Allison Shaw White House Chief of Staff
Actor: Elisabeth Röhm — First Appearance: "The Scott Effect" — Last Appearance: "Don't Look Back"

Allison Shaw is the former White House Chief of Staff, serving under President Michener and later President Oliver.

Status: Deceased (shot)

Events of The Last Ship Edit

At the beginning of Season 3, Shaw is shown to be frequently at odds with Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alex Rivera regarding the direction of the country and foreign affairs. She frequently sides with President Michener, and is his top advisor, helping him write and implement domestic policies. After the President's death, it is implied that Shaw and Michener had been in a romantic relationship beginning at some point after the president took office.

After President Michener's alleged suicide in the episode "In The Dark," she tells new president Howard Oliver that Michener's policies "are doing more harm than good."

Shaw, with the cooperation of four of the regional leaders, conducts a quiet coup d'etat in the episode "Paradise." She strips President Oliver of his powers and assigns a security detail loyal to her to guard and watch him, and states that she and the regional leaders want the regions to be able to govern themselves. Shaw also mentions to Oliver that she had Michener, Secretary Rivera, and Regional Leader Beatty murdered in order to achieve her goal. She forces Oliver to rescind all of Michener's policies, and even forces him to sign an arrest warrant for CNO Chandler, using the safety of his family as leverage.

After Kara Green and Tex rescue President Oliver from the St.Louis White House in "Legacy," Shaw announces the official suspension of the Constitution and government of the United States. She stays in St.Louis to act as a mediator for disputes between the regional leaders.

Shaw authorizes the murder of Chandler and the crew of the Nathan James during the episode "Resistance."

In "Don't Look Back" Shaw kidnaps Chandler's kids to force him to surrender to her. Shaw exchanges Chandler's kids for him and attempts to flee on a plane, explaining that Michener didn't learn the lesson of the plague: "there are winners and there are losers and if you want to be a winner you have to fight." Shaw explains that her family died during the plague due to one man's greed and it caused her to turn into the person she has become. As Shaw speaks to Chandler, Tex Nolan sneaks aboard the plane and takes out her guards while Sasha Cooper takes out the pilots with a sniper rifle and the rest of her men surrender to Slattery. However, Tex is shot in the gunfight and dies. Unphased, Shaw tells Chandler to arrest her and that someone else will just take her place. As Shaw taunts Chandler that he unleashed the worst in humanity rather than saving the world, Chandler shoots her dead. Chandler is left horrified by his killing of Shaw as he didn't have to it but admits that she's right in that America has lost its moral values.


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