The first season of Jessica Jones on Netflix ended with Jessica (played by Krysten Ritter) ridding herself of one of her demons, the Purple Man (David Tennant). And while he will still continue to haunt her in the upcoming second season, the jaded, superpowered private eye will be struggling with new obstacles, like how she got her abilities in the first place. Jessica will be digging into the experiments that messed her up for life following a car crash, which resulted in the death of her family, a slice of origin story we haven't seen up to this point.
In a new behind-the-scenes featurette titled "Empowered," the cast and crew of Jessica Jones unpack the emotional resonance of the second season, saying everyone will be grappling with their own demons and still finding the will to fight on. Plus, you'll also realize a good portion of the cast is actually from Australia and not New York City.
"Jessica Jones resonated in such a big way because we haven't seen a superhero like this before. Jessica's strong, she is vulnerable and despite everything she's been through, she still fights," says Ritter.
Meanwhile, creator and showrunner Melissa Rosenberg comments on how the show is much more about the humanity of its characters rather than the fantastical comic book elements. In her own words, "All of the characters are dealing with the issue of 'Who am I?' and 'How do I fit into the world?' ... It's not about being a superhero, it's about being a human being in the world."
"We're dealing with real emotions and real struggles," adds Ritter.
All episodes of Jessica Jones Season 2 become available on Netflix March 8, which is also International Women’s Day. Initial reviews call it "fierce," but also point to a villain problem and a slow-moving plot.