When Jessica Jones returns for season 2, the super-powered investigator will be on a journey even more personal. The first set of episodes, released back in 2015, saw Jessica confront her manipulative ex, a mind-controlling villain named Kilgrave who forced her to murder Luke Cage's wife, Reva. As she struggled to take Kilgrave down once and for all, she was forced to come to terms with her dark past and resulting PTSD, emerging as a tough, sardonic, and fully realized heroine that critics and fans praised as one of Marvel's most compelling characters to date.
The second season began filming in April of this year, and though details about what it will entail are largely unknown, it was confirmed earlier this month that Kilgrave will return. Viewers will recall that Jessica killed him during a climactic finale face-off, so his exact involvement isn't clear, but he can be seen haunting her in recent set photos. That seems to suggest his impact on Jessica's life will still be hanging over her quite heavily.
During a recent interview with Bustle, star Krysten Ritter, who plays, Jessica, revealed that season 2 will explore "more of why Jessica is the way she is," including her history with Kilgrave and the traumatic events that came before it. As she told the outlet:
"Even in the source material, so much stuff has happened to her. You feel for her ... Every time, you’re just like, ‘Ugh, she’s been through so much.’ Yet she still fights. Which is what we love about her."
She continued to say that while the story will evolve, the tone will strike the same balance between big-impact action and personal grit. She said:
"The first season was in her head and the second season is in her heart...The writers have dug even deeper and made it feel just as big and just as impactful, just as personal."
It's a reassuring sentiment. While Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Daredevil have proved major draws for Netflix's Marvel series, its more recent ventures (March's Iron Fist and the newly unveiled The Defenders) have brought in mixed reviews. So that Jessica Jones will keep its formula intact bodes well for future seasons; hopefully it can hold on to its status as one of the franchise's stronger branches.
The Defenders Season 1 is currently available to stream on Netflix, and The Punisher premieres later in 2017. Additional seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage are expected to air in 2018.