If you’re a diehard fan of Virgin River, you’re in luck. The hit Netflix original series has become so popular that we already thinking ahead to Virgin River season 5. The fourth season arrived in July 2022, and now fans are looking forward to the next set of episodes.
Thankfully, a fifth season of the fan-favorite comfort show will hit our watch lists sometime soon, since Netflix officially gave the green light to a fifth season of Virgin River when they renewed the show for season 4. (Fingers crossed for even more!)
The series, which is based on the series of novels by Robyn Carr, centers on nurse practitioner and midwife Mel Monroe (Alexandra Breckenridge) as she relocates in the remote Northern California town of Virgin River and assimilates into the close-knit community.
What could happen in season 5? First, we need to find out who shot Jack before we can start making predictions for the fifth season. For now, let’s look at all the details we do have for season 5, including its episode count, cast, filming date, and predicted release date.
Will there be a season 5 of Virgin River?
As Netflix announced on Sept. 20, 2021, there will in fact be a fifth season of Virgin River. The streamer handed out a two-season renewal for the hit original romantic drama series, ensuring that it will come back for at least season 4 and season 5.
Virgin River season 5 episode count
Previous seasons of Virgin River have contained 10 episodes each, but that’s all changing with the new season. As we’ve confirmed, Virgin River season 4 has a whopping 12 episodes, and the same can be said for season 5!
What’s On Netflix reports that Virgin River season 5 will include 12 episodes.
If Virgin River season 5 ends up being the final season of the series, which hasn’t been confirmed yet (a.k.a. don’t worry!), there’s always a chance that the season could be split into two halves like Ozark and Manifest.
For now, bet on season 5 having 12 episodes, and keep your fingers crossed that there’s even more Virgin River to come after those episodes.
Is Virgin River season 5 done filming?
Great news! On Nov. 21, the official Virgin River Instagram account announced that season 5 had wrapped filming. The announcement arrived with a video of the cast dancing and celebrating to the tune of “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge.
Even though filming on the fifth season has wrapped, the work on the new season isn’t completed just yet. The episodes will now go into post-production for up to six months. That includes editing, sound mixing, ADR, and all the behind-the-scenes magic that makes the episodes ready for fans to binge-watch.
Production on Virgin River season 5 officially began in July 2022. The show’s Instagram account shared a screenshot of a virtual table read with the cast, declaring that season 5 is underway. They also announced there is a new showrunner for the series with season 5, introducing fans to Patrick Sean Smith, who has previously worked on shows like Greek, Supernatural, and Chasing Life.
See the exciting post below which was shared on July 18, 2022.
Alexandra Breckenridge had shared the update in Jan. 2022 that filming for season 5 was delayed from its planned March start date, but fortunately, now we know the cast and crew are good to go.
Virgin River season 5 cast
Although Virgin River season 4 is not out just yet, we already have a pretty good idea of the cast for Virgin River season 5. And that’s because we got to see that snapshot of the table read above! Based on the photo, we can expect the following cast members to return for season 5:
- 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
- Marco Grazzini as Mike Valenzuela
We’re excited to see what new cast members might be added to Virgin River season 5.
Does Virgin River season 5 have a release date?
As of November 2022, the Virgin River season 5 release date hasn’t been announced. Virgin River season 4 premiered Wednesday, July 20, and filming on the new season just wrapped, so it makes sense we don’t have a release date for the next installment yet. But of course, we can make an educated guess.
Since premiering in December 2019, Virgin River has aired one season per year. Being so, we shouldn’t anticipate season 5 to release much before mid-2023. Considering they production has ended, another July release date could be very likely. At this time, What’s On Netflix predicts we could see Virgin River season 5 by summer 2023, and we have to agree!
Virgin River season 3 debuted in July as well as the upcoming season 4, so a July release for season 5 would make sense.
We’ll make sure to keep you informed on all Virgin River news and updates.
FanSided Staff contributed to this report.