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The fictional character Punisher, a comic book anti-hero featured in Marvel Comics publications, has appeared in three films unrelated to each other. The first film was in 1989, released theatrically worldwide then straight to video in the U.S., and starred Dolph Lundgren. The second film was released in theaters and starred Thomas Jane. After an unsuccessful script of Punisher 2, the film series was then rebooted again in 2008 with the film Punisher: War Zone starring Ray Stevenson.

Punisher also starred in the second Daredevil Netflix series in 2016. A spin-off series, centered on Bernthal's character Frank Castle / Punisher and titled Marvel's The Punisher, was released by Netflix on November 17, 2017.

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The Punisher is a fictional antihero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by writer Gerry Conway and artist John Romita, Sr., with publisher Stan Lee green-lighting the name. The Punisher made his first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #129 (cover-dated Feb. 1974).

The Punisher is a vigilante who employs murder, kidnapping, extortion, coercion, threats of violence, and torture in his war on crime. Driven by the deaths of his wife and two children, who were killed by the mob during a shootout in New York City's Central Park, the Punisher wages a one-man war on the mob and all criminals in general by using all manner of conventional war weaponry. His family's killers were the first to be slain. A war veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Frank Castle (born Francis Castiglione) is a master of martial arts, stealth tactics, guerrilla warfare, and a wide variety of weapons.

Marvel's Punisher Netflix SeriesThe Punisher's brutal nature and willingness to kill made him a novel character in mainstream American comic books in 1974. By the late 1980s, he was part of a wave of psychologically troubled antiheroes and at the height of his popularity, was featured in four monthly publications, including The Punisher, The Punisher War Journal, The Punisher War Zone, and The Punisher Armory.

Despite his violent actions and dark nature, the Punisher has enjoyed some mainstream success on television, making guest appearances on Spider-Man: The Animated Series, and The Super Hero Squad Show, where the depiction of his violent behavior was toned down for family viewers. In feature films, Dolph Lundgren portrayed the Punisher in 1989, as did Thomas Jane in 2004, and Ray Stevenson in 2008. Jon Bernthal portrays the character in the second season of Marvel's Daredevil as a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Bernthal is set to reprise the role in the Punisher's own Netflix series.

In January 2015, Thomas Jane said that he does not want to return as the Punisher unless the script is right. Jon Bernthal was cast as Frank Castle / The Punisher, and debuted as the character in the second season of Daredevil and he's own TV series on Netflix.

 

The Punisher (1989)

He is the city's most wanted, and most mysterious, vigilante. He has killed 125 people in the last 5 years. He is The Punisher (Dolph Lundgren), a one-man weapon against crime. In reality the Punisher is Frank Castle, an ex-cop whose family was murdered by mobsters. Now legally declared dead, he strikes back from beyond the grave, killing mobsters wherever he can find them. As a result of this, the mobsters families have weakened, forcing Gianni Franco, the leader of one of the families, to come in and take control of the families. Franco has a plan to bring the families together as one unit.

However, this has attracted the attention of the Yakuza, Asia's most powerful crime syndicate, who decide to take over the families and all their interests. In order to sway the mobsters to their cause, they kidnap their children. Now the Punisher must fight to save the lives of the children of the people he has fought against for five years, while at the same time fighting alongside the man who killed his family.

 

The Punisher (2004)

After an undercover operation where Bobby Saint, son of corrupt businessman Howard Saint (John Travolta), is killed, FBI agent, and former Soldier, Frank Castle (Thomas Jane) retires. Howard Saint, holding Castle responsible for the death of his son, has his men murder Frank's family during a family reunion and leaves Frank for dead. Burned out and haunted by memories of his family, Frank sets out to avenge them and becomes a judge, jury and executioner known as "The Punisher", his trademark skull shirt being a final gift from Castle's son before his death. Castle sets out to punish Howard Saint and his associates in a one-man war, refusing to give up until those responsible are dead, including tricking Saint into killing his wife and head bodyguard by manipulating evidence to make him think that they are having an affair.

An extended cut DVD was released on November 21, 2006 with 17 minutes of additional footage, most of which revolves around the character Jimmy Weeks (Russell Andrews), and Frank realizing that it was his friend that sold him out to Howard Saint. Features also include a black and white stop motion animated scene, set in Kuwait based on and partially done by artist Tim Bradstreet, and a Punisher comic book gallery. An extended version of "In Time" by Mark Collie also appears in the closing credits of the extended cut DVD.

