About two years ago, I wrote a blog post at the end of Season 3 on “Jane The Virgin” professing my love for it and anxiously awaiting to see what would come next. I wrote about how I loved that (series creator) Jennie Urman had a clear vision for the show into its endgame, which made for a great opportunity to watch episodes that were well written and focused.
When I wrote that blog post, I always knew that the show was going to have a final ending at some point, but I didn’t know when that would be.
So now, here we are: with less than a handful of episodes left of a very tumultuous Season 5, my beloved “Jane The Virgin” is coming to an end.
I fell in love with show from the beginning. I was won over by its charm, its wit and it’s unabashed heart on its sleeve.
Joy is what this show has brought. It was an escape for me; from bad news, from the daily grind, from the here and there. It brought me into a world that seemed better than the one we live in. Its sensitivity, its quiet and loud beats under its telenovela surface just took my breath away, grabbed my imagination, made me feel hopeful and connected with the romantic in me.
It’s going to be tough to say goodbye to this one.
I find myself thinking about moments from the show from time to time. Here are a couple (but there are tons more) that really grabbed my heart:
So, let me start by saying I have been a Jane and Rafael fan from the get go (so by default, most of my clips feature these two.) This show was about fate: about how two opposite people from different worlds were brought together by a crazy circumstance, but who stayed together and grew together because love made it so. This “first night together” scene nailed it.
So this one is kind of a quick scene, which was during the prep time before Rogelio and Xiomara’s wedding but it really showed the comfort level of Jane and Rafael’s friendship.
It’s not that I didn’t *like* Michael – I did. I just didn’t think he was Jane’s endgame, even when they got married! But, I did like their wedding scene, and the little touch of Michael looking over at Alba for his cue, and then for him to say his vows in Spanish was truly heartfelt and lovely.
Honestly, if I ever get a chance to have this happen in real life with my kid, I am totally doing something like this with her.
As far as character progressions go, Petra wins the prize. I hated her so much in Season 1 and began to warm up to her during the mid point of Season 3. This small moment encompasses just how much she has changed, and also shows just how amazing Yael Grobglas truly is.
To me, Season 5 is probably the most rollercoastery, emotional, heartbreaking, jaw dropping season that Jane The Virgin has offered. My biggest takeaway from this season is the blossoming friendship between these former enemies. This scene both shows their honesty and their mutual ability to call each other out on their BS – and also shows their comedy chops. (Also, Anthony Mendez’s line reading of “What is that? Times New Roman?” will make me laugh until the end of time).
Britney’s little cameo in this Season 2 episode was really funny, and her interactions with Rogelio were perfect (Jaime Camil is a national treasure). And I love how “into it” Gina is when she’s dancing with her.
This piece of music is such a beautiful thing. I love hearing it every time it comes on.
That primal scream that Gina Rodriguez masterfully unleashes upon hearing the news that Michael has died, is probably one of the most gut wrenching moments in the entire series. (Emotional impact wise, I’d have to equate it to Anya’s beautiful speech in “The Body” episode in Buffy The Vampire Slayer.) That wasn’t acting happening here – she was feeling her way through that moment like it was nobody’s business. And just when we haven’t even recovered, that THREE YEARS LATER card that comes up packs another wallop.
While the aftermath of this moment was funny and brought about a great discussion around consent, this was the moment that #Jafael fans had been waiting for. I love how measured Justin Baldoni’s performance is in this scene. It was years coming! And again Anthony Mendez’s line reading of “he had to be brave too” cinches the entire thing.
At the core of the whole show are the powerhouse Villanueva women: Jane, Alba and Xiomara. Xo’s cancer storyline was beautifully handled, and showcased new dimensions in Andrea Navedo and Jaime Camil’s acting. This moment here not only captures the fire that is Xo, but also subtly shows how through Alba’s immigration journey, the show always remained relevant and topical.
OMG…these two needed more scenes together. The ridiculousness of this exchange is gold.
Throughout the beginning seasons, I felt sad whenever Jane and Rafael weren’t in each other’s orbits. When they finally got together during Season 4, it was perfect. Season 5 saw them break apart which pretty much made me a puddle as well. This scene broke my heart so much. And once again, Anthony Mendez’s reading of the last line was absolutely beautiful, and it shattered me.
….but of course, then they came back to each other!
It would have been too easy had Jane accepted Rafael’s over the top marriage proposal in Season 1. When Rogelio got mad at him a few episodes later saying he was insulted that Rafael had not asked his permission to marry his daughter, Rafael was apologetic. So it makes this sweet simple proposal scene 4 seasons later, surrounded by Jane’s family so much more meaningful.
Epic. Give Gina Rodriguez an Emmy nomination, damn it.
With Rosario Dawson entering the picture, I had a feeling that the writers were going to pair her up her JR with Petra. I love Petra and JR about as much as I love Jane and Rafael. In JR, Petra found her equal (and I sure hope she comes back before the end of the series!) Petra being vulnerable is the best kind of Petra.
I used to think that Rose and Luisa were end game as well. I adore both Bridget Regan and Yara Martinez approach to each character. But I think as a couple, they’ve got too many cons rather than pros. That being said, their banter together had some of the funniest moments as well.
(Plus in a weird way, it’s due to the both of these characters that brought Jane and Rafael together, no?) Their jail cell visitation with Rose explaining how Scott (“Vests!”) died by the hand of the real Eileen has one the most genius cutaway to a song moments EVER.
This scene always breaks my heart. And the heart glow imagery tells a story without words..
This exchange between the two of them kinda sums up the direction of the entire series. Now come on – was she *really* going to end up with Michael in the end based on this exchange?
I always loved that scene right before Jane walks down the aisle, of Rafael first showing what he wanted to say to Jane because he loved her, but then you see what he actually said. I like that the scene was now paired with present day Jane and Rafael together.
I bought this Christina Perri song (“Sea of Lovers”) on iTunes after hearing it here.
This scene is everything. Hearts glowing, petals raining down.
This moment set the characters on a new course for the rest of the series.
I hope Jennie Urman knows that what she has made has profoundly touched many many people. It makes me sad to think there will come a day in the future where content from this show won’t be at the foreground of my thinking anymore. Nor will there be my regular weekly text threads with friends as we decipher our favorite moments from a given episode.
But that’s ok. The fact that the show got to end on its own terms while it was still on top is a good thing, and the perfect thing.
Goodbye, beautiful Jane. Thanks for truly making my heart glow.