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Reacher Season 3 Set Image Reveals First Look At Paulie


  • Reacher
    season 3 finally reveals its villain, introducing Olivier Ritchers as Paulie.
  • Showrunner Nick Santora was able to stick with Paulie’s description in the books, with a height of 7 feet 2 inches.
  • Paulie’s arrival poses some new challenges for Reacher making season 3 so exciting.

The first look at Reacher season 3’s much-anticipated villain is revealed. Even before the Reacher season 2 finale arrived, work was already ongoing for the next chapter of Alan Ritchson’s popular Amazon Prime Video series. Based on Lee Child’s novels of the same name, Reacher season 3 will adapt Persuader. That confirmation led to anticipation of the new ensemble’s casting, particularly that of Paulie, a new villain who is much bigger than the already massive Reacher.

Not long after his casting was announced, the official Reacher Instagram account debuted the first look at Olivier Ritchers as Paulie. Check out the image below:

The photo shows Ritchers having some fun on the set of Reacher season 3. He poses in front of Ritchson’s trailer, crossing out the headliner’s name and replacing it with his.

Why Paulie As Reacher Season 3’s Villain Is So Exciting

Reacher Season 3 Villain Can Make Up For Season 2’s Disappointment

A big part of Reacher’s character is his size. This makes it easier to sell his usual nonchalant personality, not to mention his nomadic lifestyle. Couple his massive build with his fighting skills, he can effectively take care of himself without needing to travel with a set group. Throughout its last two seasons, Reacher was the biggest player on the show. He towered over everyone he encountered on the screen, including all members of the 110th Special Investigations Unit. That’s about to change, however, with Paulie’s arrival, offering a new dynamic in Reacher season 3.

For context, Ritchers, who is also known as “The Dutch Giant,” matches the size of Reacher’s foe from the novel, who also weighs around 350 lbs.

Admittedly, casting Paulie was an interesting process. Ritchson is already 6 feet 2 inches, and based on Child’s book, his Persuader adversary is so much bigger at 7 feet 2 inches. Luckily, showrunner Nick Santora and his team were able to stay true to the description of Paulie from print. For context, Ritchers, who is also known as “The Dutch Giant,” matches the size of Reacher’s foe from the novel, who also weighs around 350 lbs. Because of this, Reacher season 3 will have to be more creative about crafting the two giants’ fight scenes.



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This is great news for the franchise, considering the divisive Reacher season 2. Despite the excitement over the arrival of the Special Investigators, the sophomore year’s adaptation of Bad Luck And Trouble had its issues. Hopefully, Paulie is able to meet expectations for season 3.


season 3 will arrive on Prime Video in 2025.

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Produced by Amazon Prime Video, Reacher adapts Lee Child’s Jack Reacher book series to live-action. The series follows veteran Military Police Officer Jack Reacher as he unravels a dangerous conspiracy in the fictional town of Margrave, Georgia. Played by the towering Alan Ritchson, the titular hero collaborates with officer Roscoe Conklin (Willa Fitzgerald) and Chief Detective Oscar Finlay (Malcolm Goodwin) to clean his name and save Margrave from crime and corruption.

Malcolm Goodwin , Maria Sten , Willa Fitzgerald , Bruce McGill , Chris Webster , Alan Ritchson , Anthony Michael Hall , Brian Tee , Johnny Berchtold , Daniel David Stewart

Release Date
February 4, 2022


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