Vulture

Skip to content, or skip to search.

video

From Jane Eyre to Grey’s Anatomy: A History of Surprise Cinematic Spouses

Though its latest movie adaptation, starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender, only hits theaters today, Jane Eyre is such a staple of high-school classrooms (and Masterpiece Theater) that most everyone will know what's coming: a crazy wife, locked in the attic, who shows up just in time to stymie the wedding of Jane to Mr. Rochester. He's already married? Harsh! ... but not uncommon. The surprise, secret spouse has ruined — or at least temporarily complicated — many a movie or TV love story, usually somewhere between the romantic leads' first "I love you"s and their own legally questionable "I do"s. To celebrate this time-honored plot device and their corresponding obligatory shocking reveals, Vulture now presents a roundup of the best "Surprise, I'm married!" moments, honoring great achievements in fictional husband and wife concealment. (Fiancés were not included, because, let's be real — those weddings never actually happen.) Sit back and watch the love fall apart.