"TP crew/writers really seem like they’re pushing to make the case for her presence in a S2" honestly I would be *shocked* if karen doesnt come back as full-time next season, she was so ingrained into this season even while being in so few episodes that it's hard to imagine a punisher show without her & frank
I can get why some people are irked by Karen’s limited contributions in The Punisher. But I think it makes sense from a narrative standpoint: the show is about Frank’s past skeletons, and Karen is more or less a latecomer in Frank’s story who has no connections to Kandahar.
I’m putting these two asks together because I think they relate quite well ^^
I would be shocked if she didn’t come back and more along the lines of a regular/main, too! The set-up is definitely there. She was so vital to Frank’s actions and state of mind in the episodes she was in – which were also episodes where Frank was more grounded in the present and with present motivations than not. I think the showrunner actually touched on that in an interview, that it was important for Frank to have some things (people) in the present as a fear motivator of losing or seeing get hurt as well. His focus can’t be entirely on the past; he may want to be a dead man walking, but he does feel, he can form attachments and already has/had a few.
The dynamics that Curtis, Karen, and Micro have with Frank are completely unique from each other and I don’t think the show could’ve been near as well-rounded without Karen’s inclusion. Plus, they’ve laid all these touches of connections with her in TP’s world now. She’s at a point of familiarity with Dinah, she has the other woman’s contact information. She knows about Micro’s role in his Punisher work, she knows who Micro really is. She’s met Billy, and him putting two-and-two together about her and Frank that day if/when he wakes up is not a hard stretch. With episode 10 specifically they really dug her a place in the rest of the universe outside of just interacting with Frank….when the next opportunity arises beyond what the current storyline held.
They’d be foolish to discard that IMO in a season 2, especially with the next and future seasons having to do even more with the present and moving forward into new conspiracies/crimes. Frank’s gotten his closure on Kandahar. The bits of his past that will continue to haunt him and influence him are all ones Karen knows about, can easily come to know about (like his relationship with Billy), or that the story can use the ignorance of as a plot device.
Also – the motion posters. Frank, Karen, Micro. The trio of Frank’s “we operate in the gray and help with the illegal Punisher business” protection squad (Curtis is the precious cinnamon roll of the squad we need to protect at all costs from the illegal shit, okay, he doesn’t deserve the damage he had to go through just from doing the pure and RIGHT things in TP).