Frannie is first introduced in CBS All Access’ version of “The Stand” through Harold Lauder’s (Owen Teague) point of view. “You have to have an understanding of her that only Harold has, in order to break out of that eventually, in order to be shocked by her, in order to actually understand what’s going on,” Young explains. “Harold has created a version of Frannie that exists on a pedestal, and it’s his mission and her mission as well throughout the rest of the series to contend with that.”
The core relationship Frannie has in the “before” is with her father, and once he is gone, she hits a low point. It is Harold who gives her hope at that moment, Goldsmith previews, which is why Frannie is willing to go on the road with him, “even though he’s the annoying kid from down the block who always has made her feel a little uncomfortable by his gaze on her.”
She explains: “She sacrifices that kind of comfort just to prevail, to go to Boulder, to start this new world. At the end of the day, they are still the only people with a shared history, and that means something. And that’s a really interesting thing that we go into in the story: what does that mean — what does shared history mean? And can you ignore it, can you pretend it’s not there, does it matter in the end? We had a lot of fun exploring what it means to know someone — not just be acquainted with someone, but to really know someone.”
In the novel, Frannie ended up in Boulder but didn’t trek to Vegas to take down Randall Flagg, but in the new coda that King has written for this series, she says, Frannie does get more of a chance to take her stand, too.
“I feel great amount of pride and being able to be involved with this last episode, to be able to bring to life words that people have never heard before from Stephen King,” she says.