With Season 5 of Virgin River out on Netflix, is Lexa Doig’s future sealed in the future of the series?
Or will we only have to settle with the utterance of her name as a lingering shadow?
*Major spoilers for Season 5 ahead! Proceed with caution*
On September 7, we gathered our popcorn and sodas, turned on Netflix, and delved into the mystic town of Virgin River for a new Season 5. It was an engaging, unwavering experience, and most of us binge-watched all eight episodes within the night. So, an intriguing question must have popped up in your heads after reaching the finale: Is Lexa Doig Leaving the Virgin River? From the looks of it, we can arrive at innumerable conclusions, so we have broken it all down for you below.
The series has garnered unwavering support and fan-following since its inception, so much so that the creators revisited their earlier decision to make Season 5 the finale. Now, they have decided to extend it to Season 6! All you Virgin River fans have a lot to look forward to after watching Season 5! Will Virgin River Season 6 reach us soon? Will the current WGA and SAG AFTRA strike situation affect release dates? Has filming for Virgin River Season 6 been delayed? Is there a possible return arc for Lexa Doig?
Season 5 has again done a commendable job, much like its predecessor, Season 4, to leave us in the depths of massive cliffhangers throughout every character in the show. One such unfolded mystery is that of Lexa Doig, whose character in the show has always been quavery since Season 3. So, did we finally say goodbye to Lexa, or will the befuddling ending catapult her into venturing into Virgin River one last time for Season 6? Let’s find out!
Virgin River Season 5 Almost Answered Our Questions
The Season 4 finale left us on the cusp of a massive cliffhanger, which we waited for over a year for Season 5 to answer. So, did Season 5 answer our questions? It did, but it left us with more cliffhangers for Season 6 to explore.
We Finally Know Who Charmaine’s Twins Belong To
Incidentally, Charmaine remains pregnant throughout the entirety of Season 5, making us skeptical of the revelation of the father of the buns cooking in her oven. We learned from the Season 4 finale that Jack (her ex) was actually not the father. So we were intrigued as to who it was. Charmaine’s problematic situation with the men in her life defined her character throughout the four Seasons of Virgin River, and Season 5 was no different. From her husband Todd to emotionally unavailable Jack, Charmaine never cracked the perfect relationship jackpot.
Towards the end of Season 5, we finally get to know that Calvin(Virgin River’s No. 1 Criminal) was the actual father of the twins. Calvin was presumed dead due to a miscalculated boat explosion, but the Season 5 finale revealed that he was alive after all and was ready to be involved with his unborn twins.
Will Charmaine allow Calvin to enter her life and be a father to her twins? Will he cause more trouble for Virgin River? Only Season 6 can tell.
Mel’s Plans Go Splat Mid-Season
An engaged and pregnant Mel is jolly from the beginning of Season 5 with her fiance and baby daddy, Jack and both of them are settled to begin a normal family life. Mid-season, something happens to Mel, and her world is overturned. She loses the baby after a camping trip with Jack, resulting in her second miscarriage, the first being her deceased husband’s baby before she met Jack.
However, by the end of the Season, the couple decides to pick the pieces of their hearts together, buy farmland that belonged to Lily, and start a settled life together, even adopt if need be. This also came after the entire town was grieving over the aftermath of the grave forest fire that set the Virgin River ablaze.
Will their attempt at a settled, secluded life be interrupted by yet another grave tragedy? Or will Mel and Jack get their well-deserved fairy-tale ending?
Virgin River seems to be a land of fertility because every other woman ends up being pregnant. New to the list is V-town’s new It couple, Lizzie and Denny. But it’s not all unicorns and cotton candy.
Lizzie and Denny finally got together in Season 5 despite Denny’s protests because of his deteriorating condition linked to Huntington’s disease, a nervous system disorder. However, towards the end of Season 5, at the carnival, just as Denny says that he has finally decided to leave Virgin River to attend med school, Lizzie reveals her pregnancy.
This cliffhanger was the worst of them all because we have no clue what can happen next. We can only hope Denny reverses this fatal disease, stays back, and helps Lizzie with their baby. Otherwise, expect the heartbreak of the century in Season 6!
Did Paige Say Her Final Goodbye
Now to the main question at hand: Is Lexa Doig Leaving Virgin River? Let’s see.
