Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

by

Ben Fountain

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Pastor Rick Character Analysis

Pastor Rick is the pastor of a megachurch that hosted a rally for Bravo Squad in Anaheim. Billy sought Pastor Rick out for guidance regarding how to deal with Shroom's death, and although Billy cried, he realized afterwards that he didn't remember anything Pastor Rick said to him. From there, Pastor Rick constantly texts Bible verses to Billy and tries to remain as Billy’s spiritual mentor, which Billy believes is a way for Pastor Rick to gain credibility. Billy doesn't reply to any texts (sometimes deleting them outright) and desperately wants to be free of Pastor Rick.
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Pastor Rick Character Timeline in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

The timeline below shows where the character Pastor Rick appears in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
1. The Thing Begins
Fantasy vs. Reality in the Media Theme Icon
Class, Power, and Money Theme Icon
Heroism and Humanity Theme Icon
...from his sister, Kathryn; one from his other sister's husband; and a Bible verse from Pastor Rick . Billy wonders if he actually knows anybody and if his fame means anything. He... (full context)
4. The Human Response
The Absurdity of War Theme Icon
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Billy checks his phone and finds a text from Pastor Rick . He deletes it as Major Mac steps in beside him and insists that he's... (full context)
12. Billy and Mango Are Out For a Walk
Fantasy vs. Reality in the Media Theme Icon
Class, Power, and Money Theme Icon
Family and Brotherhood Theme Icon
Heroism and Humanity Theme Icon
...pull out their phones and tobacco. Billy has a text from Kathryn and one from Pastor Rick . Billy remembers meeting Pastor Rick. After a rally, Billy sought him out for guidance... (full context)