 

Punisher: War Zone (2008)

Waging his one-man war on the world of organized crime, ruthless vigilante-hero Frank Castle (Ray Stevenson) sets his sights on overeager mob boss Billy "Jigsaw" Russoti (Dominic West). After Russoti is left horribly disfigured by Castle, he sets out for vengeance under his new alias: Jigsaw. With the "Punisher Task Force" hot on his trail and the FBI unable to take Jigsaw on, Frank must stand up to the formidable army that Jigsaw has recruited before more of his evil deeds go unpunished.

Ray Stevenson had expressed interest in sequels, hinting at Barracuda as a possible villain. At the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con, when asked if he signed on for more Punisher, he said, "If I had my wish, it's going to run and run. It's up to the fan base. If this works, we get to do it all again." After the first film was not received well by audiences, the rights for the character eventually reverted to Marvel.

 

Iron Man: Rise of Technovore (2013)

The Punisher appears as a supporting character in the anime film Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, voiced by Norman Reedus. He was first seen hunting down a member of A.I.M. selling weapons to a buyer. However, Iron Man saves the member and gets answers. After that, Iron Man and the Punisher work together discover Ezekiel Stane being responsible for framing Iron Man for a crime he didn't commit. Hawkeye and Black Widow were given the order to retrieve Iron Man, but the Punisher helps Iron Man escape to find Ezekiel Stane.

 

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The Punisher appears as one of the main protagonists in the anime film Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher, voiced by Brian Bloom.

 

Marvel's Daredevil Season 2 (2016)

The second season of the American web television series Daredevil, which is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, follows Matt Murdock / Daredevil, a blind lawyer-by-day who fights crime at night, crossing paths with the deadly Frank Castle / Punisher along with the return of an old girlfriend: Elektra Natchios. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films and other television series of the franchise. The season is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios, with Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez serving as showrunners, and series creator Drew Goddard acting as consultant.

Charlie Cox stars as Murdock, while Jon Bernthal and Élodie Yung are introduced as Castle and Natchios. Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent D'Onofrio also return from the first season, with Stephen Rider joining them. The season was ordered in April 2015 after the successful release of the first, with Petrie and Ramirez replacing the season one showrunner Steven S. DeKnight. Production on the season began in July 2015 and continued through December, with the season focusing on the nature of heroism through comparison of Murdock to Castle and Natchios, and showing how the latter two affect Murdock's life.

The first two episodes of the season premiered in Paris on March 7, 2016, with the full season of 13 episodes released on Netflix on March 18. Critics praised the introduction of Castle and Natchios, as well as Bernthal's performance in particular, the season's action, and storylines. However, many missed the presence of Vondie Curtis-Hall's Ben Urich from season one, and D'Onofrio's Wilson Fisk during the first half of season two. The series was renewed for a third season in July 2016.

 

The Defenders (2017)

Marvel's The Defenders, or simply The Defenders, is an upcoming American web television miniseries developed for Netflix by Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise and is the culmination of a series of interconnected shows from Marvel and Netflix. The miniseries is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios, with Petrie and Ramirez serving as showrunners.

The limited series stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock / Daredevil, Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter as Luke Cage, and Finn Jones as Danny Rand / Iron Fist, all reprising their roles from their individual series. Élodie Yung also stars as Elektra Natchios, reprising the role from Marvel's Daredevil. Development of the miniseries began in late 2013, with Cox the first actor cast in May 2014, and Jones the final of the title four cast in February 2016. Petrie and Ramirez joined as showrunners in April, after serving in the same role on the second season of Daredevil, and filming began in New York City that October.

The Defenders consists of 8 episodes, and was released in 2017.

 

Marvel's The Punisher (2017)

Marvel's The Punisher, or simply The Punisher, is an upcoming American web television series created for Netflix by Steve Lightfoot, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films and other television series of the franchise, and is a spin-off of Marvel's Daredevil. The series is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios, with Lightfoot serving as showrunner.

The Punisher on NetflixThe series revolves around Frank Castle, who uses lethal methods to fight crime as the vigilante "the Punisher", with Jon Bernthal reprising the role from Daredevil. Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Amber Rose Revah, Deborah Ann Woll, Daniel Webber, Jason R. Moore, Paul Schulze, Jaime Ray Newman, and Michael Nathanson also star. A television series centered on the Punisher received a put-pilot commitment at Fox in 2011, but that project fell through. In June 2015, Bernthal was cast as the character to appear in the second season of Daredevil. Development on a spin-off titled The Punisher began by January 2016, before the season of Daredevil was released. In April 2016, Marvel and Netflix ordered the series, confirmed Bernthal's involvement, and announced Lightfoot as executive producer and showrunner. Filming began in New York City in October 2016.

