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How Jessica Jones Is Different In Season 2, According To Krysten Ritter

Jessica Jones on the phone in Season 2

It's an exciting time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the movie side of things is still celebrating the massive success of Ryan Coogler's Black Panther, the small screen is about to get some extra love as well. Jessica Jones will finally return for Season 2 on March 8th, over two years after the release of the first season. While fans of the alcoholic private investigator got to see her pop up for a major arc in The Defenders, they're eager to once again return to the film noir inspired series for its sophomore season. I recently had the chance to speak with Jessica herself, actress Krysten Ritter. When asked how Season 2 is different from the first go, she told me:

Season 2 is Jessica trying to put her life back together. She takes on a new case that involved her more than she realizes. We say Season 1 was all in her head, and this season is much more heartfelt. I think this season might be a little darker, and more emotional. But still very personal to Jessica Jones.

It looks like Jessica Jones is still very much focused on the psyche of its title character, and fans will get a closer look into what makes the unwilling hero tick. Jessica is trying to get her life together after fighting both Kilgrave and The Hand, although that's easier said than done.

Season 1 of Jessica Jones was definitely focused on the character's mental anguish. The superpowered P.I. attempted to unpack her trauma surrounding Kilgrave's mind control and sexual abuse, and save both she and her loved ones from his deadly influence.

Krysten Ritter's comments indicate that Season 2 will be an especially emotional one for her signature character. As shown in the trailer, the show's second season will focus on the mysterious circumstances surrounding the car crash that killed Jessica's family, and the experiments that granted her powers. With Jessica working out her childhood abandonment issues and continuing to mourn her family, it's definitely going to be an emotional sophomore run for the vigilante.

In my same conversation with Krysten Ritter, she also revealed how filming Season 2 was different from her work on The Defenders. Ritter actually filmed both projects to back, playing Jessica Jones for 12 months straight.

The subject matter of Jessica Jones is a psychological thriller, moreso than The Defenders which was a big fun action piece. Our show is much more focused on what's going on with Jessica. That is a huge difference. Also in The Defenders there would be a big reset after an action scene or destroying a set. And maybe there's an hour or hour and a half where we're messing around and having fun and doing nothing. Where with Jessica my butt never hits the chair. You have to hand me a sandwich as I run to blocking rehearsal. It's a heavy gig. But I love it, I wouldn't have it any other way.

Sounds like Krysten Ritter did really enjoy herself while working alongside the other Netflix heroes in The Defenders. And while filming Jessica Jones Season 2 was way more work for the Breaking Bad alum, it allowed her to truly focus on her flawed and fascinating Marvel character.

Jessica Jones Season 2 arrives in its entirety on March 8, 2018. In the meantime, check out our midseason premiere list to plan your next binge watch. Plus out superhero premiere list and Amazon premiere list to ensure you don't miss a single episode.

Corey Chichizola

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.