'Season premieres are so tricky ... You don’t want to repeat the same things,' Jennie Snyder Urman tells EW
With an unplanned pregnancy, a love triangle, a mysterious drug lord, a long-lost dad revealed, a literal hurricane, and plenty of other drama packed into the first season of Jane the Virgin, one might say that EP and showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman has had a hefty amount of work cut out for her in setting up the dramedy’s second season.
“Season premieres are so tricky, because you have to wrap up the drama and cliff-hangers that you set up in the end of the last season, but also have to start a fresh season of drama, intrigue and changing dynamics,” says Urman. “You don’t want to repeat the same things, so that’s definitely something I was grappling with while writing the premiere.”
But fans, you may want to take a breath (or a few, in keeping with the techniques that Jane learned last season in Lamaze class) because Urman promises the upcoming premiere will include a search-and-rescue mission that will reunite Jane with baby Mateo.
“I love comedy, so every time I pictured the season premiere and Jane without her baby and crying, I just knew we had to find a way to bring back the baby quickly,” Urman explains.
The matter of #SaveBabyMateo brings up a plot point that Urman says will be addressed within minutes of the premiere: Why would Sin Rostro kidnap Jane’s baby?
“It wasn’t some random act of crazy,” explains Urman. “Sin Rostro took him for a specific reason and once that is resolved, different things get launched as a result. You definitely haven’t seen the last of Sin Rostro, I can tell you that.”
It seems that Urman definitely had babies on the brain this summer, as she and her writers hammered out a script that dives into whether Petra will have a baby of her own in order to weasel herself back into Rafael’s heart.
“You’ll have to wait and see what Petra does,” teases Urman. “All I can say is that it’s crazy!”
And speaking of crazy — actually, make that Crazy with a capital C — you can definitely count on Rogelio to bring it in large doses during Monday’s premiere.
“His intense commitment and devotion to social media will play a big part in the premiere and in the aftermath of Jane getting her baby back,” explains Urman. “We have a fun arc for Rogelio ahead, since the Passion of Santos comes to a close. It’s the longest running telenovela on earth, and he goes ahead trying to find his next passion project. I think everyone will be surprised to see what he settles on!”
Jane The Virgin returns to The CW on Monday at 9 p.m. ET.