The Punisher was released on November 17, 2017.

 

 

"Marvel's Daredevil"
Season 2 (March 18, 2017)

The second season of the American web television series Daredevil, which is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, follows Matt Murdock / Daredevil, a blind lawyer-by-day who fights crime at night, crossing paths with the deadly Frank Castle / Punisher along with the return of an old girlfriend–Elektra Natchios. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films and other television series of the franchise. The season is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios, with Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez serving as showrunners, and series creator Drew Goddard acting as consultant.

Charlie Cox stars as Murdock, while Jon Bernthal and Élodie Yung are introduced as Castle and Natchios. Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent D'Onofrio also return from the first season, with Stephen Rider joining them. The season was ordered in April 2015 after the successful release of the first, with Petrie and Ramirez replacing the season one showrunner Steven S. DeKnight. Production on the season began in July 2015 and continued through December, with the season focusing on the nature of heroism through comparison of Murdock to Castle and Natchios, and showing how the latter two affect Murdock's life.

The first two episodes of the season premiered in Paris on March 7, 2016, with the full season of 13 episodes released on Netflix on March 18. Critics praised the introduction of Castle and Natchios, as well as Bernthal's performance in particular, the season's action, and storylines. However, many missed the presence of Vondie Curtis-Hall's Ben Urich from season one, and D'Onofrio's Wilson Fisk during the first half of season two. The series was renewed for a third season in July 2016.

Episode #1: "Bang"

Following the downfall of Wilson Fisk and the Russian mafia, and the disappearance of the Chinese and Yakuza, various gangs attempt to take control of Hell's Kitchen, including the Irish Mob and Cartels. When a group of Irish are gunned down by an apparent "army", the sole survivor, Elliot "Grotto" Grote, seeks out the firm of Nelson and Murdock for protection. Karen Page, Nelson and Murdock's assistant—who is struggling to manage their financial troubles given that the firm's clientele often cannot afford legal fees—takes the wounded Grotto to the hospital, while Foggy Nelson learns from the Dogs of Hell biker gang that a group of their own was murdered by the same "army" as the Irish. Matt Murdock, as his secret vigilante persona Daredevil, investigates the cartels, who he learns had all of their high-power weapons stolen by a single man. At the hospital, Grotto and Page are attacked by this man and barely escape alive. Daredevil confronts the new vigilante in the rooftops near the hospital, and is shot in the head at point blank range.

#2 "Dogs to a Gunfight"

Nelson finds Murdock the next morning. Though his body armor saved his life, Murdock's head and heightened senses are damaged and impaired, and Nelson insists that he rest and recover. Nelson attempts to get Grotto into witness protection, but since all of his mob contacts were murdered, District Attorney Samantha Reyes only agrees if Grotto wears a wire to a meeting with a high-level drug lord. After his senses improve, Murdock asks his armorer, Melvin Potter, for a new, improved mask, before investigating the hideout where the Irish were murdered. Realizing that they had a now missing dog, Murdock tracks it to a nearby apartment, where the other vigilante—nicknamed "The Punisher" by the DA's office—had been listening to the DA's operation with Grotto on a police radio. When the Punisher attacks the operation, Nelson and Page realize that Reyes had always meant it as a trap. Police snipers fire at the Punisher as Daredevil arrives and attacks him. Grotto escapes in the chaos, while Murdock is injured and loses consciousness.

#3 "New York's Finest"

Daredevil wakes up as the Punisher's captive, and pleads with him to stop killing, feeling that there is goodness within anyone, and that no criminal is beyond redemption. The Punisher insists that what he does is necessary, that by murdering criminals he stops them from doing wrong ever again, while Daredevil merely delays the inevitable by injuring them. Their debate culminates in Punisher bringing out Grotto, whom he caught stealing a car in an attempt to flee the city, and strapping a gun with a single bullet to Daredevil's hand, offering him the choice of killing Grotto, killing the Punisher before he kills Grotto, or doing nothing and living with the fact that his actions caused someone's death anyway. Daredevil shoots the chains holding him and breaks free, but in doing so gives the Punisher time to fatally shoot Grotto. As the dying Grotto asks why Daredevil allowed him to die, the Punisher attacks a nearby Dogs of Hell group. Daredevil manages to knock the Punisher unconscious, and then fights his way through the angry gang members to safety.

