05/02/2023

Virgin River – Image: Netflix

Virgin River continues to be extremely profitable for Netflix and can return for season 5 in 2023. The fifth season of Virgin River has now formally wrapped filming and we’ve already obtained a ton of details about the brand new season. Right here’s what we all know thus far about Virgin River season 5. 

First debuting on Netflix again in December 2019, Virgin River has quietly been one in every of Netflix’s sleeper hits, with followers across the globe having fun with the romantic drama starring Alexandra Breckenridge, Martin Henderson, Colin Lawrence, and Jenny Cooper set within the quaint distant city.


When was Virgin River renewed for season 5 at Netflix?

For these unaware, Virgin River was given a two-season renewal order following season 3. Which means we’ve recognized a couple of fifth season for fairly a while.

Whereas two-season orders aren’t new, they’re uncommon.

That implies that Virgin River continues to beat all the inner objectives, and in accordance with an interview with Netflix’s head of drama, the present “has some of the most attractive economics for a TV series with a very high return on investment as it costs a lot less to make than special effect-heavy productions.”

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Colin Lawrence as Preacher, Nicola Cavendish as Connie in episode 403 of Virgin River.


How effectively did Virgin River season 4 carry out on Netflix?

The present has been a giant hit for Netflix, even when it doesn’t seize all of the headlines.

When season 4 launched, it featured in Netflix’s prime 10 hourly charts for six weeks, choosing up 304.790M hours globally between July seventeenth and August twenty eighth, 2022.

With the caveat that season 4 had an additional couple of episodes, right here’s how season 4 in comparison with season 3 over its first 6 weeks on the platform:

Week in Prime 10 Season 4 Season 3
1 105,440,000 62,580,000
2 87,940,000 87,270,000
3 46,930,000 44,890,000
4 29,550,000 28,320,000
5 20,470,000 18,840,000
6 14,460,000 13,220,000

Exterior demand appears to be like to be robust for the present too, albeit on Google Traits, they recommend that the present could have peaked in curiosity with its third season.

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Virgin River Google Traits Curiosity

As of October thirteenth, 2022 – the sequence was the twenty fifth hottest present of 2022 in accordance with FlixPatrol prime 10s.


The place is season 5 of Virgin River in manufacturing?

As we reported in early 2022, filming on Virgin River season 5 was initially because of start in March 2022. That was subsequently delayed to July 2022, though even these dates have been topic to and finally did change.

The rationale for the delay was unknown, however in a video publish, Alexandra Breckenridge said that she was eager on filming in the summertime, saying that Vancouver isn’t that enjoyable to movie within the winter.

Filming for Virgin River season 5 shall be between July 18th, 2022 and November seventeenth, 2022.

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Author’s Zoom name for Virgin River season 5

The official Virgin River sequence account on Instagram confirmed that manufacturing is underway with a Zoom name of a desk learn for the fifth season.

The publish learn as follows:

“Our cast in a table read for SEASON 5.. Yes, you heard that right folks. We have now started production on SEASON 5! Also, please meet our lovely new Show-runner Patrick Sean Smith. We can’t WAIT for you to see what we have in store. Don’t forget though, Season 4 is only 2 days away. See you soon!!”

That desk learn featured the next forged members (suggesting they’re all signed up for the fifth season):

  • 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
  • Christina Jastrzembska as Lydie
  • Trevor Lerner as Bert Gordon
  • Lucia Walters as Julia
  • Keith MacKechnie as Nick
  • Emma Oliver as Younger Mel

For extra on the place Virgin River movies, try our filming information for the present right here.

We’re informed that Virgin River season 5 may have an episode finances of between $3 and $5 million per episode, that means that season 5 might price Netflix as much as $60 million when all is claimed and performed.

Filming was then confirmed to have wrapped on November twenty first, 2022, with the official Instagram account posting a video of the forged celebrating their wrap.


Virgin River Season 5 may have a brand new showrunner

The largest information going into season 5 is that Sue Tenney is being changed as showrunner by Patrick Sean Smith. Tenney is transferring on to work on different initiatives.

Smith is notably recognized for engaged on The CW’s Supernatural, ABC Household’s Chasing Life, and most not too long ago writing the episode Jolene on Netflix’s restricted sequence Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings serving as govt producer and showrunner.

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Patrick Sean Smith with Dolly Parton – Image: Twitter

Chatting with Glamour Journal, Smith teased the upcoming fifth season, saying:

“We get into things that will be new and exciting, but still very much feel like the same show, but are definitely taking a more exciting approach to some of the stories. A little bit louder, but not to the detriment of the comfort of the show. I want it to feel like season five will be next-level.”


Who’s directing episodes in Virgin River season 5?

Because of manufacturing listings, we all know who shall be directing episodes within the fifth season of Virgin River:

  • Monika Mitchell will direct a few early episodes. Mitchell has beforehand directed episodes in season 3, together with Take My Breath Away, Spare Elements, and Damaged Hearts.
  • Felipe Rodriguez will make his directorial debut on Virgin River for season 5. The director has labored on reveals like Hudson & Rex, The Good Physician, Blood and Water, and Ruby and the Properly.
  • Martin Wooden has directed 15 episodes within the sequence thus far and shall be returning.
  • Jem Garrard will make her Virgin River debut in season 5. She has beforehand directed on Motherland: Fort Salem, Wynonna Earp, and Charmed.
  • Andy Mikita is one other returning director for season 5. Has additionally labored on Vacationers, Motive, and Household Regulation.
  • Gail Harvey is anticipated to return as a director on Virgin River, including to her 6 credit to this point.
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Dan Payne as Nate, Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan in episode 408 of Virgin River. Cr. Courtesy Of Netflix


New Forged Members for Virgin River Season 5 on Netflix

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Kandyse McClure in Netflix’s V-Wars

In October 2022, What’s on Netflix completely confirmed the truth that Kandyse McClure had joined the forged for season 5 in a yet-to-be-revealed position. McClure beforehand starred in Netflix’s V-Wars and Battlestar Galactica.

