At time I’m writing this, the Defenders is just days away from releasing. Via Entertainment Weekly, It appears that Kilgrave aka The Purple Man will return in Jessica Jones season 2. Given that Kilgrave meet a pretty definitive end at the hands of Jessica herself. No official role for Kilgrave has been given, but that’s why I’m here! Read further for my thoughts on what Purple Man’s return means for Jessica and how I think he’ll return in season 2.
I’m gonna level with you, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Jessica Jones season 1. In fact before Iron Fist released this year, I would consider it one of the weaker releases put out under Marvel/Netflix deal. David Tennant’s performance as Kilgrave was really the only saving grace of that show (well Michael Coulter doesn’t hurt either), but him dying was the only real solution for his character. I was already not looking forward to another season of Jessica Jones, but having Kilgrave in the show at all could potentially hinder any progress of Jessica’s character. I understand that she suffered a trauma that will never leave psyche, but for entertainment purposes, Kilgrave’s gimmick becomes repetitive and I can’t think of any natural way of having Kilgrave back and not repeat what’s been done before.
Now despite my complaining, I personally don’t think Kilgrave will actually be back via resurrection. The obvious answer is that his appearances are all flashbacks. It’s no secret at this point that both Jessica and Kilgrave were part of some governmental experiment group, so it would make sense for the show to follow up on that plot line from the first season, therefore justifying Purple Man’s appearance in season 2. However there is a more sinister way for Kilgrave to be apart of Jessica Jones without using Monster Reborn. What if Kilgrave is ingrained in Jessica’s mind, a personal demon that Jessica can’t get rid of despite her tormentor’s death. Those are just my thoughts on Kilgrave. What are your thoughts on Kilgraves return? Let me know in the comments below!