Shane Walsh will be returning for a single episode of 'The Walking Dead' season 9.
It's official: Jon Bernthal will be making a return to 'The Walking Dead' as Shane Walsh. Rumours had been circulating about a potential comeback ever since Bernthal was spotted on the set of the show in Atlanta with his former co-stars Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus, who play Rick Grimes and Daryl Dixon in the show, and it would seem that those wondering if he would return to the AMC series were right to be curious.
Shane was one of the original characters in 'The Walking Dead', and would prove to be the main adversary for Rick during the show's first two seasons. Though they had at one point been close friends, Shane impregnated Rick's wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) when the pair thought Rick had died at the start of the zombie outbreak.
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The show made such a good impression with its first season that it'll be returning for a second.
When Jon Bernthal was announced to step into the role of Frank Castle, aka The Punisher on Marvel Television, there was an obvious excitement amongst the fan base. Making his debut in Netflix original series 'Daredevil', he made such a good impression that he would go on to get his own solo series, which has now been recommissioned for a second season.
Not quite a superhero, but not a villain either, The Punisher is somebody that's on a completely different level to any of the other characters we've met through Netflix and Marvel's collaborative shows. We've seen him go out and gain revenge for the deaths of his loved ones, but now he remains a tackler of underground corruption.
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The actor says we've seen "all we need to see".
Shane Walsh (played by Jon Bernthal) was without a doubt one of the most polarising characters to come from the world of 'The Walking Dead'. Though he only lasted for a couple of seasons before attempting to kill his former best friend, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and ended up being killed himself by Rick, he was somebody whose presence is still felt to this very day.
As the potential father to young Judith, who Rick is raising as his own following the death of his wife Lori Grimes (Sarah Wayne Callies), Shane may be dead in body, but his spirit truly lives on. Fortunately for Judith, Rick seems more than willing to put the past behind him and dedicate his time to his potential second child. We imagine this will only grow following the devastating developments in the season 8 midseason finale.
The actor is a big fan of his fellow Marvel television characters.
Now that a second season of 'The Punisher' has been confirmed, with Jon Bernthal once again stepping into the role of Marvel Comics character and anti-hero Frank Castle, fans of the Netflix original series have been putting their heads together to come up with some ideas about where exactly the show may go. The final decision however, will of course rest with those working behind-the-scenes.
Whilst nothing official has yet been said, Bernthal himself has been opening up about what he may like to see in the future of his series. Bringing Marvel television's Daredevil and Jessica Jones to the show is something that he would do if he were in charge of artistic direction.
There isn't much subtlety to this prison thriller, but it's edgy enough to hold the interest as it follows a fine, upstanding man behind bars and transforms him into a criminal mastermind. If the premise sounds familiar, perhaps you've seen Jacques Audiard's soulful 2009 masterpiece A Prophet. Well, this is more like a blow to the head. And by emphasising the characters' thuggishness over anything more nuanced, filmmaker Ric Roman Waugh (Snitch) seems to betray the fact that he thinks brutality is inherently entertaining.
The story centres on Jacob (Game of Thrones' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), a successful banker with a happy home life with his wife and son (Lake Bell and Jonathan McClendon). Then he's involved in a drunk-driving incident and convicted of manslaughter. And in jail he's adopted by the white supremacist gang, pushed to commit such nasty violence that he cuts off all contact with his family when he's finally released a decade or so later. But he also clearly has a plan now, hiding from his tough-guy parole officer Kutcher (Omari Hardwick) to set up a dodgy operation with former prison-mate Frank (Jon Bernthal) and young military veteran Howie (Emory Cohen). Orchestrating all of this is the big boss (Holt McCallany), who is imprisoned for life.
Thankfully, the actors all add texture to their characters, bringing them to life even if the movie itself seems uninterested in anything beneath the surface. Coster-Waldau is terrific at capturing Jacob's inner decency and steely survival instinct as he transforms from a slick financial analyst into a muscled killing machine. But of course it's his internal journey that is far more interesting. Hardwick and Bernthal are solid as tough guys who feel a bit simplistic. But Bell has some properly steely moments as a woman who simply won't give up on her man even when he tells her to, and Cohen finds some intriguing layers in the quirky, shell-shocked Howie.
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The actor says he tried to 'avoid' the superhero genre entirely.
It's hard to imagine anyone else in the role of the Frank Castle, aka The Punisher in live-action Marvel television now that Jon Bernthal has made such a success of the character. Somebody different could have become the renowned anti-hero however, as it turns out Bernthal wasn't always interested in becoming a part of a superhero franchise.
Though the cautious nature surrounding the character would be understandable following the less-than-positive reviews each of the live-action adaptations of The Punisher have been in the past, it does raise some eyebrows when an actor turns their nose up at a chance as big as this one. Bernthal though had different reasons, saying that some of his heroes in the industry had avoided the genre altogether.
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The actor says it's the job of the show to 'ask questions'.
Jon Bernthal will be returning to the role of Frank Castle in 'The Punisher', taking on the character once more for Marvel Television following his hugely successful debut in the second season of 'Daredevil'. Streaming exclusively on Netflix, the show will see Castle uncover an underground criminal organisation that stems much farther than just New York City, and affects more people than he could imagine.
Whilst he was originally meant to be a villain, Punisher was quickly turned into an anti-hero on the pages of Marvel comic books, and that's the role he's slotted into following his debut on Netflix. Joined by the likes of Jason R. Moore, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Michael Nathanson, Jaime Ray Newman and Amber Rose Revah in the solo series, Bernthal is in incredible company, with 'The Punisher' looking set to be one of the most memorable originals available on Netflix.
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The origin story comes after his appearance in 'Daredevil'.
One of Marvel's most brutal anti-heroes, The Punisher, is set to join the Netflix series universe - and it doesn't get more merciless than this. He's not the first comic book character to venture out on a bloodthirsty quest for revenge, but no-one exacts it quite like him.
Though we don't know too much about the plot we'll be delving into with 'The Punisher', there have been hints at an underground conspiracy that goes much further than New York. Having avenged the murder of his wife and children, it will be very interesting to see what Castle is fighting for this time round.
The actor says Frank becoming "more and more human" is just a phase of sorts.
Following the brilliant response to Jon Bernthal's version of Frank Castle, aka The Punisher in the second season of Marvel's Netflix series 'Daredevil', the streaming service came to an agreement with Marvel to bring a solo 'Punisher' series to the platform.
Now confirmed to be debuting before the end of 2017, more information surrounding the series is beginning to trickle out, with a synopsis released this week promising more controversy in New York, and villainous forces that extend beyond the reaches of the American state.
Jon Bernthal, Erin Angle , Adeline Bernthal - World premiere of Disney-Pixar's 'Finding Dory' at the El Capitan Theatre - Arrivals at El Capitan Theatre, Disney - Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 8th June 2016