It's been two months since Netflix announced a second season of The Punisher, its sixth streaming series in what's become a mini-universe of New York City superheroes that also includes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. So far we know very little about what to expect from a second season (though don't expect Billy Russo to go away any time soon) for Frank Castle, or when we might see it. There's plenty of potential in the way Season 1 wrapped up, though, and the series seems to be running with that by, for starters, expanding its cast.
Netflix and Marvel Television announced Monday that three new co-stars will join Jon Bernthal (Castle), Ben Barnes (Russo) and the rest of the Punisher crew as regulars for the second season. Josh Stewart (Shooter) will play John Pilgrim, a man with a violent past driven back to his old ways by circumstance. Floriana Lima (Supergirl) joins the show as Krista Dumont, a "compassionate" therapist who works with military veterans. Then there's Giorgia Whigham (Scream), who will play Amy Bendix, a grifter "with a mysterious past."
"We are incredibly excited to have Josh, Floriana and Giorgia joining the cast of Marvel’s The Punisher and seeing them bring their talents to the next chapter in the Frank Castle story," showrunner Steve Lightfoot said in a statement.
Obviously it's too soon to tell just how much each of these new characters will influence the Season 2 story, but it's interesting to note that Amy Bendix in particular has a comic book connection to Frank Castle. She appears in the Marvel Universe only briefly, during the 1993-1994 Punisher crossover event "Suicide Run," a story that features several other vigilantes attempting to impersonate the Punisher after Castle is presumed dead. Does that give us a clue? Maybe. Maybe not. The Netflix shows are rather independent when it comes to their comic book counterparts, so anything's possible.
The Punisher's second season doesn't have a release date yet, which leaves us with plenty of time to ponder what will happen next in Frank Castle's world. Do you have theories? Let us know in the comments.