#4 "Penny and Dime"

Finn Cooley, a high-profile member of the Irish mafia whose son was killed by the Punisher, arrives in New York seeking revenge, and tracks the dog Punisher took to his apartment, where he realizes who the Punisher is. Page begins investigating the Punisher herself, using files slipped to her by assistant DA Blake Tower. She learns that he is Frank Castle, once a husband and father who was hospitalized with a bullet in his head. Barely surviving, Castle escaped an apparent cover up of some kind, potentially of Reyes's doing. The Irish confront Castle at a family carousel and take him hostage. Cooley violently tortures him, until Castle escapes and brutally murders Cooley and several of the other Irish. Daredevil finds them and stops Castle from murdering anyone else, helping him escape. Castle tells Daredevil about his family, who were murdered, before allowing himself to be arrested, with Daredevil giving credit for his capture to Sergeant Brett Mahoney in hopes of restoring the public's faith in the police rather than in vigilante justice.

#5 "Kinbaku"

Ten years ago, Murdock met Elektra Natchios, the bored daughter of a wealthy Greek ambassador. The two bonded over their shared thrill-seeking nature and skills, with Murdock eventually revealing his abilities and the nature of his father's death at the hands of Roscoe Sweeney. When Natchios manipulated Murdock into confronting Sweeney, hoping to have Murdock kill him, Murdock refused to do so, and Natchios left. In the present day, Natchios returns to New York asking for Murdock's help with the Japanese arm of the Roxxon Energy Corporation, with whom her late father had dealings. Murdock refuses, but spies on her business meeting with the company, where she plants a bug in their system. Murdock later confronts Natchios about Sweeney, and she claims that she knows Murdock's true nature, which she believes is the same as hers. To prove it, she has manipulated him once again, revealing that she has his Daredevil costume for him as what appears to be remnants of the Yakuza track the bug to her apartment.

#6 "Regrets Only"

Murdock and Natchios defeat the Yakuza assailants. Natchios believes that the Yakuza are up to something big in New York, and Murdock reluctantly agrees to continue helping her when she promises to leave the city once they are done. Murdock, Nelson, and Page are visited by the public defender on the Punisher case, who reveals that Reyes intends to link Castle to other Dogs of Hell murders outside of New York, making the death penalty an option. Murdock and Page convince Nelson that they should be helping Castle themselves, to protect him from Reyes and learn what really happened to him and his family. While Murdock and Natchios attend a Roxxon gala and steal a valuable Yakuza ledger, Page reveals to Castle what she has learned of his past, eventually earning his cooperation. However, in front of Reyes and the judge, Castle refuses a plea deal that would give him life in prison and instead pleads not guilty. An angered Reyes has the trial fast tracked, with The People v. Frank Castle set to begin within a week.

#7 "Semper Fidelis"

Because of his dealings with Natchios, Murdock is late for Castle's trial, and Nelson steps in for the opening statement. Unable to use a PTSD defense from Castle's time at war—Castle believes it would be disrespectful to real PTSD-suffering war veterans—Nelson instead focuses on Castle's family being failed by the justice system. Murdock works with Page in preparing to cross-examine the chief medical examiner, who likely doctored the Castle family death certificates for Reyes, but before he can do so in court the man confesses; he had been tortured the night before into revealing the truth. Murdock realizes that Natchios had overheard him and Page and attempted to 'help', and reveals his involvement with her to Nelson. With the examiner's testimony now invalid, Nelson's relationship with Murdock fractures. Murdock confronts Natchios, who agrees to stay away from the trial, before joining her in searching an abandoned building site from which the Yakuza ledger revealed shipments of dirt. Inside they find a giant hole.

#8 "Guilty as Sin"

Murdock and Natchios are attacked by ninjas, and have to be saved by Murdock's old mentor Stick. They escape back to Murdock's apartment, where Stick reveals to Murdock that Natchios works for him (and has done since before she first met Murdock, which was on a mission to recruit him for Stick) as he fights a war for the Chaste against the ancient group the Hand, for which the Japanese Roxxon arm and the Yakuza are fronts. Murdock offers to take Natchios back and help her defeat the Hand if she renounces Stick and his murderous ways; she agrees. In court, Nelson begins to sway the jury in Castle's favor, but Castle takes the stand and purposefully wrecks his own defense. Page and Nelson blame Murdock for losing the trial. Natchios and Murdock share a close moment before they are attacked by a lone ninja. Murdock subdues him and discovers that he is only a teenager, before Natchios impulsively slits his throat, to Murdock's horror. Castle enters prison, and is led by a guard to a meeting with Fisk.

