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"All I know is that we risked our lives and we did terrible things and it meant nothing when we got home."
―Lewis Wilson[src]

Lewis Wilson was a young veteran who had a difficult time re-assimilating into civilian society. Unable to overcome his severe PTSD, influenced by the extremist rhetoric of O'Connor, and misreading Curtis Hoyle's attempts to help him, Wilson resorted to terrorist actions. His threats to Karen Page made him cross paths with Frank Castle, who attempted to stop him. Wilson eventually took his own life during a failed attack.

Biography

Early Life

Military Service

"I once took out a machine gun nest, saw this guy's head explode and all I thought was, "Good shot." I hated the enemy 'cause I had to, but... but I respected him, too. They don't haunt me. One of our Apaches hit some of our own. Friendly fire. There is no such thing. But it's war, right? Shit happens. Except I then saw some press officer pass it off to reporters as an enemy ambush."
―Lewis Wilson[src]

At a young age, Lewis Wilson joined United States Army and became a member of the 1st Infantry Division.[1] During his training, commanding sergeant teached Wilson that he should never left the fight and take orders, quoting Rudyard Kipling's poem Young British Soldier. Wilson learned it like his own mantra and it was the only thing he could think of during firefights.[2]

Wilson's squad was stationed in Iraq where he slept in uncomfortable camp with fifty fellow soldiers. Wilson then was tasked to escort resupply line in Mosul.[3] During one firefight, Wilson managed to took down hostile machine gunner. However, he witnessed that one of the Apaches attacked allied forces, by friendly fire. Wilson understand that, but press officer decided to pass it to reporters as an enemy ambush.

That horrified Wilson, he thought that ofiicer dishonored died man as soldiers who trained enough to don't get ambushed. Later, Wilson had a dream where officer lied about Wilson and discredited his service for his country. Terrible events that he had at war negatively inpacted on Wilson's psyche manifested as nightmares and inadequate behavior. He was diagnosed with Posttraumatic stress disorder and discharged from military.[4]

PTSD

Group Therapy Sessions

"I just know that I fought for this country and that it's got no place for me. I don't know what the rules are anymore, you know?"
"They're scared, man. Because they aren't stupid. They spent 15 years training an army and then abandoned it on the streets."
―Lewis Wilson and O'Connor[src]

Returning to New York City, Wilson became a taxi driver and lived with his father Clay Wilson in their home. Upon Clay's request, Wilson attended group therapy sessions for military veterans, organized by Curtis Hoyle. At one of the meeting, Wilson listened O'Connor's point of view that liberal government running the their country to the ground before he was confronted by Isaac Lange. Hoyle then stopped him and gave O'Connor opportunity to speak.

When he finished, Wilson took the floor to say that he fought for county where there's no place for him and now he don't know what to do. O'Connor noted that government trained army for fifteen years and then abandoned it, and now they need to defend themselves before it's too late. Wilson that said "sic semper tyrannis", and Hoyle recognized it as "thus always to tyrants". Hoyle asked does Wilson really think that their government is tyrants before he answered that all he knew that terrible things commited by soldiers at war meant nothing at their home.

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Wilson talks with Curtis Hoyle after meeting

When meeting was over, Hoyle asked Wilson how he sleeping. Wilson said that he sleeps better despite his work and group helps him. Hoyle noted that perspective is good for him but Wilson needs to find his own answers. Hoyle then asked Wilson to take care of yourself before he left.[5]

At another meeting, Wilson told group about his service and described friendly fire on the battlefield that he witnessed. He told about press officer's lies and O'Connor angrily noted that without trust to fellow soldiers, only option take matters into own hands. Hoyle agreed with him for the first time and told about his friend who was failed by system. When meeting was over, O'Connor admitted his thoughts and gave Wilson National Rifle Assossiation pamphlet.[4]

Waking From Nightmares

"I had a nightmare. It's no big thing."
"And now you're sleeping in a hole in November."
"I don't have nightmares out here. I should never have discharged, Curtis. None of it, the heat, cold, sand, noise, fifty guys stinking up a dorm it never kept me up. Never bothered me. I slept good."
―Lewis Wilson and Curtis Hoyle[src]

Wilson awakened from a violent nightmare, heavily breathing. Confusingly hostile, he armed himself with his gun; when Clay Wilson began to walk downstairs to check on him, Wilson fired a shot inches ahead of his father before registering what happened. Quickly, he was embraced and comforted, constantly reassured by his father that he was fine and that everything will be okay. Wilson, however, pushed him away and rejected the comfort.[4]

To insure that he would not harm his father, Wilson dug a hole in the backyard and rested inside. He was then visited by Curtis Hoyle, under the concerns made by Clay. Wilson then make some notes from pamphlet before he spotted Hoyle. He asked did he feels cold but Wilson said that not. Wilson then told Hoyle about his nightmares which almost had his father killed. Wilson noted that he had no nightmares in his hole because he misses his trenches in Iraq.

