Mike Flanagan projects never really skim when it comes to meaningful character development, and Hamish Linklater's Father Paul is no exception in Netflix's Midnight Mass.
So, Father Paul. Where do we begin? He emerges in Midnight Mass as this charismatic, potentially unsettling guy who takes over for the elderly Monsignor Pruitt. At first he just seems invested in helping out the struggling island, doing things like gently nudging Riley and Joe to hold Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
But, well, here's the rub: Father Paul isn't exactly Father Paul. He's actually, spoiler alert, the one and only Monsignor Pruitt, physically transformed after an encounter with a winged angel–slash–vampire creature munches on him in Damascus.
As the story unfolds, we get a closer look at his character. He's someone who, as a man, is wrapped up in guilt about an extramarital affair, and someone, who, as a leader, believes that he's bringing good to Crockett Island with a *checks notes* vampire virus.
If you found yourself increasingly compelled by Father Paul's sad, guilty expressions and earnest monologues, you're not alone. The internet has some serious (and occasionally thirsty) thoughts about Linklater in this stellar performance!
Whether they're sinful, appreciative, or somewhere in between, let us know all your thoughts about Hamish Linklater as Father Paul below!
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