True believers, I know it will be some time before we actually get to ‘Jessica Jones‘ Season 2, and I know we can take some solace in the fact that she will be appearing in ‘The Defenders,’ but we all know that is not quite enough. Fortunately for us, showrunner Melissa Rosenberg is giving us some tidbits in regards to the new season, which should help tide us over till the show returns to Netflix in a few years.
In a recent interview with Esquire about Season 2, Rosenberg spoke on Jessica’s state of mind following the defeat of Kilgrave:
“She was kind of messed up even before Kilgrave came along, and so in Season Two we can explore what’s possible for her moving forward…I learned from working on Dexter that you can advance the character, but you never want to cure the character. With Dexter, the moment he felt guilt or accepted that he was ‘bad,’ the show’s over. He’s no longer a sociopath. The equivalent for us would be if Jessica somehow recovered from the damage that had been done to her. People don’t just heal, you don’t go through that just to say, ‘Oh, he got arrested, he’s in jail, I’m OK now. That trauma is a huge part of who she is now.”
As for how involved Rosenberg will be with ‘The Defenders’ when it comes out:
[I’m] only as involved as they need me to be. I need to know what they’re doing in order to plan for Season Two of Jessica, and they need to know what we’re planning on in turn. Marvel is very smart and they enjoy collaboration, so there’s never one maniac trying to take ownership.
A lot of fans are wondering about the new cast members that will appear in Season 2 of ‘Jessica Jones,’ especially if both Kilgrave and Luke Cage are not going to be around anymore. Of course, Star Kristen Ritter seems just fine making the show more focused on the friendship between Jessica and Trish. Ritter stated last spring that she enjoyed the on-screen friendship with Trish, especially in that it had substance, and not two women gabbing about inconsequential things:
“That was one of the most exciting things about the show, that female friendship. At the heart of it, that’s really what it’s about. It’s about that relationship with her very best friend, her sister. I just loved how honest and real it was…I think people really respond to seeing a female friendship that is not perfect. And they’re never talking about shoes or a boyfriend. Their own story is enough to sustain a narrative, and I think that’s really cool.”
And she also spoke about why some people wanted to apply a kind of sexual tension in the friendship, which she clearly feels is not part of their relationship:
“I sometimes think there’s sort of a prurient interest in that, like, can’t women just be friends? I feel like for me that’s what is unique about the relationship, that they are such intimate friends, and I think they don’t have to become lovers—that being said, one never knows.”
Are you excited for the possibilities of ‘Jessica Jones’ Season 2? Or do you worry they might have peaked in Season 1, and will be unable to come up with as great a villain Kilgrave? Share your opinions on the matter in the comments below!