Warning: Full spoilers for The Punisher Season 2, Episode 7 below. If you need a refresher on where we left off, check out our review of Season 2, Episode 6.
Well, it only took them seven episodes this season to actually get Frank Castle in the Punisher costume again. I guess that’s progress. The season seems to be gaining momentum in general as it rounds the halfway mark, with Frank now firmly in the hunt for his nemesis and Billy working his way up the ranks from escaped felon to criminal mastermind.
This episode is another that plays into what is easily the new season’s strongest element – the dubious morality of Frank Castle. For the most part, every single person he’s attacked over the course of the season has deserved a little Punishing, whether it was the pedophile ringleader from Episode 6 or John Pilgrim’s hired goons. But seeing Frank resorting to “enhanced interrogation” to pry Billy’s location out of Jake shows our “hero” crossing a fundamental line. We don’t even need the distraught Agent Madani there to know Frank has become the bad guy. He’s losing himself to his mission, bringing suffering to a poor war vet who just happened to get swept up in the wrong scheme with the wrong guy. In that sequence we see Frank through a very different and not at all flattering lens. And for Curtis to stand their stoically backing up Frank speaks to how desperate he’s become.