Season two of The Punisher premiered on January 18 with Jon Bernthal returning as Frank Castle’s Punisher. With the cancellation of Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, Bernthal is not oblivious to the fact that the same thing could very possibly happen with his show.
“I know the reality of the situation and I’m at peace with it,” Bernthal told Variety. “I really only worry about the things I can control. When I’m playing the character and I’m doing the job and it’s right there in front of me, I do whatever I can to make it as good as I can. But in this business there’s so much we can’t control. Whatever is happening with these shows, these decisions are being made in rooms I’m not invited into and I’m OK with that.”
We may have seen the last of Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) in Netflix’s Marvel TV series, The Punisher. This season, Woll’s role was limited as it conflicted with her schedule on Daredevil – the show that originally introduced her.
Ever since Karen and Frank grew closer together as friends, fans hoped to see a romantic relationship strike up, eventually. In episode 10, a seriously injured Frank shares a moment with Karen all the while fighting with his own personal demons.
Karen makes it known not only to Frank but to the fans, that she cares for him deeply and as more than a friend. “We can’t even entertain the idea of being together unless he comes back from the dark side,” Woll tells The Hollywood Reporter. “He has to pick: Is it going to be this vendetta, or is it going to be life? Presumably, maybe, life with me. And then when he says no, it’s just doubly devastating.”
Although we do not get the love story we wanted, the two do let each other know that there is a mutual feeling shared between them. “And for Frank and Karen, even though it ends with them going their separate ways and having made their choices, he did say that he loves Karen, and she was able to say that back,” said Woll. “It felt great to do that. Am I also keeping my fingers crossed that someday, even if it’s not as Frank and Karen, Jon and I will get to work together again? Absolutely.”
There is no news as of yet whether or not The Punisher will be canceled.