Madame Gao: No. They blinded themselves.
- The mere atmosphere of the show. Unlike the more colorful and optimistic tone of the Avengers, Daredevil has a cynical, dark, heavy, eerie atmosphere, even with the vivid colors of New York City. It certainly doesn't help the fact that the series is relentless to show some very realistic things about the criminal underworld that more than one viewer may find disturbing or even frightening, especially coming from things that really happen in our world: corruption, white-collar crime, drug trafficking, human trafficking, Mob War, etc.
- Two words: Wilson Fisk. A brutal mob boss who has bought the media and half of the police for his benefit and protection. Basically, he has both the mob and the law in his possession. In season 1, the mere mention of his name causes so much fear in his associates that they are willing to commit suicide or murder in his name. He makes it almost impossible to link criminal activity to him by having others do his dirty work for him, but don't let that fool you because if you piss him off, he's more than a capable fighter. When you think about it, he's basically Tony Soprano 2.0, and with high resources.
- Season 3 Fisk in general: he essentially achieves Kilgrave-like level of control over people without any supernatural abilities whatsoever. He has nigh-unlimited surveillance over his targets, is able to read into people's psyche and their weaknesses, creates traps for them years in advance just in case they may become useful to him later, makes already unstable people go over the edge and makes good upstanding citizens Trapped in Villainy by blackmailing them with threats against their families (stuff we've already seem him do in season 1). As Matt repeatedly states, Fisk is five steps ahead over any of their plans that could harm him, having over a dozen of FBI agents under his direct control and able to threaten anyone who could testify against him and make good on that threat. He orders a complete bystander Julie killed merely because she's too much of a positive influence on Dex, and controls SAC Hattley by killing her one daughter and then threatening the other. His level of influence is completely terrifying in part because it feels so real, achieved by purely mundane means.
- Matt's dark new outlook throughtout Season 3. A man who has gone through hardship after hardship, endured tragedy after tragedy, who has only kept his resolve due to his faith (which he basically loses in the beginning) finally hits his breaking point after seemingly losing everything. The season goes to show how terrifying Matt can be when he basically has nothing to lose as he resorts to more and more brutal methods to get at Fisk and kill him. In short, this is what Frank meant when he said that Matt was really one bad day away from becoming just like him.
- Benjamin Dex Poindexter. A born psychopath with Improbable Aiming Skills, his first murder was of his baseball coach - who was not only constantly kind to him but encouraged his talents - all because he wouldnt let him finish pitching a game (which in itself was only so other kids could get a chance to play). He is then assigned a therapist, Dr. Mercer, who quickly diagnoses him with borderline personality disorder, psychopathic tendencies, and significant lack of empathy as he admits to not feeling any remorse for killing his coach and believed he deserved it for benching him. As an adult, Dex becomes an FBI agent who has a constant record of using lethal force. When saving Fisk from being killed, he knowingly murders two hit men who already were surrendering, then uses ejected gun clips like daggers to kill another group. Fisk, seeing his potential, begins to subtly manipulate Dex into becoming his personal The Dragon with his first assignment being massacring a good chunk of the staff at the Bulletin while wearing Matts Daredevil suit, before killing off Jasper Evans. A tormented, sociopathic monster who enjoys killing, Dex is easily one of the most terrifying villains of the MCU. Something particularly scary about him is that no reason is given for him to present such a threat, sure his accuracy is explained and while Matt might have the edge in hand-to-hand combat, the gap isn't nearly as wide as it should be. Matt was trained by the Chaste and was shown to match the Iron Fist, the Black Sky and any of the Five Fingers; he should be able to make short work of someone who (supposedly) only has the standard training of a soldier or an FBI agent, but Dex always beats him, the implication being that he's such an Inexplicably Awesome perfect killing machine just because he's meant to be and his violence, focus and insanity allowed him to be so.note
- Even worse? Dex tries to be good, clings to anything and everything he can to keep himself from becoming the complete, unrepentant, unstoppable monster he knows he can be. And Fisk methodically takes away every pillar that props up Dex's failing morality. Eventually, Dex just gives up and embraces his utter amorality, to a degree that even Fisk is left worried.
- The series opens with Jack Murdock coming onto the scene of the accident and finding Matt on the ground, his face covered in unknown chemicals. Matt then starts screaming how he can't see while Jack just holds him, helpless. Adult Fear in its purest form possible.
- Madame Gao's heroin workshop was operated solely by blind workers.
- Episode 12 reveals it is. Gao claims they did it to themselves after she showed them something. Considering that Madame Gao is also one of the Five Fingers of the Hand, it's even worse... perhaps something fanatic themselves.
- The first people Matt fights are sex slavers who were in the middle of loading a group of kidnapped women into a shipping crate.
- Matt torturing a Russian thug for information... with the assistance of a trained medical professional.
- To be specific, Matt pressed a sharp object through his eye socket, without touching the actual eye itself, and started cutting the soft, tender parts protecting his brain. One step short of a transorbital lobotomy, which he supposedly does in order to directly stimulate the part of the brain that feels pain.
- And then Matt throws the guy off the roof. He lands in a dumpster and will live, but it really looked like Matt did not care if he just murdered a man. "In The Blood" reveals that while the fall didn't kill him, the impact put the man into a coma.
- Healy committing suicide by impaling himself on a spike through the eye socket. The camera does not cut away (holds on it afterward, even). Matt's utterly horrified reaction matches the audience's.
- Healy in general. Right from the opening scene, where he beats Prohashka to death with a bowling ball, it's clear just how remorseless and guilt-free he is. This makes it even more terrifying when he winds up scared shitless after spilling Wilson Fisk's identity, killing himself so Fisk won't have a reason to get to people he cares about.
- The aforementioned opening scene involving Healy and Prohashka, specifically how, during the fight between the two, Prohashka has his arm broken and the camera ever-so-briefly focuses on the bone sticking out of his arm and Healy smashing Prohashka's head in with the bowling ball, blood splattering on his face.
