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Matt Murdock is on his way back, and so is his Season 1 nemesis, Wilson Fisk. While Fisk was briefly seen during the second season of Daredevil, he will be back in full force for the series' third installment. So, what can fans expect from him in Season 2? Well, a lot has changed, and a lot remains the same. New showrunner, Erik Oleson, has revealed what shape viewers will find Fisk in when he returns and the Season 3 story that will follow. Oleson said:
Fisk has gotten smarter, more calculated, and more manipulative. I very much wanted to tell a story that's relevant to the world around us. I looked at the show as a way to examine how tyrants manipulate in order to push their own agenda and cause fear and distrust.
So, Wilson Fisk is basically going to be back, having developed even more formidable strengths that put him ahead of the game. Based on what Erik Oleson told EW, it sounds as though Fisk will be even harder to take down in Season 3. Excelling in shrewd cunning is not exactly a disadvantage. It also seems fans will get to witness the psychological exploration of Fisk as a tyrant, including how he implements strategies that give him his desired ends.
Bringing Wilson Fisk back, front and center, should only help enliven Season 3, which will also explore Matt Murdock's existential crisis. He will need to get his head back in check if he hopes to combat Fisk, who is out for his blood. Following the events of The Defenders, Daredevil/Matt is believed to be dead by Karen and Foggy, among others.
Wilson Fisk began to piece together that Matt Murdock and Daredevil were one and the same in Season 2, which means Matt's cover is likely blown. Also in Fisk's sights is Foggy, who he swore to "dismantle" along with Matt. Daredevil showrunner Erik Oleson also teased Wilson Bethel's character, who sounds as like he could fall into Fisk's path. Down a right-hand man, thanks to Karen, Fisk should be looking for James Wesley's replacement.
It is safe to say that Wilson Fisk is a very dangerous enemy to have at this point. He always has been, and with him having now gone to prison, he has become an even more dangerous adversary. With Matt on his own journey of self-discovery, Daredevil Season 3 seems as though it could be one of those superhero installments where the hero is down for most of the story, before pulling out a victory at the very end.
It could be more balanced than that, so stay tuned. The show is going to have to make a strong argument for how Matt is able to piece together such a win. Tune in to find out if and how he pulls it off when Daredevil Season 3 premieres October 19 on Netflix. It will not be the only series the streaming giant will be welcoming this fall.