TV’s messiest love triangle — between a pregnant virgin, her millionaire baby daddy and her detective ex-boyfriend — seems headed towards a heart-stopping halt with the announcement that Jane The Virgin’s titular character will finally make her choice and walk down the aisle.
“Jane will get married,” confirms showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman of Gina Rodriguez’s character. Though Urman refuses to divulge whether Michael (Brett Dier) or Rafael (Justin Baldoni) emerges the victor, in true telenovela style there’s a slight possibility that someone entirely new might be enter the picture. “There’s a big development,” teases Urman.
Just don’t expect to see Jane lose sight of her all-important career goals once she’s found The One and recovered her baby boy. (That’s right: “The baby is coming back!” reveals Urman.) “Jane’s big emotional story will be how does one becomes a mother and still retain one’s sense of self and accomplish all the things she wanted to, especially as a young woman who hadn’t planned to have a child so quickly,” Urman explains. “That is going to be something that Jane will continue to struggle with throughout the season.”
Read on for some bonus – and super buzzy – scoop on Jane The Virgin’s second season.
Sin Rostro will return: Bridget Regan’s arc as sinister crime boss Sin Rostro shocked fans last season, especially during the finale when it was revealed she had engineered baby Mateo’s kidnapping. And though it appeared that Sin Rostro had masterminded a clean getaway, she’s set to cause some drama throughout the show’s second season. “You will hear from her,” says Urman. “Sin Rostro does come back, though there are many twists and turns along the way.”
Expect more politically sensitive plot points: The series made headlines last season as it tackled heavy topics like class and immigration – the latter of which will become a focus when Jane’s grandmother Alba (Ivonne Coll) confronts the subject of her legal status. “We’re really going to dive into Alba’s lack of a green card situation,” Urman notes. “We’re going to tackle that, what it means, and what choices there are.”
There will also be a hefty dose of culturally nuanced storylines in upcoming episodes, as Jane continues to straddle both her American and Latino upbringing. “We’re going to see how one can raise a bilingual child,” says Urman. “And with the baby’s baptism, we’ll see how the traditions handed down from her grandmother to her mother, and then to her are going to be important.”
New characters will make things really complicated: Rogelio’s (Jaime Camil) ex-wife will make an appearance in the upcoming season, which will add an unwelcome dynamic to his and Xiomara’s (Andrea Navedo) new marriage. His father will also make his debut on show, as will Rafael’s half-brother and a mysterious figure from Xo and Jane’s past. “As Jane moves into different spheres as a writer and mother, there will be people that come into each of those realms,” Urman shares. “We’ll also see a lot of characters you’ve already met come back to create new havoc.” Returning characters like — ahem — Jane’s scene-stealing glam-ma? “I hope to have her back,” says Urman of season 1 guest star Rita Moreno. “We’re certainly planning on it.”
Jane will feature a Bachelorette-inspired scene: Expect to see Jane in head-to-toe sequins in a Bachelorette-style rose ceremony. “Everything continues to come alive in our world,” says Urman of the show’s trademark fantasy scenes. Additional scenes featuring 19th century period costumes and telenovela-style theme song fantasy sequences are also being planned. “I have some fun ideas,” says Urman, laughing.
Jane the Virgin returns on Monday, Oct. 19 at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.
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