The final season of Jane the Virgin kicks off on The CW this week, and fans everywhere are counting on the show to deliver some satisfying answers about how Michael is alive and what his return means for the rest of the episodes. Showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman wasn't willing to drop spoilers about the impact of Michael's return, but she did tease something foreboding for Season 5. There will be some deaths, and perhaps they'll even stick! Here's what the showrunner teased for what's to come:
There are deaths. It’s a telenovela. People are going to have to die.
Well, Jane the Virgin has indeed been a telenovela all along, so it wouldn't be realistic if there weren't some huge and dramatic deaths in store before the final credits roll. Of course, Jennie Snyder Urman didn't actually say in her chat with TVLine that the deaths would be huge characters or go down with maximum melodrama, but would she really tease the deaths so early if they weren't going to really matter in the grand scheme of things? Maybe that means Sophia Bush's character isn't in too much danger.
As the Michael cliffhanger from Season 4 proved, "death" on a telenovela doesn't necessarily mean a character is gone for good. Michael seemed totally out of the picture and six feet under, but that's clearly not the case! Still, is there enough time left in Jane the Virgin for characters to be seemingly killed off and then brought back? Whoever dies in Season 5, my money is on them staying dead.
Jennie Snyder Urman explicitly said "deaths" too, so we can apparently count on more than one person biting the dust. Unfortunately, even the order for a Jane the Virgin spinoff doesn't reveal whose death can be ruled out rather than Jane's herself. The spinoff is an anthology called Jane the Novela, according to ET, and it will spend each season following a different novel written by Gina Rodriguez's Jane, assuming it gets the series order.
So, knowing that the spinoff will follow fictional characters doesn't help rule out who might bite the dust in Season 5. Jennie Snyder Urman did promise that there will be more to Season 5 than deaths, though! She shared some happy events that are on the way:
There’s a wedding in the middle of our season this year, and we do our singing chorus of ‘have sex and enjoy love’ in a different way… Jane always has a pregnancy around the season finale, and that will happen.
A wedding and a baby on the way could help offset the sadness of some of the deaths! Of course, depending on who dies, the sadness might be limited. If one of Jane's loved ones dies, the fan tears might flow, but there are other characters that viewers might not mourn so much.
There are now some big questions. Who will live, and who will die? Who will tie the knot? And who will discover a bun in the oven? Tune in to The CW on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET this midseason for new episodes of Jane the Virgin. It's certainly not the only great show ending in 2019, but it's definitely one to watch.