Jessica Jones Season 3 marks the end of Marvel and Netflix’s collaboration and the end of The Defenders as we know them (unless Disney-owned Hulu decides to revive any of Marvel’s street-level shows at some point down the line).While showrunner Melissa Rosenberg didn’t initially intend for Season 3 to serve as Jessica Jones’s ending when conceiving the storyline (despite her own plans to leave the show after Season 3), she recently told IGN that she had time to craft a more satisfying finale after learning about the cancellation, rather than ending on a cliffhanger as Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist did before their unexpected cancellations.

“By the time we got toward the end and realized that the show was not coming back, we had the good fortune to be able to shape it into a satisfying ending, which we’re pretty proud of,” she said.

So how does Jessica Jones Season 3 wrap up our heroine’s story – and Netflix’s shortlived slice of the Marvel universe?

Trish Walker Is the Real Villain of Jessica Jones Season 3

Considering how cynical Jessica has always been, Season 3 ends on a surprisingly optimistic note – at least after the trauma of having to lay the smackdown on her sister, Trish, after the newly-powered Hellcat goes full villain and murders Gregory Salinger, the villain who tortured and killed Trish’s mother.

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Trish tragically becomes the type of monster she was obsessed with fighting – deciding that she can and should take justice into her own hands to rid the world of evildoers like Salinger, even if it means others get caught in the crossfire. Not only does she brutally kill two other bad guys that she’s theoretically only trying to intimidate, she’s fully prepared to hurt Jeri Hogarth, Jeri’s lover Kith, and even Jessica herself to get her way. Jessica has no choice but to subdue Trish and have her sent to the Raft, the ocean prison first introduced in Captain America: Civil War, designed for superpowered criminals like Luke Cage’s brother, Willis Stryker. Once Trish is confronted with her crimes, she at least has the self-awareness to realize that she’s the bad guy, hopefully paving the way for some kind of redemption, if not freedom, down the road.

Luke Cage Cameos in Jessica Jones Season 3

And despite taking his own questionable ethical turn at the end of Luke Cage Season 2, it’s Luke who convinces Jessica to make the hard choice and take Trish down, no matter how much she cares about her. Luke’s Season 3 cameo is especially satisfying considering the character made his debut in Season 1 of Jessica Jones before headlining his own show, and it offers us perhaps the only closure we’re likely to get about his own trajectory as the new owner of Harlem’s Paradise – something that he clearly believes will tarnish his own soul, judging by his conversation with Jessica:

“If I ever go too far, I hope someone gives enough of a s**t about me to take me down,” he admits.

“Is that a risk these days?” Jessica asks, “Going too far?”

Luke offers this ominous response: “Some would say it’s inevitable.”

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Jessica Jones’s Season 3 Ending Brings Back Kilgrave

After Trish is locked up, Jessica looks set to quit the superhero life for good – she leaves Malcolm the keys to Alias Investigations, and introduces her new ally, Erik Gelden (aka Marvel Comics’ Mind-Wave) to Detective Costa in the hopes that the two of them can continue fighting crime and taking down bad guys in her absence. And after completely dismantling Kith’s life (not to mention endangering it by tangling with Trish), Jeri is left alone to ruminate on her sins and her worsening health – although she’s still determined to see everyone else as the problem, rather than herself.

Jessica heads to the station to buy a one-way ticket to El Paso, Texas – the closest she can get to Mexico without taking herself over the border – but just as the clerk hands the ticket over, she hears Kilgrave’s unmistakable voice in her head, gloating that she’s abandoning her responsibilities: “You’re right to give in. Give up. It’s someone else’s job now.” But as much as she’s been trying to avoid embracing her inner hero, it’s clear that Jessica doesn’t intend to keep running away from her problems.

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The final shot of the series sees our heroine ignoring Kilgrave’s smug advice, leaving the ticket on the counter, and walking out of the station to the tune of Le Tigre’s “Keep on Livin’.” Her series might be ending, but with this finale, Melissa Rosenberg seems to make it clear that Jessica’s story is far from over.

What did you think of the Jessica Jones Season 3 ending? Were you pleased to see Luke Cage return? Share your reactions in the comments, and for more on all the upcoming shows coming to Disney+, check out the slideshow below, plus get a first look at the Disney+ Loki series, and read about how the new Marvel shows will “directly affect” the MCU, unlike the Netflix series.

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