Hoyle then said him about rains in New York City which quickly floods out his hole. Wilson heard his thoughts about Wilson's point of view and Hoyle asked him to return to group. However, Wilson refused, noting that talking doesn't work. Wilson informed him that he decided to join Anvil to return to the battlefield. Hoyle was not sure that Wilson was ready for this kind of work but Wilson just refused to talk and Hoyle left him.[3]

Lies and More Betrayal

Anvil Rejection

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Wilson is rejected for Anvil by Billy Russo

"Listen, this... this business is all based on trust."
"Please don't do this."
"I'm sorry, man. I... I can't take the risk."
Billy Russo and Lewis Wilson[src]

Wilson attends a meeting at Anvil Headquarters alongside other veterans in search of a new job. There, he trained heavily, building muscle and exercising different maneuvers. Cooling down, he conversed with other recruits until he is called over by Billy Russo, whom informed Wilson that he was being rejected from the program. Gradually, he became angry and questioned the reason behind the decision, asking if Curtis Hoyle spoke of him to Russo. Eventually, he did what he was told, grabbing his belongings and leaving the premises.[3]

Protest with O'Connor

"Respectfully, sir, you have, um, no right to ask us to move. A permit is required if amplification is involved in any gathering or protest. No mic, no speaker, no permit needed. We have no vehicles. We're fewer than 20 people. We're not blocking the sidewalk or the entrance of a building."
"This is a city courthouse. You wanna hang out here? I'm your permit, son. And today is not the day. Go home."
―Lewis Wilson and NYPD Officer[src]

After another session, Wilson joined O'Connor outside the courthouse, where the two protested the case. When a policeman approached them to ordered that they leave the premises, Wilson, against O'Connor's pleads to comply, refused to move, saying that the courthouse was public property and that he was free to protest. Eventually, he was tackled and cuffed by the officer under the guise that Wilson reached for the officers weapon.[6]

Bailed by Curtis Hoyle

"Why'd you bail me out?"
"I figured that if you had to call me, then you didn't want to call your dad. And that meant there was no one else. And I wasn't about to abandon you."
"You wanted to help me?"
"That's all I want, Lewis."
―Lewis Wilson and Curtis Hoyle[src]

Wilson returned to Curtis Hoyle and asked why he had released him from jail. Hoyle explained that he wished to help him, adding that he needed someone to rely on. He also disclosed that he had examined O'Connor's records and discovered that the stories that he had shared of his time spent in Vietnam War were untrue, only receiving training and discharged after an injury.[6]

Confrontation with O'Connor

"I read your army records. You never went to Vietnam."
"You have my records? Where'd you get my records from? The Internet? You know... the Jews run the internet."
"What's the name of the air base outside of Tam Kỳ? Well, you could google it. But if you were there, you would know."
―Lewis Wilson and O'Connor[src]

After looking into O'Connor himself, Wilson paid a visit to him. He started to tell stories about how the NYPD spit on them when he returned from Vietnam but Wilson interrupted him with knowledge of O'Connor's actual military background, from Texas, learned from his army records. After denying the validity of Wilson's information, Wilson counters by asking him to name of the air base outside Tam Ky without googling. O'Connor is unable and demands Wilson get out of his house and Wilson becomes angry, calls him a liar and throws a punch. A scuffle ensues and O'Connor grabs a knife, which he loses to Wilson who stabs him in the stomach. After a pause, Wilson proceeds to stab him over and over until he bleeds out in the arm chair and dies.[6]

Bombings of New York City

First Bombings

"The United States government has become a tyrannical force, using its power to persecute teachers and citizens, trying them in a court like criminals for seeking to defend themselves as the Constitution allows. They wanna take away our guns, our freedom, and then we will be unable to defend ourselves. I have acted in defense of our liberty and identity. I have acted for all of us, to do what is right."
―Lewis Wilson[src]

Returning home, Wilson begun to craft pipe bombs in the basement and write a letter for Karen Page and the New York Bulletin. Upon completion, he left on foot and planted his bombs in several different businesses and buildings in New York City; Wilson also had his letter sent directly to Page's desk, in which he vocalized his vision of the world and requested she choose a side.

Afterwards, Wilson listened to the Ricky Langtry Show on the radio and listened as Senator Stan Ori and Page spoke of their opinions on the bombings. Eventually, he phoned the station and continued to threaten Page and Ori.[1]

Second Bombings

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Wilson kills several Anvil security guards

"You don't need her, kid. Just let her go."
"Stay back. You want her dead?"
Frank Castle and Lewis Wilson[src]

Wilson entered Royal Hospitality dressed as an Anvil security guard. As he climbed the stairs to the lobby, he noticed Billy Russo leave the elevator; Wilson redirected to the stairwell, where he distracted and killed other Anvil guards and continued upward to the senator's floor. He captures Karen Page as his hostage and attempts to flee as Frank Castle pursues him.[2]

Final Standoff

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Wilson takes Karen Page hostage

"When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, and the women come out to cut up what remains. Just roll to your rifle... and blow out your brains."
―Lewis Wilson[src]
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Reaching the kitchen, Wilson briefly releases Karen Page from his arms and tries to strategize his next move; a frightful Page continued to question him on his next move, unwilling to move. Soon, Frank Castle manages to locate them, unarmed and continuing to persuade Wilson that Page was not his true target.

