Spoilers follow for Marvel’s The Punisher’s third episode, “Kandahar.” Make sure to keep up with our full season binge.
Marvel’s The Punisher continued to showcase its strengths with a harrowing episode focused on the backstories of two seemingly different men who we learn have a lot in common. There is a tremendous amount of character development with Frank and David, and even though the season is still in its infancy, “Kandahar” will likely rank among the very best episodes in the entire Netflix Marvel universe.
There is an unflinching, brutal honesty to the way showrunner Steve Lightfoot is crafting the story of Frank Castle. Unlike the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Punisher isn’t going for quick laughs and colorful action sequences. There are moments in this episode that are shockingly savage. While it’s difficult to say, the violence is a necessary component for us to understand where Frank comes from; he may call himself The Punisher now, but it wasn’t the death of his family that triggered his transformation, it was his time spent as a soldier.