- Wilson Fisk himself. Everyone is terrified of him, and for a very good reason.
- Fisk is unhappy at Anatoly's intrusion of his privacy and has Wesley take Anatoly to an empty lot in Queens. As they're sitting in the car, Wesley's phone picks up a call.James Wesley: [answers phone] Sir? [beat] Yes, passenger's side. [hangs up]
Anatoly Ranskahov: Was that him?
James Wesley: Hmmm. He'd like to have a word with you.
Anatoly Ranskahov: Oh that's good...
- A split second later, Anatoly's door opens and Fisk suddenly rips him from the car and delivers a brutal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, all because Anatoly interrupted his date with Vanessa. He doesn't stop until he smashes Anatoly's head into pieces. With his car door. You can actually see Anatoly's brains hitting the pavement before the head snaps clean off. This is just a reminder of what Fisk is capable of doing when he is really, really angry.
- What's even more shocking is that, even though Anatoly was probably dead by the first few door slams, Fisk does not stop until his head is smashed off. If Fisk gets pissed off, you're not just dead; you're obliterated.
- Wesley's undisturbed by this, casually stepping out of the vehicle and adjusting his suit as Fisk smashes in Anatoly's head. Which makes you wonder, just what sort of terrifying thing would Fisk have to do for Wesley to lose his composure? He doesn't even so much as flinch when a spurt of Anatoly's blood lands on his collar.
- The next episode opens with one of Fisk's mechanic washing brain matter from the door well with a high pressure hose, and when the body is delivered to Vladimir, the way Vladimir washes the beaten, headless corpse is the definition of creepy.
- The way the Ranskahov brothers escaped from the gulag is gruesome in and of itself — after the guards left their dead cellmate with them to be consumed by rats, Vladimir ripped a hole in the corpse's side and fashioned one of his rib bones into a shiv.
- The scene when one of Madame Gao's blind workers casually strolls into Vladimir's warehouse and blows the place up just reeks of brainwashing creepiness.
- We learn in season 3 that there were innocents who got killed in the bombings, as Foggy encounters a woman at one campaign event who lost her husband to one of the explosions.
- Our glimpse into how Matt really views the world - aside from being a none-too-stealthy Title Drop. Imagine seeing the world like that for more than ten years.
- The Paranoia Fuel that's created when it's revealed that the crooked cops on Fisk's payroll are so crooked they'll actively kill fellow cops who aren't on the take.
- On Fisk's orders, an ESU sniper opens fire on Blake and the cops assembled outside the building where Matt and Vladimir are holed up. Urich is left with the duty of attending to Blake's wound, using his hands to stop the bleeding.
- Matt tells Stick that due to his enhanced sense of touch cotton sheets feel like sandpaper. This implies that Matt feels injuries far more intimately than the average human being, which is especially horrifying given how often and how badly Matt is injured on a regular basis.
- The revelation of what Black Sky is: just a boy. When Matt confronts Stick on it, Matt insists that he could hear the boy's heart. He was scared. However, Stick insists that what Matt saw wasn't a boy, but a weapon who was the "bringer of darkness". Given that season 2 reveals that Stick is fighting a war against the Hand, this opens up some disturbing possibilities on what Black Sky was supposed to bring. Moreso after Elektra is ultimately revived as their Black Sky.
- Nobu's fight with Matt is incredibly brutal. Summed up by stabbing him, and then using the chain attached to the blade to drag Matt along the floor, trailing blood the entire way.
- Nobu catching fire and burning alive at the end of the fight. All the more unsettling because he doesn't make a sound and still throws a couple of kicks. And as season 2 reveals, it doesn't kill him. Or rather... it doesn't keep him down.
- We finally learn what drove Matt over the edge to becoming a vigilante: he heard an Abusive Dad who then escaped conviction because his wife refused to believe it. Some people believe that the man was a child molester, although nothing indicates that there is such evidence of this (although it does not make it any less terrible than it already is).
- The way Matt finally beats down the man for his crimes is chilling; he turns the guy's face into a red pulp with an unending barrage of brutal punches and a frustrated scream that's downright feral. The man spent the next month eating out of a straw.
- All of the blind heroin workers turning on Matt and swarming him looks like it was ripped straight out of a zombie movie. For what it's worth, Matt's reaction plays into it as well, since he's both frightened by their unexpected reaction and confused since he doesn't know how to handle the situation without hurting them, all the while pleading that he's there to help.
- Ben Urich's death at the hands of Wilson Fisk. It starts as a tense scene with the two of them talking, until Fisk asks Ben if he killed Wesley, something Ben knows nothing about. Fisk admits he didn't think so, and that he respects Ben for being a man of convictions. And then...Wilson Fisk: But you went after my mother. That's not something I can forgive.
Ben Urich: I wrote a lot of stories in my years pushing ink. You know how many times people have threatened me, to get me to keep my mouth shut?
Wilson Fisk: [growing more agitated and angrier] But that's my mother that you brought into this, Mr. Urich. My mother! So I am not here to threaten you, I am here to kill you.
[Fisk lunges at Ben from the chair he's been sitting at, throws him to the ground and chokes the life out of him]
- Fisk's Slasher Smile as Ben dies. The fact that it's the last thing Ben ever sees makes it worse.
- Fisk's murder of Owlsley by throwing him down an elevator shaft. Fisk already knows that Owlsley is stealing from him, and the conversation convinces him that Owlsley had conspired with Madame Gao over the benefit poisonings. It had seemed that Owlsley had managed to outmaneuver Fisk into letting him go using Hoffman as leverage. Fisk even seems to be considering it, but that temper we've come to expect erupts when Fisk realizes what really makes him angry about the whole affair.Wilson Fisk: YOU HURT HER!! YOU HURT VANESSA!!! [shoves Leland down an elevator shaft]
- It seems like finally the tables are turning for Fisk with this episode. At long last every single rat that has been on his payroll has been named and is being rooted out. Nope. He still has a few more up his sleeve. Including one of the FBI guards in the truck with him. Fisk really does have eyes everywhere.
