Virgin River on Netflix is the cinematic equivalent of a warm hug. It’s the perfect homey drama to snuggle up with, with small-town trappings reminiscent of Gilmore Girls and Friday Night Lights. It is also a memorable ensemble of characters. Fans are in agreement. Although Netflix does not disclose watching figures. The program is successful enough that Netflix discreetly renewed it for Virgin River Season 4. It is done before the streaming site released Virgin River’s third season on July 9. According to What’s on Netflix, production for Virgin River Season 4 began in late July 2021, only weeks after season three was released.
In September, just two months later, Netflix stated that it had renewed Virgin River not just for a fourth season but also for a fifth. By December, numerous cast members, including lead Alexandra Breckenridge and Martin Henderson. They had announced that they’d finished the Virgin River Season 4. It speaks well for the possibility of Virgin River Season 4 airing in mid-2022 (more on that in a minute!). It’s hardly surprising that Netflix has great aspirations for the show’s long-term future, given that the show is based on the Virgin River book series by Robyn Carr, which contains 25 volumes (yep, you read that correctly).
Not to mention, season three rocketed to the top of the Netflix rankings almost immediately, attracting more than 1.4 million viewers in its first week, according to Nielson; at the end of its first month on Netflix, it was the most-streamed program in the whole country. Perhaps as a result of this demand, Netflix promptly approved extra episodes for the fourth season. It will consist of 12 episodes rather than the customary 10. So, now that Virgin River Season 4 has been announced and is (nearly) upon us, what do we know about it? Will Annette O’Toole’s character, Hope, survive? What is the situation with Mel’s baby? Will Charmaine be able to bear twins? And we’ll eventually find out who shot Jack, right? Let’s get started.
When Will Virgin River Season 4 Be Released?
Our best prediction is July 2022. This is why: This would be one year after the release of season three. Netflix like to release new seasons at the same time of year as previous ones whenever possible. And would allow the Virgin River crew ample time to put together the season, assuming that filming for Virgin River Season 4 concluded at the end of 2021.
Seasons two and three of Virgin River were released barely seven months apart, but fans of the show shouldn’t expect the same short gap between seasons three and four. According to What’s on Netflix, “we’re presently expecting that Virgin River Season 4 will return in 2022, most likely in Q2-Q3 2022 (somewhere between April and July 2022).”
Martin Henderson, a.k.a. Jack, revealed in February 2022 that he is recording voiceovers for season four in post-production, implying that the fourth season would be available by the summer of 2022. “I’m back at work…getting Virgin River Season 4 ready for consumption, “He posted on Instagram. Later that month, Breckenridge announced that she had completed her season’s last ADR in an Instagram Story. (“For those of you who are unfamiliar with ADR, I believe it stands for Audio Digital Recording.”) “She elaborated.
“For example, if you’re working outside and there’s a lot of traffic, and we can’t really hear what you’re saying, we’ll have to go in afterward, in post-production, and match our speech to the screen in a sound booth.” However, there is some bad news: filming for season five, which was scheduled to begin in the spring of 2023, has been halted. Breckenridge revealed in an Instagram Live: “We were meant to begin [filming season five] in March, but it got pushed back so… I’m not sure. I’m not sure, dude. And I’m hoping we’ll be able to start in the summer.”
What May the Virgin River Season 4 Be About?
Spoilers follow. Season three of Virgin River ended on a cliffhanger for many of the characters, including Preacher, who was poisoned by a former friend of Paige’s to get him out of the way as part of a plot to kidnap Christopher, and Mel and Jack, who are dealing with the fallout from Mel’s pregnancy announcement, but they don’t know if the father is Jack or her late ex-husband Mark.
Meanwhile, Lizzie ended her relationship with Ricky and returned to her slimy LA ex-boyfriend after learning Ricky was enlisting; Brady was arrested as a suspect in Jack’s shooting after a similar gun was discovered in his car; Charmaine and Todd threatened Jack with an explosive custody battle over the twins; and, of course, Hope is in the hospital with a brain injury after a car accident.
Virgin River Season 4 will have a slew of new stories, although the previous season established a lot of arcs: We’ll no sure see Ricky choose between joining, perhaps leaving Virgin River—and Lizzie—behind. Mel and Jack will face the unknowns of her pregnancy and determine whether or not they can make it work (for your peace of mind, the actors who play them have been clear that they definitely will). After missing the whole third season, we’re likely to see Paige again, and perhaps she’ll be reunited with Christopher. Charmaine will give birth to twins, and there will very certainly be a fight between her and Todd, as well as Jack, her children’s biological father. And, since we’re on the subject of Jack, we’ll eventually find out who shot him.
According to Tenney, season four will be a roller coaster from the start, who spoke with TV Insider. “When we start Virgin River Season 4, there’s a significant surprise that puts some characters in peril,” she teased. As if Preacher wasn’t already in danger!
Will Hope Appear in Virgin River Season 4?
Annette O’Toole, who portrays the town’s mayor, Hope, who was (and will be again) married to the local doctor, Doc Mullins, was strangely absent from the whole third season. Hope’s absence in season three, other than video chat, was because of COVID-19 filming restrictions—she couldn’t get to Vancouver to film with the rest of the actors. But don’t worry, O’Toole and Hope will both return for the fourth season of Virgin River.
According to Tenney, Hope will survive her automobile crash at the end of season three. “We are making progress. It’s about her recovery and what she’s coping with—a traumatic brain injury—for us.”
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During early production for season four in mid-October, the official Virgin River Instagram page published a behind-the-scenes video from the set, including the one and only O’Toole. This was the show’s first public confirmation that Hope would survive the automobile accident. The characters were dressed up in the footage, implying a wedding (or another funeral—I’m going with the wedding).
Also, if you can believe it, Hope and Muriel may become friends in Virgin River Season 4. Tenney stated to EW: “Muriel and Hope’s connection is the more enjoyable. It begins with a strong, aggressive tone. Moments may arise in the slow burn category that will allow you to open up that relationship.”
Yes! On October 25, 2021, Deadline announced that two new cast members have signed up for Virgin River Season 4. One you’ll know right away: Kai Bradbury, who we last saw as Doc’s long-lost grandson, Denny Cutler, at the end of Season 3. The other will be a completely new face: Mark Ghanimé will play Dr. Cameron Hayek, the new doctor in town. “Armed with eye-catching good looks, a razor-sharp mind, and a smile that could light up the planet, Cameron makes an immediate sensation in town—especially with the ladies of Virgin River,” according to Deadline.