Daredevil season 3 will finally dive into Karen Page's mysterious backstory. One of the supporting characters in Marvel's Netflix universe to get the most screen time is Deborah Ann Woll's Karen Page. She stumbled into the world of vigilantes after getting caught up in a murder case. Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) and Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) took her case on and ultimately proved her innocence. While she didn't kill in that instance, she has murdered Fisk's right hand man without any hesitation, an action that immediately showed everyone there's more to Karen than meets the eye.
However, the second season of Daredevil didn't really dive into her backstory, while appearances in The Defenders and The Punisher further pushed her story forward instead of looking back. She'll once again be a vital part of season 3 as images already showed her reunion with Matt. But, it will be in the new set of episodes that viewers will finally get a chance to learn more about Karen's past.
Screen Rant had the opportunity to visit the set of Daredevil season 3 and speak to several people involved with the show. We participated in a roundtable interview with Deborah Ann Woll, who was able to talk about Karen's story in the third season. She teases more of the investigative journalist side of Karen, while also promising that her past will be explored.
What people will remember from watching Defenders is that as far as Foggy and I are concerned, Matt’s dead. So that’s kind of the first half of the season is dealing with the grief of that or do you believe it or not - the denial of it. And then do you keep fighting? Do you take on this fight that you think killed your friend and keep pushing on it? And I think, of course, Karen will never let go. So it’s really digging into the investigative journalist profession that I found myself in after last season, really leaning into that. Wilson Fisk is back, which is very exciting, we’ve got two new characters who are amazing. I think for me the most fun has been that we really start to open up Karen’s past and a lot of the mysteries, the hints that have been dropped and really filled those in.
So what kind of exploration of Karen's past can viewers expect to see? Well, Woll said, "We will get a sense of why shooting someone and trying to cover it up is a bit more in her wheelhouse," which has been a major question since season 1. Woll also elaborated on what type of scenes we'll get to see. Flashbacks will be employed and she teased the violence that will be included in them:
I was talking with our assistant stunt director, who was up with us shooting some interesting stuff for Karen’s backstory and he said it’s really interesting because they do so much trained, exciting acrobatic fights on this, that they don’t do a lot of just basic domestic violence - really scary, realistic fighting. And he said it was really kind of interesting to go back and see how real and scary that can be. So if Karen lives in a violent world, it’s that world. It’s the world of, I can’t throw a punch and knock you out so that’s not my best solution to this. My best solution, and I talked to them a lot about, like, I believe Karen’s taken a self defense course, I believe that I could give you a bloody nose and run, get the f-ck out of there because that’s what being smart is, rather than Matt who knows how to stay in the fight and win and get his advantage.
The Netflix series' have tackled a variety of subject matter in the past, but there hasn't been too much of a focus on domestic violence. These can be delicate topics to address, so it will be interesting to see how Daredevil handles it. Based on Woll's comments, an abusive past appears to be a piece to unlocking the puzzle that is her backstory. Considering the ties between domestic violence and Karen's past being revealed, it wouldn't be too surprising if we learn Karen first used a gun to kill whoever was abusing her. However they decide to show it, it is great to know that Karen's own story won't be lost in the larger third season story.
Daredevil season 3 releases on Netflix on October 19.