HOW BOUT THAT EPISODE 10?!
I AM WRECKED.
I mean, it’s just a well-constructed hour of television that is almost self-contained. Other than the ELEVATOR SCENE which I will obviously get to in a second, there were just so many fantastic little Kastle scenes which also obviously TORE MY HEART IN HALF.
Like, can we just talk about Brett asking her “Why was he even here?” and that watery look on Karen’s face when she says “I think he was looking out for me.” And the fact that she has to work so hard to Keep It Together because it’s that but it’s more than that, too. It’s the knowing that he’s always looking out for her, the surety in that one fact about him. But it’s also knowing that now she doesn’t know where he’s at and when they’ll see each other again.
And also Frank running in from god knows where, could’ve been the moon for all we know, leaping over furniture and jumping IN FRONT OF KAREN TO SAVE HER FROM BEING SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES. WHAT. W H A T.
And let’s not even get started on Frank Castle staring down a man that’s strapped with a bomb and looking directly at Karen and promising “I will come for you.” The single-minded determination, the devotion, the way his voice shakes a little bit with worry and angry and a mess of emotions he probably doesn’t even want to look at or think about too closely.
And then…that elevator scene. That pure moment of cinematic perfection. I can’t BELIEVE we live in a world where that scene exists. Two people who need each other and believe in one another but can’t quite yet be there for each other in that way, because what they want and what they need and who they are and who they want to be are not quite yet aligned. But God, they just want to sit there and pretend for a moment that they could be.
But then the moment ends.
When Karen pushes him back she is like the definition of someone steeling themselves…and then not being able to any more. When she watches him leave, you can literally see her heart breaking. AND I COULD FEEL MY OWN HEART BREAKING.
Anyway, I love these two and this season gave me way more than I ever thought I’d get and I am so thankful and also heartbroken and also I may need to write fic.