How can the team behind Jessica Jones top a villain like Kilgrave?
It’s simple — you don’t. That’s according to the show’s executive producer Melissa Rosenberg. Speaking to EW, she said, “No one is ever going to beat David Tennant as Kilgrave, so you don’t do that. The biggest mistake would be to try to repeat that. You just go, ‘OK, we’re not doing that, so we have this open to us.'”
When asked about what “this” could be, she said, “I can’t spoil a surprise,” but not before saying, “Antagonists, plural.” Either she’s messing with us or she knows something we don’t. (Which obviously she does.)
It appears that the second season of Jessica Jones won’t come until after Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders. Rosenberg is planning the second season but has to collaborate with the team producing The Defenders so she can find out what happens to Jones in that team-up. She said, “My colleagues Marco Ramirez and Doug Petrie, who are doing Defenders, they’ve shared material. We’ve sat down for many conversations about what are they doing, what’s happening with Jessica?”
Rosenburg also said she wasn’t sure which social issue(s) the second season would touch on. In Season 1, Krysten Ritter‘s character dealt with the aftermath of rape, PTSD, and domestic violence. The show tackled those issues head-on.
Says Rosenburg, “It was never our intention [to address those issues] going in, and I think the minute you intend to do that, you’re stepping up on a soap box… I’m not quite sure what the social issues yet that we’re dealing with [in season 2]. We’re just trying to find some resonance for her character and a new place to push her, to give Krysten something new to play and really push the boundaries of the character.”
One element of the show that will be explored deeper is the relationship between Jessica and her adoptive sister, Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor). “They started off estranged in season 1, and then came together in the most profound way, where Jessica was willing to sacrifice herself for Trish. And Trish was becoming an equal partner in this relationship,” Rosenberg recalled.
But there was a little bit of envy on Trish’s part as she began to wonder about the good that she could do if she had Jessica’s powers. Could we see the development of Hellcat in Season 2? Time will tell.SuperFable