A hospital vigil, a drugged twin, and a surprise appearance from a hottie, oh my!

By Nina Terrero
October 17, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Even on the night of her nuptials, a racy romp just isn’t in the cards for virgin Jane. (That’ll happen later in the upcoming season!) Instead, the twisty dramedy will kick off its season 3 premiere with Jane making life-or-death decisions for her critically injured husband Michael (Brett Dier).

“We’ve never seen Jane in a position like this before,” says showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman of Gina Rodriguez’s character. “This is obviously not how she envisioned her wedding night.”

Luckily for viewers, it’s not all tears and heartache: The night will feature not one, but two storylines heavy with magic realism, making for a premiere that’s slick with Jane’s signature sunny appeal.

“One is in the present, and one is in the past,” discloses Urman. “We had a lot of fun thinking about how to really set up the season.”

One said sequence will showcase her history with a former flame (a new hottie will make an appearance on the show!) while the other will provide a peek at her potential future with Michael.

“You’ll learn some surprising things,” Urman says. “All of it impacts the decision she’ll ultimately make.”

And there’s more: Expect to see Jane’s meddling mother-in-law cause some drama-filled hospital scenes, while Rogelio (Jaime Camil) does his best not to cause any further headaches over Michael’s predicament — though maybe not with much success.

“You’ll remember that when we came back for the season 2 premiere, Rogelio had inadvertently alerted the press, and tweeted about it,” says Urman. “So he’s determined in this tragedy not to repeat those mistakes, keep the story contained and not to stress Jane out further… which brings him to a pretty Rogelio-esque situation.”

Which leads to the matter of Rogelio’s on-again, off-again girlfriend Xo (Andrea Navedo), who learned in the season 2 finale that she was pregnant with rival soap star Esteban’s baby. So, what’s a girl to do? 

“She has to make some choices having to do with whether she wants to be pregnant,” Urman says. “You’ll get into her head with the very first episode.”

And don’t forget about evil twin Anezka, whose scheme in keeping Petra comatose has allowed her to better serve her own means — for now, anyway.

“She has her own problem in the premiere, which is that every 12 hours, she has to inject her sister with a paralytic,” says Urman. “But because of the way the hotel is swarming with police because of the investigation [into Michael’s shooting], there’s a lot of tension about whether she’ll get to the hospital late and will catch Petra waking up.”

There’s also plenty ahead when it comes to the matter of drug lord Rose (Bridget Regan), who is behind Michael’s shooting and who, as long-time fans know, is capable of anything. With that in mind, “stock up on tissues,” teases Urman. “It’s definitely an emotional hour.”

Jane the Virgin premieres on Monday, Oct. 17, at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.

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