Warning: This article contains spoilers from the entire third season of Marvel's Daredevil. Reading at your own risk!
The devil of the Hell Kitchen again dethroned a tyrant!
Season 3 of Marvel's Daredevil began with Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), who slowly but surely returned to the Midland Circle after returning to the land of the living buildings on The Defender Finale together. He alienated himself from Foggy (Elden Henson) and Karen (Deborah Ann Woll) and gave up his civilian life. Matt focused on killing Wilson Fisk (Vincent D & # 39; Onofrio), who devised a plot to release him from prison; essentially snatched from the control of the FBI; and destroy Matt & # 39; s professional and vigilantes life. In particular, all of this involved the adulteration of two FBI agents: the well-intentioned Ray Nadeem (Ray Ali), who was blackmailed for Fisk and murdered toward the end of the season when he decided to testify against him; and Ben Poindexter (Wilson Bethel), a deadly agent who committed multiple murders while disguising himself as Daredevil (RIP Pater Lantom) and destined to become the legendary Daredevil villain Bullseye. (Read EW's full summary of Season Three.)
The seasonal war culminated in a bloody and bitter fight between Matt, who was ready to kill, Fisk and Dex, who turned on the kingpin after realizing how much it was He had been manipulated. Fisk breaks Dex's back and leaves him paralyzed, and Matt is about to kill a bloodstained Kingpin; But at the last moment he decides to offer Fisk a deal: Matt promised not to give incriminating evidence against Fisk's new wife Vanessa (Ayelet Zurer) if Fisk agreed to stay away from Foggy and Karen. Van Fisk is ready to do anything to protect Vanessa, agrees, and is put in jail because Ray made a damning statement against him before his early death.
When Matt teamed up with Foggy and Karen to start a new company (TBD name), doctors were busy repairing Dex Spinal Damage. In the final shot of the season, Dex's eyes appear a bullseye, suggesting his fate as dictated by the comic book.
Following the final, EW had some questions about what the end for Matt and the show means future and more. Luckily showrunner Erik Oleson was ready to answer most of them. Read our Spoiler Chat below:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What did you want to focus on when signing up for Showrun Season 3?
ERIK OLESON: One of the goals I had in Season 3 was that I wanted to experience the audience and not want to see the show. What I mean by that was that I wanted to use the deep-sighting techniques, where you are in the minds of the characters, and experience the events and decisions of the characters as if you were the character. They do not watch it from a distant crane, which is graphically beautiful, but it's all about the spectacle. I wanted this to be the approach for Season 3, to really get into the minds of the characters.
Instead of introducing Bullseye as an absolute villain, you've decided to tell his origin story. Why did you want to start with the character there?
The way we saw Agent Ben Poindexter was that he was a borderline personality. Dex is someone who could have functioned in society as a positive character, perhaps even a hero. He overcame his mental illness with medication, psychiatric help, and a rigid structure in his life with a job at the FBI where he helped people. But the tragedy that strikes him is that he comes into orbit from Wilson Fisk, a narcissistic personality, a tyrant, a would-be dictator, who, on Fisk's own path to power, turns him into the spiteful version of himself.
One of the things that fascinated me was the otherwise good people, who were perhaps positive members of society, who are under the influence of someone who exploits their fears and their dark side and brings them through, Tiki Torches To wear Charlottesville. This was very important to us as we looked at Fisk and the way he pursues people's fears – the fears of others – and uses them to split people against each other and against themselves
Backstory, did you see anything in the comics or what background story did you give him?
In the comics, Bullseye is for the most part a full-blown psychopathic killer. In the version of the story I wanted to tell, every single character in our cast has psychological depth and there is a reality for them, and I invite the audience into their heads so they can empathize with them. A psycho killer is not like that Interesting. I was much more interested in the fact that because the comics were not specific to the background story of Bullseye, I had the freedom to create one. That helped me tell the story for the third season.
If you put all the characters together, what you came up with is the overarching idea that guided the third season design – and we had it on the wall of the author's room – [which] was a quote that we did Everyone posed and said, "You can only be free if you face your fear because your fears enslave you." In Dex's case, he is always afraid to be his true self. He kept himself in this cage because he knows he's a borderline personality with psychopathic leanings. We talked to psychiatrists; we just wanted to draw the character as a real person who will eventually become Bullseye because of all the factors you saw in the season – Fisk deliberately destabilized the parts of his life that allowed him to cope with his mental illness  The last shot is a bullseye materializing in Dex's eyes. In the event that there is a fourth season, are you planning to bullseye the season bad?
I'm not allowed to answer that question, I'm afraid. Let's just say that we have now seen the origins of Bullseye, and there are many, many stories left to tell with this cast. Whether Season 4 goes this way or that, Bullseye will live and breathe in this world because we've now seen it created.
Did you hear about a possible Season 4?
I can tell you that I am very hopeful to do a Season 4. There was no official pickup yet, but if there are any, I am very confident that I will be a part of it.
You've avoided bringing Matt back into the costume for the entire season. What was the reason for that, apart from the fact that it was destroyed and Dex pretended to be him?