- There is a civilian that has the misfortune of being nearby the rescue attempt on Fisk. Imagine that you're driving home or running a late errand, when all of a sudden, people in full body-armor and wielding assault rifles begin opening fire.
- The whole sequence with Frank Castle stalking Grotto and Karen in the hospital. The whole scene practically plays like the Terminator's massacre of the West Highland police station, with the Punisher as the T-800, Karen as Sarah Connor, and Grotto as Kyle Reese. The guy is always walking, but always seems to be right behind Karen.
- And then when the two are getting away in Karen's car, Frank is on the roof with a sniper, getting ready to take the shot.
- The Irish mob massacre. One moment, you and your buddies are just sitting around and raising a toast to future business in Hell's Kitchen, the next, you are all being gunned by someone outside with a machine gun who you can't even see. In the aftermath, when the police are looking at the mess, the camera does a nice track through the giant through-and-through bullet wound that one of the bodies received, and we see that another guy got his hand clean sawed off.Detective: It's gonna take weeks to process this shit! And where's this asshole's hand?
- And right after the massacre, Nesbitt's phone rings, causing his "Irish Washerwoman" ringtone to play. It feels surreal listening to it echo over the bloody carnage.
- Matt overhears one of the detectives commenting that the shooter was using armor-piercing ammunition so strong that the Kevlar vests the victims were wearing turned out to be useless.
- Matt walks inside a butcher warehouse and finds nothing but bodies of criminals that Castle has hanged and executed, with one of them looking partially disemboweled. Worse, one of them is still alive!
- Three words: "It's one man!" Because up until now, the gory nature of these attacks on the Irish Mob, the Dogs of Hell, and the Mexican Cartel is such that Matt and the NYPD have been led to believe that it's the work of a group of trained killers. The big reveal that all those murders were committed by a single man...
- How the first fight between Matt and Frank ends - just as Matt has knocked Frank down, and is about to keep going, Frank whips out a pistol from an ankle holster. "Bang." With one word - and the only thing he says in the whole episode - Frank shoots him in the helmet - sending him over the roof's edge.
- When Matt loses his hearing due to his concussion. First everything seems louder than ever before, causing him to drop a glass of water. Then we see the glass shatter...but we don't hear it. The panicked look on Matt's face says it all, even getting worse as he starts to scream out and we still can't hear anything. Imagine how terrifying it would be to have already gone blind and then be struck deaf on top of it. Thankfully it's only temporary, but he had no way of knowing that when it happened.
- Especially for Matt Murdock, where his hearing is heavily implied to be the primary means by which he navigates the world, and what allows him to operate as Daredevil.
- For the full effect of this, turn on the audio description and close your eyes. It's incredibly eerie when the sound of the show suddenly cuts out and you're left with just the narrator describing Matt's reaction.[INAUDIBLE]
- Frank showing up at a Dogs of Hell garage. It starts with the guy with the headphones cleaning the blood out of the truck cabin. Then, after a few brief moments, we hear shouts and shots fired, but the cleaning guy doesn't notice until one of the men collapses against the truck. The guy turns, the song he's listening to becomes the background music, and then Frank steps into shot, shotgun in hand and his eyes cold and dead.
- Round two of Matt versus Frank, which ends about as well for the former as the first fight did. Everything seems to go fine until the two fall through a skylight. As Matt struggles to get up, Frank steps across the broken glass, unknowingly causing Matt's concussion to act up. As Matt staggers, trying to keep control, Frank slowly closes in...
- Frank Castle, at first doesn't seem quite as intimidating as his deeds would have you believe, having a cup of Joe and making small talk. Eventually the conversation between them gets more and more heated until Matt gets fed up and calls him a nutjob. You can feel the white-hot rage emanating off of Frank, and hear the fear in Matt's voice.
- That's right, Frank's rage was so powerful it managed to, if only for a moment, scare the Man without Fear.
- Who puts a scare into Frank when he pushed his Berserk Button and attempted to force Matt into making a Sadistic Choice between taking a life and letting another die. Matt escapes his chains by taking a third option and charges Frank with a look of absolute rage on his face. Frank's expression says it all.
- That's right, Frank's rage was so powerful it managed to, if only for a moment, scare the Man without Fear.
- Finn Cooley, an Irish mobster who was the father of one of the criminals Frank killed in the mob massacre, stabs a fellow associate in the eye with a ice pick during the funeral ceremony after saying that death was just a natural part of their business.
- Frank gets perforated with a power-drill by the Irish mobsters during his Cold-Blooded Torture.
- For animal lovers, Finn threatening to do double of everything he's done to Frank to the abused pit bull Frank rescued will strike a chord, particularly Frank's horrified and desperate reaction to that threat. Thankfully, the pit bull is fine, but still...wow.
- Though the bastard really had it coming, Finn's death was really messy and detailed.
- Though we (thankfully) don't get to see it, the death of Frank's family is described in very grisly detail with him holding his dead daughter with meat spilling out of her face after being shredded by gunfire.
- The episode ends with Matt and Elektra finding a massive hole dug in the floor of the future site of Midland Circle. Matt throws Elektra's flashlight down the hole and listens for it to hit the ground. A good eight seconds go by before Elektra asks if it has hit the ground yet, and Matt says it hasn't, she waits a few more seconds and asks for him to let her know when it does. The episode ends before we ever hear it hit the ground. By the time the episode ends, the flashlight has been falling for almost 20 seconds. For reference, a penny dropped from the top of the Empire State Building takes about nine seconds to hit the ground. Assuming that a flashlight is affected by gravity and air resistance in a roughly similar enough manner to a penny, then the hole they have dug is more than twice as deep as the Empire State Building is tall.
- The Defenders reveals the pit is 400 feet deep.
- Elektra is poisoned in the opening by a Hand ninja, and the healing process administered by Stick to save her is unpleasant as it sounds like: cracking open a hole in Elektra's abdomen and directly dumping the boiling cure into it.Stick: I'm gonna make her worse before I can make her better.
