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Deborah Ann Woll Says The Punisher Season 2 Is 'Most Likely' Her Last Appearance As Karen Page

The heartbreak in the Marvel TV universe continues. 

Deborah Ann Woll, who has played Karen Page on Marvel-Netflix series Daredevil, The Defenders, and The Punisher, recently revealed that the upcoming second season of The Punisher will likely mark the last appearance of her beloved character. 

Taking to Instagram, Woll shared a poster for the Jon Bernthal-starring anti-hero show, writing in the caption, "Most likely the final appearance of me playing Karen Page will be in The Punisher Season 2. I miss her very much. Be sure to watch!!"

She added that Bernthal, the D.C.-born actor who first appeared as Frank Castle on the second season of Daredevil before scoring his own series on Netflix, is "amazing" in the second season of The Punisher (as is the entire cast, she also noted) and that she hopes the show "gets to continue for a third season."

Netflix is, as we all know, going forward with The Punisher season 2, but there's truly no predicting what might happen after the series drops its newest bundle of episodes this Friday, January 18. The streaming site cleaned house — and in brutal fashion, we must admit — by cancelling Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Daredevil without warning, with very little explanation, and in quick succession late last year. Fans have been on edge about The Punisher's fate ever since, worrying that Netflix would pull the plug at a moment's notice. Woll's comments here seem to suggest that even if the show does land another season on Netflix, Karen Page probably won't be a part of the story. 

However, they also tease at the possibility that Karen could come back in a different way. That she used the phrase "most likely" when discussing her final appearance as Karen leaves a tiny sparkle of hope that maybe, just maybe, Woll will reprise her role on, say, a revival of Daredevil. Matt Murdock himself, Daredevil lead actor Charlie Cox recently rallied behind #SaveDaredevil, the fan campaign organized to "take a stand against Daredevil's untimely and undeserved cancellation" and persuade Disney (which owns Marvel) to give the show a fourth season (that had reportedly already been planned out at the time Netflix axed the series) for release on Hulu or Disney's forthcoming streaming platform, Disney+. Cox is reported to have stated during a panel at ACE Comic Con this past weekend, "I found out the other day there's this petition, #SaveDaredevil. You can sign it. Sign it!"

Woll originated small-screen Karen Page on the very first episode of Daredevil, during which Matt and his best friend and law firm partner Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) agree to represent her, then a secretary for Union Allied, after she was framed for the murder of her colleague. Since then, Woll has appeared as Karen throughout Daredevil's three-season run; on the team-up series The Defenders, which brought together Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage; and on the freshman season of The Punisher

That said, it would only be right for Karen to be involved in a Daredevil revival, should Disney and Marvel actually go through with one. The problem is that Marvel can't actually use any of the characters from Daredevil for any other non-Netflix projects for at least two years after the series' cancellation, according to a clause in the agreement the studio signed with the streamer when first developing the show. If a fourth season of Daredevil genuinely is in the cards, it won't see the light of day until late 2020 at the absolute earliest. 

For now, fans would do best to focus on the impending arrival of The Punisher season 2, prepare their goodbyes to Karen Page, and cross all their appendages that Netflix renews it for a third season sometime soon.