#9 "Seven Minutes in Heaven"

Fisk offers Castle a chance at Dutton, the "kingpin" of Ryker's Island prison whom Fisk believes organised the deal-gone-wrong which lead to the deaths of Castle's family. Fisk admits that this will allow Fisk to take control of the prison himself. Castle attacks Dutton, who reveals that he organised the deal for a drug dealer called 'the Blacksmith'. Fisk then betrays Castle by releasing Dutton's supporters on him, but Castle slaughters them all. Realizing that Castle could be an asset against Fisk's competitors while the latter is imprisoned, Fisk arranges for Castle to escape the prison. Nelson and Murdock agree to part ways, while Page continues her personal investigation of Castle. She confirms with the now former-chief medical examiner that in addition to the Castle family there was another victim of the massacre, an undercover cop; the deal and subsequent massacre were part of a sting operation. Murdock investigates a Hand facility called the Farm, where he is confronted by Nobu Yoshioka, whom he had previously killed.

#10 "The Man in the Box"

Daredevil asks Mahoney to send the several children being used as apparent human incubators for a mix of chemicals at the Farm to nurse Claire Temple to receive hospital treatment. Learning of Castle's escape, Reyes has Nelson, Murdock, and Page meet at her office. She confirms that her office had organised the sting on the Blacksmith's deal with the Irish, Cartel, and Dogs of Hell, and explains that she chose not to clear the area so as not to tip off the criminals, leading to the deaths of the undercover cop and Castle's family when the deal went south. Now, she believes that Castle is targeting her daughter, and pleads for help in bringing him in. However, Reyes is gunned down in front of them by an unidentified shooter. Murdock visits Fisk in prison and confirms his suspicions, that Fisk is running it and orchestrated Castle's release. Natchios kills an assassin sent by Stick, and Castle saves Page from a similar attack to the one on Reyes. At the hospital, the children awake as Daredevil prepares to defend the building from the Hand.

#11 ".380"

Daredevil saves Temple from the Hand, but the children willingly leave with the ninjas and drain themselves of their blood to feed the chemicals into an ancient device. Some of the Hand died during the fight, and an attempted autopsy on one of them shows the scars of a prior autopsy. The hospital board chooses to cover this up, compelling Temple to quit. Page and Castle are confronted by the Blacksmith's men, and Castle violently beats his location out of them before murdering them. He then leaves the horrified Page. Daredevil confronts Tower, who reveals the one lead the DA's office has on the Blacksmith: a competitor working out of Chinatown. Daredevil goes there to find Madame Gao, an old ally of Fisk's, who sends him to the pier. Castle attacks a boat there, used to smuggle drugs, and attempts to kill a man claiming to be the Blacksmith; Daredevil stops him, but the Blacksmith's men arrive and attack the boat, and Castle escapes in the chaos. Learning that Natchios survived the hit, Stick prepares to fight her himself.

#12 "The Dark at the End of the Tunnel"

Stick regrets never being able to "tame" Natchios, who always had an affinity for murder, and is trying to rectify that mistake. Daredevil stops the two from killing each other, but the Hand arrive and kidnap Stick. The police believe that Castle is dead, and Page reluctantly agrees; rather than dropping her investigation into Castle, which she was going to write an expose on for the New York Bulletin, Page decides to write a profile to show the public that there was more to Castle than just the Punisher. She interviews Castle's Marine commander Ray Schoonover, but realizes that he is the Blacksmith. Castle arrives, and murders Schoonover despite Page's pleas. Daredevil and Natchios find Stick, with Natchios still bent on killing him. However, they are confronted by Yoshioka, who reveals that Natchios' killer instincts are because she is the Black Sky, a mythical weapon worshiped by the Hand. Natchios considers accepting the Hand's fealty, but Daredevil convinces her to choose her own destiny, and she instead helps Stick escape.

#13 "A Cold Day in Hell's Kitchen"

Nelson joins the lawyer firm of Jeri Hogarth. With Stick safe at Murdock's apartment, the Hand raids a police station for information on people Daredevil has helped. They take hostages, including Page and criminal Turk Barrett. Because Barrett is on house arrest, police officers tracking him report the situation before they are killed by the Hand. Murdock and Natchios use this call to find the hostages, and free them. They are then confronted by a horde of Hand ninjas, led by Yoshioka. Natchios sacrifices herself to save Murdock, and he defeats the rest of the Hand with help of Castle, who looks to move on from his past and accept the Punisher mantle. Stick returns to finish off Yoshioka, beheading him. Murdock and Stick mourn Natchios, with Murdock stating that his love for her was worth it, and accepting that Stick's philosophy of cutting off emotional ties is flawed. He arranges a meeting with Page, and reveals to her that he is Daredevil. The Hand later exhume Natchios' body, and place her in the ancient device.

