‘Jessica Jones’ Showrunner Assures Character Won’t be ‘Cured’ in Season 2

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September 21st, 2016

Though audiences got a taste of what it’s like for a superhero to have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Iron Man 3, Jessica Jones had the chance to delve more deeply into the conflict that takes root in a person’s life and how it can change them. According to showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, fans shouldn’t expect Jessica’s (Krysten Ritter) problems to go away after the results of season one either.

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we saw Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) suffer panic attacks in his third solo film after what he experienced in The Avengers movie. Following that film though, those panic attacks seemed to vanish as he created Ultron as a peacekeeping measure, and though the effects of being a superhero still linger, making him want to protect the whole world, the personal effects have all but vanished. For all 13 hours of Jessica Jones season one, we saw her issues with letting people get too close, her attempt to cope with alcohol, and her own panic attacks and mantras used to stave them off.

The idea of Jessica being closed off and trying to drink away her problems is straight out of the comics, so it’s no surprise that the show wouldn’t want to lose that in season two, even if she seemingly got rid of the source of most of her trauma in season one. But, as Melissa Rosenberg notes in a new interview with Esquire, the show can’t just dispose of her internalized responses to trauma, especially since some of them came from losing her family, not what Kilgrave (David Tennant) did to her. Rosenberg explained, “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.”

Rosenberg also noted that if she eliminated Jessica’s struggle to deal with her problems, there wouldn’t really be a show for Jessica. Her characterization is dependent on her being able to live and work while still fighting her own demons. Rosenberg learned that same lesson on other series she’s worked on, like Dexter, in which a serial killer led a dual life. She told Esquire, "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."

We’re certainly looking forward to just how Jessica’s life progresses without Kilgrave hanging over her head in season two.

Jessica Jones will begin filming season two in early 2017 with the series likely bringing new episodes to Netflix in 2018. If you want more Marvel serial action before that, Agents of SHIELD is currently airing season four Tuesdays at 10PM on ABC and Luke Cage will be available to stream on Netflix on September 30.