Season 2 of Daredevil has been out for nearly a week now, meaning that most binge watchers have already consumed it in its entirety. After a big splash was made with season 1, and another successful Marvel launch was made with Jessica Jones, there were high hopes for season 2.
With lots of visceral violence, legal drama, and a few big twists, there are a lot of great moments in season 2. It’s hard to narrow it down too much, because so many moments win big when they’re on screen, but some only leave a lasting impression long after the binging is over.
Here are the 10 Best Moments from Daredevil Season 2.
As you can imagine, there will be ***SPOILERS***
10. Hallway Fight Part Deux
One of the biggest moments from the first season was the now infamous seemingly single-take hallway fight. Not to be outdone, season 2 had to take a stab at it too. Only now, Daredevil has an empty gun taped to one hand, a chain in the other, and he has to go down the stairs, taking out an entire Dogs of Hell biker gang in the process.
While this moment does make it into the top 10, it frankly doesn’t achieve the same level of intensity as the fight from season 1. There’s so much going on in and out of frame that several additional cuts are needed. While the splicing of each cut is smooth, the camera work necessary to hide the edits is inferior to both the alternatives of a legitimate tracking shot or traditional action editing.
9. Punisher the Terminator
The Punisher was a major force to be reckoned with this season, and his introduction makes that very clear. We’d already seen the destruction Frank Castle wrought on the Irish Mafia and the Mexican Cartel, but Jon Bernthal’s first on screen moment comes in the form of what appears to be a freakin’ Terminator homage, complete with shotgun.
Daredevil had just pulled a Cartel member off of a meat hook, and we hear him say “it’s one man,” before cutting to John Bernthal’s rhythmic footsteps as he stalks the halls of a Hell’s Kitchen hospital in search of Elliot Grote. His unrelenting pursuit is clearly reminiscent of the T-800, and effectively sets the Punisher’s tone for the rest of the season.
8. Penny and Dime
It’s not all shotguns and hospitals for Frank Castle. After Daredevil rescues him from the Irish, he tells Daredevil the story of his return from war and the death of his family. The story isn’t a drastic split from Frank Castle’s traditional origins, but Bernthal’s monologue makes it compelling.
In a series where most characters get a backstory told through flashbacks, it’s important to note that Punisher’s backstory comes entirely from Frank Castle’s mouth, and Bernthal’s performance makes it work.
This moment reveals that Punisher isn’t driven merely by a pure desire for vengeance, but also out of guilt from having declined to spend a precious few last moments with his daughter, asking Daredevil “you ever been tired, Red?”
7. Grotto’s Eulogy
Father Lantom was a frequent fixture of season 1, but this season he only makes a single appearance, to eulogize Grotto. The eulogy tells a sad tale of a man in search of a redemption that he would never find. The mental image of Grotto attending church and putting crumpled $100 bills and a rolex into the offering plate as an attempted penance for his crimes adds a somber layer to the street thug we’d gotten to know for the past few episodes.
Matt is quick to point out how depressing the eulogy was, but Lantom’s sage wisdom shines through: “nothing shines up a halo faster than death, Matthew. But funerals are for the living, and revising history only dilutes the lessons we should learn from it.”
Grotto had met a sad ending without the redemption he pursued, but that doesn’t mean his death can’t be a lesson for Matt. A lesson very different than the one Punisher wanted him to learn from Elliot’s death.
6. Murdock V Fisk
Wilson Fisk is back. After the Punisher “escapes” from prison, Matt Murdock knows who’s pulling the strings and decides to pay the Kingpin a visit. The tone of this scene is set early on, with Matt hearing the powerfully steady heartbeat of the Kingpin as he approaches the meeting room.
Murdock threatens Fisk, saying that he has the power to prevent Kingpin from ever being able to be with Vanessa, causing Fisk to begin slamming Matt’s head into the table as guards stand by idly, showing just how far Kingpin’s power has grown in prison.
Also of note in this scene is that Matt piques Kingpin’s curiosity enough to look into his background, suggesting he’s about to find out Matt is Daredevil. If this is followed through in season 3, that could mean a partial adaptation of Daredevil: Born Again, one of the most popular Daredevil arcs ever written, is on its way. Either way, Wilson Fisk’s brief appearance in this season is almost a complete show stealer.
5. Ninja’s Exhale
After fighting mostly mobsters, thugs, and Yakuza, Daredevil is in for quite the surprise when he’s confronted with ninjas from The Hand, who have learned to completely mask their heartbeat, making them difficult to detect.
Forgetting the questionable plot elements surrounding this detail, one of the most exhilarating moments of the season comes right after Stick whispers to him that he needs to listen for their breath (again, ignoring the contradiction), when he suddenly is able to get a bead on his assailants and quickly drops them one after another, letting out a roar. The brutality of the takedown is captured in a framing reminiscent to Muhammad Ali’s famous takedown of Joe Frazier.
4. Stick’s Arrival
Daredevil season 2 takes a drastic change of course at the start of episode 8. Ninjas literally emerge from the shadows and Daredevil is suddenly enveloped in a conflict between The Hand and The Chaste that he didn’t even believe to be real. Accompanying this reveal is the arrival of Stick, bearing more one-liners than you could shake a stick at (yes).
Stick only had one episode in season 1, so having him around and cracking wise for the end of this season was a great surprise, and his reveal was exciting and unexpected. After Matt and Elektra are suddenly beset by ninjas from The Hand, Stick comes out of nowhere to slice up their assailants and kick them into the pit.
3. Punisher’s Prison Fight
The “hallway scene” part deux may not have lived up to the hype, but we got something almost as good in Frank Castle’s prison fight. After an exciting Kingpin reveal, Frank is sent after Dutton, and subsequently locked in Cell Block A under the anticipation that Dutton’s men will take him out.
The resulting brawl can only be described as one of the most stylized and brutal scenes in all of the MCU. Frank demonstrates a level of savagery that shows exactly how appropriate the name Punisher actually is. He takes down every one of the Cell Block A inmates, ending the battle with his white prison uniform stained almost completely red.
2. The Choice
The minute it was announced that season 2 would feature the Punisher, Marvel fans everywhere knew exactly what to expect, anticipating an adaptation of The Choice from Garth Ennis’s Punisher run. The Choice has Punisher chaining up Daredevil and presenting him with a lose-lose scenario in which he must decide who will die: the Punisher, or his victim.
The scene we get in the show provides just that, but goes even deeper into the philosophical division between Matt Murdock and Frank Castle. Although the resolution has Daredevil picking option 3, depriving the audience of a true Sophie’s Choice, the clashing of ideologies between the hero and the anti-hero make the scene worth it.
1. Wilson Fisk Owns Cell Block D
Punisher was a great antagonist for most of season 2, but all of that was upended by the surprise reveal of Wilson Fisk. Fisk was a force to be reckoned with in season 1, and getting to see the flashback of his rise to dominance inside of Rikers Island only further solidifies his position as the MCUs greatest villain to date.
Fisk’s ability to gain the loyalty of both inmates and guards shows just how much more powerful his organization will be once he gets out of prison, possibly next season. With the reveal of Spider-Man in the trailer for Captain America: Civil War, many fans may also be wondering if we’ll also get to see Vincent D’Onofrio pop up in a Marvel cinematic installment. He’s earned it.
Is your favorite part of season 2 listed here? If not, what did you enjoy the most, and what are you looking forward to in the inevitable season 3? Let us know in the comments!