7 massive questions left unanswered by Daredevil season 2
If you haven’t finished watching Marvel’s Daredevil season 2 yet, we can’t be friends. Well, we can, you just shouldn’t really be reading this article, which is about to get jam packed with spoilers. We wouldn’t want to ruin the fun, so we’ll see you back here once you’ve polished off episode 13…
Anyway, for those of you committed enough to have watched the whole series already, don’t move! We have so much to talk about! Wasn’t it amazing? Yes. However, we hate to admit, we were still left wanting in places. Didn’t there just seem to be so many elements teased and tempted, yet left without a satisfactory explanation by the end? I know, building up suspense for the next season and such is tactical, but c’mon Netflix – don’t leave us hanging like this! These are just seven of the kinds of things we’re talking about…
1. What’s Karen’s big secret?
We’ve always suspected that Karen ‘The Murderer’ Page isn’t as sweet and innocent as she makes out to be, especially since she’s become such a fan of the Punisher’s ruthless approach to bad guys. So of course our feelers pricked up when the research file she found on the late great Ben Urich’s old desk labeled ‘Karen Page’ sent her into an immediate state of panic. Reading the barely legible newspaper clipping shown above, it seems that Karen’s sixteen-year-old brother died in a car crash, however the date of the event is not shown. Thinking ‘Tyanna Lazauskas’ could be a deep cut comic clue, we gave it a Google, which only informed us that the name’s been taken from a member of the show’s art department. So we’re going to have to wait a while to get any further info on this one.
2. What exactly is the Black Sky?
There we were thinking Black Sky was this kid from Season 1 who got arrowed in the face by Stick, and then *boom*, Black Sky is now Elektra. Maybe we’d had too many glasses of wine by that point, but the revelation about Elektra seemed pretty vague. We know how dangerous the Black Sky is supposed to be, and how much The Hand wants it, but why this is, we’re not so sure. Somebody please explain?!
3. What was that massive hole about?
Apparently a literal hole in the plot, we didn’t get any explanation of the seemingly bottomless pit encountered by Daredevil and Elektra at the end of episode 7. Which is annoying, because we were hoping it would transpire that those cheeky members of The Hand had dug their way into Hell’s Kitchen all the way from Japan. It could have been the most incredible device, and it may be yet. We sincerely hope it gets picked up in Daredevil season 3 or The Defenders; whenever those may be.
4. What was the deal with these spooky kids?
These guys were so weird! We know that The Hand was draining them of their blood, which is bound to make anyone go a little crazy, but there definitely had to be something else in the mix that saw them become murderous zombies. The ever wise Claire Temple suggested that maybe some enzyme got carried over into their systems if they were being used as incubators of some sort, but it seems pretty farfetched that her stab in the dark – as someone completely removed from all that stuff – would actually be the answer. Surely it has something to do with Nobu’s secret to resurrection, but we’ll have to see if that gets any further explanation.
5. What happened to Stone?
Kind of like the confusion surrounding the Shredder in 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, we got a glimpse of this mysterious character in episode 7 of Daredevil‘s first season, where he was briefly shown talking to Stick. We know from the comics that Stone was a favoured pupil of Stick’s, and that he helped to train both Daredevil and Elektra. In the comics he’s also second in command of The Chaste after Stick, so we were expecting to see him getting amongst the ‘war’ against The Hand, but didn’t get the satisfaction. We imagine actor Jasson Finney’s just as baffled about his lack of screen time as we are.
6. Does the Punisher know Daredevil’s true identity?
We thought that Matt Murdock’s impassioned speech about vigilantism while Frank Castle took the witness stand had sparked a lightbulb moment in the latter, leading him to discover who it was behind that horny helmet. Maybe it had, and the show was just too subtle to make anything verbal of it. Maybe. Then in the final episode when Daredevil’s helmet gets kicked off by Nobu (how great were those effects, btw?!), the Punisher watches on from the roof of a nearby building. Was he close enough to see the identity of Murdock’s cute little face? And what exactly was it that converted him to join Daredevil’s side at the last minute? Hopefully time will tell.
7. What’s next for the Kingpin?
After coming close to having our beloved Punisher murdered, the currently incarcerated Wilson Fisk had an in-prison chat with Matt Murdock, who ill-advisedly threatened to use the almighty ice queen Vanessa against him, invoking the rage of the world’s biggest, scariest grownup baby. “I’d like to re-examine Matthew Murdock’s files,” he says ominously in his final appearance of the season. While the part he played was excellently written and totally intriguing, we were disappointed that Fisk didn’t have a bigger part to play in this season. Will he be the big boss again in season 3?
In spite of its occasional blank spots, the second season of Daredevil certainly packed a punch, and we loved every moment of it, no matter how complicated or confusing. We can’t wait to watch the next instalment of Marvel x Netflix programming, Luke Cage, when it premieres on September 30th of this year. Check out the first teaser trailer now.
Read our season 2 review of Marvel’s Daredevil here.