Who Is Bakuto On 'Iron Fist'? Colleen's Sensei Is Up To No Good
Regardless of whether or not you're an avid fan of the comics, the general rule of thumb is to never trust anyone until you've been given absolute proof that they're as good-natured as they seem. Which is why I was immediately suspicious of Colleen's sensei when he made his debut on Iron Fist. So who is Bakuto on Iron Fist and is he really as genuinely nice as he appears? Warning: spoilers from Season 1 ahead!
Those of you who have completed all 13 episodes know the answer to that question by now. No, Bakuto is not a good guy in this story. In fact, he is eventually revealed to be the leader of The Hand — the main threat that has been plaguing both Daredevil and Iron Fist's lives during their perspective seasons. Colleen was aware of this, however, she believed The Hand to be a force of good, blaming the evil actions they're known for on a rogue group. But she was being lied to. Bakuto's underlying agenda is just as sinister as any other member of the hand, though, his charm and politeness made it difficult to pick up on at first.
Understandably, Colleen felt angry and betrayed once she saw Bakuto's true colors, which resulted in the two of them battling one another in Central Park.
The funny thing is that Bakuto's involvement in the Iron Fist story, along with his villainous twist, was probably just as much of a surprise to comic book readers as it was to everyone else. That's because, in the comics, Bakuto never appears in the Iron Fist series. He's strictly involved in Daredevil's story only — though still as a member of The Hand, but on a much smaller scale. He was eventually killed off and that was that. However, that doesn't seem to be the case for his character on the Netflix series.
While yes, Davos did stab him through the heart (theoretically killing him), his body disappeared shortly afterward making many fans believe he could still be alive. Perhaps he was even the one behind the disappearance of K'un-Lun. After all, Harold was gifted with the ability to come back from the dead courtesy of The Hand — and since Bakuto is their leader, wouldn't it make sense for him to be able to do the same? So there's a definite chance he could pop up in The Defenders later this year. Mark my words, his story isn't over with just yet.