Spoilers ahead for Netflix’s The Punisher.
The Punisher launched this Friday on Netflix, and with many already done binging the show, showrunner Steve Lightfoot took some time to discuss the show’s villains.
The show’s primary antagonist, Billy Russo, was one of Frank Castle’s buddies as they served on the same CIA team. Russo, in true best friend fashion, decided to betray Castle by attempting to kill him, which clearly didn’t work out. This conflict between the two was the core of the show, and while Castle is known to brutally kill his victims, he opted to leave Russo be.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Lightfoot dissected the show’s villain and how Castle’s choice may have repercussions:
“One of the tricky things about adapting the Punisher comic books is that he kills his enemies, but I think films and shows benefit from building an awareness of our [adapted] characters — our villains as well as our heroes — and we changed the iteration of Billy early on when I had the idea that he be the villain and set him up so that we have somewhere to go at some point in the series. He’s one of the iconic Punisher villains, and I thought that this would be such a great road to travel. I felt like we gave Billy a great trajectory of his own, which we’re now only halfway through. If we come back to him, he’s gonna be totally different guy.
Billy Russo eventually turns into the iconic villain Jigsaw, and we can assume that that’s where the character will be going in the future.
Secondary to Russo is Lewis, who deals with post-traumatic stress disorder by having violent outbursts after he returns to civilian life:
“Lewis’ story is a tragedy, in so many ways, if someone had just gotten an arm around him at the right time or if certain things hadn’t gone the way they had gone — you know, if O’Connor hadn’t lied to him, which unhinged him — he may not have lashed out. What’s interesting to me is the psychology of when people are hurting, they lash out, and I think Lewis is a very extreme example of that. When people get in a hole that deep, it’s incredibly difficult to see your way out.”
We absolutely adored The Punisher, giving it a 9 out of 10 thanks to its solid storytelling and emphasis on violence as a tool to deal with conflict.
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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.
The Punisher stars Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Amber Rose Revah, Deborah Ann Woll, Daniel Webber, Jason R. Moore, Paul Schulze, Jaime Ray Newman, and Michael Nathanson.
The Punisher is currently streaming on Netflix.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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