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Spoilers ahead for Season 1 of Marvel's Jessica Jones.
It's an exciting time for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While moviegoers are still reeling from Ryan Coogler's record breaking Black Panther, there is also new content coming to the small screen. Season 2 of Jessica Jones has finally arrived after nearly two years, bringing everyone's favorite alcoholic private investigator back for a sophomore adventure in Marvel's New York City. Fans have been eager to return to the noir-inspired world of the series, and anticipation reached a fever pitch when the first trailer revealed the return of David Tennant's villainous Kilgrave. I recently had the chance to speak with showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, and she told me exactly why Kilgrave was brought back into the show's narrative:
Melissa Rosenberg makes an excellent point, and proves why Jessica Jones is such a standout in Marvel's small screen catalogue. The series doesn't pander to fan theories or expectations, instead focusing on an emotionally driven plot. Kilgrave returns in Season 2 because, in many ways, he never really left.
Season 1 of Jessica Jones was very much focused on the character's psyche, and the trauma she suffered at the hands of David Tennant's Kilgrave. Jessica had pretty severe PTSD from her time being mind controlled and sexually assaulted by the villain. Kilgrave was the enemy of Season 1, and we saw as Jessica slowly broke herself free from his influence, and finally ended the conflict by snapping his neck in their final battle.
But just because Jessica was able to free the world of Kilgrave's physical presence, he still has the ability to cause anguish with Jessica and the countless others that he influenced with his abilities. There was even a Kilgrave support group in the show's first season, so it stands to reason that Jessica would be scarred from her experience. After all, she suffered a great deal.
In our conversation, Melissa Rosenberg also expressed her eagerness to work with David Tennant again, and how she looked out for organic and logical reasons why he might pop back up.
This is yet another reason why fans should be eager to binge watch the second season of Jessica Jones. Plus, it explains why we haven't been promised any appearances by the other members of The Defenders. They'll only pop up if it actually makes sense for the narrative.