She contaminates crime scenes. She warns serial killers about the FBI’s movements. She types her tabloid sleaze naked. She’s Freddie Lounds on NBC’s Hannibal and she needs to be the next victim of everyone’s favorite cannibal psychiatrist, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Although Hannibal has had low ratings, a strong online presence by “Fannibals” helped NBC decide on renewing the TV series for 2014.
This is not to reflect badly on actress Lara Jean Chorostecki, who plays Lounds. It’s her job to make the Lounds character as irritating as possible and Choroteski does a good job. Still, her character is ways more evil than even Hannibal Lecter himself. Although she does not directly kill or eat people, she does profit from murders. While Hannibal is secretive about his crimes, Lounds does them in public for her website, Tattlecrime.com.
Why Freddie Lounds Should Die
The unofficial motto of Hannibal is “eat the rude.” Lounds is the rudest character in the series – well, the rudest that is still alive. She pretends to be a psychiatric patient to tape the session between Dr. Lecter and FBI Special Agent Will Graham. She insists that things she wrote or said can be “undone.” Even Hannibal himself once sighed, “You’ve been terribly rude, Miss Lounds. What’s to be done about that?”
But most damning of all is that she tilts her head when trying to convince anyone to see things her way. Her long curly red hair can sometimes obscure her face. This is probably deliberate because we never quite know what Lounds’ motives are. It makes her look like a hawk just about to disembowel a prey in her talons. Since most of the other characters talk without tilting their heads, the head-tilt is hard to miss and can be distracts from her dialogue.
Will Freddie Ever Die?
However much viewers may want Hannibal to scoop out the brains of the journalist who goes to any lengths to get her scoops, the odds of her being on Hannibal’s menu are slight. Hannibal is based on Thomas Harris’ bestseller Red Dragon and Lounds plays a role in that book. Never mind that in the book, Lounds was a man that eventually gets murdered in a very grisly way.
Bryan Fuller, the series creator, has stated in interviews that he hopes Hannibal will do its own version of Red Dragon. He has taken many other characters from the novel and incorporated them into the series. So the odds of Lounds being written off before the events in Red Dragon begin are miniscule.