In a Reddit thread soliciting unpopular opinions from the “Law & Order: SVU” fan community, usercommented that they do not enjoy the William Lewis storyline. “His character wasn’t all that interesting and the way Benson (and everyone else) handles the situation just makes me angry,” they said in a follow-up comment. A since-deleted user similarly wrote that they would have preferred Benson kill Lewis than leave him at large upon her escape, and characterized the situation on the whole as drama for its own sake.
Userwrote in the same thread that they find the Lewis storyline to be overly long. Two users replied that they agree with this assessment, one of whom argued that Lewis’ first two episodes are enjoyable but everything after that is a bridge too far.
Pablo Schreiber, for what it’s worth, revealed in an interview withthat he found the role of Lewis, in conjunction with a similarly evil role on “Orange is the New Black,” to be genuinely taxing. “The last two things that I came off of were harsh characters doing terrible things. I was really interested in getting back to something a little closer to me,” he said about accepting a role as an altogether nobler character.
Lewis’ detractors and Schreiber both, then, can take solace in the fact that Lewis’ “SVU” storyline remains a done deal.