A new case for a new season
When Marvel’s Jessica Jones returns on March 8, the super-powered P.I. will be joined by familiar faces and new ones in her orbit. Ahead, the stars drop clues to where everyone begins in season 2.
Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter)
Though Jessica defeated her worst enemy in season 1, her tortured past catches up with her in season 2. “It’s not an easy character to play,” Ritter admits. “I think what makes [season 2] easier — and that’s not even a word I want to use, but what makes it easier is already having built so much of the backstory. I’m not building her up from the boots up again.”
Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor)
If Jessica’s exploring her past, Trish will also delve into her early life as a child star while examining how Jessica got her powers. In fact, Trish is more invested than ever in investigative reporting, thanks to the success of her radio show when she was covering super-powered people — and to the fact that she wants to be just as involved as Jessica is in her cases. “She wants to be meaningful and to have people take her seriously,” Taylor explains. “She’s at a place where she has a lot of healing to do, and she’s still wrestling with the idea that she needs to be more than what she is.”
Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss)
Despite having her life fall apart at the end of season 1, Jeri is more determined than ever to stay on the top of her game. And she does — to an extent. “She’s a pretty resilient person,” Moss says. “She’s doing a very good job at just being at the pinnacle of her life and career, even with everything that happened, but… we find out pretty quickly that her life is about to change.”
Malcolm Ducasse (Eka Darville)
Jessica may think of Malcolm as a nuisance (while secretly appreciating his help), but Ritter was pleased to have Darville as a frequent scene partner in season 2. “Malcolm has a bigger role this season, which is a dynamic I’ve really enjoyed playing with,” she says. “It’s been a treat for me to explore.”
McTeer’s mysterious character may not have a name, but she did spill a few details to EW — like the fact that she’s never played a character like this one before.
Oscar (J.R. Ramirez)
Ramirez joins the season as the new superintendent for Jessica’s building. As a single father with a young son, he’s not happy having a (reluctant) vigilante living nearby. Sure, Jessica doesn’t intend to get into trouble, but trouble manages to find her anyway. (After all, there are still plenty of bullet holes to patch up in her home office.)
Pryce Cheng (Terry Chen)
This new addition to the cast is a clear-cut villain for Jessica — at least on the work front. Successful rival private investigator Pryce (an apt name) intends to absorb Jessica’s business or drive her out of the P.I. game entirely. And Jessica won’t back down without a fight.
Kilgrave (David Tennant)
Don’t worry: Kilgrave is dead. Tennant, though, will appear as the character in season 2 — and EW has more details here.
Will Simpson (Wil Traval)
Last we saw of this ally-turned-minor-villain, he had been picked up by a team of IGH soldiers led by the shady Doctor Kozlov after Jessica defeated him in his enhanced state. His Combat Enhancers both helped him in his fight against Trish, and brought him down — and it remains to be seen whether he (and his enhancers, which Trish had taken) will make a return appearance in season 2.
Luke Cage (Mike Colter)
The same can be said for Jessica’s fellow Defender and former Jessica Jones regular, but it’s unlikely Luke will be leaving Harlem for Hell’s Kitchen again. After all, the two exes departed on good terms at the end of the team-up series, The Defenders, but hey, it must be nice to know that there’s someone indestructible Jessica can call on if she needs…
Marvel’s Jessica Jones returns March 8 on Netflix.