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Warning! The following contains spoilers for the season premiere of Jane the Virgin**. Read at your own risk!**
Last season's Jane the Virgin finale took a wild turn when Jane's supposed-to-be-dead husband Michael suddenly appeared alive and well. The moment stood in the way of Rafael's proposal, and audiences were left wondering where Michael was and what he had been up to since he "died" in Season 3. The final season's premiere wasted no time in explaining all that, and essentially explained that his "death" was an elaborate ruse by Rose that left Michael with amnesia.
Rafael was contacted by Rose from prison to inform him that she had faked Michael's death. A toxin slowed his heart rate, and she paid off EMTs and a coroner to help fake his death. Once that was done, she arranged to have his memory wiped via electroshock therapy and he was dropped in a field in Montana. Michael woke up and was told by a woman he should "start over," and that's what he's been doing ever since.
Michael has changed a lot, to the point that his name is Jason now. Jason speaks slowly, has a different tone of voice, a dog, a bad sense of humor, and no memory of Jane or his friends and family. That's hard for a lot of people to swallow, especially Jane. Actress Gina Rodriguez's character had a breakdown midway through the episode in a monologue that Jane the Virgin fans surely loved.
The speech gave a look at Jane's head space in Season 5, and oh boy, it's complicated. What was going to be a happy engagement to Rafael has now turned into her questioning how to feel following Michael/Jason's re-emergence. Honestly, she could probably move on with her life as Jason has no memory of her or his life before. That doesn't appear to be the plan for now, though, as Jane agreed to help him remember his former life.
So far, there's been no success. The two didn't click when they went to re-live moments they shared together, and Jason even implied at one point that Jane annoyed him. Jane was frustrated, but at the same time distraught because it felt like she had been erased from the mind of someone she loved. Jason did later apologize and offered to leave as to not "blow up her life" any further, but for now, Jane still wants him around.
Meanwhile, Rafael is trying to do the right thing and give Jane space. He's obviously scared to lose her by bringing Michael back into the picture, but by the episode's end Jane realized she's still very much in love with Rafael. Jane felt she could help Jason remember his life as Michael, but still move in with Rafael and be with him. While it's a happy thought, will she feel the same if Michael's memories return during this process?
We can only wait and see as Jane the Virgin's final season is just getting started on The CW Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. ET. Stick with CinemaBlend for more updates on upcoming spring television and Jane the Virgin, such as the recent revelation that may rock fans' world more than this recent twist explanation.