 

"Marvel's Punisher" Season 1 (2017)

A spin-off series, centered on Bernthal's character Frank Castle / Punisher and titled Marvel's The Punisher, was released by Netflix on November 17, 2017.

Episode #1: "3 AM" - November 17, 2017

Frank finds and kills the last members of the criminals groups which ended his family's lives: the Dogs of Hell bikers, the sole survivor of the Mexican Cartel of NYC, and the last member of the Kitchen Irish. Six months later, Frank (now going by Pete Castiglione) has been working as a construction hand breaking down walls for 12+ hrs a day, living in a rundown apartment with nightmares about his family. He is helped by friend Curtis Hoyle, who runs a support group of retired servicemen feeling screwed over by their leaders. One night, new kid Donny goes out with some guys from work to rob a mobster, only for Donny to slip and drop his wallet, exposing his driver's license. Frank kills the gang before they kill Donny, and proceeds to kill the mobsters before they find Donny. As this happens, David Lieberman tracks Frank by using a Gait tracking software. Meanwhile, Dinah Madani gains a new posting in Homeland Security, striving to gain a task force to find out who killed her partner Ahmed Zubair of the Afghan National Police, who was undercover investigating a heroin ring. Her new DHS partner Sam Stein urges her to be cautious around their boss Carson Wolff, who immediately denigrates her choice to pursue this case.

#2 "Two Dead Men" - November 17, 2017

Frank goes to the Statue of Liberty, and relives the visit he took with his family just days before they died. At a diner in Hell's Kitchen, David calls Frank, and tells Frank he needs him. Frank goes to Karen to look up the name "Micro" and she learns that he was an NSA analyst who was killed resisting arrest. So Frank visits David's wife Sarah, who still believes her husband dead, and the two share their grief over lost family. David, having hidden cams on his family, sees Frank and goes to intercept, only to see Frank helping her out around the house. Frank learns a DHS agent named Carson Wolff 'killed' David Lieberman and breaks into his home to interrogate him, but he breaks free. Wolff, believing he can kill Frank, admits to being part of a conspiracy using Federal resources that orchestrated the Castle family's death. Pulling the trigger, Wolff realizes Frank used only one bullet in the gun during interrogation, Frank proceeds to snap his neck. Frank calls Micro, leads him on a wild chase, only to follow him to his hideout and interrogate him. Dinah talks with her mother Farah about her partner, feeling shame and guilt over failing to help him. Part of her investigation is to have her co-workers go to a training session at Anvil Securities, run by Billy Russo- one of Frank's squad-mates during their tour. When at a bar later that night inquiring if Castle had a hand in the Heroin trading like Schoonover, Billy informs her Frank opposed such acts. She receives a text informing her of Wolff's death.

#3 "Kandahar" - November 17, 2017

Frank interrogates David to find out if he's a threat to him, but alarms sound as Micro has rigged the base to blow if he is not at his console. David then takes a moment to recount the events which led to his 'death'- as an analyst, he found footage of Ahmed Zubair's capture and murder by Frank's team in Afghanistan, encrypting and sending the file to Dinah, but is found out the next day by Wolff. He is chased and cornered by Wolff who shoots David in the heart and falls into the river behind him. David is alive to tell Frank as his cell phone blocked the bullet, but Wolff rewrote the narrative as David being a traitor. When alarms sound again, Frank reveals he secured the perimeter finding no bombs, and David reveals he was filming Frank, threatening to expose his still being alive. David disarms the security, but tranqs Frank with a needle/pen. After Frank comes to, David reveals he wants to work with him to kill the men who ruined their lives. Frank remembers CIA Agent "Orange" bringing him into a squad to find and kill a target- Ahmed Zubair. They later raid a compound on Orange's intel, but many on the squad die as a result. Frank attacks Agent Orange for his indifference to his brothers in arms dying meaninglessly because of him, permanently blinding him in his left eye. Dinah is now lead agent due to Wolff's death and is in a jurisdictional dispute with NYPD and FBI, but stays ahead as Wolf was DHS. Her mother argues that she should not take on guilt over Wolff's death, and to trust someone, since she lost her partner already. Sam brings Dinah bank statements showing $30 million. When Sam reminds her to trust someone, she decides to trust him as she needs someone to work with without friction.

