SPOILER ALERT: This article contains MAJOR SPOILERS for ‘Jessica Jones’ Season Two, so if you are behind on your binging, you may want to turn back now!
‘Jessica Jones’ Season Two has just been released in its entirety on Netflix and fans are already reeling from a shocking twist that comes in Episode Six. Leading up to that, Jessica (Krysten Ritter) and her friends Trish (Rachael Taylor) and Malcolm (Eka Darville) spend several episodes investigating a string of murders that are somehow connected to IGH, the medical facility that experimented on her when she was younger, resulting in her gaining superpowers. Jessica begins to suspect a woman, played by Janet McTeer, of being the killer, who has powers similar to Jessica’s only moreso. Then, as Jessica gets closer, she discovers the mystery woman has a picture of her as a child with her deceased brother and a bottle of perfume that Jessica recognizes.
At that point, McTeer appears along with the doctor that Jessica recognizes as the one who experimented on her. The woman reaches up and removes her wig to reveal her bald, burned head. “Mom?” Jessica utters.
Yes, the mystery woman is none other than Jessica’s mother Alisa Campbell Jones, who, as is revealed in the following episode, also survived the car crash that killed Jessica’s father and brother. Like Jess, Alisa underwent experiments at the hands of IGH. Unlike Jessica, Alisa experiences super rage, which forces Jessica to attempt to reign her in, while trying not to hurt her.
Now that the series is available to stream, McTeer, who has been on media lockdown, is finally free to discuss her role.
“It’s very much about how good people do bad things, and bad people do good things. It’s all a little bit more complicated, which is why I found it so enticing. It’s not so easy. As you say, it’s often easy to say who is the bad guy and who is the good guy. It’s not so easy when the bad guy line and the good guy line gets a little bit muddied. I really found that complex and interesting.”
Speaking of complexity, viewers discovered that Alisa is in a long-term relationship with Doctor Karl Malus (Callum Keith Rennie), the man who experimented on her and Jessica. McTeer discussed this strange relationship, saying:
“We were trying to find something unexpected. The series has set up that the people who did these experiments are bad people. Then you meet someone who is supposedly a bad person, and you find out they’re not so bad. If you explore that and take it further, then you ask, “Well, why do they do what they do?” It adds another layer of complication, which makes it interesting.”
Unfortunately, it appears that Alisa Jones is a one season and done villain, but her impact will cast a shadow over Season Three and may drive a wedge between Jessica and her best friend Trish… perhaps for good.
Have you binged all of Season Two of ‘Jessica Jones’ yet? What did you think of this twist?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter