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In the first season, Mariah is a suave politician. She mostly makes calculated moves, unlike her cousin, Cornell, who's impulsive. As an additional contrast with Cornell, the former is willing to refer to himself by a certain racial epithet, while Mariah seems to find it offensive.

She definitely does have the potential to lose control of herself, as we see with one particular incident. But overall, she seems composed.

However, by the second season, her character seems to have changed a bit.

  • She seems to be a lot more emotional. She's faster both to celebrate, despair, get angry....

  • She also seems to be pretty open with public displays of affection with Shades, which doesn't seem much like the way she was acting last season.

  • She seems to have adopted Cornell's willingness to refer to himself by said racial epithet.

She still retains her former distaste for the family business, despite having taken over; indeed, she's trying to get out.

Now, part of this could just be my perception, and the first season was some time ago, but she seems to have notably changed.

Why is this? Is this part of her character evolution? Was it a directorial choice? Is the intent to show her acting more like Cornell?

  • I haven't seen the 2nd season so I won't answer formally, but there was the undertone throughout the whole first season (which I just finished watching) of Mariah becoming more and more like "Mama Mable". Season 2 is years after Season 1, so this could just be the natural progression of her partnering with Shades and following in Cornell's footsteps. – TylerH Jun 29 '18 at 19:54
  • @TylerH what makes you say it's years afterward? I've not seen anything that said this, nor does the new season seem to be that much after the first? – Dave Jun 30 '18 at 20:17
  • @Dave At the end of Luke Cage Season 1, he goes to prison to finish out his sentence, of which I'm pretty sure they mention there is more than a year left. In Defenders, which takes place entirely between Luke Cage Seasons 1 and 2, Luke is just getting out of prison at the beginning. – TylerH Jun 30 '18 at 20:51
  • @TylerH Yes, but Bobby Fish found the folder that Mariah and Shades dropped in the barber shop which proved Luke had been set up for those crimes that originally landed him in Seagate, and in Season 2 he's stated at least once that he was exonerated - I presumed that Defenders took place almost directly after Luke Cage season 1 and he had been released almost immediately, though I suppose I could be mistaken – Dave Jun 30 '18 at 20:56
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    @Dave Hmm, it could have been an early release; from everything that happened at the end of Luke Cage with the Marshals to the first episode of Defenders, I got the distinct impression he had been in the slammer a while; Mariah and Shades had dropped off the radar and a new game had set up shop in town. I will tweet @ the show writer to see if he might respond with a definitive answer. – TylerH Jun 30 '18 at 21:17

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