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[Warning: This story contains spoilers from Monday’s “Chapter 12” episode of The CW’s Jane the Virgin.]
Take a seat, Jane The Virgin fans; there’s a lot to digest only midway through the first season of the breakout freshman drama on The CW.
“Chapter 12” saw major developments in the two big mysteries of the show — unmasking (so to speak) Sin Rostro as Rose (Bridget Regan) and revealing Milos (Max Bird-Ridnell) to be angry but not as psychotic as Magda (Priscilla Barnes) wanted Petra (Yael Grobglas) to believe. All of this and they still found time to dive deeper into the show within the show as Jane (Gina Rodriguez) was given her first opportunity to write an episode of The Passions of Santos — only for it to be an episode in which she had to kill off Santos, aka Rogelio (Jaime Camil).
THR caught up with Jane the Virgin showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman after the turning-point episode to find out how all of the twists, turns and truths will affect the remainder of the season.
The answer to Sin Rostro’s identity was in the name all along. Did you really have it planned out from the beginning to introducing Rose’s character, and what went into the decision to reveal her to the audience but not have the characters catch on quite yet?
That was planned out in our first week in the writers room, and then the next episode [“Chapter 13”] will take you through the clues that we had planned all along. We got two dramatic moments [out of it]: the dramatic moment of revealing to the audience who it is, and we get to play some of that “Oh no, you’re talking to the killer!” danger in the next episode. So it’s really to mine as much drama and dramatic irony as we could. In the second episode you saw Rose standing next to Jane (Gina Rodriguez) when Zas (Alano Miller) was killed, so there’s the question of who killed him because it couldn’t be her. That’s going to come up and reveal a surprising moment at the end of that episode. You need to crescendo different moments; some episodes are more comedic, some are more romantic, some are more telenovela-esque. This was one of ours in terms of the telenovela big sweeping moves, but then it is going to set up a lot of those emotional moments because now Rafael’s (Justin Baldoni) father has died, and he died thinking that Rafael was a disappointment to him, and that’s obviously going to be something that weighs on Rafael and affects his journey going into our back half.
Rose has been cozying up to Rafael; going forward will she be making moves against him?
He’s not a particular threat right away, but because of something that happens in the middle of the next episode, it makes Rose have to move up the timeline of her ultimate plan.
Gina previously told THR that the second Sin Rostro really starts to affect Rafael, that’s when it starts to affect Jane. That moment occurred at the end of “Chapter 12.” How much will this be weighing on her while she’s dealing with her new jobs, her impending graduation, her pregnancy?
There’s a moment in which Jane is like, “This is all so crazy, how do I process what’s going on and how can I be helpful to Rafael?” That’s kind of how it lands on Jane. At a certain moment the murders and all of that stuff becoming overwhelming, so Jane start to relate [it to a telenovela]. Her fantasy elements take that on; every time they’re talking, Jane puts it against the backdrop of a sunset with lavender accents, and it becomes a little bit absurd for her, and she reacts to that.
Rogelio has effectively been fired from a job tailor-made for him. What does his journey look like now, and does it mean we won’t see The Passions of Santos anymore?
The Passions of Santos has a very, very special place in my heart, so it’s not the last of it, but it is the last of it for now. For Rogelio, I think the family is like, “You’ve got to get back up and get back to work.” Rogelio is someone who thrives on working. He has a little bit of a bloated sense of all of the offers he’s going to get; he’s not in Mexico, he’s in Miami, and there aren’t a lot of telenovelas.
Is there a moment of humbling coming for Rogelio when he sees he can’t always be the star?
He definitely struggles a little bit and then he sort of comes to a crossroads where he’s offered something that he may not want, but it would allow him to stay [in Miami], versus a bigger offer somewhere else. So he struggles with that. It’s hard for Rogelio to not be the star of his show, and that will definitely be something we play with and find comedy in.
You previously told THR that Jane is committed to remaining a virgin until marriage, but how strong is Xiomara’s (Andrea Navedo) new chastity pledge?
If she can hold off for like a month, she won. (Laughs.) Xo made one of those crazy bargains that you make when somebody is sick, [but] the farther away you get from that bargain, the less impactful it feels. And Xo’s version of a commitment is different from Jane’s version of a commitment.
Petra is caught in a bit of a love triangle between Milos, who isn’t such a bad guy after all, and Lachlan (Michael Rady), who seems much worse than we ever would have guessed at first glance.
We had this idea that Milos would be this awful guy who threw acid, but we wanted to see if there was a way to make that character also have a slightly comic take to be unexpected. He’s been in anger management, and he’s really trying, and in his mind he thought he had a great plan. We took him to a comic place, but he’s not comic to Petra; she thinks she’s dealing with a mad man [and] it doesn’t feel that much better that it was meant for her mother and not from her. She has to untangle herself from Milos. Lachlan definitely manipulates her. She’s at a low point [now] but Petra will rise again and get a little bit of power back soon.
Now that Petra knows her mother has been lying to her, will she finally throw her out? Will Magda ever have to answer for what she did to Alba (Ivonne Coll)?
It takes a few episodes to get to, but that will definitely pay out.
Jane the Virgin airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on The CW. Did you see the Sin Rostro reveal coming? Who did you think it was? Make your cases in the comments below.
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