Will Netflix’s popular series, “Virgin River,” return this month or not? Here is everything we know about its potential release on Netflix.
Ever since it has been hinted by the star cast that the beloved romance drama will be heading our way sometime this year! The fandom has been speculating what happens next and when the likely release window will be announced for its worldwide release. If you are curious about the same, then we can assure you that you are not alone, as many fans have been waiting for some new updates for a while now, especially after the response of the last season.
The fourth season holds a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 7 reviews with an average rating of 7/10 and has been a massive hit!
Over the years, the show has been able to maintain excellent ratings, which speak volumes about its influence in such a short time. The number of new viewers who have recently come across this television series has also increased, leading to people debating if there is any hope that it will return with new episodes sometime in May 2023 or not. If you have the same questions, then you’ve reached the right place to get all the answers!
We have compiled a list of all the recent updates for Virgin River Season 5 for you right here.
Virgin River Season 5: When is the series expected to return on Netflix?
Firstly, let’s clear up all the rumors surrounding the potential return of the show for a fifth season. As of writing this, we can confirm that the exact release date for Virgin River Season 5 has not been disclosed yet! But it’s expected to drop sometime in mid-2023 at the same time slot of 12:00 a.m. (PT) or 3:00 a.m., with July being the likely release window as the filming for the fifth season began on July 18, 2022, and concluded on November 21, 2022.
We have mentioned July as the likely release window for the summer premiere, as the star cast of the series (Alexandra Breckenridge as Melinda “Mel” Monroe and Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan) have themselves hinted that this is the likely timeframe for the show’s return to Netflix. Just like the prior seasons, which have a similar gap of around 6–8 months between each season, it is estimated that the same will be the case for the fifth season.
Therefore, the official return of Virgin River Season 5 in May 2023 on the streaming service is extremely doubtful at the moment.
But, there is a slight chance that this month will be the beginning of official announcements for the new series coming this year. As we officially approach roll out of new content for the 2023 summer releases, Netflix might start hinting and release an official teaser with a date announcement for the fifth season in a couple of weeks, which they have followed regularly to start promoting new seasons one or two months ahead of their official premiere.
So, it’s very likely that in the next few weeks, we’ll see these details pop up all over social media! Fans are requested to keep a closer look at the official social media handles of Virgin River to get all the updates if they don’t want to miss out on all the fun promotional stuff!
Virgin River Season 5: What can the fans expect to see in the new season?
Not much has been revealed about the exact plotline for the fifth season to avoid spoilers! But, for a much more promising update, Virgin River’s showrunner Patrick Sean Smith, who helmed the 2019 Netflix anthology series Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings, told Netflix Tudum, quote:
“I’m excited to be working with Netflix again, and I couldn’t be prouder to join the Virgin River family. Together with its stellar cast and amazing crew, we’ve got great things in store for our fans worldwide.” The fourth season of the show left several cliffhangers and unresolved plotlines that are sure to feature in the new season without leaving them unanswered.
In an interview with Deadline, Netflix’s head of drama, Jinny Howe, touched on how the series will change going into the fifth season, stating, “I think what’s going to be interesting is to see this universe continue to grow and expand and to see new characters, other characters return. A lot of that was set up in the Season 4 finale but it’s going to be really exciting to see all of that come to a head in Season 5. And some of the soap that’s going to come out of these new complex tensions and triangles.”
Moreover, the series’ new showrunner Patrick Sean Smith is also aware of this, and he is determined to not disappoint the fans 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. “I wanted it to be as seamless as possible.”
Additionally, Martin Henderson has said that Season 5 is the best one yet, quote, “From what I understand this season, you’re going to also see Mel and Jack get really close,” he told Glamour.
Further adding, “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.” Martin concluded: “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 … but seeing them mature and deepen their love is going to be nice.”
For now, we’ll just have to wait and watch what the network decides to go forward with. Until then, the readers are requested to re-watch the previous seasons in case they haven’t binge-watched them yet!
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Virgin River Season 5: How many episodes will be there?
The upcoming season is confirmed to have a total of 12 episodes with a runtime of 40 to 48 minutes, just like the fourth season, which will drop all at once, so you can binge away! The titles and synopsis of the majority of episodes have not been released yet. The titles of the three episodes, with the exception of the first, have been made public by IMDb, which gives a good hint about the plot of the season. They are as follows:
- Season 5 Episode 1: TBA – 2023
- Season 5 Episode 2: Songbird – 2023
- Season 5 Episode 3: Calculated Risk – 2023
- Season 5 Episode 4: Never Gonna Be the Same – 2023
When Virgin River Season 5 draws close to its release date, the series will be available on Netflix, with other series of the same genre also accessible with a wide range of membership options. The video quality and the number of screens you can use to stream Netflix simultaneously depend on the package you choose. The basic membership starts at $9.99/month, and the standard membership starts at $15.49/month at no additional cost with any of their services.
Virgin River Season 5: Frequently Asked Questions
What is Virgin River based on?
Virgin River is based on the popular novels by Robyn Carr, which follows the story of Mel Monroe, a nurse practitioner who moves to a small town in in the remote Northern California town of Virgin River. She starts a new life in the scenic, quiet town of Virgin River and becomes involved with the local bar owner and ex-marine, Jack Sheridan. The series explores the intricacies of small-town life, relationships, and family dynamics. But she soon discovers that small-town living isn’t quite as simple as she expected.
Who are expected to return in Virgin River Season 5?
The main cast members from the fourth season who are expected to reprise their roles are as follows Alexandra Breckenridge as Melinda Monroe, Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan, Tim Matheson as Vernon Mullins, Annette O’Toole as Hope McCrea, Lauren Hammersley as Charmaine Roberts, Colin Lawrence as John “Preacher” Middleton, Grayson Gurnsey as Ricky, and Sarah Dugdale as Lizzie, among other recurring cast members.
Are there any new cast members in the fifth season?
Yes! There are some new additions to the show. In October 2022, Kandyse McClure joined the cast for season 5 in a yet-to-be-revealed role. Also joining the cast are three new faces who were confirmed back in November 2022, including Susan Hogan, Elise Gatien, and Paolo Maiolo. The characters’ details have been kept under wraps, which will be a treat to watch in the next season.
Is there any teaser or trailer for Virgin River Season 5?
No, Netflix hasn’t released any new promotional stuff for the fifth season, which is disappointing, but it does help in building anticipation and hype from the fandom, who will be quick to investigate the new trailer by looking at it in detail and guessing the potential plotlines, which will be exciting! But we have to wait for it for some time. Until then, fans can check out the fourth season trailer to recap all the events that transpired in the last season.
While you wait for Virgin River Season 5 to premiere on Netflix, share your thoughts on the potential release date in the comments.