There's A New 'Punisher' Theory About Billy Russo, And We're In Tears

Diply 7 Jun 2018

Like most people who watch Billy Russo in The Punisher, I've often thought to myself, "Wow, this dude has a lot of deep-seated issues."

I mean, apart from backstabbing (both figuratively and literally) his former best friend, Billy also has some pretty disturbing family troubles.

The most glaring example of this was is relationship with his mother. 

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Just to recap, Billy's mother, Carla Russo, was a methamphetamine addict who, after giving birth to Billy, abandoned him outside of a fire station in Albany, New York.

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As a result, Billy spent the better part of his youth in the foster care system.

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Suffice to say, this wasn't a great environment for Billy to grow up in.

Around the age of 11, Billy found himself in a group home called Ray of Hope. One day, a male staff member attempted to molest Billy. When Billy fought back, the man brutally injured him.

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Therefore, Billy grew up with a ton of resentment for his mother, who he felt was responsible for his circumstances. 

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And as you'll recall from the chilling care unit scene in The Punisher, Billy spent a lot of time making his mother pay for her decisions.

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He visited his mother each week and injected her with some kind of drug, which we can safely assume was meth.   

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Presumably, Carla is in this care unit because her addiction has taken a toll on her health.

But Billy, who clearly wants to torture his mother by forcing her to stick with her original decision — choosing drugs over him — continues to inject her with the meth, despite her resistance.

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But as one Reddit user suggested, there may be more going on between Billy and his mother than just anger and resentment.

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According to the theory, Billy isn't giving his mother drugs because he wants to torture her.

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Instead, he injects her with them because he so desperately wants his mother to want him.

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And by keeping her addiction alive, while also being the sole provider of the meth, he hopes that she will want to see him each week and perhaps even look forward to seeing him.

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Also, let's not forget how much effort Billy puts into his appearance before visiting his mother. 

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I mean, Billy always takes pride in his appearance.

But the series specifically showed us the effort he takes before seeing his mother. It's almost as if he wants her to be proud of him and see how successful he's become in spite of everything.

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The few words Billy speaks to his mother also call attention to his desire to be wanted by her. 

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"You know, I'd have given you the world," he says. "I'd have given you anything that you ever wanted...if you'd just wanted me."

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It's as if Billy's still trying to force a relationship with his mother, even though his method of doing it is extremely twisted. 

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And, if I really think about it, it kind of makes me feel bad for the guy.

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Well, as bad as I could feel for a depraved psychopath, anyway.

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But ultimately, it's clear that Billy's mother still tries to resist the injections, so Billy's plan doesn't seem to be working — likely because it's a disillusioned plan, to begin with.

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Anyway, this is a more interesting angle than what many of us had assumed about Billy and his mother.

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And while it gives me an ever-so-thin layer of sympathy for Billy (at least, compared to him simply torturing her), it's still really messed up.

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But I guess that's Billy Russo for ya.

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And thanks to that deranged personality of his, he's currently spending his time in a coma, reflecting on his actions.

Not actually, of course. He's about to become even worse as Jigsaw, LOL.

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