I think I finally get it. If you’ve seen the episode of The Twilight Zone, It’s a Good Life you know Kilgrave–despite the fact that it aired 50 or so years prior.
That story revolved around a little boy who had the ability to manifest anything that he desired. The adults around him were so cowed by his abilities that they did whatever he asked to told them to, for fear of being banished to the corn field (a place where all the horrors he created eventually ended up).
Kilgrave is exactly the same in that he has a a god-like ability to command with a word, yet due to a brutal upbringing, and the realization that he could have anything he wanted with just a word, he never gained the wisdom, the discretion or the self-control to use his abilities in anything but a selfish manner.
He’s a child in the body of an adult, with the power to command the world with a word.
Jessica’s plan to force a confession from Kilgrave goes horribly awry, and he compels Jeryn to drive him to a doctor.
We also learn that his abilities are viral, due to the experiment his parents were doing on him. He emits viral particles, which enables him to control people.
The title AKA 1,000 Cuts refers to comment made by Wendy (Robin Weigert) about Jeryn (as well as a really terrible way to die).
This episode is BRUTAL. You’ve been warned.