Netflix has revealed all of its new arrivals for January 2019, and among the movies and shows is something a lot of people have been waiting for: the second season of The Punisher. We’ve known that Netflix has been cooking up a second season of The Punisher since the end of last year, when it was confirmed shortly after the well-received premiere of the first season.
Unfortunately, we don’t have an exact date for its release just yet, but we’re sure that fans of the show will be happy enough knowing that it’s coming in January for now. We also don’t know exactly what a second season of The Punisher entails, though the end of season one did suggest that we’ll probably see Jigsaw serve as the main antagonist.
This is probably something of a bittersweet announcement for fans of The Punisher, as the second season will likely be the show’s last. Netflix has been culling its Marvel shows left and right, first starting with Luke Cage and Iron Fist earlier in the year. Initially, it seemed like Netflix was simply cancelling two under-performing shows, potentially setting up for a Heroes for Hire series that stars both Luke Cage and Iron Fist, but then the company cancelled Daredevil too.
Daredevil was almost certainly the most popular Marvel show on Netflix, so if that was cancelled, it doesn’t bode well for the two series that remain: The Punisher and Jessica Jones. Both of those shows had new seasons in development when the other three were cancelled, and it seems likely they’ll be cancelled as well once those seasons premiere.
Obviously, Netflix and Disney could always throw a curve ball by keeping The Punisher or Jessica Jones (or both) going, but it doesn’t seem too likely now that Daredevil has been canned. We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but in assuming the worst, we can only hope that the second season of The Punisher wraps up Frank Castle’s story nicely.