WARNING: This post contains MAJOR SPOILERS for Monday night’s episode of “Jane the Virgin.” Do not read ahead if you don’t want to be spoiled.
Fans of CW series “” are officially in mourning, after the show killed off one of its main characters on Monday night in a shocking, out-of-nowhere twist.
Yes, Michael () is really dead, the result of an undiagnosed heart condition that sprung up after he was shot in the season two finale. The show had been hinting at Michael’s demise since way back in season one, when the narrator teased that the character would love Jane ( ) “until he drew his very last breath.” But even with more recent hints about a dark fate for Michael, the events that unfolded last night — particularly in an episode that seemed so mundane, and featured lots of PDA between Jane and Michael — were still a complete shock to viewers.
Reaction on social media ranged from disbelief to anger to utter devastation.
I don’t want to talk about it.
— Rogelio De La Vega (@RogelioDeLaVega)
Who feels personally victimized by tonight’s episode of
— 🥀 (@MYSTICALZATANNA)
WHY DID THE EPISODE END LIKE THAT IM SO MAD
— Sabrina Scopellite (@s_scopellite)
Jane the Virgin writers must be taking tips from Shonda Rhimes b/c that was some straight up Shonda shit and I’m hurt.
— Regine (@xoxoraae)
teacher: why didn’t you do your homework?
me: there was a death in the family.
— lovrgirl ✰ (@saamanthaavila)
WHAT. JUST. HAPPENED. SOMEBODY. HOLD ME. This episode… 😭
— Fotini (@23ophelia)
— Eline Prado (@ellenbopellen)
Dier, as well as his fellow cast members, also shared their reactions to the shocking storyline, with Dier thanking fans for their support.
And thank you AGAIN to all the fans for supporting me. 🙂 it means the world to me. Lots and lots of love!
— brett dier (@Brettdier)
this show, my journey is absolutely nothing without I love you dude. We made this together! 😘👊🏽
— Gina Rodriguez (@HereIsGina)
— JaneTheVirginWriters (@JaneWriters)
“Jane” creatorwrote explaining the decision to kill off the character, noting that it was something she’d planned since the beginning of the series. It was a difficult choice, Urman wrote, but ultimately one she felt was best for both the show and for its titular heroine’s journey.
“Originally, I thought Michael would die earlier. But Brett is such an incredible actor – he gave us such great comedy and drama and first-rate exposition delivery (!), often all in one scene. And he and Gina… well, there’s that word again – magic. So, we changed some things in the writers’ room. Jane and Michael got married. They had sex. They moved into their first home. And I’m so glad we did that and I’m so glad all those firsts for Jane were with Michael. But this is a telenovela, as we so frequently remind you. And we are only at our midpoint.
You’ll recall, back in the pilot, Jane was on a path. Things were mapped out. And then she was accidentally artificially inseminated and everything changed. Well now, everything is changing again. How does our romance-loving hero move on, how does she get back the light and the hope…?”
In a series of interviews following the episode, Urman also said that the three-year time jump that was tacked on to the end of the hour — featuring Jane getting ready for a mysterious wedding, and a 4-year-old Matteo — would be a permanent one, though there would be many flashbacks (including ones featuring Michael) over the coming episodes that deal directly with Jane’s grief and the immediate aftermath of Michael’s death. The showrunnerthat she thought the storyline brought the series to its midway point, and added that the time jump would allow the show to explore some exciting new material.
“Three years has allowed Jane to grow and heal, and the pain of Michael’s death is not going to subsume our narrative or our comedy. We can’t live in just how dark that was. But we can visit it a lot, and we do flash back to what happened right after he died, and a month after he died. We’ll be filling in holes about how she recovered, and how she started to push herself forward, as well as everyone else. But what the three-year jump does that I’m most excited about is that every single character is in a different place and has had a lot of experiences that are surprising and a lot of different tensions and relationships. It gives us a refresher and allows us to move the show forward with a lot of surprises and excitement and fun.”
Here’s hoping fans can start to heal, too.