Billy Russo captured Frank Castle after the exchange for the Lieberman family. Taking him to Micro's Hideout, Russo interrogated Castle for the code to unlock Micro's computers as William Rawlins tortured the Punisher for revenge. Learning that Rawlins was fired from the CIA and that he was unstable, Russo cut the cords holding Castle, leading to Rawlins' demise. Russo took Rawlins' handgun and watched Castle brutally kill the agent.
Russo returned to Anvil Headquarters and patched his wound before Homeland Security agents came to capture him. Thinking fast and knowing the building's layout, Russo killed all the agents with a silenced pistol and escaped. Leaving behind Anvil, he destroyed the building and organization without looking back. Russo decided to go on the hunt for Frank Castle, wanting his revenge after losing everything he had, something Castle warned him about.
Punisher and Curtis Hoyle set up a trap on Russo. Russo managed to shoot Hoyle in the shoulder but Castle sniped him but missed. Russo then took cover to avoid getting shot. Castle called Hoyle's phone and told him to give the phone to Russo. Castle then told Russo that the fight is between them and should not involve Hoyle which leads to the agreement that a duel would take place, one on one.