- Frank Castle's outburst is quite the awesome I Am What I Am speech, but as awesome as it is, it's also every bit as terrifying, especially when you take into account Nelson & Murdock's efforts to get him out alive, as well as Karen's assertion that Frank originally wanted to clear himself (as he was beginning to show in the previous episodes). Because, as it turns out, Fisk has made him an offer he can't refuse.Frank: Those people? The ones I put down, the people I killed? I want you to know that I'd do it all again. ... This is a circus, all right? It's a charade, it's an act. It's bullshit about how crazy I am. ... I ain't crazy! I'm not crazy. Okay? I know what I did. I know who I am. And I do not need your help. I'm smack-dab in the middle of my right goddamn mind, and any scumbag, any... any lowlife, any maggot piece of shit that I put down, I did it... because I liked it! Hell, I loved it! I'm sittin' here, I'm... I'm just itching. I'm itching to do it again. And you think... What, you think you're gonna send me to a nuthouse? Some doctor, they're gonna get me to stop from doing what I want to do? Well, that ain't happening! Not on my watch! You people, you call me the Punisher, ain't that right? The big bad Punisher. Well, here I am! You want it, you got it! I am the Punisher! I'm right here! You want it, I'll give it to you. And anybody who came here today to hear me whine, to hear me beg? Well, you can kiss my ass! Do you hear me? I'm guilty. Come on, please, Judge! I'm guilty, you hear me? I'm guilty! I'm guilty! I'll kill every one of 'em! I'll kill every single one!
- Elektra slitting the ninja's throat- without the benefit of a Gory Discretion Shot. And he was just a kid.
- Frank Castle's attack on Dutton, immediately followed by his savage takedown of the inmates. To amplify this, remember Matt taking down the Russians in the hallway or the Dogs of Hell in the stairwell? Difference is Frank doesn't spare his enemies. He beats nearly half of them unconscious and the others: he drives a broken stick through a guy's chest,, snaps another's neck, split another guy's head open with a hatchet, and for the finish... gouges out a man's eye and slits his throat to the point where his head nearly comes off. By the end of it all, Frank's face is bathed in blood, and there is a skull-shaped bloodstain on his uniform.
- Dutton slowly dying on the operating table as his lungs fill up with blood, and Fisk sits there calmly gloating about his triumph.
- While DA Reyes's death-by-assassination through a ton of firepower was pretty much in the making (plus her death was virtually papered over by subsequent events), it's hard not to scratch off her going out with Dies Wide Open, the fact that she was basically begging for forgiveness in order to keep her daughter safe, and the fact that Matt, Karen and Foggy could have been turned into salsa with her (Foggy actually sustaining an injury).
- Matt goes to see Fisk and threatens to have Vanessa barred from ever entering the United States if he doesn't confess his coercing Frank Castle to make a guilty plea. Fisk then snaps his handcuffs, and grabs Matt and holds him with contemptuous ease:Wilson Fisk: SPEAK HER NAME AGAIN! GO AHEAD! [Matt punches him, and Fisk slams him into the table again] Yes, the son of a boxer!
Matt Murdock: You... You are running this place! Yeah, you did set him free...
Wilson Fisk: You ask such small questions, Mr. Murdock.
Matt Murdock: I know you're regaining power in here—
Wilson Fisk: Yes, ask my lawyer. He'll deny it! Ask the guards, they'll deny it! Ask the inmates here! They'll cut their TONGUES out before they talk! But I have something to say to you: When I finally get out of this cage, I will dismantle the lives of the two amateurs THAT PUT ME IN HERE!! You, Mr. Murdock, and Franklin Percy Nelson!
Matt Murdock: I put you here! Not Nelson! I did!
Wilson Fisk: The two of you took the laurels. You'll both take the blame. I'll chop both the heads off that snake, and I'll spend more than $6 on postage to bring you down!! You see, I had a lot of time to reflect on my journey here, Mr. Murdock! My mistakes, everything I took for granted. While I try and sleep in this bleak place, the one thing that keeps me warm is the thought that I will look down upon this city, the city that birthed me, with the woman that I love, whom I love with everything that I am! If you're worried that Frank Castle will wreak havoc on Hell's Kitchen, [throws Matt back into his seat]...just wait.
- And this is one of his last appearances in this season, denying us any kind of catharsis by reminding us of his current relative lack of power.
- Plus, at the end of the episode, Fisk feels his split lip (the only blow Matt managed to land during the above scene while being throttled), contemplates it for a moment and then demands to be brought his file on Matt. He's ready to declare war on Matt for his threats, something that he makes clear the first time he ever contacts Matt in season 3:Wilson Fisk: The last time that we spoke, you threatened me. That is something I cannot forgive.
- The audience knows that this is Matt vs. Fisk, so that the fact that Fisk so easily overpowers him is a fearsome display of strength and power, except that Matt isn't there in costume. And Fisk has no idea who hes really dealing with. Which means Fisk just pulled out his full strength to beat up a civilian blind man, which is somehow more terrifying.
- Just before Fisk snaps his handcuff he is snarling at Matt. Showing that Fisk is still just an angry thug that will kill you if you push his buttons.
- The scene where Claire Temple sees the kids controlled by The Hand, standing there motionless, with a dead body to their feet (which happens to be the father of one of the kids, no less). Then they slowly look up at her, while the alarm blares and the hallway lights continue to flicker on and off.
- There's a moment during the diner shootout that's worth paying attention to. At the point when Frank is stabbing that one guy repeatedly with a knife, the scene cuts to Karen taking cover, and she covers her mouth in horror listening to the stabbing. That one shot drives home the realism and brutality: that the Punisher is not a hero. He's a monster who destroys other monsters. If you didn't have the context of the scene, you'd think Karen was hiding from a villain.
- It's very hard to watch and not wince at Stick being tortured by the Hand through having tiny bamboo sticks being inserted under his fingernails very slowly. Even if, based on Stick's remarks to Alexandra in The Defenders when she captures him, he probably planned to get captured.
