SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched the fifth and final season of "Jane The Virgin."
It took five seasons but the CW's take on a telenovela finally delivered one of the the biggest genre tropes: amnesia
Jane (Gina Rodriguez) was confronted by the fact that Michael (Brett Dier) was actually alive, after Rose (Bridget Regan) faked his dead, "
" Amnesia was the first thing that entered us into that space with Rogelio's telenovela and so once we knew Michael / Jason was coming back, amnesia felt like the right move in terms of how to create so much drama for the final season – and also the emotional toll of how someone you love looks at you like a stranger felt very exciting but also challenging, in terms of "When Urman knew that she was going to be taking Michael, she knew the most important part of the storyline would be taking seriously the trauma of him waking up and not Jacqueline Grace Lopez Jane the Virgin ”
Awakening in Montana years ago, Michael did not know if he was a good or bad guy and chose to make a new life for himself rather than search for the answers about who he really was. Now calling himself Jason, he prefers dogs over cats, and he calls everyone from his wife to his mother "ma'am."
"We had to recreate everything. And how would you do that if you did not know if you were a good person or a bad person? You would not be talking all of the time because you would be afraid of what you might say that might be bad or incriminate you in some way or give away something that you do not know, "says Urman. "So we made him think about him as someone who was just sort of keeping his head down, quiet and observing – just sort of watching people for cues and things. "
Urman notes that this also allows Dier to tap into different parts of himself as an actor and gives him a sense of history, (19659004) "It raises interesting questions about soul and soulmates and what makes a person," Urman continues. "
Michael's return has thrown Jane for a loop, and going forward, Urman shares , she will focus on trying to stimulate his memories. She believes if she's around familiar people, places and things she will spark something, so she'll put some of her life on pause to take him around and tell him stories of their past. But, Urman says, she is still going to keep him at some emotional distance because "obviously he's different and she's different," and things are further complicated by the fact that she's with Rafael (Justin Baldoni) now. part of the journey – what does Jane owe this person [and] how can she help him, while also preserving her sense of herself and her family and where she is in her life. How does it take her life? "The season premiere saw Jane spiraling into the stages of grief once upon a living with the shock of her dead husband's return, culminating in a seven-and- -a-half page monologue that Urman wrote and Rodriguez performed (and directed) in an oner
Urman admits that before she writes anything she thinks about how she would feel if she was in character's shoes, and when it came to this monologue, "it was such a complicated well-being of emotion in terms of memory and your heart and what you owe them and who you are now and who you were then," she explains. She's also feeling like that because the revelation was "so huge," it deserved to be shown in a "new, fresh way" than anything else on the show.
"It's about all the range of human emotions that you would have in that instant, "Urman continues. "Trying to keep things together, gradually falling apart, finding the humor in it, finding the tragedy, finding the sorrow, finding the irony – all of those levels – because it's such an unimaginable thing that has happened. It's an outpouring. "
Although she's" let it all out, "so to speak, in the final season premiere, that's not to say her newfound grieving process is complete
" It keeps changing as the character changes and as the circumstances change and as the expectations change and as the relationship between her and Jason changes. This is the first, "Urman says.
In a pivotal final season premiere scene, Jane walked into Rafael's work" telling him she loves him, just like in the pilot when she came into Michael's office, "Urman points out. 19659004] "It's a way to really invigorate the love triangle, but tell totally different stories," she says.
Going forward, Michael's reemergence in their lives will be a disruptive influence, but it is one that will dissipate from spotlight as the initial shock wears off and people settle in back into their relationships. Storylines such as Rogelio's (Jaime Camil) new show and relationship with River Fields (Brooke Shields), as well as Petra's (Yael Grobglas) broken heart over J.R. (Rosario Dawson) will become "more present in the second episode and beyond because life goes on," Urman shares. "The other characters 'storylines start to take off."
And just because the show is a take on a telenovela does not mean that Urman will focus her entire final season on characters' relationships. "It's that, and," she says. "Sometimes, Urman admits, the one comes at the cost of the other, they will be" in lockstep "for the final season with all the characters in all areas
And then there is the mystery of Rose. Urman says it was important for her to have "one major villain over the course of five seasons" in order to be familiar with the audience. Getting down to the bottom of what Rose has got her sleeve (beyond the fake Michael's death, of course) will not come quickly – she's only about half the episodes, Urman shares. "How big to go and where to leave it" was one of the more challenging aspects of writing the final season for Urman. But, of course, they are building up a "explosive climax" by series end.
"I want [the audience] to feel like this was a story well-told – that was building towards an end from the beginning and that [the audience] got to go on a journey with us, "Urman says of her ultimate goal for the season. "I want them to feel that they were in the hands of a storyteller who had a story to tell them, and that was really all part of one piece."
"Jane The Virgin" airs Wednesdays at 9 pm on the CW