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“Virgin River” Season 5: Netflix release date estimate and what to expect

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Virgin River – Image: Netflix

Virgin River Season 4 continues to be a beast for Netflix. Now, a few weeks into Season 4, Season 5 is currently filming in British Columbia, Canada. Here’s everything we know so far about Season 5 of Virgin River coming soon to Netflix in 2023.

The first debut on Netflix was already in December 2019, Virgin River was quietly one of Netflix’s sleep hits with fans around the world enjoying the romantic drama starring Alexandra Breckenridge, Martin Henderson, Colin Lawrence and Jenny Cooper.

Season 4 of Virgin River came out on Netflix on July 20, 2022.


When was Virgin River Extension for Season 5?

For those who don’t know Virgin River received a two-season renewal order after Season 3. That means we’ve known about a fifth season for quite some time.

While orders for two seasons are not new, they are becoming increasingly rare. That suggests it to us Virgin River continues to surpass all internal metrics Netflix compiles for the show.

How well is Virgin River Season 4 doing on Netflix?

The show was a huge hit for Netflix, even if it didn’t grab all the headlines. According to Netflix’s top 10 hours tally, the show has watched 333.92 million hours worldwide when it was in the top 10.

Season 3 was in the global top 10 for 6 weeks after being viewed 225.12 million hours worldwide between July 4th and August 15th, 2021.

week period Viewed Hours (M) rank week in the top 10
July 17, 2022 to July 24, 2022 105,440,000 1 1
July 24, 2022 to July 31, 2022 87,940,000 (-17%) 1 2
July 31, 2022 to August 7, 2022 46,930,000 (-47%) 3 3

Interestingly, the hourly data almost matches the profile of the July 2021 season 3 debut. Aside from week 1 where season 4 has a few more days on the platform allowing for a bigger week one debut.

Week season 3 season 4
1 62,580,000 105,440,000
2 87,270,000 87,940,000
3 44,890,000 46,930,000
4 28,320,000
5 18,840,000
6 13,220,000

Where is Virgin River Season 5 being produced?

As we reported earlier this year, filming is continuing Virgin River Season 5 was scheduled to begin in March 2022. That was later pushed back to July 2022, although even those dates were subject to change.

The reason for the delay was unknown, but Alexandra Breckenridge was keen to film in the summer and said that filming in Vancouver in the winter isn’t as fun.

We can confirm that filming began in Vancouver, BC, Canada on July 18, 2022 and is expected to continue through November 10, 2022.

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The official Virgin River series account on Instagram confirmed that production is underway with a Zoom call of a spreadsheet for season five.

This chart included the following cast members (suggesting that they are all signed up for season five):

  • 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 Ganime 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 Juliet
  • Keith MacKechnie as Nick
  • Emma Oliver as young Mel

The post read as follows:

“Our cast on a chart for Season 5. Yes, you heard me right, folks. We have now started production of SEASON 5! Also, meet our adorable new showrunner, 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!!”

The biggest news in this Instagram post is the Sue Tenney is replaced as showrunner by Patrick SeanSmith. Tenney is working on other projects.

The author is best known for his work on The CWs supernaturalABC family chasing life, and most recently writing the episode Jolene in the Netflix limited series Dolly Parton’s heart cords for which he also served as executive producer and showrunner.

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Patrick Sean Smith with Dolly Parton – Image: Twitter

Speaking to Glamor Magazine, Smith teased about the upcoming fifth season, saying:

“We’re looking at things that will be new and exciting, but still feel like the same show, but definitely take a more compelling approach to some of the stories. Slightly louder but not at the expense of show comfort. I want it to feel like season five is going to the next level.”

For more on where Virgin River films see our shooting guide for the show here.

That’s what we’re told Virgin River Season 5 will have an episode budget of between $3 million and $5 million per episode, meaning Season 5 could end up costing Netflix as much as $60 million.

Monica Mitchel has been confirmed via DGC to direct episodes in Season 5. Mitchell has previously directed episodes in Season 3 including take my breath away, spare Partsand Broken hearts.

Felipe Rodriguez will make his directorial debut on Virgin River for Season 5. The director has worked on shows like Hudson & Rex, The good doctor, blood and water, and Ruby and the fountain.

Virgin River Season 4 Episode 8 by Payne Martin Henderson

Dan Payne as Nate, Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan in episode 408 of Virgin River. Kr. Courtesy of Netflix


Season 5 of Virgin River will be another extended season with 12 episodes

Up to season 4, all seasons from Virgin River had run about 10 episodes apiece.

Season 4 got a 12-episode extended season, though, and we’ve now learned thanks to a live stream from Alexandra Breckenridge that it’s going to be a 12-episode extended season 5 again.

This expanded episode count has been reconfirmed by the new showrunner.


What to expect Virgin River season 5

Note: This section was written by Virgin River VRPassionate Twitter account.

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

At the end of the season, Charmaine is in intense pain and afraid of losing her twins, confessing to Jack and Mel that the two boys are not really his.

This will definitely be one of the most important and important questions for Season 5.

Speaking to Glamor Magazine, Henderson and Breckenridge admitted they know the twins’ paternity, which can easily mean the twins’ father is a member of the current cast.

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

Mel and Jack, the show’s most popular couple, will also feature prominently in Season 5. The upcoming season should follow them and focus on their relationship, family and their new baby.

Martin Henderson Alexandra Breckenridge Virgin River Season 4

Image: Netflix

Virgin River’s mayor Hope will continue to recover with the help of Lizzie and hopefully return to her mayoral duties and cement her friendship with Muriel.

Brie revealed her rape to Brady and while confronting her former boyfriend and rapist Don, she decided to report her sexual assault and bring him to justice. The new season could focus on Brie’s trial and her disclosure of her attack on Jack.

We left Preacher and Paige unconscious on the floor in a booth with Vince so maybe next season we’ll say goodbye to Paige forever. That’s mostly because Julia, a new love interest for Preacher, was introduced in Season 4 and there’s little evidence there’s room for a love triangle.

Doc’s grandson Danny revealed to Lizzie that he doesn’t want to get involved with her because he has been diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, a rare disease that causes the progressive breakdown (degeneration) of nerve cells in the brain.

In the next season, both Lizzie and Doc have to deal with Denny’s illness. Lizzie, who has matured tremendously in Season 4, must decide whether she wants to maintain a relationship with Danny despite his illness or whether she still has feelings for Ricky who, despite going to Navy boot camp in San Diego, will probably not staying away Virgin River too long.

Finally, in her interview with Glamour, Breckenridge revealed that the new showrunner, writers and directors will be bringing more LGBTQ+ stories to create more inclusivity on the show. Breckenridge has been very vocal about diversity from the start Virgin River.


When is season 5 coming out Virgin River be on Netflix?

With production just beginning, it’s still a bit early to tell when Season 5 will be available on Netflix. That being said, using production schedules and release dates from previous years, it will take around 6-7 months for the show to finally come out on Netflix.

Expect the show to return sometime in 2023.

With production set to end in November 2022, we could see Season 5 of Virgin River on Netflix already in summer 2023.


With thanks TÖ @VRpassionate on Twitter for help in sourcing and compiling some information for this article.

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