18 Reasons ‘Jane the Virgin’ Decided to Kill Off [SPOILER]

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18 Reasons ‘Jane the Virgin’ Decided to Kill Off [SPOILER]

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18 Reasons ‘Jane the Virgin’ Decided to Kill Off [SPOILER]

Jane the Virgin Season 3 began with fans terrified Michael Cordero had died from his Season 2 finale gunshot wound, mere moments after his wedding.

But, Jane Villanueva’s husband survived and seemed better than ever throughout the season… Until the heartbreaking “Chapter Fifty-Four,” where fan favorite Brett Dier’s character shockingly dies when his heart gives out.  

Take a look at the gallery above to find out why on Earth the Jane writers decided to rip viewers' hearts out with a midseason episode — and all the clues hinting we were about to say goodbye to Michael.

18 Reasons ‘Jane the Virgin’ Decided to Kill Off [SPOILER]
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The “previously-on” segment

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The “previously-on” segment

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The first thing we see in “Chapter Fifty-Four” is Michael’s Season 2 cliffhanger shooting.

While the narrator immediately says Michael is healthy now, we should have known we would soon see even more fallout from that bloody incident in the upcoming episode.

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The opener

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The opener

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Jane usually starts off with a look at Jane’s childhood.

Instead, we begin Season 3 Episode 10 with a look at Michael’s childhood where he talks about the “trauma” of being too sick to be a police officer for Halloween.

That’s foreshadowing, friends.

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The episode-long walk down memory lane

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The episode-long walk down memory lane

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The sheer number of adorable Michael photos and memories through the installment should have been a glaring hint to enjoy Jane’s man for as long as possible.

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The cast’s social media presence

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The cast’s social media presence

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The entire Jane cast urged fans to watch “Chapter Fifty-Four” live.

Some guessed they were prepping viewers for a big pregnancy announcement, but viewers can be (sadly) wrong.

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The defense from Michael himself

The defense from Michael himself

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“I knew that the people that are diehard Team Michael fans would really be heartbroken, and I mean that’s kind of sad,” Brett admits to Vulture of his departure.

“That’s kind of sad to do that to them, but it’s good television.”

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The hard truth from Brett

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The hard truth from Brett

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“You can’t just have Jane and Michael be happy for five years on the show and then it ending,” the actor adds.

“There has to be some crazy stuff happening at all times, especially in this show.”

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The long-term plan to kill Michael

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The long-term plan to kill Michael

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Fans everywhere know the infamous Jane line, “For as long as Michael lived, until he drew his very last breath, he never did [stop loving Jane].”

Showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman revealed in a post-episode blog post she added the narrator’s statement “last minute to hold our feet to the fire” when it came to offing the character.

She adds, “To make sure we went through with it. Because even back then, the writers could all see the magic of Jane and Michael together.”

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The writers' small kindness

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Jennie also says she added the iconic line as a way to give fans a very early heads-up about the tragedy ahead.

“The other reason I put that line in the script was to prepare you… a little,” she continued.

“If the writers and actors loved Michael so much, then I knew it would be devastating for the fans. So then, the only surprise we had left was when.”

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The writers' big kindness

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The writers' big kindness

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Jane almost killed Michael a long, long time ago, meaning we nearly never got the policeman’s perfect wedding vows.

“We kind of pushed and pulled with when it would happen, and we pushed till later,” Jennie tells The Hollywood Reporter.

“Because Brett is just so magical and he and Gina are just so magical together. So we sort of kept it off as long as we could.”

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The silver living to hold onto

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We haven’t seen the last of Michael Cordero and his adorable portrayer, Brett.

“[We are] definitely, definitely bringing Brett back,” the showrunner promises.

“And there will be things that you hadn't seen before, and there will be things that you have.”

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The Jane reminder

The Jane reminder

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While we love Jane and Michael to pieces — i.e., some editors couldn’t get out of bed on Tuesday, February 7 — it’s important to remember JTV is about Jane’s journey, not Jane’s ridiculously perfect marriage.

“I feel like this is a telenovela,” the showrunner continues. “So much of the show is about how Jane has all of these hopes and dreams and romantic ideals and how life changes and challenges her.

“So this was just one of the big events that we had to build to for a while.”

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The real-life bummer

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The real-life bummer

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Many are shocked Jane decided to drop such a series-changing bomb in a middle-of-the-season episode, which aired on a random Monday in February.

Jennie says that’s the point.

“I wanted to play with expectations about when we're doing certain big events, that they're not always in the finale,” the writer explains.

“Much as life is, you're not prepared for when.”

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The real-life punch in the gut

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The real-life punch in the gut

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“I wanted [Jane] to have all these firsts with Michael where they move into their first home, they have sex, and they experience married life,” Jennie reveals.

“And now she's had that as a character, and what does that do? And how does that change her journey moving forward?”

That is dark.

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The darker fact

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The darker fact

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Jane might be a comedy but Michael’s death is way too real.

“And there’s something about the last time you see someone, and you don’t know it’s the last time you’ve seen someone,” Jennie tells Entertainment Weekly of the fact Michael died away from Jane while taking his LSATs.

“I really wanted to capture that moment, the mundaneness of saying goodbye to him, and then this medical event comes up.”

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The future for Jane

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The future for Jane

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When Jane returns next week on Monday, February 13, we will see a three-year time jump and stay there.

“She's three years older,” Jennie says of the new Jane. “She's been a parent for three more years.

“She's had to just incorporate this pain and loss into her persona, into who she is, and I think her ideas of romance and fairytales are really shifted as a result.

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The pregnancy theory

The pregnancy theory

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One of Michael and Jane’s final conversations is over moving up their timeline to have their first child together.

Sadly, it seems Jane wasn’t secretly pregnant at the time. “No. She’s not pregnant. [Laughs.] She doesn’t have another baby,” the creator says.

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The wedding

The wedding

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“Chapter Fifty-Four” ends with Jane getting 4-and-a-half-year-old Mateo ready for a wedding. The decision to end on that note plays into the entire plot to kill Michael.

“I just wanted you to know that you're coming back to the same show. That, again, there's light — the same word I keep coming to,” Jennie assures everyone.

“That life moves on, that there's light and happiness and heart, and here's Jane, she's getting ready and going to a wedding. Whose is it? People have to move on, you have to.”

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Jane the Virgin Season 3 began with fans terrified Michael Cordero had died from his Season 2 finale gunshot wound, mere moments after his wedding.

But, Jane Villanueva’s husband survived and seemed better than ever throughout the season… Until the heartbreaking “Chapter Fifty-Four,” where fan favorite Brett Dier’s character shockingly dies when his heart gives out.  

Take a look at the gallery above to find out why on Earth the Jane writers decided to rip viewers' hearts out with a midseason episode — and all the clues hinting we were about to say goodbye to Michael.