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‘Jane The Virgin’ Gave Latinas One Of TV’s First Lovable Main Characters And I’m So Grateful For It

For four straight seasons, the dramatic and hilarious cast of “Jane the Virgin” has entertained and kept us on the edge of our streets. In the best of episodes, we’ve laughed, fell in love, cried and felt the warmth of our Latinidad. Now, with the final episode of the series being officially fought, there’s no denying Jane fans will get to feel those feels all the way to the max.

On Wednesday, the cast of the show revealed that “Jane The Virgin” officially filmed its final episode.

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And things got PREtty emotional y’all.

There were tons of love letters to cast friends in the form of goodbye Instagram posts.

And so many tears!!

Like so much looooveee!

Which makes me wonder if Yael and Justin get together in the series???

And of course, Gina had a bunch to say that brought so many of us to tears.

So many great memories brought to us by this lively soul who helped to give life to a Latina character we sorely needed over the past few years!

Still, through all of the tears remember there’s tons to look forward to!

In the upcoming season, set to air sometime this year, we’ll be introduced to new characters, new love triangles, more cameos, and more Latinx women in the director’s chair. Here’s what else we know…

1. “13 Reasons Why” Star Tommy Dorfman will be joining the final season of JTV. 

According to The Wrap, Tommy Dorfman from the Netflix original “13 Reasons Why” will be joining the cast of “Jane the Virgin.” And he’s taking on a completely different role. Dorfman will play Bobby, “an associate of the show’s recurring drug-lord character Sin Rostro.” We can’t wait to see what trouble he brings to Miami.

2. Michael Cordero is coming back.

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Yup, he’s back from the dead. As a Rafael Solano stan, that’s all you need to know.

3. Gina Rodriguez will be directing the premiere episode.

Back in season four, Gina directed her first episode of the series “Chapter Seventy-Four” and of course, it turned out one of the best episodes of the season. Now, she’s back in the director’s chair for the show’s final season.  

4. Another Latina will also have a directorial role.

Like Gina, Eva Longoria has also sat in the director’s chair for JTV before. She had such great success that she is coming back for more. 

5. Get ready for more love triangle dramatics.

As we mentioned, Michael Cordero has suddenly reappeared. Wasn’t he dead? But with Sin Rostro still in the equation somehow, who knows where he could have been. So now that he’s back in the picturee — right when Rafael was about to possibly propose to Jane — you can expect some drama. Who will Jane choose? How will this change things between her and Rafael? 

6. We might have to wait until 2019.

Ideally, JTV would have already been close to airing for its upcoming season this fall. But now, according to the CW network via Cosmopolitan, we might have to wait until January 2019. Let the countdown begin.  

7. The person J.R. shot in the finale of Season 4 is someone Petra knows… WHAT?

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So if you’re all caught up and remember that crazy season finale, you’ll remember that it also ended with a gunshot. J.R. shot someone in Petra’s hotel room, and it might be someone Petra knows. But who the heck could it possibly be?

8. We’ll finally find out who the narrator is.

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It’s so exciting to learn that we’ll finally know the face behind JTV’s iconic narrator. According to Jennie Snyder Urman, we’ll find out who the narrator is before the show ends AND she also says there have been hints sprinkled here and there throughout the series. So, don’t cancel out any of your theories.

9. Ricky Martin might make a cameo.

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According to an interview for The New York Times with the show’s creator Jennie Snyder Urman, we might get a Ricky Martin cameo. “We also have a Ricky Martin dream in our writers’ room. Rogelio’s alluded to a little bit of a history with Ricky Martin, and I’d love to see if we could get him on.” PLEASE DO.

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‘Jane The Virgin’ Is The Perfect Representation Of What Happens With Three Generations Of Moms Live Together

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‘Jane The Virgin’ Is The Perfect Representation Of What Happens With Three Generations Of Moms Live Together

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“Jane the Virgin” doesn’t just give us a telenovela where every mother is a grounded and developed character. It shows America what single latinidad motherhood looks like from birth to vieja-hood. From the wisdom of abuela Alba, to the free spirit of Xiomara and the diplomatic Jane, we see a taste of our own traditions and the evolving methods of Latina motherhood in different generations.

While you have probably never accidentally been artificially inseminated, you’ve definitely felt the same love shown by these tv mamas. They are always there for each other to lift each other up and make life as great as possible. Moms are just like that. Happy Mother’s Day. Even though we might be separated in quarantine, we can still give our moms a sweet memory on this day. Call her and tell her you love her.

We first meet the Villanueva women with their eyes glued to a telenovela, like most Latino families.

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No matter how old you are or how cheesy they are, telenovelas with your mom and abuela are moments we all cherish.

Legit, we have been snuggling with the most important women of our lives for some incredible telenovela drama since we were little kids.

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The Villanueva women even have a long-standing Mother’s Day tradition of binge-watching an entire telenovela series and that’s magical.

ICYMI, Jane was accidentally, artificially inseminated, which is not common.

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Like many of our families, Jane was taught that her virginity was sacred. Unfortunately, a mishap led to her pregnancy without sex. Luckily for Jane and us, Latino families are strong units and we all pitch in when we need to.

But with the help of her mom and abuela, she makes it work.

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They support her going back to grad school. You can bet your mom would babysit your kid while you went back to school, too. Jane’s parenting style is all about leading by example and staying rooted in her dreams pre-Mateo.

We can relate to mami y abuela being high key chismosas.

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Privacy? What privacy?! Even when Jane goes onto the porch to have a “private” conversation, there’s no escaping the curious eyes of the women in her house. If you are feeling triggered, you aren’t alone.

While all three Villanueva women live under the same roof, they have very different parenting styles. Alba is all about the tough love.

