The Trailer for "Virgin River's" Third Season Confirms Jack Is Alive and Well

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The Trailer for "Virgin River's" Third Season Confirms Jack Is Alive and Well

Warning: This post contains spoilers for the second season of Virgin River.

Virgin River's Alexandra Breckenridge felt for her character, Mel Monroe, in the final moments of the Netflix show's second season. "She can't catch a break," Breckenridge told Oprah Daily, half-laughing.

Breckenridge has thoughts about future storylines of Virgin River, which will return for its third season on July 9. Most pressingly? She hopes Jack, Mel's former Marine-turned-bartender boyfriend, recovers from the bullet wound that Mel finds when she discovers him bleeding out behind the bar. After two seasons of build-up, Mel and Jack finally got together—only for this to happen.

"I hope there's a Jack, if they bring [Virgin River] back for season three. 'Cause if not, I think Mel would probably fall apart. I think would just cease to exist. Spontaneously combust and float away into little pieces," Breckenridge told Oprah Daily after season 2 aired.

Thankfully, the official season 3 trailer confirms that Jack is alive and well (though we still don't know who shot him). In fact, he and Mel seem to be considering starting their own family. Here's what we know about season 3 of Virgin River, and what we hope happens.

Virgin River's third season premieres in July.

Set your calendars for Friday, July 9, because that's when the binge of Virgin River's 10-episode third season can begin. Despite being set in California, the third season was filmed in various locations throughout Vancouver.

The trailer shows Jack and Mel considering starting their own family.

The season 3 trailer gives us the latest update on the Jack-Mel-Charmaine love triangle. Charmaine has given birth to her twins with Jack, and is raising them with her new boyfriend, Tod. Now, Jack and Mel may be considering starting a family of their own. "How would you feel about me having a baby?" Mel asks Jack while they're lying in bed. She appears to be taking a pregnancy test in the bathroom later on in the trailer.

This plot progression is definitely in line with Breckenridge's wishes. "I hope they get married and have babies of their own some day," Breckenridge said.

But the trailer cues up enough drama for us to think their journey to parenthood won't be easy. A few examples? Jack and Mel run from a literal burning building. Jack is weeping alone in a car. Jack is in a fist fight. Expect drama—especially, it seems, on the Jack front.

The same cast will return, in addition to some new faces.

Aside from Mel and Jack, the rest of the Virgin River regulars will return to carry out their storylines. Doc (Tim Matheson) and Virgin River's mayor, Hope (Annette O'Toole) are in the midst of planning their second wedding, which Doc's mysterious diagnosis might interfere with. Charmaine (Lauren Hammersley) has given birth to twins. Preacher (Colin Lawrence) appears to be raising Paige's son, Christopher.

Season 2's new additions, like Lizzie (Sarah Dugdale) and Ricky (Grayson Maxwell Gurnsey), will return. Plus, Zibby Allen (Grey’s Anatomy) will become a new regular on the show, playing Jack's sister, Brie who Deadline describes as a "ballsy" lawyer. And Stacey Farber (Diggstown) will join as Lilly’s daughter.

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

Doc's mysterious diagnosis will be revealed in season 3.

Just when everything seems to come together, it all falls apart—including Doc and Hope's reconciliation. In the last moments of the finale, Doc, looking concerned, attempts to tell Hope about his visit to the doctor's office. His news is interrupted by a surprise engagement party. We'll have to wait until season 3 to find out what he has to say.

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

For now, catch up with Robyn Carr's Virgin River novels.

Virgin River is based on Robyn Carr's popular 20-book Virgin River series. While featuring the same setting and characters, though, the plot-lines deviate enough for the books to contain surprises.

For that reason, Breckenridge hasn't actually read the novels. Showrunner Sue Tenney recommended she not read them, so she wouldn't confuse herself with alternate realities for Mel. "My family members have been reading the books and they're like, Gosh, the first season, isn't really the same!" Breckenridge said.

A few key differences between the books and Netflix show? Mel was never able to get pregnant with Mark in the books, compared to the stillbirth she has in the series. Most strikingly, Charmaine doesn't have Jack's twins. Essentially, you won't find season 3 spoilers in the novels, but you will get to spend more time in Virgin River—and who would say no to that?

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