'Jane the Virgin' Boss Explains Why the Love Triangle Is Dead (for Now)
By Philiana Ng
Warning: Do not proceed if you have not watched Monday’s episode of Jane the Virgin.
It’s time for a new chapter for Jane, Michael and Rafael: The love triangle that’s been the beating heart ofJane the Virgin is no more.
After Jane (Gina Rodriguez) and Michael (Brett Dier) walked down the aisle and said their “I do’s,” it was only a matter of time before the other man vying for Jane’s affections, Rafael (Justin Baldoni), would try to move on. That “aha” moment happened on Monday’s episode, when Rafael tells Jane during a preschool visit that he is over her.
“The series made a choice to have Jane get married and I wanted everybody in our world to understand what that meant and to have it count for something,” executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman told reporters, admitting she was “sick of playing the love triangle.” “We got to a point where Jane made a choice and I wanted both the series and the characters to respect that choice.”
After two seasons of “Will they? Won’t they?” tension between Jane and Rafael, Urman noted it was time to close the book on that chapter and focus on a new beginning for Rafael where he isn’t tethered to Jane.
”I feel like there’s a tendency to think, once you end one thing, that’s the end of the [line],” Urman said. “It’s opened us up to having more drama. What happens when he dates someone Jane doesn’t like? What happens when that person wants to get their hands on Mateo?”
“It let me have more fun with Rafael, because I was sick of seeing him moon,” she added. “He really did love Jane, but I thought it was an important character step to watch her get married and to have that affect him too. Because who would he be if he was constantly skulking in the background?”
And yes, Rafael will have a “surprising” new love interest -- someone we’ll meet pretty soon. “You will meet her in episode five and you’ll really get to know her in episode six,” Urman revealed.
That’s not to say the love triangle is completely dead and gone. When asked if Jane choosing Michael meant he is definitely her forever, Urman didn’t go that far.
“No, but it is [right] now,” she said, coyly. “It’s hard to describe because I know where all these choices go, but it’s not over. But it is over now.”
“People should still hold out hope because things get complicated and life gets complicated,” Urman noted. “But we’re not playing it. It’s there underneath.”
At the end of Monday’s episode, Jane and Michael were excited that they got the green light to have sex, delayed in part because of Michael’s recovering from the traumatizing gunshot wound that just grazed his heart.
In next week’s episode, Jane will lose her virginity -- a benchmark moment for the series -- and she will move out of the home she’s shared with her mother, Xo (Andrea Navedo), and grandmother, Alba (Ivonne Coll).
“I felt once we get past the Jane the Virgin part, I was happy to let go of that,” Urman said. “[Jane] has sex but she’s still the same person. It’s almost a relief for her, like, ‘Oh, we got that over with.’”
Jane the Virgin airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.