- In his attempt at putting down Nobu (who just killed Elektra inadvertently), Matt has essentially broken his rule by throwing Nobu off the building, and he had no idea Nobu would survive this. Stick was eventually the one who finished him.
- In fact, Season 2 had been all about Matt's struggle with the desire to kill and his deep religious belief against killing. Frank Castle challenged him on a real world practical level. He dealt with the issue of how the justice system is simply not able to handle these criminals and how the police simply can't stop them from hurting innocent people. Elektra challenged Matt on a personal level. She dealt with the fact that Matt actually enjoys beating the shit out of people. Remember what Matt said in the very beginning of the show about "letting the devil" out? Elektra is always unrestrained and she brings that side out in Matt. The season 2 finale was the culmination of the conflict. Matt let the devil out, and confirmed Frank Castle's "You're one bad day away from being me" remark from earlier in the season.
- The Stinger of the series is The Hand robbing Elektra's corpse and beginning the resurrection process. The Defenders (2017) shows the rest of the resurrection process in full detail.
- The Stinger at the end of Iron Fist's second season has a bloodied Matt back in his original black outfit, sitting in a church confessional. He is telling someone about his previous beliefs regarding the deliverance of justice "in the light of day as a lawyer". But then he remarks that after what he has experienced, he has realized that "darkness only responds to darkness". It ends with him saying this bone chilling line.Daredevil: And the truth is... I'd rather die as the devil, than live as Matt Murdock.
- The Date Announcement Trailer is even worse. The monologue about the nature of evil alone is bad enough, with Matt implying he is now ready to cross lines he wasn't willing to cross before, but the creepy One-Woman Wail, the quick cuts, dark lighting and Matt's extremely unsettling smile with a bloodied face at the end, accompanied by the line "Let the devil out!" really gives a good impression about how dark Season 3 is gonna get...Matt: You can suffocate evil... starve it... lock it behind bars. But it will find a way to come back even stronger. Theres only one true way to end evil, to finish it for good: let the devil out.
- And if that wasnt bad enough, there is still the question of what the hell happened to Matt to push him this far over the edge. Looks like he finally had that one bad day.
- The teaser involving Wilson Fisk is shot almost exactly like the Date Announcement trailer, from the bulb swinging in a dark room, to switching shots between Fisk in his prison uniform and comic-accurate whitesuit, and the returning One-Woman Wail. While Matt lamented on the old ways of justice not working and choosing to embrace his darker side, Fisk's monologue sounds like it's a rebuttal of Matt's claim, daring him to face him on.
- The Offical Trailer has its moments mainly:
- While Fisk claims to have turned a new leaf, its clear he's just as homicidal and violent as ever, as we see Fisk beating a man who is tied up with a bag of his head. If you look close you can see that blood is leaking into the bag.
- Matts Thou Shall Not Kill rule is getting more and more loose to the point where he's hallucinating Fisk telling him that while killing him will stop him, he will never go through with it. Matt's reply to his conscience is a sincere "are you sure about that?" Even Matt himself is unsure about where his morals lie.
[[folder:Episode 1 - Resurrection]]
- Much like when Matt lost his hearing when he got shot by Frank, the audio makes us feel what Matt is going through as he's lost partial hearing in his right ear.
- That stuff about people becoming savages in prison from season 2? Let's see it again, this time with Jasper Evans shanking Fisk for snitching. Even worse, Jasper Evans has been paid by Fisk to shank him as part of his plan to manipulate the FBI.
- For a moment, after he gets shanked, Fisk overpowers Jasper, pins him to the ground with a barbell, and while, in hindsight, he looks like he's about to bludgeon him to death with a giant weight (ostensibly so that Jasper can't testify to being paid off), leaving Jasper whimpering in fear. Ultimately, Fisk settles for dropping the weight on the floor a few feet away from Jasper's head. Of course, Fisk is putting on a show to create a false paper trail in case anyone questions how he got out of prison, but we don't know how much information Jasper was told beyond "shank Wilson Fisk nonfatally and make it look like he's being targeted for snitching, and you will be released from prison". If that's all he was told, then the terrified look on his face is likely because he thinks Fisk is reneging on the payment he was promised.
- The sequence that introduces Dex involves Fisk's FBI convoy being ambushed, like in the season 1 finale. But this time, it's not one of his own making, but rather is the Albanians that want revenge on Fisk for ratting them out. The entire scene plays out from Fisk's POV. He is left trapped in his car, hanging upside down by his shackles, and can only watch as the Albanians gun down his FBI escorts outside. Fisk frantically tries to break the bolt linking his restraints to the floor, succeeding after a struggle. By the time Dex emerges out of nowhere to kill the assailants, the attackers are already preparing to saw the doors off of Fisk's car.
- It's also rare to see Fisk looking terrified, as unlike Jasper Evans' shanking (which was planned), this is the one variable in his carefully orchestrated release plan that he didn't plan for. And if not for Dex's intervention, Fisk could've died.
- We get a brief moment establishing Dex's ruthlessness when he uses a disassembled gun's parts as daggers to kill a pair of assailants who are actively surrendering.
- The Albanians that Fisk snitched on apparently have all the markings of a very ruthless bunch, which makes it no wonder why Fisk picked them of all people to sell to Nadeem (among other reasons):Ray Nadeem: You're right. Wilson Fisk is a piece of shit. After every time I'm in the room with the guy, I want a shower. But let's talk about the Albanians for a minute, what they have done. Four dead NYPD officers, 12 more riding desks with disabilities. One hundred and seven civilian murders. And even after five task forces over seven years, to the tune of $11 million, we got zero. Those are some shitty numbers. But here's another one: with Fisk's intel, we beheaded the Albanian syndicate in one day. One single day. No loss of life, no injuries, no mayhem.
- Matt's way of going after Fisk is to go after Big Ben Donovan. On the one hand, it's nice to wipe the smugness off his face, but on the other hand it's also kinda creepy as Matt basically hides in the backset of Big Ben's car and chokes him from behind when he gets in to pressure him into revealing why Fisk flipped on the Albanians.
