The Punisher Season 3 on Netflix: Renewed or Cancelled?

Frank Castle in The Punisher
Frank Castle in The Punisher

The action-packed drama, The Punisher is one of the popular Marvel series available on Netflix. Season 1 of the crime drama was released on November 17, 2017. Fans have been eagerly waiting to hear about Season 3 release dates. Both Season 1 and Season 2 consist of thirteen episodes each. If you have watched and liked shows like Fargo and Dexter, you will absolutely love ‘The Punisher’. It has been admired by fans because of its dark plot, complex characters, and powerful storyline. John Bernthal has given a gripping performance in the series. The way he portrayed the pain, hate, and rage was exactly how people expected Frank Castle to be.

The American drama is created by Steve Lightfoot and is based on Frank Castle from Marvel Comics. You should first watch Daredevil till Season 2. Although, it isn’t mandatory. But you would get a better understanding of the story and understand the protagonist in depth. The series revolves around former marine Frank castle. His family, including his wife and children, were killed in a horrifying murder. After the loss of his family, he ventures out to punish the people who are responsible for his family’s death. Somehow, he finds himself uncovering a military conspiracy along the way. Read on to know everything about Season 3 of The Punisher, from its release date to the previous plot.

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What happened in The Punisher Season 2? Plot Recap

Season 2 of The Punisher was released in the year 2019. Frank tries to save a teenage girl from a horrendous conspiracy. He tries his best to get rid of the villain, Russo. Season 2 starts with Frank catching feelings for Beth. She is a single mother who is trying to raise his son without a father. When Frank was spending time with Beth in the bar, he finds a teenage girl surrounded by criminals. The fight goes out of control, and Beth is shot.

However, indestructible Frank saves her in time and takes her to the hospital. He soon realizes that his old enemies aren’t dead. During the episodes, we are able to enjoy the antagonistic dynamic between Frank and Rachel. In the later episodes, we get to know that Billy has forgotten her memory after being shot. Apparently, she has forgotten everything that happened to her in Season 1.

John Bernthal in The Punisher
John Bernthal in The Punisher

Madani is mortified by what happened in Season 1. Her alcohol intake increases and takes a toll on her mental health. In the final episode, Billy comes to Madani’s apartment to kill him. A fight scene between Madani and Billy is shown. However, Madani and Dumont survive and are alive. Frank calls Schultzes to show that he has his son hostage. He initiates a special offer where he wants Amy returned safely, and he will return David, his son.

The final episode ends after a short leap. Furthermore, Madani is working for the CIA now. She offers Frank a job, but he declines as he already has one. The season ends with a scene showing Frank blazing guns on a dangerous gang.

Is The Punisher Season 3 Release Date

Fans have been eagerly waiting for the launch of Season 3 of The Punisher. Unfortunately, Netflix officially canceled the series on February 18, 2019. There will only be two seasons of this action drama. However, in an interview with the main lead of the show, Jon Bernthal gave hope to his fans.

When asked if there will be Season 3 of The Punisher. He said, “Look, man, I think with that, there’s always hope. It’s unbelievably humbling how much people sort of responded to this version of Frank, and I can’t tell you how much it means to me because he means so much to me. He’s in my blood, he’s in my bones. For me, it’s really not a question ever with this kind of stuff about whether you get the opportunity to do it or not. I think too many people are focused on trying to get opportunities in this business, and for me, it’s more about what you do with the opportunity you have. So it’s not about whether we do it, it’s about getting it right and doing the version that the fans really deserve. We’ll see.

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When asked if he is upset about the fact that the show is canceled by Netflix, he replied by saying that he gave his one hundred percent in the show. He doesn’t feel upset by the fact that these decisions are taken without his input. Jon understands and respects the decision of the Product house and the producers. He is enormously blessed to have enough work that’s exciting to him. But, he also added that he is always ready to act as Frank Castle. As this character will always hold a special place in his heart.

What to expect from The Punisher Season 3 if it gets renewed?

Fans are optimistic and believe that Season 3 of The Punisher will be renewed in 2022. A lot of fans are assuming that Disney won’t leave the money on the table, especially after the pandemic. We think that Season 3 will be the season where Frank will truly embrace himself as the Punisher. Apparently, it was Season 2 ending when Frank accepted himself as the Punisher. Season 2 ended with Frank declining Madan’s job offer. He was also seen fighting with a rival gang.

We can expect to see Frank in Season 3 to go after the gang, the way he did in the comics “Welcome back, Frank”. He will be stuck in a conspiracy and will have to deal with the task force against him from the cops to get him arrested. This could be the plot as the Ma Gunncis were referred to in Season 1. However, if season 3 gets released, it is sure that Frank will go after the mobs. If we get really lucky, Frank might go against Barracuda in Season 3.

Why is Season 3 of The Punisher canceled?

The action-packed drama was adored by the fans due to its dark storyline, complex characters, and amazing production value. Unfortunately, the show was officially discontinued by Netflix in February 2019. Fans have been trying to find the reason why the show was canceled. There is no official statement given by the production about why the show was discontinued. One of the reasons the show was canceled could be because of the hate it was getting from some fans.

Main characters of The Punisher
Main characters of The Punisher

According to some fans, ‘The Punisher’ is one of the worst Marvel television drama. The series destroyed the character and storyline of the original punisher. The original punisher would never give up being “the punisher”. But Frank did it twice in Season 1 and 2. Frank already had the perfect origin story in the ‘Daredevil’ show. Fans were expecting and really wanted to see Frank in ‘full punisher’ mode and killing the deadly mobs. Moreover, this is one of the reasons “The Punisher” was getting a lot of hate from some fans in Season 2.

However, this isn’t something new for Marvel and Netflix. Marvel’s drama, “Daredevil” Season 2 was criticized, and it faced a lot of backlash from fans. But, Season 3 came with a blast and was a masterpiece. Fans were expecting the same to happen with “The Punisher”. One of the other reasons also could be the controversy the show was facing. A minority of cops use the skull symbol, which is the symbolic symbol in ‘The Punisher’ drama. A lot of people were canceling the show because of this reason. For those who don’t know, there is a lot of hate going on for the punisher skull symbol.

Why is Netflix discontinuing a lot of Marvel shows recently?

It isn’t just the only marvel drama ‘The Punisher’ that was canceled. Recently, Netflix has been canceling a lot of marvel dramas like Iron Fist, Daredevil, Luke Cage, etc. One of the main reasons could be that marvel shows are expensive to make because of the extreme animation that has to be used. Also, they aren’t making that much money to Netflix.

One of the other reasons also could be the controversy the show was facing. A minority of cops use the skull symbol, which is the symbolic symbol in ‘The Punisher’ drama. A lot of people were canceling the show because of this reason. For those who don’t know, there is a lot of hate going on for the punisher skull symbol.

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