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Daredevil Season 3's Ending Explained

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Daredevil season 3 is one of Marvel's strongest series to date, and the finale's ending leaves the Man Without Fear's life transformed. There's a sense in which Daredevil is the flagship Marvel Netflix show; it was the first to release in 2015, it set the tone for everything that followed, and both previous seasons have been a tremendous success. Season 2 even launched a spinoff series, starring Jon Bernthal as the Punisher.

We've been waiting for season 3 for a long time. It was first teased back at SDCC 2016, with Marvel dropping a brief teaser. The dramatic ending of The Defenders clearly set it up, promising an arc inspired by the classic Born Again comics. But, for all the excitement and hype about Daredevil season 3, Marvel and Netflix have taken their time - working hard to get this show right.

Related: Daredevil Recap: Where Season 2 & The Defenders Left Matt Murdock

Fortunately, they've succeeded. New showrunner Erik Oleson's season is a love-letter to some of the most popular Daredevil comics of all time, but it also brings something fresh and new to the franchise. At the end, it establishes a thrilling new status quo for Matt Murdock and his allies.

What Happens At The End Of Daredevil Season 3

Daredevil season 3 is a thirteen-episode, ever-escalating grudge match between the Kingpin and the Man Without Fear. Wilson Fisk has three specific goals: he aims to get out of jail, marry Vanessa, and restore his good reputation in the city. Incredibly, over the course of the season he actually achieves every one of those goals. He does this through a complex, Machiavellian scheme that essentially sees him take control of the entire system, to the extent that a Special Jury dismisses sworn testimony against Fisk by an FBI whistle-blower. By the end of the season, Matt Murdock is close to despair, and he's concluded that the only way to beat Fisk is to kill him.

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He's reckoned without Foggy Nelson. Foggy receives the dying declaration of FBI Agent Ray Nadeem, testifying to the many crimes he was forced to become complicit in due to the Kingpin. What's more, because Foggy is a smart lawyer he knows that a dying declaration is admissible in court. He posts the statement on social media, and State police head in to Fisk's Presidential Hotel to arrest the Kingpin again.

Meanwhile, Matt has launched a plan of his own. Daredevil season 3 saw the Kingpin manipulate FBI Special Agent Benjamin "Dex" Poindexter into becoming a murderous fake Daredevil - but finally Matt learns just how this was done, and that the Kingpin murdered a woman Poindexter cared about. When Daredevil reveals this to Poindexter, the psychopath goes on a killing spree at Fisk's wedding reception. This gives Matt the perfect opportunity to slip in to the Presidential Hotel the back way, leading to a brilliant three-way battle between Daredevil, Wilson Fisk, and Poindexter.

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Related: Daredevil Season 3 Villain Bullseye's Mysterious Comic Book Origins

In the end, Daredevil is able to force Wilson Fisk to agree to go back behind bars, and to leave Matt and his friends alone. Fisk will do this because Matt knows Vanessa was becoming implicated in his world, and threatens to find evidence against Mrs. Fisk. Kingpin can't abide the idea that Vanessa will wind up in jail. Bloody, beaten and defeated, he returns to his cell.

Nelson, Murdock & Page

Daredevil season 3 reconciles Matt Murdock, Foggy Nelson, and Karen Page. It forces Matt to face the fact that he needs his friends, and he stops pushing them away, which gives Foggy the chance to pitch an idea. He suggests they get the band back together, establishing the new law firm of Nelson, Murdock & Page. Matt's in favor, admitting he had a similar idea, and when Karen protests that she isn't a lawyer, he points out that she's a great investigator. As he notes, she's a whole lot more stable than Jessica Jones.

It's a poetic close to the series, ending Daredevil's life in a similar place to how it began back in season 1. And yet, each one of the three has grown so much as a person over the course of the years. Matt is learning that he needs people, and he's opened up and revealed his secret identity to both Foggy and Karen. Foggy is a confident attorney in his own right, having demonstrated his skills and even made a bid to become DA. And Karen is no longer the secretary (sorry, office administrator) but is now employing her investigative skills in helping collect evidence.

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