Published On: Tue, Sep 27th, 2016

‘Jessica Jones’ season 2 preview: comparisons to ‘Dexter,’ more Rachael Taylor

Despite the positive response to Jessica Jones and the chemistry between Krysten Ritter’s Jones and Mike Colter as Luke Cage, fans shouldn’t expect the couple during the new Luke Cage show. Jessica Jones showrunner Melissa Rosenberg offered fans an update as she recently spoke with Esquire about where Season 2 is headed.

“She was kind of messed up even before Kilgrave (David Tennant) came along, and so in Season Two we can explore what’s possible for her moving forward.”


Rosenberg reflected on her time on Showtime’s hit show, Dexter, to illustrate how to move and develop the complex protagonist.

Rachael Taylor to become a hero in her own right?

Rachael Taylor to become a hero in her own right?

“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.”

Collider published these remarks and noted that “One of the most powerful things about Jessica Jones’ first season was that it was a story that focused on a survivor. Jessica’s own mind and body were made into a prison because of Kilgrave, and even her superpowers couldn’t save her. It caused a lot of damage, but it never broke her. Ritter’s nuanced performance also walked a fine line all season between strength and vulnerability in a way that made Jessica not only one of the most compelling heroines on television, but one of the best characters full stop.”

Expect more of Jones’ best friend Trish (Rachael Taylor).

“That was one of the most exciting things about the show, that female friendship. At the heart of it, that’s really what it’s about. It’s about that relationship with her very best friend, her sister. I just loved how honest and real it was.

“I think people really respond to seeing a female friendship that is not perfect. And they’re never talking about shoes or a boyfriend. Their own story is enough to sustain a narrative, and I think that’s really cool.”

Rosenberg spoke about how charged that relationship is, one that made some people think the pair were ex-lovers. But she also cautioned.

“I sometimes think there’s sort of a prurient interest in that, like, can’t women just be friends? I feel like for me that’s what is unique about the relationship, that they are such intimate friends, and I think they don’t have to become lovers—that being said, one never knows.”

Krysten Ritter Mike Colter JEssica JOnes Luke Cage photoKrysten Ritter Mike Colter JEssica JOnes Luke Cage photo

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