Following the show’s stellar debut last year, Jessica Jones showrunner Melissa Rosenberg has been busy hitting various award ceremonies. The show, which earned a highly coveted Peabody Award earlier this year as well as a Hugo Award, nabbed Marvel their first Emmy win recently when they took home the award for Original Main Title Theme Music during the Creative Arts Emmys. Needless to say, Rosenberg has been busy, but that hasn’t stopped her from getting work done on the previously confirmed second season of Jessica Jones. Although we have quite some time before Krysten Ritter returns to headline the second season of her solo show, Rosenberg and her team are already well into the writing process for season two.
According to Esquire, Rosenberg confirmed that “as of August”, they’ve already managed to make it midway through the writing process for the upcoming season. Of course, this isn’t entirely surprising, given that Netflix generally opens the writers’ rooms for these shows while another is already in production. If you’ll recall, while Daredevil was in production on season one, Rosenberg and company were already hard at work on knocking out the scripts for the first season of Jessica Jones. (In this way, the Netflix shows operate more like the films do.) As Rosenberg explains, the relaxed schedule on these shows allows them to work on the productions at an easier pace.
“When I went to cable [on Dexter] having worked in network TV for many years, I realized I was doing the best work of my career,” Rosenberg recalled, “because I had the time to do it. Half of writing is rewriting, and that’s what you have the time for on a cable schedule. This is an even more generous schedule than that.”
With that said, what can Rosenberg reveal about the upcoming season? While the first season of the show did pull a decent amount from the comics, namely the abusive relationship between Jessica and Kilgrave, the writers managed to really make the show their own. So it’s hard to know just what they may have in mind going into season two. According to Rosenberg, though, the second season will explore Jessica’s life after Kilgrave.
“She was kind of messed up even before Kilgrave came along,” Rosenberg told Esquire, “and so in Season Two we can explore what’s possible for her moving forward.”
Prior to her work on Jessica Jones, Rosenberg worked on Showtime’s Dexter, a series that went from critically acclaimed to a bit of a mess in its later seasons. For Rosenberg, she took an important lesson from that series, in that it’s important to stay true to the character and advance them without “curing” them. This will be a big part of Jessica’s story going forward. Although Kilgrave is gone, Jessica’s trauma isn’t.
“I learned from working on Dexter that you can advance the character, but you never want to cure the character,” Rosenberg said. “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.'” Kilgrave’s fate was a little more final than a jail sentence, but the same principle applies for Jessica. “That trauma is a huge part of who she is now.”
Lastly, when asked about The Defenders, Rosenberg reiterated that she’s only involved as much as needed. The showrunners are working together, however, to ensure that they’re all on the same page for future seasons involving our heroes.
As for The Defenders, Rosenberg is “only as involved as they need me to be.” Helmed by Daredevil producers Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, The Defenders will premiere in between the first season of Luke Cage and the second season of Jessica Jones, and unites Luke and Jessica with Charlie Cox’s Daredevil and Finn Jones’s Iron Fist. “I need to know what they’re doing in order to plan for Season Two of Jessica, and they need to know what we’re planning on in turn. Marvel is very smart and they enjoy collaboration, so there’s never one maniac trying to take ownership.”
The fantastic first season of Jessica Jones is currently streaming on Netflix now. Before season two rolls around, possibly in 2018, Ritter can next be seen as the hero in 2017’s The Defenders.