Despite its title, “Jessica Jones” season one featured a lot of prominent comic book characters, including Luke Cage, Trish “Hellcat” Walker and Will “Nuke” Simpson. While Luke will head off to his own show in September, characters like Trish will stick to “Jessica Jones” — but, according to executive producer Melissa Rosenberg, those supporting characters are going to have a larger role in season two.
“That’s the trick of a show that’s called ‘Jessica Jones.’ If she’s not in the scene, it’s not a guarantee that scene will end up in the final picture,” Rosenberg explained to The Nerdist. “You have to earn secondary character stories. You have to flesh them out enough so that they can eventually carry stories of their own, which is very much what season one was about… I’m hopeful that I can at least give her a day off in the six-month period. This is a very, very hardworking woman. I think it’s important that there be some balance.”
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Rosenberg also recounted the harsh reaction she got from some viewers because of the way the show dealt with such difficult topics. “I was dealing with a lot of different issues on ‘Jessica Jones’: rape, abortion, interracial relationships, feminism — all this stuff. What made me nervous was whether the audience was going to [react],” she shared. “The one I thought was really going to get the most flak was the abortion story. The one that actually got the most, much to my horror and disappointment, was the interracial relationship [between Jessica Jones and Luke Cage].”
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