- How much long-term planning does Fisk have? He's come up with an elaborate scheme just on the off-chance that one of the lawyers who put him away visits the prison. His loyal guards and inmates lure Matt into an exam room, where the nurse then proceeds to inject Matt with a sedative. While Matt is catching his breath after disarming the nurse, Fisk calls the phone in the room:Wilson Fisk: You're not Franklin Nelson.Matt Murdock: [swallows] ...Fisk.Wilson Fisk: It's quite something to see. For a blind man, you have very impressive reflexes, Mr. Murdock.Matt Murdock: What was I injected with?Wilson Fisk: Do you remember the last time that we spoke? [Matt faces the camera and nods slowly, knowing Fisk is referring to their exchange from after Castle's escape] You said that for the cost of postage, you could prevent my reunion with the only person who gives my life meaning. The only person that I love. And I would've let bygones be bygones. But you didn't just threaten me. You threatened Vanessa! And that is something that I cannot forgive.Matt Murdock: Listen to me very carefully-[there's a click as Fisk abruptly hangs up]
- Next thing Matt knows, he's being ambushed by about a half-dozen inmates working for Fisk. While he manages to fight them all off, it is quite a brutal struggle for him. Then he has to take down two dirty guards, negotiate with Vic Jusufi, and have one of Vic's men disguise himself as a guard to escort Matt out through a chaotic riot set off by Fisk's men. The sedatives take effect and Matt passes out just as he gets back in the cab.
- It doesn't end there. When Matt comes around, he finds that the driver who brought him there has been replaced by another of Fisk's men. Seconds later, the driver bails out and the driverless cab drives into the water, taking Matt with it.
- Dex's Start of Darkness: He killed his coach by hitting him in the head with a baseball over pulling him from the game.
- Later, we see him talk down a suicidal man by suggesting the guy murder his stepfather.
- Fisk's manipulation of Nadeem has gone so well so that he's able to convince Nadeem that Matt is an accomplice and Nadeem will run with it without looking too closely at Matt's background.
- Fisk's newest plan to strike back at the people who put him away: he sends Dex in a Daredevil costume to attack Karen at the Bulletin. Dex enters and immediately kills several reporters and maims a few others.
- Matt shows up, narrowly stopping Dex from killing Foggy with a baton and takes a moment to size up his foe. He is disturbed by the realization that Dex is dressed as him.Matt Murdock: Who the hell are you?
Benjamin "Dex" Poindexter: I'm Daredevil...
- Matt and Dex fight each other all over the newsroom. Whenever Matt is up close, he gains the upper hand; whenever there's any distance, Dex just uses whatever office supplies are in reach as weapons. A cat-and-mouse game of hide and seek results in some crazy trick shots that keep knocking Matt around; finally Matt uses a false target or two to get in close, and goes for the KO. He almost wins, but Dex reaches a nearby pair of scissors, which he tosses into Matt's collarbone. Matt goes down and Dex drops a supply shelf on him and knocks him out with a brutal boot kick to the face.
- Dex then proceeds to break into the office where Karen, Foggy, Ellison and Jasper are hiding. He manages to very quickly overpower Foggy, disarms Karen of her gun, stabs Ellison with a pencil, and finally shoots Jasper in the head with Karen's gun.Benjamin "Dex" Poindexter: Hello, Karen. It's nice to see you again...
- Matt shows up, narrowly stopping Dex from killing Foggy with a baton and takes a moment to size up his foe. He is disturbed by the realization that Dex is dressed as him.
- Right out of "Born Again", we get a scene of Fisk sitting in a dark room full of TV monitors reporting on the attack, and a Psychotic Smirk forming on his face as he admires the success of Dex's work.
- Just how well thought out has Fisk planned his gambit to frame Daredevil? He predicted that Matt would go to Melvin as soon as he realized who made the suit, and had Melvin make a second suit for Matt to be caught with.
- The nightmare Karen had of Fisk in her apartment coming to kill her after she killed Wesley was terrifying enough. But it was just foreshadowing the inevitable: her decision to confront Fisk directly and provoke him into trying to kill her to violate his parole. The atmosphere of the scene is best described by Deborah Ann Woll:Deborah Ann Woll: I killed his best friend. He doesnt know it yet, thats a good thing. It was funny, they kept saying, Play the paranoia. We definitely want to work up the paranoia. Its not paranoia if its real! If hes really going to kill you if he finds out, thats not paranoia. Thats real fear. We definitely play with that. I finally got to do a scene with Vincent and it was fantastic. We were both so excited because he killed my Ben Urich and I killed his James Wesley so we have a mutual hate, I guess. Very Shakespearean mutual disgust for each other. But as actors, I think we both have tremendous respect for each other and the opportunity to get to play with him in this brilliantly flamboyant performance he gives, which is very much a contrast to Karen. So it was great to get both of those energies in a room and see how they play off each other. It was a great day. There was like a snowstorm out when we shot it. We felt very much like we were all stuck in this little sound stage, the winds were roaring outside, emotions were roaring inside. It was cool.
(Fisk unleashes a scream of primal fury, ready to TEAR HER APART)
- Kudos for Deborah Ann Woll for how menacing and scary she can sound as she brings up Wesley's death. Even it pales to Fisk's rage.Karen Page: He died quickly...if you were wondering. Didnt suffer much. You see, Wilson, Matt Murdock isnt the person you should be worried about. I killed Wesley. I shot him seven times... Because the clip ran OUT! HE DESERVED MORE!
- When Fisk gets angry its usually like a spark. As seen in cases like Anatoly's death, it goes off, does its thing for brief moment, and then disappears. Here we see Fisk just fuming with rage as Karen gloats to him about her killing of Wesley, and when he gets up you almost really believe that he is going to kill Karen just like he did Ben. But fortunately the FBI comes in and escorts her out thanks to Foggy's arrival.