Additionally becoming a member of to the forged for season 5 are three new faces confirmed in November 2022.

They embody:

  • Susan Hogan (Legends of Tomorrow)
  • Elise Gatien (Supernatural)
  • Paolo Maiolo (Supernatural)

No character names have been revealed, as they’re reportedly thought-about spoilers.

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Pictured: Susan Hogan, Elise Gatien, and Paolo Maiolo


Season 5 of Virgin River shall be one other expanded 12-episode season

Till season 4, all seasons of Virgin River had run at round 10 episodes a bit.

Season 4, nonetheless, was given an expanded 12-episode season, and we’ve now discovered, due to a reside stream from Alexandra Breckenridge, that it’s going to as soon as once more be an expanded 12-episode fifth season once more.

This expanded episode rely has been confirmed once more by the brand new showrunner.


What to anticipate from Virgin River Season 5

Observe: This part was written by the Virgin River Twitter account VRPassionate.

It wouldn’t be Virgin River if season 4 didn’t finish on a cliffhanger.

Burning Questions for Virgin River season 5

On the finish of the season, Charmaine is in extreme ache and frightened of dropping her twins and confessing to Jack and Mel that the 2 boys aren’t truly his.

It will undoubtedly be one of many most important and most necessary questions for season 5.

Whereas talking with Glamour Journal, Henderson and Breckenridge confessed they know the twins’ paternity, which might simply imply the dual’s father is a member of the present forged.

The primary “suspects” are Brady, Mike, and Dr. Cameron.

Mel and Jack, essentially the most beloved couple of the present, will proceed to have a serious position in season 5. The upcoming season ought to comply with them, specializing in their relationship, household, and new child lady.

Alexandra Breckenridge teased a heavier season going into season 5, in accordance with New Magnificence, saying:

“I think this season has started out well and we’re getting into a few episodes soon that are pretty heavy. They’re really intense and I think that they’re some of the best episodes we’ve ever done. I never say that either! I think that there’s a high sense of drama that starts to come up this season that it’s going to leave people on the edge of their seats. At least, I hope. I’m excited to get into that.”

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Image: Netflix

Virgin River’s mayor Hope will proceed recovering with the assistance of Lizzie and, hopefully, get again to her mayoral duties and solidify her friendship with Muriel.

Brie revealed her rape to Brady and whereas dealing with her former boyfriend-rapist Don, she determined to report her sexual assault and take him to court docket. The brand new season might concentrate on Brie’s trial and her disclosing her assault to Jack.

We left Preacher and Paige in a cabin with Vince unconscious on the ground so we could be saying goodbye to Paige for good subsequent season. That’s primarily as a result of Julia, a brand new love curiosity for Preacher, has been launched in season 4, and there’s little proof there’s room for a love triangle.

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Image: Netflix

Doc’s grandson Danny revealed to Lizzie he doesn’t wish to get romantically concerned together with her as a result of he has been recognized with Huntington’s illness. This uncommon illness causes the progressive breakdown (degeneration) of nerve cells within the mind.

Subsequent season each Lizzie and Doc should face Denny’s sickness. Lizzie, who has matured immensely throughout season 4, should determine if she needs to pursue a relationship with Danny regardless of his illness or if she nonetheless has emotions for Ricky, who, regardless that she left for the marine boot camp in San Diego, gained’t most likely steer clear of Virgin River for too lengthy.

A lot of new and returning characters

In an interview with Deadline, Netflix’s head of drama, Jinny Howe, touched on how the sequence will change going into the fifth season.

She informed the Hollywood commerce web site:

“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.”

Extra Variety and LGBTQ Inclusion in Virgin River season 5

Lastly, Breckenridge disclosed in her interview with Glamour that the brand new showrunner, writers, and administrators will deliver extra LGBTQ+ tales to create extra inclusivity within the present. Breckenridge has been extraordinarily vocal about extra range in Virgin River because the starting.


When will Season 5 of Virgin River be on Netflix?

With manufacturing solely simply underway, it’s a little bit too early to say when season 5 shall be on Netflix. With that mentioned, utilizing manufacturing schedules and launch dates from prior years, it takes round 6-7 months for the present to drop onto Netflix finally.

It’s protected to imagine that the present will return someday in 2023.

Since manufacturing is scheduled to finish in November 2022, we might see season 5 of Virgin River on Netflix as quickly as summer season 2023.


Will there be a Virgin River season 6?

The present is simply presently renewed by means of to the top of season 5, however there’s extra on the playing cards, in accordance with these within the know.

Within the aforementioned interview with Netflix’s head of drama, Howe informed Deadline that we’ll “definitely see more longevity and growth with the show,” including:

“As long as the audience asks for it and shows up — and I think we see with Season 4 that the fandom is very strong and growing in many places as well — it feels like based on what we’re seeing with Season 4 and the anticipation for Season 5 that there is a lot more storytelling to offer us. It will be exciting to see which characters continue to break out and audiences crave more of; we’re paying very close attention, understanding that this is a really rich universe of characters and that people can’t seem to get enough, myself included. So I think as long as that continues to be the case — which we’re very hopeful for — you can rest assured that there will be more Virgin River.”

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Image: Netflix


Thanks to @VRPassionate on Twitter for serving to supply and compile a few of the info for this text. 

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