Though Netflix is notorious for not releasing viewing figures, it doesn't take a genius to work out that Marvel's Jessica Jones was a big hit. Starring Krysten Ritter as the titular hard drinking, hard fighting detective, Jessica Jones delivered a flawed, relatable superhero who was strong, determined, and independent. In other words, Marvel gave us what we've all been waiting for: a really great TV series with a badass female lead.
As well as Jessica, the show also delivered some well-crafted supporting characters, too, in the form of bartender Luke Cage (Mike Colter), Jessica's sometime love interest, who is going on to a series of his own soon; the dark, twisted villain Kilgrave (David Tennant); and Jessica's best friend, Trish Walker (Rachel Taylor). The relationship between Trish and Jessica is a complicated one; after Jessica was taken in by Trish's mother, the pair became as close as sisters, but drifted due to Jessica's stubbornness and Trish's determination to become a radio personality (something she has acheived when the show first starts).
However, Trish's mental abuse suffered at the hands of her mother, and the physical and mental abuse Jessica endured at the hands of Kilgrave, left both women nursing deep wounds, and needing each other more than ever. Together, the pair worked to overcome Kilgrave by the end of season one - and with Jessica Jones season two on the horizon, showrunner Melissa Rosenberg told EW that she is looking forward to exploring their relationship in greater depth.
"I’m interested in continuing to explore the relationship between Trish and Jessica. That is the core relationship in the piece. It is about female friendship, it is about how friends evolve — they’re sisters, really — and it’s about how they evolve and ping off each other. I’m interested in relationships, whether they be romantic, or family, or friends, or professional — that’s what’s interesting to me, is Jessica in relationship to people."
Rosenberg and her team really delivered on the relationships between various characters in season one, but one area they didn't explore was, perhaps, something that some fans had hoped for, and that is the idea of there being a romantic attraction between Jessica and Trish. It seems perhaps a little strange, given that, as Rosenberg mentioned, they're so close they could be sisters - but fandom is a weird and wonderful world, where anything is possible. For Rosenberg, however, that's not the case:
"A lot of people saw that in their relationship. Honestly, I love that people are seeing that. I’m fine with that. It’s not what interests me about their relationship. To me, it’s about their history, and their trust and connection."
With the dramatic ending of season one, there are bound to be massive alterations to the relationship between Jessica and Trish in Jessica Jones season two. For a start, their differences seemed to be mostly resolved; but though Trish more than played her part in bringing Kilgrave down, the balance of power has ultimately shifted between the two. Jessica is the one with the powers - and though neither of them are exactly happy in their lives, Jessica seems to be the most comfortable with being herself, whereas Trish seems to be trying to run from her past and change who she is (by hiding behind the public persona she delivers on her radio show). However, Trish is easily the more caring and kind hearted of the two, with Jessica being hardened by her tough past.
Rosenberg says that Jessica Jones season two will explore this dynamic further.
"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. There’s always this element between them of Trish has everything — beauty, grace, success and she’s educated — she has everything you could possibly want, except powers. Jessica has the powers. She’s very comfortable with those powers. One of the places that we’re never going is her going, “Oh, I don’t want to have powers anymore.” That’s Bewitched and I’m never going there. That’s our character. It’s an interesting dichotomy of them figuring out there’s an envy involved, there’s support, there’s compassion, there’s frustration. For Trish, it’s, “What I could do if I had your powers.” I don’t think Jess feels that as much. Jess doesn’t care about money or fame or any of that; she would never want any of it. But I think she would love to have the normalcy of her life in some way. Actually, what she envies most of Trish is her heart, I think, because Trish is such a giving, loving person, and is really about helping other people. Jessica just can’t quite get there. I think if she envies anything in Trish, it would be her generosity."
Rosenberg is tight-lipped on any possible plot lines for Jessica Jones season two, understandably, but her comments above (tied in with comments stating that season two will be more 'personal') seem to point to a more in depth exploration of Jessica's character, and her friendship with Trish, too. That might well mean that both women will be involved in keeping Hell's Kitchen safe once again from villainous forces. One thing we do know, though, is that Jessica will be relying on Trish's support to get the job done.
Daredevil season 1 & 2 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Luke Cage season 1 will arrive on September 30th, 2016. The Defenders and Iron Fist arrive in 2017. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2, The Punisher and Daredevil season 3 have not yet been announced.