Did Jessica need to kill Killgrave ??

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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

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  1. Jessica had no choice but to kill Kilgrave.

    >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.

    Kilgrave proved very quickly **he is incapable of being a good person**. He cannot be redeemed in any way. He’s pure evil. I mean, Fisk, Mariah, Shades, Russo, Cottonmouth are capable of being gray at times, but Kilgrave is simply 100% impossible to turn to the side of good. Killing him was the only option available.

  2. > By taking Killgrave to save the family from the man with a shotgun, Jessica shows us that Killgrave is capable of doing good

    Kilgrave was only able to save the family because Jessica dragged him along. He didn’t give a shit about this family and he instinctively told the man to kill himself. This would also make Jessica give up her life and freedom in an attempt to teach this man goodness.

    > Ultimately Jessica’s murder of Killgrave shows us that she is just as broken and no better than her victim

    I’d say there’s a difference between her and Kilgrave. Her heart, although gray at times, is good. She truly is a hero whether she believes it or not. She was also struck with immense guilt for months after killing Reva, even though she knew it was not her fault. Kilgrave, on the other hand, is quite the opposite. He killed people for fun and had no remorse. He spent 40 something years getting what he wanted. Though he wouldn’t control Jessica, he would not resist the urge to control someone else. He is not good. He will never be good and see the light.

    Kilgrave is regarded as the best MCU villain for a reason. His incredible power and lack of morals made him the terrifying villain he is.

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