Warning: Season 5 spoilers ahead...
Virgin River season 5 part 1 just dropped on Netflix, and boy, did it leave folks with quite a cliffhanger. So many things happened to our favorite characters in the quaint California town, and where the show left off will definitely have fans begging to learn more about how everyone will deal with the outcomes of so many shocking twists.
When season 5 part 1 ended, fans saw Mel Monroe (Alexandra Breckenridge) and Jack Sheridan (Martin Henderson) struggle to move forward after a devastating miscarriage. While the two stuck it out in the end, they also decide to try something new in their lives by buying — and repairing — Lilly (Lynda Boyd)'s farm amid a wildfire affecting Virgin River. That's all while we see Vernon "Doc" Mullins (Tim Matheson) signing up for a medical trial that could cause him to go blind, Lizzie (Sarah Dugdale) revealing she may be pregnant with Denny Cutler (Kai Bradbury)'s baby and learning that illegal pot grower Calvin (David Cubitt) is the real father of Charmaine Roberts' (Lauren Hammersley) twin boys.
What's more, this is all before another plot comes to haunt Preacher (Colin Lawrence), and Mel learning that her mother had an affair with a man from the town... who also may just be her father. Talk about a major doozy happening for these folks. Essentially, this just shows we need a new set of episodes, and luckily Virgin River is already on its way with a season 6 renewal. Here's what to know about Virgin River season 6, including cast, release date, news, spoilers and more.
Will there be a Virgin River season 6?
On May 17, fans of the hit Netflix drama got a huge shock when Deadline announced Virgin River would be back for season 6. The news came almost four months ahead of the season 5 premiere. In another article published by the outlet in August 2022, Jinny Howe, Netflix's Head of Drama Development, explained how the streamer has high hopes the show will go far beyond the upcoming seasons.
"Season 5 is going to continue to stay true to what fans have loved about the show from the beginning; it feels like a community that we all belong to and that we’re all a part of, it’s very comforting, it gives you hope, and I think all of that is stuff that people can’t get enough of these days," she said at the time. "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."
While the show didn't share the news on social media, some of the cast members revealed their elation that Virgin River would go on another season. In a video uploaded on Colin's Instagram, he expressed his gratitude toward everyone who continues to make the drama a smash hit every season.
"Hey y'all, just wanna share with you some exciting news," he said in the clip on May 17. "Just got word that we have been picked up for a season 6!... Wanna thank y'all for so much love. Gonna bring some great stories your way. Oh, I'm excited!"
Colin wasn't the only cast member excited to work on another season. Annette O'Toole (who portrays Hope McCrea) added an Instagram photo of a rose as her way of announcing the news. What's more, she revealed that production will likely begin after the ongoing Writers Guild of America (WGA) and SAG-AFTRA strikes reach resolutions with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).
"Some roses to celebrate the good news," she wrote on May 17. "#VirginRiver season 5 will air in the fall and we’re going to film season 6 as soon as the strike is settled. #WGAStrong!"
Is there a Virgin River season 6 release date?
Unfortunately, Netflix hasn't announced any information about a Virgin River season 6 release date.
Presently, the WGA and SAG-AFTRA unions are both on strike (since May and July, respectively) for a number of important reasons, including fair pay for residual money from episodes airing on streaming sites. When each group reaches a resolution with the production studios, it's highly likely we'll get more information about what's to come.
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Who will be in the cast of Virgin River season 6?
Based on the events from the season 5 finale, here's who we can expect to return for Virgin River season 6:
Alexandra Breckenridge as Melinda "Mel" Monroe
Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan
Tim Matheson as Dr. Vernon "Doc" Mullins
Annette O'Toole as Hope McCrea
Colin Lawrence as John "Preacher" Middleton
Benjamin Hollingsworth as Dan Brady
Sarah Dugdale as Lizzie
Jenny Cooper as Joey Barnes
Zibby Allen as Brie Sheridan
Marco Grazzini as Mike Valenzuela
Lauren Hammersley as Charmaine Roberts
Mark Ghanimé as Dr. Cameron Hayek
Kai Bradbury as Denny Cutler
Teryl Rothery as Muriel
Nicola Cavendish as Connie
Stacey Farber as Tara Anderson
Gwynyth Walsh as Jo Ellen
Chase Petriw as Christopher
Barbara Pollard as Melissa Montgomery
Kandyse McClure as Kaia Bryant
David Cubitt as Calvin
How can I watch and stream Virgin River season 6?
When the time comes for Virgin River to drop season 6 episodes, you can watch the new installments on Netflix.
For those who don't already have an account, you'll need to set up a profile ahead of time. The popular streamer does offer a number of plans folks can choose from, with the lowest starting at $6.99 per month. Once you're all set up, head on over to the show's title page on Netflix's website or on-the-go with the Netflix app.
In the meantime, why don't you catch up on Virgin River seasons 1-5 while waiting for season 6 to premiere? It's always better to get a recap of what happened before diving back into the lives of those living in the idyllic town...
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