The final trailer for the second season of Daredevil, which premieres this week on Netflix, throws a lot of stuff really quickly at fans of the series. Not only does Matt Murdock have a new enemy in the Punisher, but he also has to deal with his ex-girlfriend Elektra.
"I haven't taught you everything," says Matt's old mentor, Stick, who also trained Elektra. "The city is ground zero in a war it doesn't even know is happening."
After that, a lot of chaotic things start happening, with the trailer showing the Punisher covered in blood, the Yakuza, Elektra threatening and then kissing Matt, loads of action, lots of ninja moves and everything in between.
Although Matt thought he had things under control at the end of the first season — that his plan of bringing order to the city was a good one — season 2 will turn his beloved Hell's Kitchen into a warzone.
So, how will Matt deal with saving the city, while also maintaining his day job as a lawyer? According to the season's official synopsis, he'll have to face "a life-altering choice that forces him to truly understand what it means to be a hero."
It certainly seems like a lot, especially with both the Punisher and Elektra vying for Daredevil's time. However, the series' showrunners understood early on that they needed a delicate balance to make everything work with two major new characters.
"We knew, by definition, that we couldn't repeat the structure of season 1, because that was a really successful slow build towards a giant, On the Waterfront-style confrontation between these two titans of New York," Daredevil co-showrunner Doug Petrie said to HitFix. "Here, because we had two giant new characters who are going to test and push and confuse Matt Murdoch, we felt more like orchestra conductors, where it was like, "Okay, we're going to raise this part and lower this part ... So rhythmically, we kind of raise the volume on one while lowering it on the other and then we had to weave them as we went along."
Daredevil premieres on Netflix on March 18.