'Virgin River' Fans Will Be Ecstatic Over This Exciting New Season 5 Footage on IG

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Photo credit: Netflix

Well, folks — it's finally happened. Virgin River season 4 dropped on Netflix, and we've been transported back to the world of small-town drama set amongst picture-perfect views. Needless to say, there was a lot to take in this past season. From Mel (Alexandra Breckenridge) and Jack (Martin Henderson)'s pregnancy to the aftermath of Hope (Annette O'Toole)'s accident, viewers went on an emotional roller coaster. Couple that with Doc (Tim Matheson) discovering he has a grandson and a new physician coming to town, we were definitely invested.

But now that season 4 has been out for a bit, longtime fans are already wondering about season 5. Is there a premiere date? A trailer? Luckily, we did some digging, and there's a lot more in store for Virgin River.

Here's what we know so far about season 5 of Virgin River:

When does Virgin River season 5 come out?

Not only was the show green lit at the same time as season 4, but production is already underway. Martin Henderson posted a photo from the filming set to Instagram, and judging from the caption, it looks like he's ready to step back into Jack's world once more.

"Jack’s back!" he wrote on July 19 from his trailer. "Day 1 of shooting #virginriver Season 5 - feels good to slip back into jacks boots. Hope y’all enjoy season 4 tomorrow!!!! 😀😀🎉🎉."

As for Virgin River season 5's release date, we don't know that just yet. Given how the show has previously come out with new seasons in the summertime though, we can expect Virgin River season 5 to be released on Netflix in summer 2023.

Who is in the Virgin River season 5 cast?

Based on the events from the end of season 4, we can assume these cast members will return for season 5:

  • Alexandra Breckenridge as Mel Monroe

  • Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan

  • Tim Matheson as Dr. Vernon "Doc" Mullins

  • Annette O'Toole as Hope McCrea

  • Colin Lawrence as John "Preacher" Middleton

  • Benjamin Hollingsworth as Dan Brady

  • Sarah Dugdale as Lizzie

  • Jenny Cooper as Joey Barnes

  • Zibby Allen as Brie Sheridan

  • Marco Grazzini as Mike Valenzuela

  • Lauren Hammersley as Charmaine Roberts

  • Mark Ghanimé as Dr. Cameron Hayek

  • Kai Bradbury as Denny Cutler

  • Teryl Rothery as Muriel

  • Nicola Cavendish as as Connie

  • Stacey Farber as Tara Anderson

  • Gwynyth Walsh as Jo Ellen

  • Chase Petriw as Christopher

  • Barbara Pollard as Melissa Montgomery

One of the newest additions to the Virgin River cast comes in the form of Barbara Pollard, who debuted as Melissa Montgomery in season 4. While fans know she is the head of Emerald Lumber, she may be out for new blood after she was discovered to be the sister of Nick (a.k.a. the guy investing in Jack's vision of growing a mobile home business). And since Nick's money comes from family business, Melissa may be hiding a secret vendetta against our favorite barman.

"Nick and Melissa getting involved in this glamping business may or may not become problematic for Jack,” Alexandra Breckenridge told TVLine of Melissa's future ties in Virgin River. “I’m not sure what her intention is yet. She obviously doesn’t have good intentions, and I’m not entirely clear if Nick is oblivious to what Melissa does, or if he knows. He seems like such a kind guy. I definitely don’t think his wife has a damn clue. She would probably have told the entire town by now.”

While we're not too sure about who else is going to come visit Virgin River, we do know the cast has officially gotten together for table reads! In fact, the show's official Instagram posted a Zoom photo of the entire cast and crew together just days before season 4 aired on Netflix.

"A snapshot of our amazing cast during a table read for SEASON 5.. Yes, you heard that right folks," the caption read. "We have now started production on SEASON 5! Also, please meet our lovely new Show-runner for S5 @patrickseansmith (pictured here.) We can’t WAIT for you to see what we have in store. Don’t forget though, Season 4 is only 2 days away. See you soon!!"

Has season 5 of Virgin River started filming?

Yes, filming for Virgin River season 5 has kicked off! Production officially started in early August, and the show continues to share behind-the-scenes moments as shooting continues for season 5. In particular, one video features Martin, Alexandra and Colin Lawrence standing alongside a lake to take a cast selfie.

