I've had a love-hate Netflix's Marvel "Daredevil" aka Matt Murdock's character since season 1.
While I enjoy the show, I've always felt that Matt suffered from a God-like complex, and I believe it's deeply rooted in finding his purpose after losing his sight as a child, resulting in him developing supersonic sensory abilities.
First, it was his desire to help the people of Hell's Kitchen as a defence attorney, but when that didn't scratch the itch, he opted to go dark as a vigilante.
And while he's endgame seems noble — eradicating the New York City of corruption — it really is more about him fulfilling his own sense of purpose, and not simply being — for lack of a better term — a blind man.
So when he loses his "God-given" abilities that set him apart from everyone else who is visually impaired, Matt is a mess.
When talking about his character's headspace in season 3, Charlie Cox said: "I think he felt like being asked that question: Would you want to win a million pounds and then lose all of it but a hundred — so technically you're a hundred up — or never win the million in the first place?
"And it felt a bit like that. It was like why would I be given these gifts, that to me was God-given, [and given] to a religious man, a Christian.
"Matt Murdock as Daredevil is God's will. It's not random, it was given to me, for a specific purpose ... It would almost be a crime not to engage in vigilante justice based on what I'm capable of doing. Based on the impact I can have on the community. To be given that and for it to be taken away, but I'm not dead.
"He's so angry and confused and feeling betrayed ... feeling like a combination of hopelessness and rage."
Season 3 shows Matt's character at its most vulnerable, but it also peels back the layers of his underlying narcissism and mental issues.
He would literally rather die — and hurt the ones closest to him — than be unable to prance around in a mask, taking names and kicking a** as the Devil of Hell's Kitchen.
That's why I appreciate Sister Maggie's (Joanne Whalley) character so much. Her nurturing, yet firm approach to Matt's self-pity is exactly what Daredevil needs.
He needs someone in his corner. He had his dad, then Stick, and best mate Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) as a support system during various stages of his life, but since going underground following his near-death experience at the end of "The Defenders", Matt has no one to lean on. Not even God, as he seems to have given up on the Man upstairs — for now, at least.
When talking about Matt's relationship with Sister Maggie (Joanne Whalley), Cox described her as "someone who can guide him spiritually and help him recover, not just physically but also emotionally".
"Maggie opens up a vulnerability that we haven't seen in Matt before, and that against his will she ends up being someone who can guide him spiritually and help him recover, not just physically but also emotionally and mentally," he said.
"He's not looking for that, all... he's kind of given up, but she very cleverly and very subtlely earns his trust and he feels and inherent affiliation with her.
"She looked after him when he was a child at the orphanage, and initially, that only puts distance between them, but ultimately he sees what she's done and what she's capable of, and he's in desperate need of help."
However, Maggie isn't the only person influencing Matt's behaviour. The return of Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) sees "bloodthirsty" Matt betraying his oldest friend.
Fisk is the ultimate puppetmaster and manipulator, and he continues to put his skills to good use as he orchestrates his prison exit, and sows the seeds to win over the trust of the mentally disturbed FBI agent Benjamin Poindexter (Wilson Bethel).
I'm only four episodes into season 3, but it's undoubtedly the best season thus far.