Lamplighter has proved to be one of the most complex characters introduced yet in The Boys, and so far we’ve only really seen him in a single episode. The former member of The Seven played a prominent role this week in Season 2, Episode 6, “The Bloody Doors Off,” and through his interactions with Frenchie, Kimiko, and Mother’s Milk, we learned a lot about The Boys’ history and the characters’ current situation.
When Lamplighter was mentioned previously, it was usually to curse him for murdering Grace Mallory’s grandchildren–the inciting tragedy that caused The Boys to break up before the series’ events kicked off. But it turns out things are slightly more complicated than they may have seemed. According to Lamplighter, he’d been intending to kill Mallory herself–not innocent children sleeping in bed. Does that make him less evil? Maybe a little, but more importantly, it adds some dimension to the character, and Lamplighter’s remorse makes for yet another villain on this show who is–well, if not totally loveable, at least sympathetic.
What set Lamplighter off, though, and made him set out to kill Mallory in the first place? Through a series of flashbacks, we learned that The Boys tried to blackmail the supe. But thanks to tricky camera angles, we didn’t get to see exactly what they blackmailed him with. But thankfully, we had a chance to chat with Shawn Ashmore, the actor who plays him, and we tried to get some answers.