Season 5 confronted her situation with her deceased husband Wes, who she pushed down the stairs and ended up dead. She did it as an act of self-defense to save herself and her son Christopher from the clutches of her evil-cop abusive husband, Wes. Preacher, her budding love interest, helped put away the body and helped her escape town. This started the characters ‘ charade to the town. Seasons 3 and 4 saw her narrative drift away from the central theme of the series. However, Season 5 brought her back, helped her face her demons, and gained clarity.
Wes’s evil twin brother Vince (who also shot Jack earlier) came to seek revenge for her brother’s death and ended up having Paige at gunpoint, with Preacher butting in the right moment and saving the day. LAPD officer Mike came to investigate and, without question, arrested Vince, giving Paige and Christopher the much-needed closure from Virgin River. Her budding romance with Preacher was put to an end when she decided to bid adieu and leave her past behind along with the town in the finale of Season 5.
Will Lexa Doig Return As Paige In Season 6 Again?
From a broader perspective, it seems that her character sang its swan song in Season 5 when she left the town behind. However, a massive cliffhanger from Season 5 made us ponder over her possible return again for the next Season. You see, after the incessant forest fire that shook Virgin River to its core, altering the mental and physical health of its dwellers, a body surfaced from the chars.
It was the body of Wes, Paige’s ex-husband, who she killed and whose body Preacher helped put away. It seems like her past resurfaced, which means we could be looking at her potential return in Season 6. *fingers crossed*
Virgin River Season 5 Episode Count and Bonus Episodes:
On September 7th, 2023, ten episodes of Virgin River dropped on Netflix. Two bonus episodes are awaited as the Holiday Edition released November 30th on the same platform. Now that you know what went on in Season 5 of Virgin River, here is an episode run-down of the same:
EPISODE 1: A Second Chance
Mel makes a tough decision. Jack draws a potential business investor. Preacher and Paige wonder if they’re on the same page. A council meeting stuns Hope.
EPISODE 2: Songbird
Doc and Cameron try to run the clinic together. Mel supports Ava through a personal dilemma. Jack confronts Charmaine. Brady seeks a second chance.
EPISODE 3: Calculated Risk
Mel makes an exception for a former patient. Brie opens up to Brady. Preacher meets a charming firefighter. Jack goes mountain climbing with Denny.
EPISODE 4: Never Gonna Be The Same
Doc confides in Denny. Hope’s spa day takes a turn. A desperate Brady reaches out to Mike. On a camping trip, Mel and Jack learn more about each other.
EPISODE 5: Trial by Fire
As danger closes in, Jack, Hope and other residents take action. A discovery puts Mel on edge. Brie sees a friendly face after a tense day in court.
EPISODE 6: Heroes Rise
Mel and Jack race to bring Ava and Chloe to safety. As the crisis intensifies, Brady defies Preacher, while Hope proposes a plan to save Virgin River.
EPISODE 7: From the Ashes
The devastation brings revelations and reconciliations as the community attempts to rebuild and lift each other up after the fires.
EPISODE 8: Full Moon
After a girls’ night, Mel struggles to let go of her fears. Kaia opens up to Preacher. Mike and Brady set aside their differences to nab a criminal.
EPISODE 9: Angel’s Peak
Mel and Jack explore other possibilities for their future. Brady follows Melissa and lands in an awkward position. Romance is in the air at the clinic.
EPISODE 10: Labor Day
Tensions escalate as Brady, Jack and Mike get caught in the crosshairs of an illicit scheme. More surprises emerge for Mel, Denny and Preacher.
Episodes 1 to 10 are all available to view on Netflix right now, so go ahead and binge-watch it, provided you have a subscription to the same. The two holiday episodes titled “Father Christmas” and “The More the Merrier” will be released on 30th November on Netflix itself, so now is a good time to refresh your memory with all the earlier Seasons of Virgin River.
Virgin River Season 6: Is It Happening?
For those of you who follow Web News Observer on a daily basis will know that Netflix renewed Virgin River Season 6 ahead of its Season 5 release on May 17th, 2023. As mentioned earlier, due to the astounding success of the series and the crazy reactions of the fans who couldn’t get enough of it, the creators had to revisit their earlier plan of ending the series with Season 5, and instead extend it to include another season.
So, has the filming for Virgin River Season 6 commenced yet? Let’s find out. In other news, Season 5 will be out and running on Netflix with 10 episodes on September 7th, and 2 more episodes on November 30th as a Holiday edition. We cannot wait to find out what Season 5 brings to the table. Only then will it make it easier for us to predict the storyline for Season 6.
