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: David Tennants Kilgrave returns to torment Jessica in season 2 first look

: David Tennants Kilgrave returns to torment Jessica in season 2 first look

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Looks like Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is going to need a stiff drink. The super-powered PI may have killed her mind-controlling abuser Kilgrave (David Tennant)at the end of the Marvel-Netflix dramas first season, but that doesnt mean shes forgotten him or what he did. Hes such a part of her construction and her dilemma, showrunner Melissa Rosenberg says. I think just having him come back and be that mirror again is really important.

And Kilgraves lingering presence wont be Jessicas only problem in season 2. Sure, she did just (very reluctantly) help save New York City, butwhat happened onThe Defenderswas just a blip in her story, Ritter says. Jessica is in a pretty dark headspace when we meet her at the top of season 2. What weve done again is kept the story very personal. If season 1 was in her head and in her mind, then this season will be more in her heart. Its still a psychological thriller, but its more of an emotional thriller this time. Rosenberg agrees: She was somewhat of a mess even before Kilgrave came into her life, so [season 2] is about digging deeper into that chaos and peeling back those layers. In the end, the mystery of Jessica herself may be her hardest case to crack.

See the first image fromJessica Jonesseason 2 below, along with EWs interview with Rosenberg and Ritter.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Krysten, what was it like having David back on set with you?

KRYSTEN RITTER:Having David back on set was amazing. We had such a great run the first season, and it felt like a celebration, having him back. The content is maybenotmuch of a celebration [laughs],but having him be present and spending time with him on a personal level kind of felt like one.

And I saw the photo that youre running. It just took my breath away, because playing Jessica is the most creatively fulfilling series of my life, and also the most difficult. [Laughs] Seeing that photo, I was like, Oh my God! My heart was broken for her all over again.

Melissa, why was it important to bring David back as Kilgrave? What can you tell us about whats going on here?

MELISSA ROSENBERG:Well, as always, our show is very much about Jessica and her internal life and her struggle, and hes such a part of her construction and her dilemma. I think just having him come back and be that mirror again is really important.

What was the biggest challenge to diving back into Jessicas world for both of you? Its been a long time since season 1 aired, back in November 2015.

ROSENBERG:Facing a blank whiteboard is always intimidating, but its always about, What journey are you going to take Jessica on that is deeply personal and emotional and exciting and surprising? Finding that story is just a huge challenge every time, and it will always be.

RITTER:Its a gift, also, in having that space [between season 1 and season 2]. This was an amazing opportunity for story development because of the additional time Melissa and the team got to write everything in advance. It just allowed us to go even deeper, like a happy accident, you know? And for me, I didThe DefendersandJessica Jonesback-to-back, so I did 12 months straight of Jessica.

Speaking of which, how has Jessicas life changed sinceThe Defenders? Where do we find her at the start of season 2?

RITTER:I think Jessica is in a pretty dark headspace when we meet her at the top of season 2.The Defenderstook place over the course of, like, a minute well, it was a week long so that was like a blip in time, and we didnt focus too much on it.

Melissa, could you talk a little more about what questions you wanted to ask, what themes you wanted to tackle while breaking the story for season 2?

ROSENBERG:In season 1, we focused on Jessicas trauma, on Jessica facing her abuser, but in season 2, we wanted to go even deeper than that. As youve seen in season 1, she was somewhat of a mess even before Kilgrave came into her life, so it was really just about digging deeper into this chaos and peeling back those layers, just going to the core of her being. That was our objective.

What do you mean by that? Is the focus this season on her past, before Kilgrave?

ROSENBERG:I dont know how much we can say

RITTER:I think what wecansay is that what weve done again is kept the story very personal. If season 1 was in her head and in her mind, then season 2 will be more in her heart. This season is more emotional. Its still a psychological thriller, but its more of anemotionalthriller this time. [Laughs] I just thought of that on the spot!

What else can we expect from season 2? There are a few new additions to the cast, includingJanet McTeer.

RITTER:Just by nature of a new structure and it being more emotional, you have to expand the world beyond just Jessicas head. Were allowing Carrie-Anne Moss and Hogarths story line, Rachael Taylor who plays Trish, and Eka Darville who plays Malcolm to have more opportunities for development so our world will feel a little bigger. The show is still totally focused on Jessica, but the supporting players are getting great moments to shine this season.

I have to ask theAvengers: Infinity Wartrailerjust debuted, and it looks like New York comes under attack. Any updates on whether the street-level heroes will have anything to do with the films?

ROSENBERG:None whatsoever. Our partners are Marvel, and if were doing something thats counter to [their continuity], they would pull us back or orient us on the right path, so clearly were [okay]. But were very much in our own world.

Now, this season was written and filmed before the deluge of headlines about sexual harassment.Jessica Jonesis a show that deals heavily with sexual abuse and trauma, so how have you thought about the series relevance at this point, and about how the industry can be a safer space for women?

ROSENBERG:Well, we were ahead of the curve, you know? Its just the nature of our show. A woman is starring in it, a woman is running it, and its a way of facilitating change.

RITTER:Yeah, I mean, we already felt like we were doing that. We have a really unique situation where our show is all women, the main characters a woman, its written by a woman, and even when the crew comes in, they always make comments about how different our energy is on set Theres a real, feminine power to our show that is noticeable, I think.

ROSENBERG:Its affirmation. Its an example of how [Hollywood] can and should work. I mean, I knew that for myself personally, but for everything thats going on in the world, its like, Hey guys, weve been doing this all along. Its not that hard, you know? Its notthathard to do it right.

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