‘Jane the Virgin’ Finally Revealed Who The Narrator Is In Its Series Finale And Fans Are Freaking Out
After five amazing seasons of Jane the Virgin, last night marked the 100th chapter of our favorite modern-day telenovela. Through Jane Villanueva and her family, we laughed, we ugly cried, and most importantly of all, many of us–Latinx women–saw ourselves represented in these beautiful characters. During the series finale, we got to see Jane finally finish her book and also get the happy ending she deserved. But we also got that one very important question on our minds answered: who was the narrator this whole time?
Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Jane the Virgin series finale.
While many fans theorized about the true identity of the Jane the Virgin narrator, last night we got our answer: Mateo, aka Mr. Sweet Face.
Fans have been theorizing about the narrator’s identity since the show began, but they became a lot more transfixed with finding out who it was when the fifth and final season of Jane the Virgin premiered earlier this year. Executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman had previously said that JTV fans would find out who the narrator was “at the end of the series… [as] part of the last two scenes.” She was truly saving the best for the last.
“Throughout the whole series there have been clues peppered, and there are things that are specific about the way the narrator is relating to people in the world–the things that he says,” Snyder Urman said of the big reveal. “There’s always the feeling of the narrator being in control of the story. There’s a constant reminder that this is a telenovela… We’ve known it in our heads, which has made it easy to track those things throughout.”
Previously JTV fans had suspected of other potential narrators including Jane’s grandfather Mateo, Jane’s father Rogelio, or even Jane herself.
During last week’s episode, someone on Twitter even introduced the idea that perhaps the narrator could be Esteban Santiago (Rogelio’s frenemy), because while Sin Rostro had Jane captive, “the flower fell by him dramatically and then later Raf somehow knew where Jane was.” But of course, Esteban didn’t turn out to be our narrator.
It’s also important to note that JTV creator Snyder Urman confirmed with Vanity Fair that Mateo’s role was always meant to be this. “He was always going to be the narrator,” she said.
So this whole time, Mateo was retelling the story of how his parents fell in love as Jane Villaneuva wrote it in her book?! Beautiful. Simply beautiful.
As soon as the Jane the Virgin narrator was revealed to the whole wide world during the series finale, fans were shocked, surprised, and others completely saw it coming.
*cue the waterworks*
Fans were caught off guard as soon as the truth was revealed during Jane and Rafael’s wedding.
This was literally our face. Plus some tears.
Another fan couldn’t understand why people were so surprised about this revelation.
I mean, how could we have known? It felt too good to be true.
Some of us needed more time to really let it sink in.
And we were definitely ugly crying at the revelation.
However, some fans walked away from the big series finale reveal feeling unimpressed.
Joanna Robinson, who writes for Vanity Fair, compared it to the Gossip Girl reveal (another show where we were left to guess and theorize over Gossip Girl actually was). Robinson added that the JTV narrator reveal “doesn’t make any sense.”
Fans thought it didn’t make sense (and that it felt a little weird) due to the sexual nature of some scenes that had to be narrated on JTV.
These fans thought that it would be a little weird that Mateo–even as an adult–narrate storylines about Jane’s orgasms or about Alba using a vibrator. But if he’s just reading off of the book his mother wrote about her life, why would it be weird?
Another fan noticed that in Chapter 98 of JTV, the narrator hinted at his sexuality–insinuating that he’s gay.
In this chapter of JTV, Rogelio is trying to persuade his baby momma Darci to move to New York, telling her it would be a good move for her dating business, “Did you know that New York has the most single people?” To which the narrator says, “Ooh. I should move there.” But quickly, the narrator backtracks on that statement when Rogelio says “single women outnumber single men.”
During Chapter 99 of JTV, where the characters and actors spoke about the trajectory of the show, we also got a glimpse of the man behind the voiceovers.
Twitter immediately began to swoon over Anthony Mendez.
Now, excuse us while we watch Jane the Virgin from the beginning and this time, envision Mr. Sweet Face as the narrator.