‘Jane The Virgin’ Producer on Love Triangle Twist: ‘An Ending for Now’

Jennie Urman discusses the fallout after CW telenovela takes another unexpected turn

(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you have not watched Monday’s episode of “Jane The Virgin”)

Just as soon as our heroine made her choice, it was taken away from her again. That’s “Jane The Virgin,” forever staying true to its telenovela roots.

On Monday’s episode, as Jane (Gina Rodriguez) dealt with the aftermath of choosing ex-fiancee Michael (Brett Dier) over baby daddy Rafael (Justin Baldoni) — including chasing down an elusive Rafael in order to tell him of her choice — it all came crashing down again as Michael let his anger and paranoia towards the other man get the best of him.

Making one more sacrifice in her role as a new mother, Jane chose to end things with Michael since she can’t be with someone who hates her child’s father or would put baby Mateo in danger, even inadvertently.

“How can she make a choice that’s just for her, that’s not good for Mateo as well?” showrunner Jennie Urman told TheWrap of Jane’s line of thinking.

Below, Urman details what happens next between Jane, Michael and Rafael, and what’s to come for the very welcome budding friendship between Jane and Petra (Yael Grogblas).

So it was Michael and now it’s not Michael anymore….
At this moment, Jane does not think Michael is right for her family. This is her deciding, how can I be with someone who hates my baby’s father so much? How does that make sense for her future? How can she make a choice that’s just for her, that’s not good for Mateo as well?

Do you see this as an obstacle in Jane and Michael eventually working things out and reuniting?
I see this as an ending for now. In our next episode, every act is a different month, so we really move time and get everybody to new places. Jane needed to make a choice and she does make a choice, but life complicated her choice. So now I think she needs a little bit of a break from the Rafael-Michael binary for a little while. Not that that’s not going to come back, because of course it will, but she made her choice and it didn’t work out, so how do you move on?

What happens with her and Rafael now? Does she give it another shot with him?
No, it’s not like Michael’s not available so she switches back to Rafael. I think she really found her heart. She found that she loves Michael, so if that’s not going to happen, there’s other things she needs to focus on. So that’s what she’s going to do. But of course Rafael is there, and he’s the baby’s dad and they obviously have a particular dynamic, so who knows what will happen?

The budding friendship between Petra and Jane is something I’ve wanted to see happen for a long time.
Oh, good. Me too. I love the two of them together and on our show, we’re interested in how you can come back from giant mistakes and how characters can be redeemed. So in terms of which love interest you’re rooting for, or whether you see someone as a villain or a hero. Petra and Jane, in this episode, have come to something. It’s nice to know that underneath it all, Jane cares about Petra because Jane is a good person, and Petra is genuinely touched by that.

Speaking of being redeemed, could Milos be redeemed? Petra keeps making these awful decisions and it feels like she’s just made another one by marrying him.
Yeah, Milos has her in a tough situation. How she gets out of that tough situation is going to be her journey in the next episode.

“Jane The Virgin” airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.

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