Daredevil Showrunner on Why We Needed a Karen Page Episode

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Daredevil season 3 has been one of the more interesting installments in the Marvel-Netflix series of shows, with a lot of interesting character revelations and moments. The origin of Bullseye is what got fans talking the most since his backstory has never been explored in Marvel's comic books, though a few teases have been spread out here and there.

One episode that has been controversial is the one that covers the backstory of Karen Page. Rather than flashback between the past and present, Karen's special episode was entirely dedicated to her backstory. Episodes like these tend to be controversial since they don't always impact the plot directly and rob fans from seeing Charlie Cox's abs.

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In an interview with ComicBook.com, season 3 showrunner Erik Oleson discussed the importance of that episode, stating that he feels like there should be no "sidekick characters" and that everyone should be able to have their own story. This was a pretty brave decision since Page has been a character who has received a mixed reaction from audiences.

"I personally insisted on it. One of the things that I came into season three wanting to do, was to more fully flesh out the characters. To make them all the protagonists of their own stories. I don't believe in sidekick characters. I think everybody is the hero of their own movie, and that to me is the mark of premium television, of quality TV. And so one of the things I wanted to do when I took over as the showrunner, was to more fully understand Karen and why she behaved the way she is. Why she in Season 1, never really formed a meaningful relationship, a romantic relationship with Matt, and why she then kind of just flirted with Foggy for five minutes and dropped it. And then why she had a chemistry with Frank Castle, but that never went anywhere. I was very interested in understanding why."

Karen Page actress Deborah Ann Woll was originally anxious about what her character's backstory was going to be but it looks like her trust in the writers has paid off. Her story was interesting and even paid some tribute to the comics, though fans hoping she would get into porn were sorely disappointed.

Daredevil season 3 can now be streamed on Netflix.

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