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"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]

Lewis Wilson was a young United States Army veteran who had a difficult time re-assimilating into civilian society. In his return to the United States, he began suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, which cost him a career at Anvil. Psychologically conflicted by O'Connor's extremist rhetoric, and misreading Curtis Hoyle's attempts to help him, Wilson turned to terrorism, and later garnered media attention as the perpetrator of the Bombings of New York City. During an attack on the Royal Hospitality amid the election campaign of Stan Ori, Wilson was confronted by the Punisher and eventually killed himself in an attempted suicide bombing.


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]

Lewis Wilson was recruited into the United States Army and joined the 1st Infantry Division.[1] Wilson's commanding sergeant used to frequently quote Rudyard Kipling's poem The Young British Soldier while training his platoon, in order to teach them to keep fighting no matter what happened. Wilson deeply admired the lessons, as it was the only thing he could think about during the combat.[2]

Wilson and his squad were stationed in Iraq where he was tasked to escort the resupply line in Mosul.[3] Wilson's squad emerged into the firefight, as he managed to take down hostile machine gun nest. However, one of the Boeing AH-64 Apaches was hit by friendly fire from what Wilson could understand. However, the press officer decided to falsify the reports about the recent events and stated to reporters that it was an enemy ambush.

The Officer's actions horrified Wilson, as he thought that he dishonored dead soldiers who were trained enough to evade the ambush. Wilson had a dream where an officer lied about Wilson and discredited his service for his country. Terrible events that he experienced during the war negatively impacted on Wilson's mental health, what manifested as nightmares and inadequate behavior. Later, he was diagnosed with Posttraumatic stress disorder and discharged from the military.[4]

Group Therapy Sessions


Wilson sitting in Curtis Hoyle's group therapy

"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 his father's request, Wilson attended group therapy sessions for military veterans, organized by Curtis Hoyle. At one of the meeting, Wilson listened to O'Connor's point of view that liberal government running their country to the ground before he was confronted by Isaac Lange. Hoyle then stopped him and gave O'Connor the opportunity to speak.

When he finished, Wilson took the floor to say that he fought for a county where there's no place for him and now he doesn'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 then said "sic semper tyrannis", and Hoyle recognized it as "thus always to tyrants". Hoyle asked if Wilson really thought that their government were tyrants before he answered that all he knew that terrible things committed by soldiers at war meant nothing at their home.

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Wilson talks with Curtis Hoyle after meeting

When the meeting was over, Hoyle asked Wilson how he was 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 himself before he left.[5]

At another meeting, Wilson told the group about his service and described friendly fire on the battlefield that he witnessed. He told about the press officer's lies and O'Connor angrily noted that without trust to fellow soldiers, the only option is to take matters into their own hands. Hoyle agreed with him for the first time and told about his friend who was failed by system. When the meeting was over, O'Connor admitted his thoughts and gave Wilson a National Rifle Association 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 awoke from a violent nightmare, heavily breathing. Confusingly hostile, he armed himself with his gun; when his father started walking 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 would be okay. Wilson, however, pushed him away and rejected the comfort.[4]

To insure that he wouldn't 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 his father. Wilson then made some notes from pamphlet before he spotted Hoyle. He asked if he felt cold but Wilson said that he didn't. 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 missed his trench in Iraq.

Hoyle then told him about the rain in New York City which quickly flooded 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 wasn't sure that Wilson was ready for that kind of work but Wilson just refused to talk and Hoyle left him.[3]

Lies and More Betrayal

Anvil Rejection


Wilson trains with fellow former soldiers

"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.


Wilson being rejected for Anvil by Billy Russo

Cooling down, he conversed with other recruits until he was called over by Billy Russo, who informed Wilson that he was being rejected from the program, not mentioning the fact that the action was under Curtis Hoyle's advisory. Gradually, he became angry and questioned the reason behind the decision, asking if Hoyle spoke of him to Russo. However, Russo remained tightlipped off Wilson's question. Eventually, he grabbed his belongings and left 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 an officer approached them he ordered them to leave the premises Wilson, against O'Connor's pleads to comply, refused to move. Wilson told the officer 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 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 him a visit. He told stories about when 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 the name of the air base outside of Tam Ky. O'Connor was unable to and demands Wilson get out of his house. 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

Law Enforcement Office Attacks

Returning home, Wilson begun to craft pipe bombs in the basement and writing a letter for Karen Page and the New York Bulletin. Upon completion, he left on foot and planted his bombs in several different government-authorized businesses and buildings in New York City, including that of the ATF; 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]

Kidnapping Curtis Hoyle

"Home? No, there is no home. Not as long as hacks like Karen Page think they can write or say whatever it is they want. Or politicians like Ori sit and attack real patriots."
―Lewis Wilson[src]

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Royal Hospitality Incident


Wilson attempts to free Isaac Lange's birds

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

Wilson sought out Isaac Lange, masquerading as a New York Bulletin mailman, and shot him dead in his apartment when he approached the door. Wilson searched the apartment. Realizing he had two birds in a cage, he attempted to free them by releasing them outside the apartment window.


Wilson manages to take Karen Page hostage

Wilson entered Royal Hospitality dressed in Lange's security outfit. As he climbed the stairs to the lobby, killing an Anvil guard patrolling the stairwell, 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 barged his way in, holding Stan Ori and Karen Page at gunpoint. When Frank Castle ran in, Wilson took Page as his hostage, revealing to Castle, and three Anvil security guards that he was armed with a suicide vest. Descending to the kitchen, he alerted the kitchen staffing and NYPD authorities that he was armed, scaring them off.

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Wilson kills himself with his remaining bombs

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. Using her as a hostage again, he listened to Castle, unaware of the hints passed to her on disarming the bomb. After Page cut the wire, Wilson attempted to detonate the vest, but to no avail.

In a brief scuffle with Castle, Wilson locked himself in the kitchen's freezer; he then rewired the bomb, and applied it unto himself, while reciting The Young British Soldier. Aiming to kill Castle and Page, Wilson then activated the bombs, taking his own life. However, his suicide was in vain, as Castle and Page narrowly escaped the blast.[2]


"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 was often timid and quiet, keeping many things to himself. He suffered from PTSD and from frequent nightmares from his times in the military. Wilson became agitated upon learning of betrayal of those who served and felt his freedoms were limited.

After learning of O'Connor's true history and subsequently murdering him, it finally pushed Wilson over the edge. Thus he decided to take 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.


  • Expert 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.
  • 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.



Attack on Stan Ori

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 experiencing 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.

Wilson watching Castle and Hoyle

  • 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.







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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