Jane the Virgin ended its second to last season on Friday with a reveal that was, to quote our faithful narrator, “straight out of a telenovela.” The series has seen its fair share of ups and downs, and our heroine has shed a healthy amount of tears over four seasons, but Jane (and the audience) couldn’t possibly have prepared for how things ended.
*SPOILERS ABOUND. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!
“Chapter Eighty-One” saw things progressing down a road of sweetness and light. Jane and Rafael were finally happy, and Rafael was prepping to propose. Alba successfully became a U.S. citizen and was going to marry Jorge. No, not because they were in love, per se, but so that he could safely visit his dying mother in Mexico. And it looked like Xiomara might be on the road to recovery after her breast cancer trauma.
But because this is Jane the Virgin you didn’t expect things to end with a “happily ever after,” did you? Nope, Rafael got a call from the evil Sin Rostro, aka his ex-stepmother Rose, who offered to give him some information that would change his life “forever.” Raf struggled with how to handle the newfound information he received, pushing Jane aside before finally letting her into his apartment….where a bearded Michael Cordero stood.
So, yes, Michael is alive, again! Jane fans on Twitter absolutely lost their minds, expressing all manner of reactions from shock to glee.
I feel personally victimized by the #JaneTheVirgin finale. I know it’s a telenovela, but seriously, this is too much!
— Kasey Kirby Swords (@kaseykswords) April 21, 2018
What the frick frack diddily dack patty wack snick snack crack pack slack mack quarterback crackerjack biofeedback backtrack thumbtack sidetrack tic-tac wAS THAT JANE THE VIRGIN FINALE
— khadija (@dijrawi) April 22, 2018
— fátima (@fatimerz_) April 21, 2018
SO YOURE TELLING MICHAEL, THE MAN IVE CRIED OVER, IS ALIVE!!!??!?! #JaneTheVirgin
— huh? (@tfknives) April 21, 2018
— Fabzzz (@fabiannadennis) April 23, 2018
First of all, I would beat the shit out of Michael for doing that to me and all the pain he left behind. I wouldn’t be able to forgive him. I would 100% choose Raf #JaneTheVirgin
— Alisa (@al_catrazxxx) April 23, 2018
Oh god! #JaneTheVirgin fuckking killed me with that cliffhanger!!!!! I have never screamed WHAT THE FUCK AT THE TV SO LOUD IN MY LIFE.
— Chit (@chitsseng) April 23, 2018
— MamaMeta (@mama_meta) April 21, 2018
Me after watching Jane The Virgin S4 finale and knowing that there's only one more season pic.twitter.com/mAr9uV8Q2L
— Courtney Hudder (@CourtneyHudder) April 22, 2018
Jane the Virgin season finale left me sitting here incapable of functioning pic.twitter.com/HRHWxjV9HJ
— chantale ✨ (@ItsNotChantale) April 21, 2018
Why is Michael alive? Especially since we were told he loved Jane “till his last breath?” Where’s he been all this time? And what does this mean for Jane and Rafael’s perfect romance? With the show coming to an end next year it’s understandable why the series would want to return to its original love triangle. But after the series dealt with the fall-out of Michael’s mid-season death, as well as the season-long jump to get things back to where they were, does this come off as jumping the shark? We won’t know till Jane the Virgin’s farewell season starts sometime in October.