Marvel’s Daredevil Season 3 began streaming on Netflix this past Friday as showrunner Erik Oleson talks about the newest season and what it all means. (Contains potential spoilers)
If you’re a huge fan of Daredevil you’ve probably binged all of season 3 by now. A majority of the plot points for season three are wrapped up by seasons end, but like many shows there are still some unanswered questions.
In an on-line interview with Entertainment Weekly Erik Oleson was asked why they decided to tell Bullseye origin story instead of making him a villain right from the start?
“The way we saw Agent Ben Poindexter was that he was a borderline personality. Dex is somebody who might have been able to function in society as a positive character, even a hero. He overcame his mental illness using medication, psychiatric help, and a rigid structure in his life with a job at the FBI where he was helping people. But the tragedy that befalls him is that he comes into the orbit of Wilson Fisk, who is a narcissistic personality, a tyrant, a would-be dictator who twists him into the evil version of himself on Fisk’s own path to power.”
One of the things that fascinated me was that otherwise good people who might have been positive members of society, who fall under the sway of somebody that preys on their fears and on their dark side and gets them to carry tiki torches through Charlottesville. That was very much on our minds as we were looking at Fisk and the way that he plays to people’s fears — fears of the other — and uses those to divide people against each other and against themselves.”
Oleson was also asked if he looked to the comics when creating this version of Bullseye especially his back-story.
“In the comics, for the most part, Bullseye is a full-blown psychopathic killer. In the version of the story that I wanted to tell, where every single character in our cast has psychological depth and there’s a reality to them, and I’m inviting the audience into their heads so that they can empathize with them, starting out with a psycho killer is not that interesting. I was much more interested in the fact that, because the comics were not specific about the backstory of Bullseye, I would have the freedom to create one. That helped me tell the story for season 3.”
“When you add all of the characters together, what you come up with is the controlling idea that guided the design of season 3 — and we had this on the writers’ room wall — [which] was a quote that we all came up with and it went as follows: “You can only be free when you confront your fear because your fears are what enslave you.” In Dex’s case, he’s always feared being his true self. He’s kept himself in that cage because he knows that he is a borderline personality with psychopathic tendencies. We talked to psychiatrists; we just wanted to draw the character as a real person who will eventually become Bullseye because of all of the factors you saw in the season — Fisk intentionally destabilizing the parts of his life that allowed him to cope with his mental illness.”
Oleson was of coursed asked if he knows anything about a potential season 4?
“I can tell you that I’m very hopeful to go do a season 4. There has not yet been any kind of an official pick-up, but if there is, I’m very hopeful that I will be a part of it.”
The complete third season of Marvel’s Daredevil is now available for streaming on Netflix. If you want to read more of what Erik Oleson had to say about Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk you can head on over to EW for the full interview just beware if you haven’t begun watching season 3 or completed it the interview contains plenty of spoilers.