It's Official: Virgin River Is Coming Back for Season 3

Amanda Garrity
·4 min read

From Good Housekeeping

  • After a successful first season, the second season of Virgin River returned to Netflix on November 27.

  • Season 2 focuses Mel and Jack's complicated relationship, as well as some other drama in the small California town of Virgin River.

  • On December 18, Netflix confirmed that Virgin River is coming back for a third season.

The long-awaited second season of Virgin River is finally here! While the all-new season is giving Virgin River fans exactly what they want — a deeper look into Paige and Christopher's complicated past, Hope and Doc's rekindled relationship, and Mel and Jack's fate — there's always room for more time spent in the quaint town of Virgin River. For that very reason, fans now have one question on their minds: Is the show coming back for season 3?

Weeks after the show's return, Netflix confirmed that the show is coming back for a third season.While details are few and far between, here's everything we know about Virgin River season 3, including the Netflix release date, cast changes, and storyline details.

What is the release date for Virgin River season 3?

Exciting news: Netflix has officially picked up Virgin River for season 3! Alexandra Breckenridge and Martin Henderson, who play Mel and Jack on the show, made the announcement on December 18.

In the weeks leading up to the official announcement, there was tons of speculation about the show's future. It was promising, though: Production Weekly, a trade publication for professionals working in TV and film, noted that Virgin River was expected to start filming season 3 sometime between August 25 and December 11, 2020, as pointed out by Whats-on-Netflix.

There still haven't been any signs of season 3 on the show's Instagram page, but there's a chance that the cast is choosing to be secretive this time around. If all goes to plan, fans can expect season 3 to be released in late 2021, either in November or December like season's pasts. Of course, there's a chance production in Vancouver could be delayed due to COVID-19.

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

Is the entire cast coming back?

By the looks of it, it seems like everyone will return to Virgin River. The cast includes Alexandra Breckenridge, Martin Henderson, Colin Lawrence, Lauren Hammersley, Tim Matheson, Annette O'Toole, Jenny Cooper, Grayson Gurnsey, and Benjamin Hollingsworth.

There will also be a few new faces the third time around, according to People. Zibby Allen, who is known for her work on The Flash and Grey's Anatomy, will join the cast as Jack's sister, "a lawyer who is smart, hard-charging, ballsy and a whole lot of fun." Saving Hope and Diggstown actress Stacey Farber will play Lilly's daughter, who is "helping her with baby Chloe while her three other siblings are living away from home."

What will season 3 be about?

This remains the biggest question! In season 2, fans will get answers about all of the major relationships in Virgin River, but as we all know, more answers can often lead to more questions, especially when it comes to Doc and Hope's complicated relationship as well as Preacher's involvement with Paige/Michelle's cover-up. It goes without saying that season 3 will also address the two major cliffhangers from the season finale: What is going on with Doc's health? Who shot Jack?

Some of the newer storylines, like Lizzie and Ricky's budding relationship, are just getting started. Showrunner Sue Tenney is particularly interested in exploring Ricky and Lizzie even more in the seasons ahead: "Ricky has a fantastic arc in the books that I plan to explore. We get into a little bit of it in Season 2 but we’ll definitely explore it more in [potential] further seasons," she told TVLine.

Some fans may be turning to Robyn Carr's books for answers, but Tenney warns that they have steered away from the book series in recent episodes. "Ultimately, the way I look at the show is that we’re going to get as many seasons as we get," she continued. "And when we get to that last season, we want them to be where [author Robyn Carr] has them."

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