Flashback: During their time as members of an illegally-sanctioned assassination squad, Frank and Russo are recruited by CIA operative "Agent Orange" to kill Ahmed Zubair. They later raid a compound on Orange's intel only to lose several of their fellow squadmates, prompting Frank to attack Orange and permanently blind him in his left eye. Micro, after finding footage of Zubair's death, encrypts and sends the footage to Dinah only to be found out by Wolf, who shoots him. Micro survives the attempt while Wolf frames him as a traitor.

#4 "Resupply" - November 17, 2017

Needing an arsenal, Frank attempts to steal a shipment of weapons from Turk Barrett, finding that a Greek gang has already taken them. Frank visits David's wife to sign an insurance waiver, growing closer to David's family in the process. Lewis Wilson's mental state continues to deteriorate as he now sleeps in a foxhole in his backyard. He tries to join Anvil, but is rejected when Curtis informs Billy about his instability. Dinah is warned off of investigating Wolf's corruption by her mentor, Rafi Hernandez. She is put in command of a Homeland Security operation to arrest the Greek gang and recover the stolen weapons. David discovers the operation by hacking their files, but is reluctant to get involved in stealing the guns from Homeland Security until Frank convinces him. Frank and David steal a car and foil Homeland's operation, taking the weapons for themselves. Dinah and Frank engage in a car chase, which is ended when David accidentally rams her car with a truck. Frank removes an injured Dinah from the wreckage, and she recognizes him, asking if he killed Wolf. He confirms it, warns her not to get in his way, then leaves.

#5 "Gunner" - November 17, 2017

Frank and David search for Gunner Henderson, Frank's old squad-mate, who they realize filmed the video of Zubair's execution. As the official inquiry into Homeland Security's failed operation gets underway, Dinah is forced to confide in Stein and admit that Frank is alive; also asking him to keep it quiet until they find out more. She and Billy become intimate. William Rawlins, the "Agent Orange" who commanded Operation Cerberus in Kandahar, prepares to be promoted to CIA deputy director. Frank finds Gunner in the Kentucky woods, and learns from him that Rawlins and Schoonover were smuggling heroin to the US. He and Gunner are ambushed by a team of mercenaries sent by Rawlins, who wants to silence Gunner before Homeland Security can interrogate him. With the guidance of a recon drone piloted by David, Frank and Gunner kill the mercenaries, and Rawlins sees Frank is still alive. Gunner is mortally wounded, and Frank is also seriously wounded. David rescues Frank and drives him back to New York.

#6 "The Judas Goat" - November 17, 2017

When Frank's wounds become infected, David is forced to ask Curtis to treat him; Curtis blames David for Frank's current condition. Billy learns that Dinah is investigating Frank and angrily asks her if she is exploiting him for her investigation. Billy begins broadcasting a radio call to Frank, but Frank does not respond. Dinah investigates Gunner's death and confirms Frank's involvement. She later tells Billy that Frank is alive. Lewis is arrested while handing out leaflets in front of a courthouse with O'Connor. Curtis bails him out and tells him O'Connor lied about serving in Vietnam. Lewis confronts O'Connor and stabs him to death. Frank meets with Billy, who offers to give him a new identity and help him escape New York. Frank visits David's family, apologizing for missing a dinner date and reassuring Sarah that things will be all right. Frank chooses not to accept Billy's offer, and it is revealed that Billy is secretly working with Rawlins.

#7 "Crosshairs" - November 17, 2017

As Frank sets out to target Morty Bennett, one of the founders of "Operation Cerberus" and one of Rawlins' allies in the heroin smuggling plot, Rawlins stages a trap for his former subordinate. Micro, however, has Frank keep Bennett long enough for the recon drone to clone his phone and track down Rawlins. Frank arrives at Rawlins' house and tries to kill him only to fail and flee when an alarm goes off. Meanwhile, Russo kills Bennett in an attempt to clean up any loose ends and Dinah, suspecting that her office has been bugged, has Sam stage a "plan" to find whoever is listening.

#8 "Cold Steel" - November 17, 2017

As Frank and Micro come to terms with learning Rawlins' identity, Frank learns that Micro's son Zach brought a knife to school and decides to scare him straight. Frank confronts him and learns that he has grown afraid since his father's "death". After convincing Micro that seeing his son would be too dangerous, the two agree that the next course of action is to work with Dinah. Meanwhile, Rawlins and Russo decide to go after Frank, unaware that Dinah, Sam and their DHS team is going after them. The two engage in an open confrontation that results in Russo's men being gunned down and a disguised Russo stabbing Sam to death. Russo later "consoles" Dinah and helps wash the blood off her body.

