Jane the Virgin is heading into its final trimester, and the reality of the baby is about to hit Jane and Rafael hard.
"They are hitting that point when fantasy and reality crash together and they're hitting the roadblocks that come when you end up having a baby and getting involved really quickly with someone you don't really know," showrunner Jennie Urman tells TVGuide.com.
The CW's critical darling returns on Monday at 9/8c with Jane (Gina Rodriguez) and Rafael (Justin Baldoni) getting unexpected practice with a newborn. But the realization that their backgrounds and parenting styles are vastly different might cause problems they hadn't yet dealt with.
Of course, that's not the only conflict on the horizon for these two. Although Michael (Brett Dier) might be reuniting with an ex, Urman warns the love triangle is most certainly not over. Keep reading for more from the executive producer about what else to expect for the rest of the season.
Jane and Rafael have hit a rough patch. Will they recover?
Jennie Urman: On Monday, the question of actual motherhood comes up in terms of what they're planning for, and their relationship will continue to be stressed by that. Wanting to have a kid and understanding what it practically entails are two different things. A lot of that has to do with what your experience was. Rafael could not want this baby more and Jane is now at that point, but what that actually looks like is different to both of them. The expectations are different and that comes from how they're raised and their gender, what the expectations of women vs. men are. Parenthood has changed a lot lately and it is more a partnership endeavor, but that has more practical ramifications too and that's what we're diving into as the baby gets closer.
Speaking of upbringing, Rafael is searching for his mom. Will that be a big arc going forward?
Urman: You will be meeting his mom and it has a profound impact on him.
Are you moving away from the initial love triangle?
Urman: No, we're not moving past it. I'm interested in exploring the triangle as long as it can sustain itself, as long as there are reasons that it's pulling her in both directions, and I still believe there is a lot of push and pull to be done. This happened so quickly and it really was an earthquake in everyone's lives, but now things have settled. Michael represents different things than Rafael and I think both of those things are valid. We moved away from it so quickly at the beginning that I'm giving people a chance to see what it was they had through flashbacks and through reinforcing their connection now, though it's not romantic, that sense that someone really knows you very well. That will continue to be explored.
Michael did just run into an ex. What can you say about her?
Urman: There will be a twist [with] Andie (Rachel DePillo). We like to introduce people and things [that] are not always what they seem.
Xo (Andrea Navedo) and Rogelio (Jaime Camil) are moving in together. Will this cause conflict?
Urman: Xo is the opposite of Jane in a lot of ways. Jane is careful sometimes to a fault and thinks things through, and Xo jumps in head first in. There's good to that, but [she and Rogelio] have also have skipped a few steps along the way, and we'll get into those steps when they live together.
Will it cause any rifts for Jane and Xo?
Urman: Jane is happy for her mom to move on so it doesn't threaten or fracture their relationship in any way. I'll say Rogelio's burgeoning bromance with Michael does complicate Jane's relationship in certain ways.
Will we learn more about Aaron and Roman's (Alano Miller) backstory?
Urman: You'll learn a great deal more about it and by the end ofMonday's episode there will be a big complication thrown into that.
Finally, what are you most excited about in these final episodes?
Urman: I love [Monday's episode] because there are some specific things that resonate with me in terms of what it's like to be a parent and the hopes and fears that come with that. I'm most excited for the finale because we've been building to these moments for so long and we have a few secrets in our pocket we've been keeping until then. I was on set [for the episode] and crying through a part and laughing for a part and I can't wait to let everyone see all the things we've been keeping so close to the vest.
Check back soon for more scoop on the finale's big birth and plans for Season 2!
Jane the Virgin airs on Monday at 9/8c on The CW.
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