- Foggy later points out that if her plan had worked, its very likely that the agents would not have made it in time to save her from Fisk. Karen doesn't say anything to counter this.
- It's worse than that. We later learn that the FBI guards are already in Fisk's pocket, so it's likely that if not for Foggy's intervention, Fisk would have beaten Karen to death then had them get rid of the body, and maybe do with her body what he does Julie.
- Kudos for Deborah Ann Woll for how menacing and scary she can sound as she brings up Wesley's death. Even it pales to Fisk's rage.
- Fisk's murder of Julie Barnes. It comes into this because of its detached, inhuman depiction. We see it all unfold through a video camera Fisk installed in her apartment. She arrives home, finds two "handymen" in her hallway, and gets half a question out before she's shot in the head. No build up, no drama, just alive to dead in a handful of seconds. Equally chilling is Fisk's non-reaction to watching it all. There's nothing but cold satisfaction in his eyes the whole time.
- This scene rams home just how terrifying Fisk's influence has become, how ubiquitous and just how little he values human life. Julie became a "problem" to him, so he killed her. The same way anyone else would swat a fly. And how did he know? Because he has Mrs. Shelby hack the security camera feed from a coffee shop Dex and Julie met in.
- Which is the sole reason he orders her killed. She had a single meeting with Dex, promised him nothing other than she would talk to him, and so he decides she has to die. That's how easy it is to get on Fisk's bad side. And you'll never know you are, until it's too late.
- To make things worse, in the finale episode, we see Fisk has literally put Julie's body in a freezer...and the bodies of the two hitmen hired to kill her. No loose ends.
- Ray meets up with Agent Hattley and her supervisor to out Dex and Fisk's manipulations. Except, Dex is not the only agent working for Fisk. Hattley is, too. And that's only apparent when Hattley suddenly picks up Ray's gun and shoots Winn to death with it.Tammy Hattley: [in fake distress] "No! Ray! Put down the gun! Please!" [stops the recording] Damn you, Ray. You bring this into my house? My home?! [points Ray's gun at him] Sit down. Sit! [Ray slowly sits down, shaking uncontrollably. Felix Manning emerges from the basement and enters the room with an evidence baggie]
Felix Manning: [bags up...] Your prints, your weapon, the recording. Do I need to explain to you what this means? [Ray stares at Felix, wide-eyed] Answer my question, please. Do you understand your situation now?
Tammy Hattley: Ray? You get this?
Ray Nadeem: [swallows] Yeah, boss. I understand.
Tammy Hattley: I'm not your boss anymore. Wilson Fisk is.
- And on rewatch, you realize there are several glaring red flags that tell you something bad's going to happen: the room is all covered in plastic, like it's a kill room, just like with Julie.
- Now blackmailed, Nadeem walks into a conference room and finds it of terrified-looking FBI agents. He blanches, and the music takes on a very ominous note, as he, and the audience, realize that with the exception of Dex, every agent in this room has been blackmailed by Fisk in some way. And all of them, Dex included, are following Fisk's agenda, not the FBI's.Ray Nadeem: I don't believe it. Fisk got something on all of you? [sits down next to Arinori] Arinori?!
Pryor Arinori: Better we don't talk about it. And in here, we don't even say his name.
Benjamin "Dex" Poindexter: That's one of the rules, Ray. We only refer to him by his codename.
Ray Nadeem: What codename?
Benjamin "Dex" Poindexter: Kingpin.
- How did Hattley get mixed up in all this? Fisk killed one of her kids. In fact, she's been in his pocket for so long that not even close colleagues like Ray, who's worked for her for the last ten years, remember that she used to have two kids.Ray Nadeem: So what was it? Money? I've known you for ten years, for Christ's sakes.
Tammy Hattley: Shut your goddamn mouth!
Ray Nadeem: Or what? You'll frame me for another murder?
Tammy Hattley: Keep your head forward. There's no mics in here, but you know they're watching.
Ray Nadeem: You murdered Winn. How do you live with that?
Tammy Hattley: I killed him to save your life. That's right. This is on you. I didn't tell you to break into Dex's apartment. I would've stopped you, and you wouldn't be here. But here you are.
Ray Nadeem: I can't believe you want this. We made this happen. We can find a way to end it.
Tammy Hattley: There's no way out, Ray. Fisk's had you marked for more than a year.
Ray Nadeem: What do you mean, "had me marked"?
Tammy Hattley: Why do you think your sister-in-law lost health coverage? He made you desperate for this job, you did everything you could to get him this penthouse, get him everything he asked for. Like I said, there's no way out. We're out of our league here. [they exit the elevator on the floor where Fisk's secret "war room" is]
Ray Nadeem: You could've gone to Homeland Security or the NYPD. Not take me down with you. Not murder an agent. You make a report. You get your family somewhere safe.
Tammy Hattley: That's not an option with Fisk. I used to have two children, Ray. They made it look like a hit-and-run. I got a divorce. Maybe that keeps him a little safer. But there's still Allie, so think about Seema and Sami. And do what Fisk tells you.
- Remember how in the season 1 finale, it was sorta hinted that Fisk had an FBI higher-up in his back pocket who was responsible for giving his men the necessary information to ambush his convoy and attempt to free him? Well, this conversation pretty much establishes that Hattley had already been employed by Fisk at the start of season 1.
- How did Hattley get mixed up in all this? Fisk killed one of her kids. In fact, she's been in his pocket for so long that not even close colleagues like Ray, who's worked for her for the last ten years, remember that she used to have two kids.
- And as it turns out, Fisk has managed to manipulate Foggy for a good amount of time, using the same moves he's used to manipulate Nadeem. What did he do? Well, Fisk directed the suppliers to stop doing business with the shop, causing them to lose money and end up in financial ruin, where Theo would be unable to get a loan from any of the banks because he didn't have enough collateral. Then Fisk had Red Lion swoop in to the rescue and give Theo some crooked financial advice, and trick him into being creative with his books to secure a loan. Its bad enough to put Theo in prison, and even worse, is that Fisk managed to get Foggy's parents to also sign the loan. Thanks to Fisk taking advantage of Foggy's family's desperation, Foggy either has to bow out of the DA race or see his family go to jail. You can hear Foggy cursing under his breath at the mere mention of Red Lion.
