Karen Page might be the final particular person you’d count on to get twisted up with a violent vigilante; and but, in some way, the journalist’s relationship with Frank Castle was one of the compelling storylines of Daredevil Season 2. So which episodes of The Punisher is Karen Page in? The information that Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) can be becoming a member of the forged of the Netflix spinoff got here as one thing of a shock when it was introduced final 12 months — however will she merely be popping by for a cameo, showing all through the primary season in a recurring position, or thought of a full-fledged forged member?
She actually does not have a significant presence within the trailer, showing in solely a single shot — sans dialogue — wherein she stands subsequent to Frank in a smoke-filled room, wanting as if she’s simply survived some type of violent badault. But the Punisher Twitter account has been doling out extra clips and trailers within the days main as much as the discharge, a few of which prominently characteristic Woll, in addition to the rapport between Karen and Frank.
In Netflix’s nook of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, characters who flit between the badorted reveals can usually discover their display time various wildly. Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple went from being a principal forged member in Daredevil to solely showing in a single episode of Jessica Jones, after which again to a principal forged member in Luke Cage. But even when she’s credited as a part of the primary forged, her mileage could fluctuate: she appeared in 5 of Daredevil Season 1’s 13 episodes, however solely three in Season 2; her highest rely has been the eight episodes of Luke Cage that she appeared in.
Spoilers for Episodes 1-6. Karen solely seems in two of the primary six episodes of The Punisher Season 1. She reveals up first within the second episode, when Frank poses as a homeless New Yorker to get her consideration. At her residence, Frank asks Karen if she advised anybody that he is nonetheless alive, however she guarantees that she stored her vow. Presumably, Karen is offscreen wanting into the intel Frank offers her on this episode for the subsequent few hours. She reveals up once more in Episode 5. She and Frank have a nighttime badembly alongside the riverfront. She asks him when it will all be over and he doubles down on his mission, asking Karen to remain away as a result of he cannot defend her. (Fat probability of that.)
Spoilers by means of Episode 10. The journalist resurfaces in Episode 9, after Lewis Wilson bombs three authorities buildings and sends her his manifesto, which he desires the paper to print. Lewis badumes that Karen will perceive his motives like she understands Frank’s. With the FBI’s permission, the Bulletin prints his letter, together with Karen’s essay of disapproval. Frank takes accountability for bringing down Lewis after he straight threatens Karen. This results in a police sprint cam capturing video of Frank, proving to the world that he’s, the truth is, alive. In the next episode, The Punisher performs round with time, displaying the earlier than, throughout, and after of Lewis’ badbadination try of Senator Ori out of chronological order. Karen is interviewing the senator on the time, and Lewis takes her hostage. While it initially seems like she’s being damsel-ed, Frank and Karen work collectively to outsmart and disarm Lewis, who then kills himself. Frank pretends to take Karen hostage to flee, they usually share a second earlier than he climbs up the elevator shaft. (End spoilers.)
Even if Karen is not in each single episode of The Punisher, that does not imply her presence will not be felt, or that her character will not have a major affect on the plot; after, it is all about high quality and never amount. It positive seems like Karen’s and Frank’s odd-couple chemistry will decide up proper the place it left off on the finish of Daredevil Season 2. “Frank has a soft spot in Karen’s heart, and certainly with the dark history that Karen has, there are very few people she can share her authentic self with,” Woll advised Entertainment Weekly in July about Karen’s bond with the Punisher. “Frank is someone who she could potentially fully open up to.”
How a lot is Frank’s violent affect going to rub off on the naïve journalist? According to Woll, they have already got much more in widespread than you may guess. “I think if anything, it’s easier for Karen to sympathize with Frank than it is with Matt in some ways, because Karen in a lot of ways is more like Frank,” Woll stated about her character’s relationship to Frank in a latest interview with ScreenRant. “You know, she killed the guy who kidnapped her and threatened all the people that she loved and didn’t really think twice about it — and then she covered it up, and didn’t tell anyone about it. I mean, Karen’s a vigilante more akin to Frank in many ways than to Matt, who has his religiousness and his righteousness that is sort of pulling him in many directions. I think in some ways, Karen can’t be really honest about who she is with Matt in a way that she can be with Frank.”
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