Jane the Virgin: Was Mateo switched at birth? Final season shocks!

Jane the Virgin

Jane's journey has been a great one, but all roads must come to an end.

They grow up so fast! 

Jennie Snyder Urman's acclaimed rom-com drama has been airing for five years and we've watched the ensemble grow into friends. The characters are all excellent in their own ways, but it's the way they all play off of each other which makes Jane the Virgin so utterly unique. It cleverly parodies genre conventions of the telenovela, which is a serialised drama often made in Latin America. 

It's a hilarious and warm spin on the typical Spanish soap operas, managing to poke fun while still being a prime and satisfying example. It's never been afraid to point the finger at itself and have a laugh, which is all part of the charm. The CW show has followed the story of Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez), the Catholic virgin who finds herself pregnant after accidental artificial insemination; a bonkers premise that the writers roll with perfectly. 

Jane the Virgin

The CW's final season of Jane the Virgin 

Sadly, the show actually came to its conclusion on Wednesday, July 31st 2019 with its one-hundredth episode!

Over the course of Jane the Virgin's run, it's been nominated for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, received the Peabody Award and Gina also won for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy. 

It's racked up some serious accolades, but all that mattered to fans was how the story played out on screen, and fortunately, the majority are happy with the way it bowed out. Of course, there were some serious frets along the way, and one of the biggest centred upon Mateo. 


Jane the Virgin: Was Mateo Switched at birth?

In the fifth and final season, the writers dance around some real shocks, and one of the biggest reared its head for Chapter Ninety-Seven. 

While Jane's discussing her book with her agent, the latter feels there needs to be a juicy new angle; she runs the idea of the protagonist realising that her baby was switched for another during the mysterious kidnapping. It's a particularly scary thought and one which sends Jane's own spiralling into some dark territory. 

What if that's actually true? Her and Rafael begin to panic about the potential and decide it's best to go ahead with a paternity test. The audience began to brace themselves, as, after all, series' have dropped bigger bombshells in their final episodes before. Awaiting the results, knuckles were braced, but it turns out that Mateo is in fact the couple's child after all. 

Arguably, more drama could've been squeezed from the situation, but it made for some decent tension all the same. 


Gina Rodriguez bids farewell to Jane

Gina cast a spell over audiences with Jane, but actually, Jane has also cast a spell over Gina.

As reported by Metro, the actress posted a farewell to the character on social media, signing off with some touching words: "Jane the Virgin. Wow. 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 s**t 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! Thank you to Jennie for making me your Jane and to the incredible cast for becoming my family... I will always love you Jane..."

It's been a ride, but as she confirms, she won't stop bringing joy with her work! 

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