Karl Urban), Grace Mallory is actually responsible for the formation of The Boys. She is the former Deputy Director of the CIA and a force to be reckoned with. Mallory has a complicated past with Vought and their actions, as we saw in the third season’s flashback to the past when she was assigned to work with their super team, Payback, during the covert Operation Charlie. The losses of her people were enough to make her despise Vought and Supes, setting her on the path to recruiting the Butcher decades later.
It seems impossible to imagine the Butcher as anything other than how we know him now, but if it weren’t for Mallory meeting him, he may never have become the terrifying bruiser we know him to be today. Although Mallory eventually retired after a failed attack on her by the Super Lamplighter (Shawn Ashmore) led to the deaths of her grandchildren, throughout the period she was reluctantly drawn into the war against Vought. Boys. As one of the few people in the world that Butcher trusts, she also serves as the legal guardian of Butcher’s wife’s son, Ryan (Cameron Crovetti), while his biological father Homelander (Anthony Starr), manipulates him and snatches him from Mallory’s hands.
Shetty, a behavioral scientist at Vought and dean of Godolkin University, had no trouble catching Mallory’s attention. As she explains, Shetty wants to hire Mallory to help track down all the Supers and speed up the process of infecting her with the virus. Although she seems intrigued at first, when Mallory looks at photos of infected Supes, a fearful expression appears on her face. Mallory may despise Vought and the Supes who work for them, but she also has a good head on her shoulders. She tells Shetty that what she is trying to commit is a “war crime,” genocide of an entire population. Shetty remains the same, burning with hatred not unlike the one that fueled the Butcher, but given the lengths she went to and the innocents she killed, it doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that she’s worse than the Butcher.
After their conversation, Mallory takes her phone out of her pocket and asks if the person on the other line heard the conversation. She then instructs the caller to “Keep an eye on her.” Mallory has no shortage of contacts, but we can immediately assume that the caller is the Butcher. She alludes to him earlier in a conversation with Shetty when trying to talk her out of her plans, and it would make sense that she would want Butcher to be in the know to keep an eye on the man who hates Supes more than him. Not to mention, with a superpowered kid like Ryan, the virus is now also bothering Butcher, whether he likes it or not.
The tragedy motivating Shetty in Generation V is a reference to the first season of The Boys.
Ever since her true intentions of killing all the Supes with her virus came to light last week, the biggest question surrounding Shetty has been what might have happened in her life to make her go down this path. Most civilians are blindly in love with Vought and the Seven rather than disillusioned, simply unaware of what’s going on behind the scenes. And the people who know what’s going on behind the scenes are paid handsomely enough to keep their mouths shut and perpetuate the madness. Shetty was supposed to fall into the latter camp in her senior position at University and Vought, but it turns out she falls into the third category along with The Boys. Very similar to Mallory, Butcher, Huey (Jack Quaid), but otherwise she witnessed or suffered from Supe’s crime, so terrible that her life will never be the same. Butcher’s wife was raped by Homelander, Hughie’s girlfriend was destroyed by the A-Train, and Shetty lost her family in a plane crash. But this was not just a plane crash, this was transoceanic Flight 37.
Happening back in the first season Boysthe crash killed all 123 passengers, and although Homelander and Queen Maeve (Dominic McElligott) were there, they didn’t do anything. It was better for Vought’s image to let the entire plane crash than to save only a select few. It’s a brutal scene that cements our understanding of Vought and Homelander, and it turns out Shetty’s husband and daughter were on that flight.
“Generation V” is masterfully preparing for the fourth season of “The Boys”
These successive references to earlier knowledge are what makes generation V such an incredible spin-off, and the stakes seem serious. The transoceanic flight scene took place back in 2019, but it is so tragically etched in the minds of viewers that even Shetty’s mention of it is enough for us to immediately understand her motives and vendetta. Shetty should have heeded Mallory’s warning and stopped working in the Forest, but even if she did, it was too late for her. Despite establishing a genuine connection with Kate (Maddie Phillips), this is not enough to save her from the telepath’s wrath for how she ruined her life. Rendering Marie (Jazz Sinclair) is powerless to save her, in a moment of confrontation, Kate orders Shetty to cut her throat with a knife, putting an end to all this. Shetty may be dead now, but the problems she caused are just beginning.
With Victoria Neumann (Claudia Doumit) back on stage, bonding with Marie over their shared power and sticking heads out (RIP Dr. Cardoza), Boys Season four seems closer than ever. Neumann has been taken over by the virus, Shetty is dead, and Kate is on the warpath against the non-supes and all the super-supes who side with them. The promo for the finale also features Ashley Barrett (Colby Minifie) back to the Godolkin campus, which means that Vought is somehow involved, which will lead to serious consequences for Boys. And while the virus is mostly destroyed, we also see Kate leading the trapped infected students out of the Forest, meaning we may not have seen the last of it. Whatever happens next, we can say with confidence generation V will not let us down with his promise to organize the 4th season Boys as it simultaneously places bets on its recently confirmed second season. It’s hard to predict the outcome of our Godolkin heroes, but if there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s that heads will roll.
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