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Wilson kills himself with his remaining bombs

Using her as a hostage again, he listened to Castle, unaware of the hints passed to her on disarming the bomb. After a wire was cut, Wilson was shoved into the freezer and trapped inside; he then began to set the remaining bombs on his body, while reciting The Young British Soldier. Ultimately, he activates the detonator, taking his life in a brutal explosion.[2]

Personality

"I'm telling you, man, if I was out there, I wouldn't want that kid watching my six. And a team is only as good as its weakest link, right?"
"And this one would snap?"
"Only a matter of time."
Curtis Hoyle and Billy Russo[src]

Lewis Wilson is often timid and quiet, keeping many things to himself. He suffers from PTSD and suffers from frequent nightmares from his times in the military. Next to post-trauma from his service in the military, Wilson becomes agitated upon learning of betrayal of those whom served or feels his freedoms are limited.

After learning of O'Connor's true history and subsequently murdering him, it finally pushed Wilson over the edge. Thus he decided to a pro-active stance on O'Connor's rhetoric against the U.S. government's apparent opposition to the Second Amendment, leading him to become a terrorist.

In spite of all his flaws, Wilson possessed a small fragment of conscience when he told Castle which wire to pull to disarm the bomb Curtis Hoyle was wearing.

Abilities

  • Master Marksman: Even after his service in the military, Wilson has been able to execute multiple targets with one precise shot. When he assassinated Isaac Lange, he shot him directly through his door's peephole and in his eye, proceeding to shoot the apartment door's weak spots to open it. As he traveled through the stairwell of Royal Hospitality, he managed to kill every Anvil security official in site while under the disguise as another officer. When involuntarily shooting at his father, he only missed him from a fraction.
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Wilson trains with fellow former soldiers

  • Expert Combatant: As a former veteran, Lewis Wilson is a potent fighter and able to go to toe to toe with larger men than him, like O'Connor or a crippled Curtis Hoyle.
  • Expert Tactician: Wilson was intelligent enough that he could orchestrate an attack on Stan Ori's penthouse.
  • Explosives Mastery: Wilson was able to create, plant and use remote-controlled bombs from household objects like pans. It is never mentioned how he learned this skill, but he may have learned it in his time in the force. All of his bombs seem to be made with an open circuit as he makes the white wire the "trigger" both during his assault on Curtis and his kidnapping of Karen Page.

Equipment

Weapons

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Wilson aiming his pistol at Stan Ori

  • Beretta 92FS: Wilson kept his army service pistol when leaving the United States Army, even sleeping with it despite his severe Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Due to this, while experience a nightmare, he instinctively grabbed his weapon and shot at his father Clay Wilson, believing him to be an intruder. Fortunately, he missed the shot, and his father ran to embrace him. A few days later, Wilson, having killed O'Connor, considered committing suicide, even placing his gun inside his mouth. Wilson then issued his handgun with a silencer, in order to stage an attack on Senator Stan Ori. He killed Isaac Lange in his apartment and used his gear to infiltrate the hotel, killing four Anvil operatives before losing his gun against Frank Castle.
  • SIG Sauer SIG516: Wilson used this rifle to keep watch on Curtis Hoyle, who had been restrained and tied to a set of Claymore mines in case he had led the police to his position. However, as Frank Castle entered into the house to look for Hoyle, Wilson contacted Castle while aiming the rifle to watch the whole situation.
  • Homemade Explosives: Wilson has knowledge in crafting bombs; upon their creation, he used them in bombing several businesses and the door into Stan Ori's penthouse. He would, later, detonate the bombs attached to his person to commit suicide.

Facilities

Relationships

Family

Allies

Enemies

Appearances

Appearances for Lewis Wilson

In chronological order:

Behind the Scenes

  • Before The Punisher release, Daniel Webber's character was known as Lewis Walcott.
  • Showrunner Steve Lightfoot argued that Wilson may not have become violent if he had not been betrayed by O'Connor: "Lewis' story is a tragedy. In so many ways, if someone had just gotten an arm around him at the right time or if certain things hadn't gone the way they had gone — you know, if O'Connor (Delaney Williams) hadn't lied to him, which unhinged him — he may not have lashed out. What's interesting to me is the psychology of when people are hurting, they lash out, and I think Lewis is a very extreme example of that. When people get in a hole that deep, it's incredibly difficult to see your way out."[7]

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