‘Jane the Virgin’ Showrunner Breaks Down Season 3 Finale ‘Happy Ending’

A wedding and a potential new love sets Gina Rodriguez’s character’s course for next season

(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you have not watched the Season 3 finale of “Jane the Virgin.”)

After a season that included the loss of husband Michael (Brett Dier), the Season 3 finale of “Jane the Virgin” saw the titular former virgin headed for brighter days.

First of all, Jane’s parents Rogelio (Jaime Camill) and Xo (Andrea Navedo) finally tied the knot.

“We ended with Jane and Michael’s wedding last year, so I knew that this year was going to end with a wedding, but it had to be so different from Jane and Michael’s, because that was the perfect wedding,” showrunner Jennie Urman told a group of reporters following a table read of the finale episode. “I feel like everybody needed a nice happy ending, especially this season. I didn’t want to end it with a missing baby, or something traumatic, because I felt like that was what we did in the mid-season, that’s where it fell. I wanted to have a sense of catharsis and hope and future and full circle.”

More hope and full circle-ness for Jane came in the form of the return of her first love, Adam (Tyler Posey).

“He’s an illustrator and graphic novels, so he can illustrate and she can write; they’ll have a collaboration at some point,” Urman previewed of Adam’s role in Season 4. “He has a little bit more of a youthful energy. Jane has had a lot of weight on her shoulders and this is somebody that’s going to be like sort of reminding her a bit that she’s 27 years old. He’s a little bit more adventurous than maybe Jane is right now.”

Of course, Adam appeared just as Jane began to acknowledge that she has renewed romantic feelings for her baby daddy, Rafael (Justin Baldoni).

Only, Rafael has recently developed feelings for his ex-wife Petra (Yael Groblas), whose insecurities about Jane are also in full bloom, setting up our potential Season 4 love triangle.

“There’s a moment where Jane is feeling this for Rafael and you’re not quite sure what he’s feeling, but he made a big play for Petra in previous episodes and Petra was right; Jane did have feelings for him, so that’s I think something interesting that we’re going to play with,” Urman said. “It felt very paranoid to Rafael, but we, the audience know it wasn’t and that’s how I think we can sort of get behind [Petra] as well and their story is not finished.”

But Jane and Rafael’s story is not over either.

“I felt like these two, Rafael and Jane, met each other and had this big romantic idea of ‘meant to be and fate and here we are,’ but they didn’t know each other,” Urman said. “So the three years [time jump] for me most importantly was about making them best friends, having that, now that they know each other. So at a certain moment, if they do come back together, it’s with much more stakes and realism, not only in that sort of magical, romantic — in looking at fantasy and reality, it would be much more moved towards the reality than fantasy, which is where we started. I feel like whenever Rafael and Jane are on screen together, people are going to be reading into it. She’s grappling with feelings at the end of this, he’s in another place … Jane and Rafael is always going to be a major part of the show, what will happen there.”

“Jane the Virgin” has been renewed for a fourth season and will move to Fridays on The CW in the fall.