Recently, actress Alexandra Breckenridge shared a sad update with her fans on Instagram. The actress confirmed that the sixth season of this Netflix series has been put on hold owing to the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Expressing her frustration at the situation, the actress said that it felt “weird” to sit at her home in Atlanta, Georgia, when she had prepared to be in Vancouver this time. She added, “I’m always homesick when I’m there but now my body feels like it’s supposed to be in Vancouver so it’s very bizarre.”
Virgin River Season 6 Release Date: When Can We Expect Its Arrival?
Unfortunately, it is too soon to speculate on the release dates for Virgin River Season 6 since Season 5 will be coming out next month. However, let us take a look at the current developments around Season 6. Ever since the announcement for a series renewal came out in May, the Writer’s Guild of America broke out in protest over unfair practices of the production houses and inferior protection of rights for the writers. This protest was joined in by the actors guild called SAG AFTRA in July. So, it is safe to say that scriptwriters and actors are currently unavailable to continue to work on their series until and unless their agreements are met by the production houses. It seems like a fair demand since they are the very source of our entertainment, and they deserve basic artistic rights and fair compensation in order for them to work well.
Currently, the strike is entering its fourth month, and there has been negligible development on the negotiation bit. So, seems like the Virgin River fans need to wait a while longer than expected. Amidst a number of scripted series that have halted productions or delayed their schedules, Virgin River Season 6 is one of them. Hence, there is no script as of writing this since the writers are on strike, and following this, it is obvious that filming for Season 6 has also not commenced. However, it is important to know that if the strike situation successfully dissipates within the next two months and negotiation is met, Virgin River Season 6 filming will commence by the end of 2023. Judging by the time taken for filming and post-production, our prediction suggests a late fall release in 2024.
- Alexandra Breckenridge as Mel Monroe
- Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan
- Annette O’Toole as Hope McCrea
- Tim Matheson as Dr. Vernon Mullins
- Benjamin Hollingsworth as Dan Brady
- Zibby Allen as Brie Sheridan
- Gwynyth Walsh as Jo Ellen
- Colin Lawrence as John ‘Preacher’ Middleton
- Sarah Dugdale as Lizzie
- Jenny Cooper as Joey Barnes
- Nicola Cavendish as Connie
- Chase Petriw as Christopher
- Kai Bradbury as Denny Cutler
- Mark Ghanime as Dr. Cameron Hayek
- Marco Grazzini as Mike Valenzuela
- Teryl Rothery as Muriel
- Steve Bacic as Vince
- Clare Filipow as Hannah
- Christina Jastrzembska as Lydie
- Trevor Lerner as Bert Gordon
- Lucia Walters as Julia
- Keith MacKechnie as Nick
- Lauren Hammersley as Charmaine Roberts
- David Cubitt as Calvin
- Ian Tracey as Jimmy
- Tom Butler as Sam Sheridan
- Emma Oliver as Young Mel
New Faces Joining Season 5 (who will likely be a part of the Season 6 cast)
- Susan Hogan(confirmed to join in November 2022)
- Elise Gatien(confirmed to join in November 2022)
- Paolo Maiolo(confirmed to join in November 2022)
- Kandyse McClure- Officially confirmed to join the cast in October 2022, although her role has not been defined just yet)
Recurring Cast Joining Season 5 (who will likely be a part of Season 6)
- David Stuart as Reporter Ted Ford
- Audré Alleya Stephenson
- Melanie Merkosky
- Brent Fidler
- Serge Houde
- Helenna Santos
- Gabrielle Jacinto as Nurse Jill
- Gabrielle Rose
- John Allen Nelson
- Deb Podowski
- Ava Anton as Hazel
- Brad Harder as Adrian
We will keep updating this list as we get more intel on the cast that will be joining in Season 6.
Virgin River Season 6: Is there an official trailer?
We do not possess an official trailer for Season 6 yet since the trailer for Season 5 has not been released yet. However, you will be delighted to know that trailers are usually released a month before the series broadcast, so you can expect an official trailer for Season 5 to be released by this month itself!
As for Season 6, it will take quite a while to get our hands on its official trailer since the filming process for the same has not commenced yet. Meanwhile, you can take a look at the official trailer for Virgin River Season 5 Part 1, which was released earlier:
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