How [SPOILER] Became The Villain Of The Defenders


Time to talk the villains of The Defenders. There are actually quite a few but showrunner Marco Ramirez spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the villains of the show and what happens to some of them. Huge spoilers to follow so if you haven’t finished the show yet it would be best to walk away.

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At the end of the sixth episode Elektra (Elodie Yung) stabs her mentor Alexandra (Sigourney Weaver) in the back and kills her. It’s a shocking moment but one that the various Netflix series have done in the past. Elektra then declares that she’s in charge now, no longer making her the weapon of the Hand but the leader. Ramirez talked about the surprising death and how Alexandra weaves into Elektra’s story.

Well, part of it was just about giving the audience a little something unexpected. Audiences I think sometimes expect that a major storyline or major character is going to end in the ultimate or penultimate episode so they go, “Oh all right, something’s going to happen here at the end of the story,” so it just felt like a jolt, and it was exciting to write. The second part was really in a way we introduced Sigourney’s character a little bit to highlight Elektra’s story. I like to think that we wrote a really fun cool character for Sigourney but really it was also a way for us to say this is the journey that Elektra is going on.

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When asked if they always intended for Elektra to become the villain or if it was a response to her reception in Daredevil season 2, Ramirez confirmed that it was a bit of both.

I think it’s half one and half the other. I definitely think Jeph Loeb really wanted the idea of an Elektra resurrection storyline…


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