#9 "Front Toward Enemy" - November 17, 2017

Dinah is grieving for Sam, blaming herself for his death. A series of explosions hits the city, planned and executed by Lewis. Lewis sends Karen Page a letter, believing she will side with his cause as she had sided with Frank Castle before, but she does not. During an on-air debate between Karen and gun-control activist Senator Ori, Lewis calls and says his favorite Latin quote, making both Curtis and Frank realize that he is the bomber. Curtis goes to O'Conner's house while looking for Lewis, and finds the corpse, a new bomb in the making, and Lewis himself. In the following altercation, Lewis beats Curtis with his own prosthetic, and ties him to a chair with the bomb. David meets with Dinah in secret, and reveals Agent Orange's name to her, as well as his work with Frank. Frank finds Curtis, and following a phone call from Lewis, convinces him to help him disarm the bomb. Lewis has called the police, and although Frank manages to escape without killing a police officer, the dashcam of the police car Frank steal films him, and the public is made aware of Frank's continued existence.

#10 "Virtue of the Vicious" - November 17, 2017

This episode is told in the Rashomon style, jumping back in forth in time as Sgt. Brett Mahoney interviews Karen, Dinah, Russo, and Senator Ori to determine the sequence of events in an attempt on the Senator's life. Dinah learns that the mercenaries who killed Stein were connected to Anvil, so she heads to a hotel to confront Russo, who is there providing security for Senator Ori as he sits down for an interview with Karen. The interview is attacked by Lewis, who has infiltrated the hotel by killing one of Russo's men and stealing his uniform. Frank arrives and shields Karen and Ori from the gunfire, but in the confusion, Karen is taken hostage by Lewis, who reveals that he is wearing a suicide vest. Frank and the Anvil agents who show up have no other option but to let him escape via the elevator. Frank then flees as Russo's men open fire on him. Fighting off Russo, his men, and several cops, Frank catches up to Lewis and Karen in the hotel's kitchen. He brings up how Lewis told him how to disarm the previous bomb in order to clue Karen in on how to disarm the suicide vest. Karen cuts the white wire, grabs a gun she took from one of Russo's men, and shoots Lewis in the foot. Lewis locks himself in the freezer and begins reciting the final verses of Rudyard Kipling's poem "The Young British Soldier" before he detonates the bomb and kills himself.

#11 "Danger Close" - November 17, 2017

Sarah and Zach are kidnapped by Russo's men while Frank makes preparations to go after Rawlins. With Leo having eluded capture, David reunites with her at an old family hangout and enlists Dinah's aid. Having anticipated that Anvil would trace the call history of Sarah's phone, Frank ambushes and kills the assault team in the power station. With his assault team dead, Russo arranges a location for a hostage exchange site, demanding that Frank and David exchange themselves for Sarah and Zach.

#12 "Home" - November 17, 2017

Dinah records the testimonies of David and Frank regarding Operation Cerberus for video evidence against Rawlins in order to present her findings to Deputy Director Marion James. Castle and David arrive at the agreed exchange spot, finding both Sarah and Zach alive, but laden with gasoline canisters as insurance against a double-cross. Anticipating that Russo would double cross them, Frank and David agree to fake the latter's death, with Dinah's DHS team shooting David in order to make the ruse convincing. While David is reunited with the entirety of his family, Frank is transported to the power station for interrogation by Rawlins and Russo. Frank is tortured to the brink of death, and with some aid by Russo, breaks free before stabbing Rawlins to death. DHS storms the complex, wounds an escaping Russo, and provides a medical evacuation for Frank.

#13 "Memento Mori" - November 17, 2017

Frank is given medical attention by Dinah's father, and provides the gathered evidence to James while DHS executes a failed attempt to apprehend Russo. Russo sneaks into Hoyle's apartment in order to confirm suspicions of the latter's knowledge that Frank is alive. Enraged, Russo attempts to execute him, only to be interrupted by Frank in a sniper's position. Frank gives Russo an offer for an agreed battleground for their one-on-one confrontation, with Russo picking the amusement park where Frank's family was slain. Russo takes two amusement park workers hostage and bleeds them for a tactical advantage against him. Frank and Russo engage in a firefight, where Russo gains the upper hand by leveraging his hostages. Dinah, having deduced Russo's location, intervenes, only to receive a headshot wound. An enraged Frank beats Russo in hand-to-hand combat and bashes Russo's face against the merry-go-round's mirror repeatedly, disfiguring him. Three days after the battle, Frank is greeted by James and Dinah's mentor Rafael Hernandez and learns that the CIA and DHS have erased Frank's criminal record, allowing him to live in anonymity as Pete Castiglione.

 

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