'Jane the Virgin' killed off...

Story highlights

  • A major character died
  • Showrunner said there had been hints

This story contains spoilers about "Jane the Virgin."

(CNN)It wasn't even the season finale, but that didn't stop "Jane the Virgin" from killing off a beloved character.

On Monday night, Michael Cordero, played by Brett Dier, succumbed to an aortic dissection from an earlier gunshot wound.
The death was a shocker for many fans given that the character had survived being shot shortly before marrying Jane Villanueva in the Season 2 finale.
    The couple appeared to be headed towards wedded bliss in Season 3, but it was not to be.
    There was an outpouring of grief over the death on social media.
    Showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that the Cordero character really is dead, before adding there have been hints it was coming since Season 1.
    "The question was, "When?," Urman said. "It's a combination of wanting to put it off as long as possible because I loved Brett [Dier] so much as an actor and a person, and because we still had more story to tell and wanting Jane to go through all those firsts with him."
    The episode ended with the series set three years into the future -- and a glimpse of Jane getting ready for a wedding.