Assuming Shaw didn't kill Letty because he wanted to use her as a pawn, He could 've held her as a captive instead of including her in his crew.

But he didn't, Why?

If it weren't for Letty, Dom & his crew wouldn't be after Shaw. And from what I 've seen in that movie Shaw wasn't exactly planning to have Dom follow him.

And even if he did for any master plan, The only other plan at the end of the movie was kidnapping Mia and it seemed like a backup plan rather than a master plan.

Did Shaw knew from the beginning that Letty was part of Dom & his crew? He knew Braga & Brian though.

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We find out in the movie that Shaw was sent to the Hospital to kill Letty on Braga's orders after Braga learns that Letty survived the encounter. Shaw knew where Letty came from (driving for Braga) and her skills (if she didn't have mad skills, she wouldn't be driving for Braga in the first place), so when he gets to the hospital and finds out she has amnesia, he considers her a blank slate (as he stated in the movie). He figures due to this, he can mold her anyway he wants. He wasn't going to kill her because he believed he could remake her in his own image. If she ever did recover her memories, he could kill her then if she went against him.

Shaw knew Letty was originally a plant from the FBI, but didn't know she was connected to Dom until the picture is shown of Letty sitting on Dom's lap. He did know about Brian, Dom, and the crew due to Riley working on the inside for him, but not about a connection between Dom and Letty. He gets the names of Dom and the crew from Riley and is not overly worried about them until they almost foil the plan, then at that time he gets the in-depth on them and discovers the connection between Dom and Letty. Shaw tests Letty with the cross and picture to see if there is going to be an issue, but is relieved when Letty shows no knowledge of the connection. His soldier is still in place without question.

I agree with you that kidnapping Mia was not part of the original plan. Shaw realizes he needs an ace-in-the-hole if he is going to beat Dom after their encounter (right after Dom and Letty race). He needs leverage over Dom and views Mia the perfect pawn to help manage his schemes. I am sure at this point he knows of the connection between Brian and Mia as well, so this works out doubly well into his plans. We don't know when he comes up with this plan, but he doesn't decide to execute it until after the encounter because he tries to get Dom to walk away, which Dom is unwilling to do.

  • Yes like you said Shaw most probably didn't knew of Dom & Letty's connection, But what you mean by Shaw was sent to the Hospital to kill Letty on Braga's orders wasn't Shaw the boss of Braga?
    – user5722
    Dec 16, 2013 at 16:53
  • @rps ... When Brain goes to the prison to confront Braga, Braga relates all of this to him ... after some ... shall we say ... wall-to-wall counseling? I will rewatch this part, but understood Shaw was working for Braga as a henchman until Braga was imprisoned. Braga does relate that Shaw went to finish the Letty job, though. Dec 16, 2013 at 17:06
  • wall-to-wall counseling :D!! From what I remember though Shaw was the boss of Braga, I think Braga said something like "He(Shaw) made me international(or think like international..something like that)"
    – user5722
    Dec 16, 2013 at 17:11
  • @rps ... it could be. If I find it different than I put above, I will update with changes. Dec 16, 2013 at 17:44

Dominic said to Shaw ''I'll go when she goes.'' If shaw did that, and just gave Letty back, the movie would have ended. Shaw unnecessarily continued to carry a liability on his team even though he knew it was giving him more heat. That doesn't make sense

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