Fresh off that well-deserved Season 2 pickup, the stars of Jessica Jones are already looking ahead to what comes next. So, what can they tease about Season 2?
Spoilers ahead for Season 1 of Jessica Jones!
Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones) and Mike Colter (Luke Cage) chatted with Collider about the hit Netflix series, and where they think the narrative might be heading in the Luke Cage solo series, as well as the second arc of Jessica Jones. According to Ritter, the win against Kilgrave is both a good thing and a bad thing. Defeating him was the engine that drove the entire first season (and Jessica herself), so Season 2 will have to figure out who she is without Kilgrave.
As for Luke Cage, Colter said he realizes his burgeoning relationship with Jessica was left in a messy place in the season finale (where she returns home and he’s gone), though he believes it felt natural for the characters themselves. They didn’t expect to find one another, especially not in the middle of all the psycho Kilgrave drama, so it might just be a case of “right people, wrong time,” in regard to Season 1.
Here are some choice excerpts from the duo:
Krysten Ritter: “For Jessica, that final victorious, triumphant moment when she kills Kilgrave, I found that very conflicting, in terms of her head space. He’s the reason why she got up, every day. He’s the reason why she went out in the world. It really gave her a purpose. And I don’t think that the past trauma just goes away with his death. So, her head space is really complex.
Netflix is like sitting at the cool kids’ table. Netflix is amazing. We’re the biggest fans of not only working there, but of the company, in general. I got the DVDs, back in 2002. But, they are very attractive to big creators because they don’t have to worry about getting a lot of notes or worry about advertisers. They really allow a lot of creative freedom. For actors, I’ve found that the moments in the show that really make you root for Jessica are the quiet moments that aren’t necessarily moving the story forward, but are just character moments. You get that because you don’t have commercials. You get about 15 minutes back, every episode, and that’s just all character stuff. For me, that’s like candy.”
Mike Colter: “As for Luke, ultimately, it would have been nice to have a neat little package at the end, where they made up and everything was right with the world. What I loved about where they left the character is that it was like Jessica’s good-bye. Luke wasn’t even conscious for her good-bye, and when he awoke, it was like, “What’s happened?” So, when we left off, I think Luke was completely exhausted, emotionally. He didn’t expect to have this happen to him. And I think where he goes will be directly related to where he came from, in the story of Jessica Jones. But it’s a long arc and a long storyline, and I think it leaves us in a great place to see how we interact again, whether that be for The Defenders, Jessica Jones Season 2, or whatever. We’ll see. I don’t know…
I don’t think either one of them [Luke or Jessica] are trying to settle down and make everything nice and neat. It was just a random, chance meeting and the chemistry was there. It happened and it was undeniable. Sometimes you meet someone at an inopportune moment and it doesn’t work out, but then you see them again five years later and you’re in different places and it’s a better time. So, I think there’s a bit of that. You’re not sure what’s going to happen, but based on the comic books, we do know what happens. Let’s just see how they get there.”
The first season of Jessica Jones is available now on Netflix, while Luke Cage Season 1 is set to premiere later this year. Season 2 of Jessica Jones has been picked up, but there's no word on when it might arrive.