Several episodes into the second season of Luke Cage, I've noticed what seems to be an intentional pattern:

  • Bushmaster insists that Mariah Dillard is Mariah Stokes, tying her to her relatives involved in organized crime.

  • Luke's father insists on calling him Carl. Luke insists that his name is Luke, the name he chose.

  • Mariah calls Stephanie Billie, because she thinks she has her number (but of course, she doesn't)...

  • Luke doesn't want people producing drugs with this name on them.

  • Bushmaster seems to love telling people his name.

It seems as if there's a definite theme of names, and who controls them.

Has anyone associated with the show commented on whether this theme was intentional?

  • I’m not quite sure what your question is? The theme of people calling other people by names other than their preferred names? – Edlothiad Jun 30 '18 at 11:30
  • @Edlothiad - I thought it was clear. The theme of the power and meaning of names. What does it mean to be a Dillard vs a Stokes, Carl vs. Luke? – Adamant Jun 30 '18 at 17:47

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