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The Punisher: Karen Page Almost Didn’t Make It into the Series

Fans weren't surprised when Karen Page was announced as a crossover character for Netflix's The Punisher, especially given their bond in Daredevil's Season 2. Page was the only one who wholeheartedly believed in Frank Castle, even going out of her way to help him during his trial as a vigilante. However, showrunner Steve Lightfoot revealed that she wasn't always planned for his series, but after seeing their interaction he wanted her to continue being part of the war veteran's life.

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"I asked to have her, because she and Frank [Castle] are so great," he said to Mashable. "Frank is a closed-off military guy, and this is a woman he treats like an equal more than anyone else." Lightfoot revealed that due to the chemistry Deborah Ann Woll's Page had with Jon Bernthal's Punisher, he knew she would be a key aspect of the story he wanted to tell.

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Seeing as Page was the only one who saw humanity in the killer and that she helped him uncover secrets from his past, including who killed his family and why, she is expected to have a major role once more as a lead reporter for The Bulletin newspaper. The latest trailer also hinted that the two may even have a romantic spark between them, which will either build on or complicate the sense of grief both share due to their dark pasts.

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Arriving Friday, Nov. 17 on Netflix, The Punisher stars Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, Ben Barnes as Billy Russo, Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Micro, Amber Rose Revah as Dinah Madani, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Daniel Webber as Lewis Walcott, Shohreh Aghdashloo as Farah Madani and Paul Schulze as Rawlins, with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in an undisclosed role.

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