'Lethal Weapon' season 3: How the Gute is bringing the Martin Riggs element back to the show
There is no denying it - Sonya Bailey's new partner Louie Gutierrez, aka The Gute, is former co-lead Martin Riggs in a woman's body.
Lethal Weapon's new third season is definitely shaking things up. First, it was a new co-lead in the form of Seann William Scott. Then, it was a major switch up with the subplots and now, there's an insane new character altogether on the show. The first two changes may have contributed to the new vibe the show is trying to exude, but the latest one is actually taking the nostalgic route. Detective Louie Gutierrez, aka The Gute, is former co-lead Martin Riggs in a woman's body.
Played by Paola Lazaro, Gutierrez has the same eccentric element Riggs brought to the show - she's just as infamous, resourceful, old school and crazy as Riggs used to be before the show killed him off last season. Portrayed by Clayne Crawford, Riggs was the heart of 'Lethal Weapon'. He played the character so beautifully, Riggs' death upsets fans even today.
An ex-Navy SEAL, Riggs had everyone watching at home hooked to their television screens. While this season has a lot more action than the last two, Riggs' presence never let fans feel like they were missing out. His backstory was incredible and his character arc was never static. He had a flair for destroying city property, beating up bad guys and getting his partner Roger Murtaugh out of trouble, no matter the circumstances.
Quite like Riggs, Gutierrez has a way of being just as unconventional without going over the top. So far this season, she's been funny and efficient - two things Riggs was, right from the start. With a show like 'Lethal Weapon', going overboard is very easy to do - just look at the things Murtaugh says and does on a daily basis.
Their introductions too are very similar. Gutierrez plays the newest partner detective Sonya Bailey ends up with, after losing the last one, who was quite close to her. In a way, the Gute was Bailey's fresh and very unexpected start. The Gute punches her in the face the first time they meet - Riggs blew up a few cars when he and Murtaugh worked on their first case together, almost killing the latter. Co-incidence? We think not.
While we are almost certain the Gute is the show's way of keeping the maverick vibe of Riggs alive, she's also a statement that shows 'Lethal Weapon' is ready to move on - it is evolving. Let's be honest, did we ever dream that we'd have a character like Riggs played by a woman? Not really.
With co-lead Damon Wayans, who plays Murtaugh threatening to exit the show after this season is done filming, characters like the Gute could be the perfect way forward. It could be an amazing start all over again with the Gute as a sort of Riggs reboot and Bailey as Murtaugh, the second.