SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not watched “Chapter Sixty-Five,“ the Oct. 13 Season 2 premiere of “Jane the Virgin.”
“Jane the Virgin” creator and showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman might have promised the show is “bringing back the joy,” but if the Season 4 premiere is any indicator, the take on a telenovela definitely won’t be easing up on the drama.
As the show’s ever-evolving love triangle between Jane (Gina Rodriguez), Rafael (Justin Baldoni), and Petra (Yael Grobglas) currently stands, it is actually more of a love square, with one key new player. Petra and Rafael are reconciling, while Jane is re-developing feelings for her first love, Adam (Tyler Posey). However, Urman hints, “Things change a little bit at the end of [episode] two.”
Meanwhile, Rogelio (Jaime Camil) is balancing his recent marriage to Jane’s mother, Xiomara (Andrea Navedo), along with his notoriously rocky relationship with his unborn baby’s mother, Darci (Justina Machado). And while Season 3 saw Petra paralyzed while her identical twin sister Anezka (Grobglas) took over her life, the season 4 premiere flipped their fates and started with Petra pretending to be Anekza pretending to be Petra in order to keep Luisa (Yara Martinez) unaware of the fact that Rafael was working to regain control of his company. But by the end of the episode, the gig was up and Petra now has a lot of explaining to do.
Urman spoke with Variety about the events of the Season 4 premiere, including how Adam fits in with the Villanueva family, the future of Rogelio and Xiomara’s marriage and how Rafael will fit in as a semi-permanent Villanueva houseguest.
The first episode featured two narrators. Is that something that’s going to continue throughout the season?
No, it’s a device we used to introduce Adam as a significant character moving forward. The theme of the first episode is that everyone is the hero in their own story. Jane has been the hero of ours, and we’re meeting somebody who is in the middle his own story, as we all are when we meet other people. We’ve been going out in our life, and our narrative collides with someone else’s narrative, and something new takes over. That’s what we’re exploring in the first episode, but it was just a device for the first episode.
Off the bat, Jane’s mother and grandmother don’t seem too keen on Adam. How will that play out?
Xo is a little more neutral. She certainly didn’t want Jane to do something silly and run off and get married when she’s 18. She’s a little more open minded, but Alba [Ivonne Coll] doesn’t like him. That is going to be a complication. Rafael isn’t going to be crazy about him. They have very different vibes and attitudes. As you can see from the first episode, Rafael and Jane end up pretty estranged. Yet, he’s going to be living in their house. We haven’t really seen Jane and Rafael fighting and not getting along and not co-parenting particularly well since the time jump. This is going to explore a new layer of their relationship, and it’s going to be difficult to navigate that because he’s living at the Villanuevas for the foreseeable future until he can figure out his financial standing.
It sounds like it takes a big toll on Rafael in particular.
Yes, the fact that he’s living there, the fact that Jane starts to date someone who he’s not crazy about, and who he thinks pushes her to be more reckless than she would like. He develops a friendship with Alba, who reveals herself to be Team Rafael and is a big cheerleader for Rafael, even though that’s not what he’s thinking, or Jane at this point. The house becomes more of a tense place and a different place with Rafael living there.
Stepping outside the Villanueva household, how will Petra and Anezka’s narrative continue to develop?
They have a very complicated relationship. There’s a return from someone from their past who threatens to complicate things and play them off one another more and more. Ultimately there are some big surprising twists in their relationship and their dynamic.
Will we be seeing Rogelio’s baby this season?
Oh, yes. The baby, the co-parenting, his relationship with Darci. That is a big part of the first six episodes.
How much of Darci can we expect?
As much as I can get Justina. I just love her.
Where does that leave Xo?
She married Rogelio knowing he had a baby on the way. It doesn’t mean she’s thrilled by it, but she’s trying to come from a place of acceptance and figuring out her role in the baby’s life and what she wants and what she imagines her next 20 years being versus what they are going to be now. That’s a continuing struggle that she grapples with.
At the end of the episode we see Rose (Bridget Regan) in jail. What’s going to unfold from the Sin Rostro storyline?
Yeah, she kills a guard and she asks the guard a question, and that question – “Does anyone know him?” – is going to be slowly unfurled throughout the season. She does stay in jail. Obviously, Luisa is trying to get her out, trying to raise money from the sale of the Marbella to initiate the escape protocol.
New episodes of “Jane The Virgin” are on Fridays at 9 p.m. on the CW.