The deeper symbolic reason is that Matt's perspective on God and Daredevil is a symbol to drive criminals out of their crime, all that has changed. Matt does not feel that way about Daredevil's suit and symbolism he made before Season 2 and Defenders . He is emotionally elsewhere, and he is also unable to be the daredevil everyone knows. As you saw at the beginning of the season, he's pretty shaken and unsure if he can ever be Daredevil again.
Again, one of the guiding principles for me was that I really wanted an emotionally honest season. There are times when shows like these can do something just because it's cool, but it takes away a story because it's imposed by writers from the outside as opposed to character-driven and real and something could happen if that world real and the characters did what they wanted to do and took the action, which was a natural progression of their desires and needs. I'm very strict about how we break stories, and that was one of the reasons why I did not put it in the red suit at first.
What does Matt think in your head when the season is over? How does he feel in his relationship with Daredevil?
At the beginning of the season he has this new perspective from God. It has shifted from the kind, benevolent God of the New Testament, and he sees it more as a cruel and punitive God of the Old Testament. He feels that his efforts for God have not been rewarded. But at the end of the season, I think Matt has been working through these issues in many ways. He has a very complex view of God and his role in protecting Hell's Kitchen and its relationship there. Matt, especially after the death of Father Lantom and the successful departure of Fisk, without Matt having to ruin his eternal soul, has a new hope that he has found a new purpose and drive. I think he is in a much better place. He was confirmed spiritually, physically and emotionally. I have to stop because I do not want to talk about where I want to go next.
Back to the quote on the wall of the Writer's Room over overcoming fears, that inspired you to give us an extended Karen Page Flashback in episode 10?
The whole idea of Season 3 was that our fears enslave us, that all of us, the characters in the show and the viewers in real life, have certain behaviors based on fears in our real life. In Karen Page's case, Karen fears that she is not a good person, that she is not worthy of love because she has made this unpardonable act of causing the death of her own brother. What Karen has to confront, what Karen is starting to realize, is something Matt tells her at the end of the season in the finale, that we are all on the whole trying to do the best we can do on the bottom line of life Karen done more good than bad. He does not give her an easy answer. It's like a core facet of her character, that horrible scar tissue, to be up in a car accident and drunk after her brother just tried to save her from this abusive friend. That has brought me a lot of things.
When I started with the season, I wanted to understand the characters more deeply, and I did not understand why Karen flirted with Matt in the first season, but never went anywhere and flirted with Foggy for a few episodes and it never went anywhere and then had chemistry with Frank Castle but that never really went anywhere. I wanted to come back somehow, or at least explain in my own mind and then on screen why. The fear that drives her is not worth the love. So, yes, it not only informed this flashback episode, but also why she behaved as she did in previous seasons.
Even Wilson Fisk is frightened this season. He fears that he is not worthy of Vanessa's love. Ray Nadeem is afraid that he will not live up to his responsibility to look after his family. His anxiety drives him to catastrophic decisions over the course of the season. Matt was driven by the fear of abandonment, and it certainly prevented him from forming a meaningful relationship with Karen. Only when he realizes that it is his fear of his abandonment that enslaves him and forces him to push his friends away, he is able to become his best self, overcome his fear, let his friends help him, and that was also part of the hidden architecture of the season
I wanted to tell a story that, with the time we live in, there are narcissistic tyrants playing against all our fears, us against each other and against us around us to turn against us, and that's exactly what Fisk represents. But I also wanted the show to shoot hope and set the recipe for how to defeat someone like that. For me, the recipe is the power of a free press that Karen obviously represents this season; the power of the law that Foggy represents very much; and then the power of collective action, love, friendship, and faith presented by Matt, who allies with his friends to overcome a tyrant.
Aside from appearances by Luke Cage 's Annabella Sciorra and Danny Johnson, there was no major overlap and the season felt complete by the rest of the Marvel-Netflix universe. Did you avoid overlapping because, as you just said, you do not want to impose things on the outside?
I did not want to make crossovers that distracted us from the story of this season and the story we wanted to tell. My personal style, just the writing I want to do and the writing I like to do, is multi-faceted and focused on character-driven stories that have explosive moments of action that are hopefully surprising and very Marvel, but of architecture We designed this for the seasons. If you come from characters from other shows or from the Marvel Universe, it would have to feel organic for the story you're telling, otherwise it'll just be distracting. That's my personal taste. Some people will miss it and disagree with me, and there is no right or wrong. For me, each of the Marvel Netflix shows has its own tone and I wanted to keep an eye on the ball this season and wanted to fully live out the characters of [Darsteller] Daredevil and not let me distract me from founding spin-offs or other elements  The season ends with Fisk coming to jail and Matt closing the deal. Do you feel like you're done with Fisk, or do you want to do more with him?
All I'm going to say is that there's a reason why I ended the season the way I ended it. There are more stories to tell with all these characters, but in the end I did not want to condemn Matt's soul by making him a murderer even though he comes so close to what he's got. Well, I wonder if I can do more of those seasons.
The full third season of Marvel's Daredevil is available on Netflix.
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