- "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
Lewis Wilson was a young 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 Securities. 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 hotel amid the election campaign of Senator Stan Ori, Wilson killed himself in an attempted suicide bombing.
- "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
At a young age, Lewis Wilson enlisted the United States Army and became a member of the 1st Infantry Division. 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.
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. 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 officer 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 impacted on Wilson's psyche manifested as nightmares and inadequate behavior. He was diagnosed with Posttraumatic stress disorder and discharged from military.
Group Therapy Sessions
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 committed by soldiers at war meant nothing at their home.
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.
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 a National Rifle Association pamphlet.
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
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.
Lies and More Betrayal
- "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
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, 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. Russo, however, remained tightlipped off Wilson's question. Eventually, he did what he was told, grabbing his belongings and leaving the premises.
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
Bailed by Curtis Hoyle
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
Law Enforcement Office Attacks
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 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.
Kidnapping Curtis Hoyle
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Wilson sought out Isaac Lange masquerading as a New York Bulletin mailman, and shot him dead in his apartment when he walked to the door. Wilson searched the apartment, and realizing he had two birds in a cage, he attempted to free them by releasing them outside the apartment window.
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.
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 into the kitchen's freezer; he then began to rewire 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Clay Wilson - Father
- Mother †
- O'Connor † - Mentor turned Victim
- Stan Ori - Attempted Victim
- Curtis Hoyle - Ally turned Enemy and Attempted Victim
- Frank Castle/Punisher
- Karen Page - Hostage and Attempted Victim
|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."
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 The Punisher: 1.09: Front Toward Enemy
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The Punisher: 1.10: Virtue of the Vicious
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Punisher: 1.04: Resupply
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Punisher: 1.03: Kandahar
- ↑ The Punisher: 1.01: 3 AM
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 The Punisher: 1.06: The Judas Goat
- ↑ The Punisher showrunner answers burning questions, talks potential season 2