Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Faison is a new cheerleader with the Dallas Cowboys and is Billy's love interest. She's short and beautiful, with long strawberry-blond hair. As a Christian, she's very adamant that she doesn't particularly want to have sex until she has a "connection" with somebody, but this doesn't stop her from having a covert sexual encounter with Billy. Faison seems unsettled that Billy will return to Iraq, but despite her obvious affection for Billy, she doesn't seem particularly interested in keeping in contact while he's deployed. For Billy, Faison is very much a distraction and an escape from the horrors of the rest of his time at the Texas Stadium, though he learns when they say goodbye that she was as much a part of the horror as everything else. She expresses no interest in running away with Billy, as she sees no problem with life as it is.

Faison Quotes in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

The Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk quotes below are all either spoken by Faison or refer to Faison. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 7 Quotes

The role of cheerleader being secondary by definition, yet cheerleaders themselves exhibitionists by nature [...] Nobody cheers for the cheerleaders! And how that must hurt, the goad for many a deafening scream of crazed enthusiasm.

Related Characters: Billy Lynn, Faison
Page Number: 129
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Chapter 12 Quotes

Somewhere along the way America became a giant mall with a country attached.

Related Characters: Billy Lynn, Faison, Mango
Related Symbols: The Texas Stadium
Page Number: 222
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They are his boys, his brothers. Bravos would die for one another. They are the truest friends he will ever have, and he'd expire from grief and guilt at not being there with them.

Page Number: 294
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Faison Character Timeline in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

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8. Dry-Humping for the Lord
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...so that they'll leave, and he finally turns to the cheerleader. She introduces herself as Faison and explains that her grandmother was Miss Stovall in 1937. Billy loses himself listening to... (full context)
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Faison compliments Billy's interview and tells him about what it's like being a cheerleader. She claims... (full context)
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Slowly, Billy leans in and kisses Faison. They kiss energetically, Faison occasionally coming up for air and whispering that she could get... (full context)
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...the voices from the press conference moving away, signaling the end of his time with Faison. She explains quietly that she's not a virgin but she's not casual about sex. Billy... (full context)
9. Jamie Lee Curtis Made a Shitty Movie
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Billy desperately wants to ask Dime for advice regarding what happened with Faison, but Dime is in a funk. Billy wonders if what happened was even real, but... (full context)
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...a break, and Billy backs into a huddle of three cheerleaders. They tell him that Faison wasn't included in the shoot because she's new, but the conversation dies after they ask... (full context)
10. XXL
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...the players aren't sane, which makes Dime laugh, and then tells Dime what happened with Faison. Dime laughs but congratulates Billy. Billy asks what he can do to not lose Faison,... (full context)
11. This Is Everything There Is
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...about halftime, which riles them up. They decide to get drunk, but Billy thinks of Faison and decides to only get buzzed. Norm invites Bravo Squad to watch the kickoff from... (full context)
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...the national anthem begins. Billy thinks about Shroom and Lake, but his mind wanders to Faison. He picks her out in the line of cheerleaders, and he almost feels as though... (full context)
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Dime asks Billy to point out Faison, and he compliments Billy on his choice. When Dime leaves, he gives Billy the binoculars.... (full context)
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...says he's proud to have met Billy and begins talking about his grandsons. Billy notices Faison on the Jumbotron and groans, and Hawey makes approving noises and comments on Norm's "show... (full context)
12. Billy and Mango Are Out For a Walk
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...his girlfriend is a cheerleader. Mango screams. When they reach the railing near the ground, Faison notices them and screams. Billy introduces Mango and tells Faison they saw her on the... (full context)
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...kill the guards, but the thought passes and he and Mango leave. As they do, Faison calls that she'll see them on the field at halftime. Mango is in awe that... (full context)
13. Raped By Angels
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...Billy hopes that they'll make it through. He focuses on the cheerleaders and picks out Faison through the smoky fireworks haze. Billy looks to the sky and doesn't blink as the... (full context)
14. If In the Future You Tell Me This Is Love, I Will Not Disappoint You
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...the field to figure out where to go. Billy is thrilled to see a concerned-looking Faison run out to meet them. She's horrified to see that some of the Bravos are... (full context)
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The cheerleaders are incensed on the Bravos' behalf and fetch ice for the injuries. Faison asks Billy about Sykes, who's still crying. Billy explains that he's emotional and misses his... (full context)
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As Billy puts Faison's number in his phone, he explains that Kathryn is his sister. He points out Patty... (full context)
16. Will Slay Vampires For Food
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Billy's phone rings, startling him. It's not Faison, so he lets it ring. After the caller leaves a voicemail, Billy listens to it... (full context)
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...tries to convince Billy that he needs to find a way to have sex with Faison before they leave, insisting that she'll be all for it if she truly wants to... (full context)
18. The Proud Good-Bye
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...of them with Norm and the cheerleaders. Nobody seems impressed. Billy gets a text from Faison asking about meeting after the game, and after he texts her back, he daydreams about... (full context)
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...to hit Travis and be done with him. He imagines being at the ranch with Faison but adds to the fantasy the grief he'd feel if he abandoned the Bravos. (full context)
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...that it's time to leave. Josh leads them out of the stadium, and Billy texts Faison to meet him outside. Nobody stops the Bravos to thank them or get autographs. Josh... (full context)
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Billy looks around for Faison and notices that the crowd is rippling. He shouts as the roadies burst out of... (full context)
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Billy gets a text from Faison and leaps out of the limo. The cops try to stop him, but he ignores... (full context)
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Billy hears Dime bellowing for him. Billy and Faison kiss one more time, and she promises to pray for him as Billy turns towards... (full context)