- Fisk arranges a meeting with all of the rival crime lords. One particular mouthy one, Everett Starr, protests the 20% protection tax Fisk wants to impose on all of them. Dex promptly walks in, wearing his Daredevil suit, and beans him at range with a baton. Its a subtle, but intimidating show of power that Fisk has even got "Daredevil" working for him. Starr's body falls face forward on the table, and as blood pools across the table, what's Fisk's reaction?Wilson Fisk: The tax is now 25%.
- A lesser one, but the suddenness of Karen's car accident. She's taken her eyes off the road to look at Kevin, only for Kevin to shout "Watch out!" Karen looks back in time for the car to hit a guardrail, launch into the air, then flip over three times before coming to a rest on its roof. Karen is briefly knocked out by the impact, while Kevin is instantly killed.
- Dex's entry to the church as he prepares to attack Karen. He looks like a character from a horror movie.Benjamin "Dex" Poindexter: [tapping his baton on the sides of the pews as he advances towards the pulpit] Where. Is. Karen. Page?
- When Karen finally does reveal herself (as Dex begins attacking innocent parishioners to lure her out of hiding), he uses the exact same "Hello, Karen. It's nice to see you again" line he used in the Bulletin attack.
- Remember what Fisk did to Anatoly? Well, we get a repeat of that. He's in the back of the car with Agent Weller after the visit to Mrs. Falb's brownstone, and Weller gets a phone call that Karen has been "arrested" by the NYPD per Nadeem's call. Fisk then calmly asks Weller for his jacket. Weller obliges as he and the audience wonder what exactly Fisk is doing...then Fisk abruptly throws the jacket over Weller's head and beats him to death, punching him in the face repeatedly until blood is leaking through the jacket.Wilson Fisk: [to his nervous driver] Pull over. Get rid of the body.
- It turns out that behind Fisk's back, Dex has gone to Mrs. Falb's brownstone, killed her, and stolen the "Rabbit in a Snowstorm" painting. A spot of blood on the edge of the frame is all we (and Fisk) need to see to know what exactly happened. It becomes clear to Fisk that Dex has gotten to a point where he has become a liability, moreso when Dex introduces himself to Vanessa claiming to be "the new James Wesley".
- Like in the season 1 finale, some civilians have the misfortune of being nearby when Fisk's men ambush the police van that is carrying Matt and Nadeem to the courthouse. Imagine being stuck in a traffic jam when people with automatic guns begin opening fire around you and you have no way to escape.
- Turns out Fisk anticipated Nadeem going to a grand jury, and manages to do some speed-chess to coerce all the jurors. It renders Nadeem so paranoid that he decides to knock Foggy out in the bathroom and flee to his home, record a video confessing everything, and just resign himself to his fate when Dex comes by to kill him.
- The fact that its not Fisk who orders Nadeem's death but Vanessa herself. Confirmation that she is just as evil and amoral as him.
- Matt is arguably at his breaking point in this episode. First, he interrogates Felix Manning by dangling him over a rooftop, which breaks his leg from the sudden stop. He then sends Dex on a bloody warpath after Fisk by revealing Fisk murdered his Morality Pet Julie. And in regards to the man himself, he is dead set on killing Fisk, so he's setting Dex toward an objective that he intends to deny him anyway. One gets the feeling that the Arc Words of the Murdock boys being cursed isn't just for dramatic effect.
- It says a lot that Matt gets Felix Manning (a man who has been shown to be one of the few people loyal to Fisk out of some degree of respect rather than just fear) to flip on Fisk in the first place. As you may remember from Healy, Fisk is the kind of person many people would rather commit suicide then give him up, but Matts brutal interrogation of Felix has Felix rather take his chance with Fisk rather then endure Matts torture. That's Matt when he's in a bad mood.
- Let this one sink in for a minute: Matt turns Dex loose on Fisk's hotel just as a distraction so Matt could have a better chance of getting to Fisk. Either Dex takes out a significant chunk of Fisk's FBI protection, or the FBI is too busy fighting off Dex to stop Matt. And if (as it did in the end) it does end up as a Mêlée à Trois between Matt, Fisk, and Dex, that works to Matt's advantage, too. Stone cold manipulation worthy of a true sociopath, and how many innocent people were in Dex's way before he got to Fisk? Matt's damn lucky Dex didn't happen to be in a massacre mood.
- When Dex shows up at Fisk's wedding, he drives into the garage, wearing the Daredevil suit with a smile... and Julie's frozen body in the passenger seat. Whatever control Dex has over his madness is completely gone, and he now truly is Bullseye.
- Fisk breaking Dex's back on a wall's corner can be painful to watch (even if Dex totally deserved it). Especially the snap sound it makes.
- After the final fight, Matt furiously declares that Fisk will be facing life in prison, and that if he is to harm anyone else again, Vanessa's role in Nadeem's death will be revealed and she too will be in jail. And, while Fisk's fate is well deserved, just the sheer amount of rage in Matt's voice can send chills down one's bones. It really does show how far the guy's been pushed, after so long of being tormented. Beware the Nice Ones to its purest core.Wilson Fisk: No prison can keep me. You know that. Come on! Kill me!!
Matt Murdock: No! God knows I want to, but you don't get to destroy who I am! You will go back to prison, and you will live the rest of your miserable life, in a cage! Knowing that you'll never have Vanessa, that this city...rejected you! It beat you! I!! BEAT YOU!!!
[Matt unmasks himself in front of Fisk]
Matt Murdock: You keep my secret...and you won't harm Karen Page, or Foggy Nelson. Or anyone else. Because if you do...I will go after your wife. And I will prove Vanessa...ordered the murder of Agent Ray Nadeem. And like her husband, she will spend the rest of her life in a cell.