SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not seen the fifth and final season premiere of Jane The Virgin.
It took five seasons, but the CWs took a telenovela one of the biggest genre-tropics: amnesia.
Just before the end of season three, Jane (Gina Rodriguez) was faced with the fact that Michael (Brett Dier) was indeed alive after Rose (Bridget Regan) faked his dead. Burned his fingerprints and subjected him to an electroshock therapy of his hippocampus and temporal lobe so that he would forget who he was.
"Amnesia was what first got us into this room with Rogelios Telenovela, and so we knew Michael / Jason came back, amnesia felt like the right step in terms of how to do so much drama for the final season and also the emotional tribute of how someone you love regards you as a stranger felt very exciting, but also challenging. in terms o How should that be justified ?, explains showrunner Jennie Synder Urman.
When Urman knew that she would take Michael there, she knew that the most important part of the story would be serious: "The trauma when he wakes up and does not know who he was. "
When Michael woke up in Montana years ago, he did not know if he was a good or bad guy and decided to make a new life instead of looking for answers to who he really was. If he calls himself Jason now, he prefers dogs rather than cats, does not speak much and speaks each one of his wife to his mother "ma & # 39; 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 talk all the time, because you're afraid of what you could say, that could be bad, or burden you in some way, or give you something you do not know, "says Urman. "That made us think of him as someone who just lowered his head, kept quiet and watched – just as he watched people for clues and things. That made him an inner person because he lived without any sense of history, memory – anything – he could hold on to.
Urman notes that this also allows Dier to tap into and give different parts of himself as an actor. The show is supposed to explore a new relationship – because he is "this new character, but she sees him as her husband."
"It raises interesting questions about the soul and soulmates and what makes a person," Urman continues. "When it comes to a collection of stories that we tell about ourselves, or when we actually have the essence – and how the experience shapes us."
Michael's return has thrown Jane for a loop, and Urman shares with her will focus on stimulating his memories. She believes that if they are familiar people, places and things that trigger something, she will give up some of her life to take with him and tell him stories of her past. But, Urman says, she will still keep him at a certain emotional distance because "obviously he is different and she is different", and the fact that she is now with Rafael (Justin Baldoni) becomes even more complicated.
Part of the journey – what does Jane owe that person [and] how can she help him while maintaining her sense of self and family, and where she lives in her life? How does it not take over your life? The answers to them are not easy and they are constantly changing, "says Urman.
At the season premiere, Jane saw her live with the shock of her dead husband's return. A half page monologue that Urman wrote and Rodriguez in one Oner performed (and directed).
Urman admits that before she writes anything, she thinks about how she would feel if she were in the shoes of the character and when it came to this monologue: " It was such a complicated fountain of emotions in terms of memory and your heart and what you owe them and who you are now and who you were then, "she explains, feeling as if the revelation was" so great " that she deserves to be shown in a "new, fresh way" than anything else on the show.
"It's about all the range of human emotions you would have in that moment," Urman continues. "To try that To hold things together, to gradually fall apart, to find the humor in finding the tragedy, to find the sadness, to find the irony – all these levels – because something unimaginable happened. It is a spout.
Even though Jane "let everything out" in the last season premiere, so to speak, that does not mean that her newly won mourning process is complete.
"It changes constantly as the character changes and as circumstances change and expectations change and the relationship between her and Jason changes. This is the first one, "says Urman.
In an important premiere scene of the last season, Jane entered Rafael's work. He told him she loved him, as did the pilot when she came to Michael's office, Urman explains. 19659004] "It was a way to truly revive the love triangle, but to tell completely different stories," she says.
If Michael continues to return to his life, it will have a disruptive impact, but he will distract himself from the others as the first shock subsides and people rejoin their relationships. Storylines such as Rogelios (Jaime Camil)'s new show and relationship with River Fields (Brooke Shields) as well as Petra's (Yael Grobglas) Broken Heart over JR (Rosario Dawson) will be "more represented in the second episode as life goes on goes out, "Urman announces." The storylines of the other characters are starting to pick up. "
And just because the series is a telenovela setting does not mean that Urman will focus on the characters' relationships throughout their entire season "It's that and," she says, "It's the balance between romance and professionalism." While Urman sometimes admits that one comes at the price of the other, he'll be "in Lockstep" with the last season Steps for All Characters in All Areas.
And then, of course, there's the mystery of Rose, and Urman says it's important to her to have "one big villain in five seasons" so the audience is familiar with what Rose's sleeve (and of course Michael's death has not faked), getting to the bottom of it, is not fast – she's only in about half of the episodes, Urman tells. "How big and where to go" was one of the more difficult aspects of the last season for Urman. Of course, they build up to an "explosive climax" at the end of the series.
"I want to [the audience] feel like this is a story being told – that it was built from the beginning towards the end [the audience] had to go on a journey with us," Urman says of her ultimate seasonal goal. "I want them to feel that they were in the hands of a storyteller who had a story to tell, and that it really was all part of a play."
"Jane The Virgin" is on Wednesdays at 9 o'clock broadcast clock on the CW.