The Punisher Season 2 will highlight iconic Punisher villain Jigsaw, who was Frank Castle's friend-turned-enemy Billy Russo. In Season 1, Castle mutilated Russo's face on a broken mirror, beginning Russo's transformation into Jigsaw, but his scars will run much deeper than that.
While Russo's external wounds serve as a trigger to his wrath in the upcoming season, Jigsaw actor Ben Barnes shared a National Geographic article to remind fans that, when it comes to war, scars from battle aren't always visible from the outside.
So this is part of a fascinating @NatGeo article about TBIs and PTSD that informed the mask element for Billy Russo in Season 2 of @ThePunisher - the wounds are most often not visible on the outside #ThePunisher https://t.co/wo2kNnp8kt— Ben Barnes (@benbarnes) January 13, 2019
The story from NatGeo highlights an art project that a number of soldiers have taken part in, painting masks on their faces to express how they feel after suffering traumatic brain injuries (TBI) during their time in service. As Barnes explains in his tweet, the project was part of the inspiration behind the white and black mask that Jigsaw can be seen wearing in the trailer and various promos for the new season.
The Netflix show also took time to highlight the effects of war and how it can take over the lives of those suffering from PTSD in Season 1. The character Lewis Walcott struggled with PTSD, leading him to build a foxhole in his backyard and eventually orchestrate a terrorist attack, which brought him into Castle's path.
Arriving January 18 on Netflix, The Punisher Season 2 stars Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, Ben Barnes as Billy Russo, Amber Rose Revah as Dinah Madani, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Jason R. Moore as Curtis Hoyle, Josh Stewart as John Pilgrim, Floriana Lima as Krista Dumont and Giorgia Whigham as Amy Bendix.