Jessica Jones EP Mellisa Rosenberg explains a lesson learned from Dexter, and makes a promise to never “cure” Marvel’s awesome street-level hero.
If you watched all thirteen episodes of Jessica Jones Season 1, you’ll know she’s an extremely strong character – mainly physically, but mentally she starts to grow in confidence as the show progresses. Melissa guaranteed that just because Kilgrave is no longer around, it doesn’t mean that Jessica will escape her demons.
“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.”
Melissa added that the methods of coping that Jessica used to stay away from Kilgrave (this mainly involves drinking) will crumble as his presence and influence fades. She’s hard at work in the writer’s room at the moment, and they’re roughly halfway through the already-confirmed second season.
You don’t have to wait too long for Jessica Jones to return to Netflix, she’s a part of Marvel’s The Defenders – a crossover series including other street-level heroes Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. This crossover is set to release in 2017. There’s also a good chance she’ll at least cameo in Marvel’s Luke Cage when the first season drops on September 30th, 2016.