The following article contains spoilers for Season 4 of “Virgin River.”
“Virgin River” is on a soapy, romantic, melodramatic high. The adventures of midwife Mel Monroe (Alexandra Breckenridge) and her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Jack Sheridan (Martin Henderson), have been entertaining fans every summer for the past four years. It has a loyal viewership whose dedication to the show has helped make “Virgin River” a huge phenomenon. Per Variety, the show’s mighty enough to knock “Stranger Things” from the top of the streaming charts. Now that’s what we call popular.Luckily for fans of the show, Netflix renewed “Virgin River” for a fifth season when it greenlit its fourth season in 2021. That means it’s set to have at least one more block of episodes before the cancelation bear gets another chance to nip at its heels. What’s in store for fans of the program as it rolls into its fifth iteration? Here’s what we know so far.
Who stars in Season 5 of Virgin River?
Thanks to many posts on the cast’s various social media pages, which chronicle the Season 5 shoot in real-time, we now know that most of the show’s regulars should be returning. This includes Annette O’Toole as Hope McCrea, Alexandra Breckenridge as Melinda “Mel” Monroe, Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan, Colin Lawrence as John “Preacher” Middleton, Lauren Hammersley as Charmaine Roberts, Tim Matheson as Vernon “Doc” Mullins, Benjamin Hollingsworth as Dan Brady, Grayson Gurnsey as Ricky, Sarah Dugdale as Lizzie, Zibby Allen as Brie Sheridan, Kai Bradbury as Denny Cutler, and Nicola Cavendish as Connie. Naturally, there will be a few recurring favorites who will pop up again throughout the run.As of now, there’s no sign that any significant new cast members will be added for the show’s fifth season, though Netflix head of drama Jinny Howe vowed to TV Line that the show would have more inclusivity over Season 5. And there has been a behind-the-scenes shakeup; “Greek” showrunner Patrick Sean Smith has been named to spearhead “Virgin River” ahead of Season 5, per TV Line.
When will Season 5 of Virgin River be released?
A set of posts on Annette O’Toole’s Instagram reveal that the fifth season of Virgin River has been filming since July 5, and What’s on Netflix reports that it will wrap on November 15. That puts Season 5 on track for a typical-by-now Summer 2023 debut, though no release date has been announced. Naturally, it’s impossible to guarantee that the show will end up on the service on any guaranteed date; its first two seasons arrived on the platform in December and November of 2019 and 2020, respectively. But since Netflix has gotten great numbers by dropping it during the summer months, they will likely follow their 2021 and 2022 plans unless extenuating circumstances intervene.As usual for the show, you can expect that all episodes will drop on the service simultaneously, allowing fans to binge or slowly savor the new season when it arrives.
What will Season 5 of Virgin River be about?
After a tumultuous Season 4, during which Jack and Mel debate whether or not they should find out if Mel’s baby’s biological father is Jack or her late husband Mark (Daniel Gillies), the twosome is set to skate into Season 5 in joy. A paternity test has proven that the baby is Jack’s, and he has successfully proposed to Mel before they get the results. But the couple’s joy is complicated by the revelation that Charmaine’s twins are not Jack’s. While this loosens Jack from Charmaine’s hold, it will also leave him feeling responsible for the boys, no matter who their biological father is.
In other news, Brady was exonerated in Jack’s shooting (it was revealed the culprit was Wes) and embarked on a romance with Brie. Preacher saved Paige (Lexa Doig) and her son Christopher (Chase Petriw) from Vince (Steve Bacic) once and for all but remains torn between Paige and Julia (Lucia Walters) romantically. Doc and Hope spend the entire season coping with Hope’s post-car-crash brain injury, and now they’re standing on the cusp of another family health crisis. It turns out that Denny has Huntington’s Disease, throwing a spanner into Denny’s love triangle with Lizzie and Ricky. Viewers were also introduced to Melissa Montgomery (Barbara Pollard), the head of the lumbering drug ring who made her expectations and consequences known. We expect Season 5 to expand upon these dangling threads
Where can I watch Virgin Rive
It’s probably not surprising for fans of the drama to learn that “Virgin River” remains a Netflix exclusive. You can currently binge all four previous seasons of the show from the comfort of your home while you wait for Season 5 to arrive. At the moment, there appear to be no plans to bring the show to DVD or Blu-Ray, and no plan to either syndicate the program or make individual episodes available for download or purchase. That means that Netflix remains your only option to watch this original series in action. So you’ll have to stick with a subscription plan to get the maximum bang for your soapy buck.
It’s both highly convenient to fans of the show and straightforward to find. And for those whiling away the hours until they get more “Virgin River” in their lives, well worth paying their monthly subscription fees.