Jack and Mel in Virgin River

‘Virgin River’ Season 5 Release Date: What You Need To Know

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Virgin River dropped its fourth season on Netflix on July 20, 2022, and once fans binge-watched the entire season, many wanted to know if there would be more. The good news for fans is that Netflix already decided to make more before even seeing how Season 4 did.

Virgin River Season 5 was greenlit at the same time that the fourth season was, meaning the showrunners knew ahead of time that they had at least one more season after that next one. Fans have no need to worry; Virgin River Season 5 is coming.

Virgin River Season 5 release date

There is no way of knowing when Netflix will release something until they actually announce it, and they sometimes wait until just a month before it hits before revealing it is coming. However, we can make an educated guess on when the show will arrive.

The first season of Virgin River was a Christmas treat, arriving in December 2019. The second season hit in November 2020, keeping that holiday timeline. However, the next two seasons changed things up. The third season hit in July 2021 and the fourth season arrived in July 2022. Does that mean that fans will have to wait until July 2023 to see the new season? It might mean just that.

Jack and Mel in Virgin River

There was a short wait between the second and third seasons. However, there were shooting delays for Virgin River Season 5 that could make that impossible. There is also the fact that the cast didn’t even have their table read for the new season until last month, as a member of the production posted a screenshot from Instagram of the actors reading their roles. This means the crew will likely be shooting through the rest of 2022 and July 2023 is a good bet.

Who will return for the next season of Virgin River?

The good news is that the Instagram screen grab shows exactly who is returning for Virgin River Season 5. Look at the screen grab below and see all the cast reading for their roles.

Virgin River cast on IG

Alexandra Breckenridge as Mel and Martin Henderson as Jack return in the lead roles of Virgin River Season 5. Also coming back is Tim Matheson (Doc), Annette O’Toole (Hope), Zibby Allen (Brie), and Benjamin Hollingsworth (Dan Brady).

Rounding out the cast is Colin Lawrence (Preacher), Chase Petriw (Christopher), Jenny Cooper (Joey Barnes), Sarah Dugdale (Lizzie), Marco Grazzini (Mike), Gwynyth Walsh (Jo Ellen), Nicola Cavendish (Connie), Christina Jastrzembska (Lydie), Mark Ghanimé (Dr Cameron), Trevor Lemer (Bert), Emma Oliver (Young Mel), Keith Mackechnie (Nick), Teryl Rothery (Muriel), and Kai Bradbury (Denny Cutler).

What is Virgin River Season 5 about?

Jack and Mel in Virgin River

Finally, what’s going to happen in the new season of Virgin River? Jack has been struggling with his PTSD from the war and was slipping into the bottle. Mel let him know what needed to be done, but he couldn’t cope until he found a therapist who finally helped him. His road to recovery won’t likely be an easy one, though.

Mel has also begun to grow closer to the new town doctor Cameron, and he seems to have strong feelings for her.

There is also a new paternity mystery — mainly, who is the father of Charmaine’s twins after she let Jack know it wasn’t him. There is also a new crime boss coming as a villain in Melissa Montgomery.

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