Following up on the release of their first exclusive image of Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) during his pre-The Punisher days in the military, Empire Magazine continues to feed fan anticipation with on-set coverage of the upcoming 13-episode Netflix series.
The photos were posted on social media through a tweet on Thursday night, with the two larger and cleaner versions of the newest photos below:
We've also learned some more details about one of the mid-season episodes — in particular, a scene where Frank finds himself thinking about a different kind of axe: a guitar. In the scene, Frank is sitting on the floor of a warehouse; as he sips his beer, he thinks back to how he first met his wife while playing guitar under a tree in Central Park. As the memory fades, Franks smiles with a "Changed my life," before taking another swig from his beer.
This will be a key scene in the episode, one that finds Frank and tech guy Micro (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) taking a very brief sabbatical from the bad guys to address more personal matters of the heart. While we're not sure what it is that leads up to this scene, we do not that it gives the two men some time to share the stories of how they met their wives.
The 13-episode series is set to establish Castle's own piece of the Netflix/Marvel universe, giving viewers a better opportunity to get to know Castle more as a man than as just a killing machine. For Bernthal, the second season is about Frank trying to open up more and care more for those around him — but The Punisher aspect is something Bernthal believes Frank is never going to be able to shake:
"Part of this season for Frank is [about how] he's built this wall around his heart. He's starting to care about things, and people. There's going to be an attempt to move beyond the Punisher, but that's something he can't shake. There's part of me that's hungry to get back into the darkness, that's excited to see it fall apart. And I'll go back to my long walks."
The Punisher features Bernthal, Moss-Bachrach, Jason R. Moore, Michael Nathanson, Jamie Ray Newman, and Amber Rose Revah. Steve Lightfoot serves as the series showrunner, with the series expected to stream on Netflix some time in late 2017.