There was a huge turning point for me when we discover the details of Killgrave’s traumatic childhood.
As a prelude, I had serious doubts about Jessica moving in with Killgrave, only to later realize that this was a potent segue to understanding the source of Jessica’s powers. Similarly, the reveal of Killgrave’s traumatic childhood medical experience make sense to this powerful and destructive character.
Jessica makes a powerful discovery : Killgrave was never taught the difference between good and bad, right and wrong. From a psychological perspective, most challenges we face as adults originate as childhood trauma. In fact, his abusiveness to those he loves mirrors the pain he suffered at the hands of his primary caregivers.
By taking Killgrave to save the family from the man with a shotgun, Jessica shows us that Killgrave is capable of doing good, and failing to nurture this part of his humanity does us all a huge disservice. We are all capable of good. Even the most messed up of us. By denying this part in Killgrave, Jessica’s own pain blinds her to the possibility of redemption.
Ultimately Jessica’s murder of Killgrave shows us that she is just as broken and no better than her victim. She is in pain, traumatized, and unable to forgive herself and others. Overall, it seems most characters in this show are riddled with grief and continue to live their lives in hopes of repairing a previous wrong.
Marvel, please give us a chance for grief, forgiveness, and healing. It’s obvious the attachment to pain isn’t working.
by mrinkwell – View Source