Jane the Virgin might be ending ending with season 5, if the latest comments from star Gina Rodriguez can be believed. The series, which premiered in 2014, has been one of The CW's most acclaimed shows from the start, winning awards, mainly for Rodriguez' performance. However, the show has never been much of a ratings hit. Jane the Virgin has been perpetually on the bubble of cancellation, even for the relatively low ratings of The CW.
Despite the fact that Jane the Virgin has created little more than critical buzz for The CW, it has been renewed year after year. The scheduling of Jane the Virgin hasn't been steady but it's always managed to find a spot with The CW's limited airtime. Yet that time for Jane the Virgin appears to be running out and fans might want to prepare for the end.
Nothing is official right now. Yet in a recent interview with Variety, Jane the Virgin lead Gina Rodriguez did drop an anvil-sized hint that the show is ending sooner rather than later. She was asked about directing an episode of Jane in season 4, which was the highest-rated episode of the season. Rodriguez said she hopes to "do more directing next year - in our final season."
The comment, if taken at face value and truthfully, is newsworthy for two reasons. Not only does it signal that Jane the Virgin will end with season 5 but it hints that there will be a season 5. The CW has yet to announce publicly if Jane the Virgin will be back, although that's not unique. None of CW shows hasn't renewed any series, even though like Supernatural and the Arrowverse series, which are certainly coming back.
Yet the chances of Jane the Virgin coming back and it being the final season are pretty high. The CW recently announced plans to expand their prime time schedule of original programming to include Sunday nights. This gives the network two more precious hours of programming. It also allows bubble shows like Jane the Virgin to have a higher chance of renewal. Furthermore, The CW has always been good about giving their series a firm ending, especially if they run for multiple seasons. If there's enough critical or fan appreciation around a CW series, it'll usually get a pre-announced final season, even if it's one with an abbreviated episode count.
It's about time for the Jane the Virgin to end as well. Gina Rodriguez's star is very much on the rise. The actress began Jane the Virgin as a relative unknown and since has gone to star in two feature films, Deepwater Horizon and Annihilation - the latter of which earned nearly as much acclaim in theaters as Jane the Virgin earns on a weekly basis. Even though the roles that Gina Rodriguez played in both movies was minor that was likely due to time restrictions, not lack of talent or interest.
Jane the Virgin is a series that has reinvented itself several times in its four season run. It even shed the entire concept of the series in season 3 when Jane finally got married and lost her virginity. Five years of twists and turns is good for any series. It's extraordinary for a show that has been as consistent and fun as Jane the Virgin.
Jane the Virgin will next air Friday, March 16 with "Chapter Seventy-Seven" at 9 EST on The CW.