Relive the Craziest, Jaw-Dropping ‘Jane the Virgin’ Twists Before the Series Finale

After five incredible seasons, the telenovela dramedy Jane the Virgin is coming to an end. Over the years, the series has brought us lots of joy, but also plenty of mind-blowing plot twists. Here’s a look back at some of those shocking moments.

When Rose kidnapped Mateo and scarred us all for life

Gina Rodriguez as Jane and Justin Baldoni as Rafael
Gina Rodriguez as Jane and Justin Baldoni as Rafael | Patrick Wymore/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Sin Rosetro, the crime lord who shapes the series, is involved from the very beginning. Because of the patriarchy, we (meaning the audience and the characters searching for this person) believe this to be a man, but as it turns out, its a woman: Rose, the stepmother of Rafael and Luisa. And from then on, she’s at the center of most of Jane the Virgin’s greatest mysteries

Rose only becomes more sinister over time, but it was one of her earliest moves that cements her as the villain of the series. Just after Jane and Rafael’s son, Mateo, is born, she kidnaps the infant as blackmail (because she’s always after something). Jane remains in fear of Rose hurting her child for the remainder of the show.

Pretty much everything involving Petra and Anežka 

Whenever Rose isn’t involved in a nefarious act (or, sometimes, even when she is), you can count on someone from Petra’s past to be at the helm. At first, this is relegated to Petra’s scheming mother, Magda, and her ex, Milos. But we soon learn that there’s another player in the mix — Petra’s identical twin sister, Anežka.

As you might expect, there’s plenty of identity swapping going on here. Anežka works with Magda, but then switches to Petra’s team, but then switches back — it gets a bit confusing. Oh, and Anežka fakes her own death — and then Petra actually murders her. Yael Groblas (who plays both women) worked overtime for a couple of seasons there, and she (literally) kills it.

Michael’s ‘death’ … and the reveal that it was faked

Jane believes that the love of her life is Michael Cordero, a cop she’s dating when the drama at the start of the series kicks off. They face ordinary (and very extraordinary) trials and tribulations, but are eventually married. Then, disaster strikes — Michael has a heart attack and dies.

The series picks up three years after his death, and Jane eventually moves on to Rafael. That is, until he discovers that Michael is still alive — Rose faked his death, gave him amnesia, and sent him away. Michael returns, gets his memory back, and fights for Jane. But in the end, she chooses Rafael. 

Luisa finally comes through at the last minute

Rafael’s half-sister, Luisa, is the impetus for the series itself. After a devastating breakup, the alcoholic doctor makes a mistake, and accidentally artificially inseminates Jane. And this is only the beginning of her struggles — in addition to her addiction to booze, she becomes romantically entangled with Rose, who uses her in various ways for years.

But Luisa comes through in Jane the Virgin Season 5. She two-times Rose, and uses the crime lord’s love for her against her. Luisa, who has had a strained relationship with her brother since this all began, kills Rose, and is welcomed back into the family just in time to see Rafael and Jane get married.

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