"Always trying to get the perfect shot here on Virgin River 😉," the show captioned the clip on Instagram August 17.

In another instance, viewers got a glimpse of an intense season 5 scene. In the clip, Martin, Tim and director Martin Wood gather on the porch of Virgin River's resident doctor's office to go over their scene before shooting.

"I hope you’re as excited for S5 as we are! ❤️," the hit drama's official Instagram wrote on September 1.

After seeing these video gems, season 5 can't come soon enough!

What will season 5 of Virgin River be about?

After the season 4 finale, there are lots of questions that have us scratching our heads. Thankfully, the series' new showrunner Patrick Sean Smith (he's taking over for previous showrunner Sue Tenney) knows this, and he's not about to let fans down in season 5.

“There is a lot going on, and it took me a while to get my head around what [the characters have] all been through, where they’re heading and where I’d like them to go,” he told TVLine in July. “I wanted it to be as seamless as possible.”

So, does Patrick know where the new season will start? Yes, he does — and fans will be thrilled with this nugget of information. "Season 5 picks up right after season 4," he continued. "There’s no time jump between four and five."

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Photo credit: Netflix

Before we talk season 5, we need to break down just a little bit of what happened during the finale. While Mel and Jack now know he's the father of their unborn daughter, Charmaine's big paternity reveal has us wondering who the true father of her twins is. And speaking of our favorite Virgin River couple ... after four seasons, they're officially engaged! Maybe, we'll get to see another wedding soon.

As far as Hope goes, we know there's a lot more to explore. Now that she needs to hire an aide (and thank goodness Lizzie is stepping in to help), we could continue seeing how her brain injury from season 3 will affect her moving forward. In fact, when speaking to Screen Rant in July, Annette O'Toole had hopes (pun intended!) about where the show takes her character in season 5.

"I don't know a ton about it, because we don't get the scripts until a couple of weeks before we shoot them," she said. "I know that Hope is on the road to recovery and she's going to get better, and I'm hoping that there's going to be more of her doing her mayoral duties than we've seen her do. Politics on a local level like that is really interesting, and we haven't really seen that side of her."

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Photo credit: Netflix

Now, in terms of Doc's relationship with Hope, Tim Matheson is hoping for a little wedding ceremony of his own. As he told Parade in July, he would love to see the couple have a vow renewal.

"I would love to see that. It's a connection he's wanted for years and years, and he screwed their relationship up at one point and worked hard to win her back," he said. "T­hen this calamity occurred, so it would be wonderful if they could complete that part of their lives together. I think that's another thing too, when you've been around each other for so many years and gone through so much, it's like, 'Why don't we just be together?'"

Well, we'll have to keep on watching to find out whether these storylines actually come to fruition. But back to Mel and Jack. Now that we know the two will be parents together, how will impending motherhood affect the nurse? That question might be still up in the air, but Alexandra does know for sure that Charmaine's revelation will affect the couple in a significant way.

"Being betrayed on such a massive scale has to come with anger and hurt,” she told TVLine. “He invested himself emotionally and mentally and financially in having these babies. He was really committed. It’s going to be hard, I think, for Jack to let that go."

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Photo credit: Netflix

Speaking of Jack, how is he going to react to all the commotion currently happening in the fictional town? Well, according to Martin, fans are going to see Jack evolve and fight through some of the challenges with Mel by his side.

"From what I understand this season, you’re going to also see Mel and Jack get really close," he told Glamour." Some of the stuff they’re going to go through is really going to cement their bond. A lot of season 4 was stuff pushing them away, like Jack’s drinking. I don’t think there was true doubt about the relationship, but there were definitely some questions and bumps that were making their union kind of rocky. Hopefully that big proposal put an end to that."

"What I’m hoping in season 5 is actually seeing them get closer together through adversity rather than being pushed apart," he continued. "Because I actually think the audiences love that. You’ve got to have some bumps, but seeing them mature and deepen their love is going to be nice."

How can I watch and stream Virgin River season 5?

Unfortunately, it's going to be a little while before Virgin River season 5 will premiere on Netflix. But that doesn't mean you can't catch up on seasons 1 through 4 in the meantime.

If you're a new subscriber to Netflix, you can try a 30-day free trial before choosing plans that start at $9.99 a month. If you're familiar with the streaming site, all you need to do is click on the show's page on the Netflix official site or the Netflix app to stream from wherever you are.

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