When Michael Cordero collapsed to the ground during Jane The Virgin’s shocker of a “Chapter Fifty-Four,” I swear I could hears millions of hearts simultaneously break. Last Monday’s episode ended with a death and a time jump that will change the sunny telenovela forever. Jane’s husband Michael died on Jane The Virgin, and actor Brett Dier appears to be leaving the show for good, according to the farewells on his social media. This is a blow to every fan who cherished Michael’s dorky sweetness and the couple’s one-of-a-kind love story. But wait a minute: this is a show that features a face-changing criminal mastermind, an evil twin, and a mystically omniscient narrator. Surely death doesn’t have to be the end for Jane’s ex-cop. I’m not ready to accept that he’s gone, so I came up with six ways that Michael could return on Jane The Virgin.
What really hurt about Michael’s death was how ordinary it was. Jane The Virgin is TV’s perfect marriage of soap opera salaciousness and relatable family comedy. The officer on the phone tells Jane that Michael was felled because of the gunshot wound he suffered at the end of last season, but the event itself happened in mundane circumstances — the most mundane, maybe. He was taking a standardized test.
1. He Counsels Jane As Ghost Michael
2. Another Secret Twin?
3. All The Flashbacks
4. He Faked His Own Death For…Reasons
5. All Of This Has Been Jane’s Dream
6. Actual Magic
There may be some separation anxiety going on here. Michael is one of the characters who makes Jane The Virgin such a special show, and it’s just too hard to let him go.
Jane The Virgin is TONIGHT on CW56.