Jessica Jones released its third and final season over the weekend. While we didn’t really feel all of it (read the review here), it was a showcase of the strong character work that we’ve grown to love from the show. However, the ending has definitely left fans divided.
Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg talked about that and more with Entertainment Weekly.
If you hadn’t seen the season, then be warned there will be spoilers ahead!
Rosenberg revealed that Trish’s (Rachael Taylor) journey down a dark path was always the plan for the series. It was always the intent for season three to be a battle between sisters and best friends Trish and Jessica (Krysten Ritter).
“Yeah, that was our intention from the beginning. All three seasons are very much of a piece, as I’ve said before, like three acts of a play, and at the center of all three of those acts is Jessica and Trish’s friendship and sisterhood. Sometimes it plays more in the background, sometimes it’s foreground, but we really wanted it to become foreground in season 3. And so, there’s this little shift that we do. We were presenting Salinger as our big bad for season 3. But as it turns out, Trish is. And we wanted to bring it to a head between Trish and Jessica, and the results are on film.”
Given our feelings toward the boring Sallinger (Jeremy Bobb), we wish the focus was less on him. One thing that the show didn’t do with Trish, however, was follow her all the way down the dark path. Most shows would have tried a redemption last minute, but Jessica Jones used Trish’s arc as a metaphor for when the victim of abuse gets power and becomes the abuser themselves.
In the final fight, Jessica points out that Trish has become Dorothy (Rebecca Jane Pearch), her abusive mother.
“That’s something that fell into place as we found the story. It was one of those, ‘Oh, yeah, I guess that rings true for her.’ But we knew that we wanted to take Trish to this place. It felt like a natural progression for her. And we’re also exploring the issue of people with power, just the issue of power. As it happens, two women are embodying different sides of it. So this was the progression of where that black and white point of view, red and blue, if you will, point of view leads — us versus them. If those are the colors you’re seeing, then there’s no wiggle room, and that’s where it goes.”
As for what she thought of her time in the Netflix-Marvel partnership, Rosenberg only had good things to say.
“Oh, my God, it really has been the highlight of my career thus far. It was an extraordinary experience, an extraordinary opportunity, to dive into a character in a world that just I felt so connected to it and inspired by. Playing in the Marvel sandbox is a real privilege, and getting to work with Jeph Loeb, who’s the head of Marvel TV and was just a great creative partner in all of this. I’ll miss that little sandbox, I’ll miss my partners in this. I’m especially grateful for getting to work with the extraordinary talent I got to work with. I mean, talk about Krysten Ritter, Rachael, Carrie-Anne, Eka. And then Janet McTeer, David Tennant, Jeremy Bobb. These are great actors. Unfortunately, they set the bar so fricking high, it’s going to be a challenge to match that, to hit that bar again.”
Well we’ll see how Rosenberg does with that Warner Bros television deal and find out.
Jessica Jones season three is on Netflix.