It looks like justice will finally be served to the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit serial rapist and killer known as The Beast. TV Guide Magazine has learned exclusively that William Lewis, the sadistic villain played by Pablo Schreiber, will return in the Jan. 8 episode of the NBC drama. In September's season premiere, Lewis humiliated and tortured Det. Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), who eventually fought back and nearly beat him to death.
"We are thrilled and terrified that Pablo Schreiber is coming back to SVU to reprise his role as psychopath William Lewis," exec producers Warren Leight and Julie Martin told TV Guide Magazine via email. "He'll again be tormenting Det. Olivia Benson. Although he's the one on trial, he turns it into hers."
In "Psycho Therapist," the first episode after a six-week hiatus, Benson must once again face her greatest nightmare. Although this encounter will take place in the courtroom, expect the Beast to get inside her head. "This episode is another Benson and Lewis face-off," promises Schreiber. "The meat of the episode are the scenes between the two of them. He tries to prey on what he perceives to be her greatest weakness." Schreiber also reveals that he'll return to the Netflix hit Orange Is the New Black for a number of episodes next season as George "Pornstache" Mendez.
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