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Alba, like our abuelas, like to keep things old-school. Like, she raised your mom so she clearly knows how to raise a child. There isn’t anything wrong with her methods of raising a child. but some times you just have to do things yourself. Jane might not take all of her advice, but that’s just how the modern family unit works, right?

Xiomara, like our moms, lives like a mama bear ready to protect her child no matter what.

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How many times has your mother confronted someone who was making your life difficult? You might feel embarrassed that she is going ham on your teacher or boss, but it is all because she loves you. Let her go all Xo on them. She is only trying to make sure you are always happy.

Whenever there is a hard moment in anyone’s life, mom is always there to do what she can.

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You might have a serious illness or facing some kind of legal trouble and things seem hopeless. However, mom will do anything to make it a little bit better for you. We stick together, we pray together, and put faith in each other.

However you’re celebrating Mother’s Day, consider binge-watching “Jane the Virgin” with your own mom and abuela.

Now, go call your mother because she loves to hear from you.

READ: Gina Rodriguez Stunned Fans At SXSW Saying Hinting That ‘Jane The Virgin’ Is Ending

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The ‘Jane The Virgin’ Cast Shared Their Final Goodbyes And We’re Not Crying, You’re Crying

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The ‘Jane The Virgin’ Cast Shared Their Final Goodbyes And We’re Not Crying, You’re Crying

Last week marked the end of an era for many diehard “Jane the Virgin” fans. For the past five years and for the exactly 100 episodes, we’ve laughed, cried, and spent a lot of time getting to know the Villanueva family. Through the original CW show, we also became enthralled in the drama telenevolas many of us Latinx kids grew up watching with our families. JTV might have not been the most realistic portrayal of our personal lives or even real life for that matter, but at the root of it, the show focused on the importance of love, friendships, and family; it taught us lessons we’ll never forget.

 But most importantly, JTV’s Jane Villanueva made sure many of us saw ourselves represented through our television screen for the past five years. 

Ultimately, Jane Villanueva was us. She made us feel seen, heard, and she helped us navigate life as Latina women worthy of love and worthy of achieving the impossible.

The last and final chapter of Jane the Virgin, which aired earlier this week on the CW, was the fairytale ending we were all waiting for since. For seasons, devoted fans followed Jane Villanueva’s journey when she stepped off that bus and was artificially inseminated with Rafael Solano’s baby. Since then, characters have been killed, characters have been kidnapped, characters have died and then come back to life, Jane has written a book and then another, we’ve encountered and defeated many villains, and well, you know how novelas go. 

But on the last episode, there were no surprises. No deaths. No bad luck. Just pure bliss.

The cast of Jane the Virgin also shared heartfelt tributes to a show that’s also forever changed their lives. 

Justin Baldoni, aka Rafael Solano, posted so many sweet behind the scenes photos of him alongside the cast. 

The day after her 35th birthday and on the day of the series finale, Gina Rodriguez shared a heartfelt tribute to the show that brought us Jane Villanueva.

“We started shooting the first season of Jane in July 2014. A few days into shooting I turned 30 on set. Yesterday I turned 35. And today is the very last episodes, 99 and 100 airing of Jane The Virgin. Five years. Five years of love, laughter, growth, pain, surprises, deaths, new births and a shit ton of memories. To my warriors who have supported me from day one, Thank you. I am able to live out my dream career because of you and I will never stop making art to bring Joy and Laughter into your home/train ride/plane ride or classroom! Art is my savior. Art is what makes me feel like I can fly,” she wrote in her caption.

If you’re like me, and have been #TeamJafael since the beginning, Justin Baldoni’s tribute will make you cry.

“For the past five years you have welcomed us into your homes, apartments, dorm rooms…but more than that—so much more than that—you have welcomed us into your hearts,” Baldoni wrote. “This show has been magic because you all are magic. And there are not enough words in all the languages of the world to adequately express how deeply grateful I am. So I will just say thank you.”

Yael Grobglas, who portrayed Petra in JTV, posted footage of the final table read of the series finale.

In the video, Gina and Justin can be seen reciting their last lines of JTV ever, unable to hold back tears. We dare you NOT to cry. 

Grobglas also shared a photo with her alongside the other fierce women characters on the show. ” I’m so happy we got to end on our own terms unlike most shows and wrap things up at our own time but I’m still incredibly overwhelmed by this chapter ending. So people are asking me how I feel.. I don’t know,” she wrote.

Our favorite fictional mama, Xiomara, shared a video of her watching the series finale. We’ll miss you, Xo! 

Jaime Camil, the best fictional father and telenovela star that there ever was, also shared a heartfelt message to JTV fans on the night of the finale.

“100 episodes, 5 years, unlimited amount of feelings, indescribable friendships, overwhelming support, gratitude, joy, love and of course, the greatest fans. Thank you for giving us the privilege to entertain you. Your kind words mean everything,” Camil wrote in an Instagram caption. We’ll miss you forever, Rogelio de la Vega. 

Despite it being the final season of “Jane the Virgin,” it’s important to not forget that we’ll now be getting a spinoff! In case you forgot, Jane the Novela–which will be narrated by Gina Rodriguez–will follow the format of a American Horror Story definition of an anthology. This means it will be telling one complete story each episode like a traditional telenovela. 

Jennie Snyder Urman told PopSugar that if the show makes it to the second season, provided that it even gets picked up to be a series in the first place, we might get lucky and see other Jane the Virgin characters appear as well.

So this isn’t a goodbye, it’s hopefully a see you later for JTV fans.

“Don’t forget to enjoy the ride because every chapter comes to a close,” Gina Rodriguez says in Chapter 99, part of the two-part series finale. “So I have enjoyed the ride, things like this, they are winning the lottery. I will always thank Jane, the character.” 

We’ll never forget the 100 chapters Jane the Virgin brought us. *cries* 

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