ok so the thing about tps is that all along we’re lead to believe that it’s about vengeance and death and loss - and it is. but overarching all that is something more tender. it’s about coming to terms with surviving your loved ones, not avenging them just so you can finally join them in the ground. it’s about the possibility of an ‘after’ and finding home. frank castle’s story has always been about identity and that’s why it means so much that he can choose to stay alive, make a new home for himself as someone who isn’t defined only as 'father’ or 'husband’ or 'marine.’ all those things are parts of him of course!! but by staying alive he’s giving himself the chance to grow and be defined by new things as well. I just love him so much and I’m so proud of how far he’s come.
I won’t go into how karen fits into all this because we could be here for ever but SHE REALLY REALLY DOES.