Major spoilers below for Daredevil Season 3, so it would not be wise to read on without having watched all 13 episodes.
In many ways a suitable bookend to its 2015 debut season, Daredevil Season 3 brought its post-Defenders Matt Murdock back to the land of the living. While none of the other MCU heroes showed up to aid in Daredevil’s quest to eradicate Wilson Fisk once and for all, Season 3 did introduce several new faces of varying importance. As well, it added new narrative layers to all of the well-established characters fans have been invested in.
When the Season 3 finale’s dust settled — atop several puddles of blood, sweat and tears — Hell’s Kitchen was a different place, as were its many citizens. As we wait to see if Season 4 will happen or not, let’s take a look at where the storylines left Matt, Karen, Fisk and the rest of the survivors, as well as those who didn’t live to see justice prevail.
Elden Henson’s Foggy Nelson stepped it up in Season 3, as far as guiding his own destiny was concerned. His public persona blew up after his big anti-establishment speech went viral. He also used the power of the Internet to spread Agent Nadeem’s phone video, thus giving the entire world proof of Wilson Fisk’s conspiratorial crimes. Way to spread that word, Foggy!
Viewers also got to hang out with the rest of Foggy’s extended family for a while, which made for a pretty magical time within this universe. Especially when booze was involved. While we’re pumped that Daredevil ended Season 3 by making “Nelson, Murdock & Page” a reality, it would also be great if everyone from Foggy’s entire family also joined the firm and constantly helped out around the office.
Across Season 3, Karen’s present-day story isn’t the most complicated affair. She was initially invested in proving that Matt survived the Midland Tower implosion, and later affixed a gigantic target to herself by admitting to Wilson Fisk that she’d murdered his former lackey James Wesley. She helped a bunch of people escape proto-Bullseye’s wrath inside the church, and appeared ready to join the deadly villain’s bodycount. However, Deborah Ann Woll excelled at showing viewers more from Karen in the character’s tragic semi-standalone episode (that should have been a half-season arc).
Before entering the world of vigilante-infused journalism, Karen was caught in a drugged-out spiral trying to keep the family’s diner intact in the aftermath of her mother’s death. Terrible decisions were made, and an intoxicated Karen ended up killing her idealistic younger brother via car accident, after she’d shot her abusive dealer boyfriend. It was a lot to cram into 3/4 of a single episode, but it definitely gave the character more meaty subtext informing her place within these series. Here’s hoping her investigative reporting skills take her to The Punisher Season 2.
For so many years, Peter McRobbie’s Father Lantom was one of the most important and trusted people in Matt’s life. Naturally, everything got upended in Season 3 when Matt unwittingly reconnected with his mother Margaret, better known to others as Sister Maggie. Matt’s faith in God’s plan was already dwindling in early episodes, and his faith in Father Lantom was fractured after Maggie’s motherly twist was revealed.
With that emotional crossroads set up between them, Matt and Lantom’s relationship reached its completion in the most tragic way possible. During Dex Poindexter’s costumed attack at the church, Father Lantom witnessed the villain’s lethal accuracy first-hand, though he didn’t live long enough to tell anyone about it. He did ask for Matt’s forgiveness, though, and the Man Without Fear granted it.