People, people, people…I have finally finished every episode of Marvel’s The Punisher on Netflix and it was brutal, bloody, and crazy good.  Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle aka The Punisher was a great casting choice but I got to admit, I didn’t like him too much at first.  Anyway, let’s jump into that final battle between Billy Russo and Frank Castle.  Spoilers ahead…you’ve been warned.

Frank Castle returns to New York City as a construction worker but when he finds out more people were responsible for the death of his family (and after killing a few of his construction colleagues) he returns as The Punisher.  Castle later learns that his long-time friend Billy Russo knew about the hit on his life but didn’t warn him because it would have interfered with his plans.

Finally, Russo and Castle decide to “finish it” where Castle’s family was murder.  Towards the end of the battle, Frank decided not to kill Russo but instead grab him by his hair and use his face as a welcome mat on a broken glass mirror.  This caused severe damage to Russo’s face leaving it in wraps by the end of the final episode.  This is the beginning of one of The Punisher’s most formidable villains, Jigsaw.

Jigsaw, in the comics, was a pretty boy assassin but when he was thrown through a glass pane window his face got torn to shreds.  Later, Russo takes on the name Jigsaw due to the current state of his face.  It’s possible that we could see Jigsaw in season two of Marvel’s The Punisher but probably not as the main villain.  Season one was a great way to show a new origin story for this villain, similar to what Marvel has done with Wilson Fisk a.k.a. Kingpin.

After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld.

Marvel’s The Punisher is now available on Netflix!


Chris McCall

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