Earlier today, Netflix finally confirmed that they’d be bringing back Jessica Jones for a second season after fans were left to question the show’s fate following its season one premiere back in November. However, although the show has been renewed, there currently isn’t a premiere date for the second season, and according to Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb, they’re still trying to figure out the story having only learned of the renewal today. So as it stands, it may be a bit too early to ask the cast about the second season and what hopes they have for it, but that didn’t stop IGN from asking one of the questions many of us have been wondering since the first season: If we’d see Trish become Hellcat on the series should there be a second season.
They have interviewed Trish herself, Rachael Taylor, and asked about the possibilities to come in season 2. We got hints throughout season 1 that Trish could suit up in the future, largely in the way she viewed herself, the world, and trained to have the chance to change that. As Taylor points out, this makes up her character’s alias.
One thing I like so much about Jessica Jones is that the comic book is called Alias and I think all of the characters have an alias in the series. They have an “also known as” or a shadow personality. They have the character that they portray to the world and then they have the character that they maybe don’t confess to even themselves or to their friends. For Trish, she’s kind of stuck in a place of reconciling the fact that she used to be a child star and a celebrity very much used to being in the driver’s seat in terms of public persona and being the special one. Then, of course she meets her best friend, who is extra, extra special in superhuman ways. I think the gesture of taking the pill — for Trish, part of her shadow personality is that there’s a certain covetous part of her. I think she covets some of the things that Jessica has. There’s an unholy ambition that sits just under the surface. She declares it in the show! Jessica says “What else could you possibly want, Trish?” And Trish says “To save the world, of course.” Which is kind of an unusual thing for her character to say. I do think there’s a part of her that would love to make it right in the way that she thinks Jessica could make it right if she was just to overcome her dysfunctions and put down the bottle.
These character traits are what made the audience love Trish so much and want her to live up to her potential and become a super hero. It is too early, however, for Taylor to know whether or not she will get the chance, and she is just going to wait and see what happens.
I try not to get ahead of myself and think about it too much because it’s easy to get carried away and think about things. You don’t want to count your eggs before they hatch. We just found out about the second season today and this is my first show that’s gone to a second season so I’m super stoked. I already feel like I have more than my share, in a way, being on Netflix, being in the Marvel Universe, being on this show that has resonated so deeply with people. But, of course, it would be amazing! [Laughs] It’s already a privilege to play a history that has so much lineage within the Marvel universe and to take it that one step further, is something that, yeah… I’d love to get my teeth stuck into whatever happens to the character.
Trish and Jessica share a close relationship that was shown to the fullest in the first season. Now that a second season is on the way, we are eager to see how they grow closer, or grow apart. Taylor perceives their relationship as one of commitment.
It comes from — This is kind of speculative but also some of the things I built into the first season. I think Trish feels so indebted to Jessica. You know, Jessica was the first person to really love Trish for who she was. I remember looking at different child stars and seeing… I think one of the common threads, or their dysfunctions and problems, is that they have difficulty separating what they do from who they are. They think that their parents loving them is contingent on their ability to perform, whether that’s with child athletes, child stars, or whatever. Jessica met Trish at a part in her life where Jessica was the first person to say “I like you as a person. I don’t care about that Patsy Walker thing that you do. I like you as a person.” I think that’s very meaningful to Trish. I think Jessica is the only person that’s ever done that to Trish. There’s a deep sense of debt to Jessica for that reason. I think she wants to find a way to [immerse] herself in the drama that is Jessica’s life and try and make it right for Jessica. I think she wants to try to save her. That’s a double-edged sword. That’s not always a very healthy thing to have within a friendship. To want to try and save someone, that’s not really her business but I think Trish thinks it is her business and I’m intrigued to see where that leads her and how far she’ll take it.
It is safe to assume that everyone is hoping for Trish to become Hellcat in season 2, and with Marvel usually doing what they can to please the fans, I would be shocked if it does not happen.
You can currently watch season 1 of Jessica Jones exclusively on Netflix.