There’s been a lot of speculation over The Punisher‘s Season 1 storyline (much of it by LRM). Teasers and images have suggested that we’ll learn more about Frank Castle’s (Jon Bernthal) military past, some kind of government espionage angle is hinted, and then there’s the continuation of the revenge narrative introduced in Daredevil Season 2.
However, by the end of Daredevil Season 2 it appeared Castle had completed his initial revenge journey; eliminating all those responsible for the death of his family, and then destroying his home to essentially erase Frank Castle, leaving only the Punisher. So, the big question for The Punisher Season 1 is whether there’s more to the revenge storyline and whether or how it ties into Castle’s military past, as suggested by the teasers.
ComicBookMovie has posted an official synopsis for The Punisher Season 1, and it provides a little more insight into where this show is headed:
“In Marvel’s The Punisher, after exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.”
Let’s unpack this, as there’s a lot of detail crammed into this logline.
At the end of Daredevil Season 2 Castle discovered that his former miltary commander, Ray Schoonover (Clancy Brown), operated a drug-smuggling operation during the war, which he continued into civilian life. Schoonover adopted the identity of The Blacksmith, which Castle and reporter Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) ultimately revealed. Castle killed Schoonover, but surely there were more people invovled in this crime ring, and Castle is surely whittling down this number.
Based on this synopsis, Castle’s pursuit of the remaining members of the ring leads him to discover a deeper series of crimes and conspiracies involving the government (at least). It’s interesting that Castle’s narrative in Daredevil involved an unspooling mystery, and that’s the same pattern suggested here. I have to admit, this isn’t what I was expecting from The Punisher Season 1, but I’m intrigued.
I’m sure many fans were expecting wall-to-wall action — oh don’t worry, we’ll almost certainly see an exceptional amount of bloodshed and violence. However, between the teasers and this synopsis, it sure seems like The Punisher is setting up to focus as much or more on espionage, conspiracy, and clandestine elements. It’s easy to relegate a character like the Punisher to a mindless killing machine, but if each episode were just a series of shootouts, it would get pretty boring pretty quick. So this expansion into a broader mystery sounds very cool and could elevate this series into something really special. I can’t wait!
Where do you want The Punisher‘s story to go in Season 1? Let us know in the comments down below!
The Punisher hits Netflix this fall (rumor has it on Nov 10-11, 2017).
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