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First Look at Virgin River Season 5! – WATCH

Virgin River was renewed by Netflix for two more seasons: season 4 premiered last July 20 and the filming for Season 5, which will feature 12 episodes, is currently underway in Vancouver ’til mid-November 2022. Patrick Sean Smith, creator of Greek and executive producer of Chasing Life, is joining Virgin River as its new showrunner for Season 5. Here’s his first tease!

Virgin River 5: Patrick Sean Smith named new showrunner - His first tease

Virgin River 5 wrapped production!

Lauren Hammersley (Charmaine)
Virgin River Season 5 Spoilers

Virgin River‘s fourth season ended with a jaw-dropping reveal about Charmaine’s pregnancy, but if you thought we’d be meeting those twins anytime soon, think again!

“It’s my 5th year of pregnancy and I don’t know what everyone is complaining about,” Hammersley captioned this wrap photo of herself, still rocking that fake baby bump.

Colin Lawrence (Preacher)
Virgin River Season 5 Spoilers

Lawrence’s goodbye post, a video of the “open” sign shutting off outside of Jack’s bar, didn’t offer up any new clues about Preacher’s journey in Season 5, but we’ll never complain about his A+ use of Semisonic’s “Closing Time.”

So here’s what we do know about Preacher’s future, according to showrunner Patrick Sean Smith:

“How Paige and Christopher fit into in his life will be addressed in Season 5. Then he also has Julia, who’s kind of waiting in the wings. He has a lot of ladies that are waiting for him to see which way he’s going to go. We’re also going deeper into his non-romantic life. We don’t know a lot about him. We’d love to see him interact with other characters he hasn’t yet.”

Mark Ghanimé (Cameron)
Virgin River Season 5 Spoilers

“Boy oh boy [showrunner Patrick Sean Smith] and the team have something special in store,” Ghanimé wrote in his caption. “Can’t wait for you all to see what the town and the good doctor have coming for you!” And just to get our imaginations running, he noted, “Cameron looks happy here, doesn’t he? Any guesses why?”

Ghanimé also used stethoscope and chili pepper emojis to tease interesting storylines for Cameron both in and out of the office, adding that this season presented “a couple firsts for [him] as an actor.”

So not only will we be getting a lot of Cameron in Season 5, but perhaps we’ll also get to see Ghanimé’s character in a whole new light.

Zibby Allen (Brie)
Virgin River Season 5 Spoilers

Allen’s post summed up her experience shooting Season 5 as “sweet AF.”

Unfortunately, the same probably couldn’t be said for her character; Brie is in for a tumultuous run of episodes now that her abusive ex has reentered her life.

Kai Bradbury (Denny)
Virgin River Season 5 Spoilers

“That’s a Season 5 wrap on Denny!” Bradbury wrote on this photo of his chair. “[Virgin River] fam, it’s gonna be next level and I can’t wait for you to visit our beautiful town again soon!”

On the surface, Bradbury’s caption is pretty vague. But at least it tells us that Denny — who revealed his terminal illness in the Season 4 finale — survives through the end of Season 5. And that’s not nothing!

Annette O’Toole (Hope)
Virgin River Season 5 Spoilers

“Today was my last day of shooting on Virgin River Season 5. It has been a wonderful time,” O’Toole wrote, also using her post to show off the scarf she made for her make-up artist as a wrap present.

There isn’t much intel to pull from this one, but considering what a nightmare Season 4 was for Hope, we’re just glad to see that O’Toole’s character survives Season 5.

Smith is taking the reins from previous showrunner Sue Tenney

“Sue had moved on to other projects, and I’d worked with Netflix on Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings so we had a pre-existing relationship,” Smith tells TVLine. “I was already a fan, and I was super excited when they came to me with the possibility. The cast cares so much about the show and the fans, and they want to put on the best show possible. I think they’ve done that for the past four seasons, so it just makes it easier for me to pick up the ball and keep running into Season 5 and beyond.”

Smith has his work cut out for him, acknowledging that he “inherited an incredible group of characters… and also a lot of cliffhangers. There is a lot going on, and it took me a while to get my head around what [the characters have] all been through, where they’re heading and where I’d like them to go,” he says. “I wanted it to be as seamless as possible.”

Here’s a little preview from Smith to whet your appetite: “Season 5 picks up right after Season 4. There’s no time jump between four and five.”

Virgin River will incorporate ‘more diversity and inclusion’ in future seasons

Netflix drama head Jinny Howe acknowledges that diversity “continues to be a focus” for Virgin River. Based on “early casting conversations for Season 5,” Howe says, “I think it’s fair to say that that is going to continue to be a focus and something the audience will get to experience more in Season 5. It’s definitely a priority, and I think you will see, as we expand the Virgin River community, that there will be more diversity and inclusion.”

Who’s Charmaine’s baby daddy?

PATRICK SEAN SMITH: In season 5, it’s such a great mystery. That’s what was so interesting when I watched it, and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it.’ And I was like, ‘Well, what do I do with that? What’s the best way to use that big twist?’ But then also do what the show does so well, which is carry mysteries for multiple seasons and questions and keep the audience guessing. So, I can’t say it will be in 5, and I can’t say it won’t. But it’s definitely something that I would rather hold off on and not waste. Because it’s that good.

Well, first the show was planning to have Mel’s (Alexandra Breckenridge) baby be Mark’s baby, but then changed course by the end of the season. Can you walk us through those choices and how you arrived at that final decision?

That predates me. When Netflix approached me about the job, I was watching the cuts and reading the scripts and I was like, “Oh my gosh, what’s happening?” And then the big twist at the end, so I can’t speak to the process that got it to be where it was, but I was equally surprised.

Were there any notes left from previous seasons on answers to some of these questions, including Charmaine’s baby daddy, or are you just starting fresh?

I didn’t want to feel like I was starting fresh. There were so many cliffhangers at the end of season 4, that we pick up all of them. I didn’t want anything to feel a reset or reboot or any of that because everything was so juicy and so interesting. It was more how I wanted to pick it up. And then more importantly, where I wanted to go with it and determine where I wanted to go with it first before I knew how to handle the beginning, so it just didn’t feel like we were giving it service and then moving on to something else.

What about Dr. Cameron (Mark Ghanimé)? He’s said he’s leaving Virgin River, but is that decision final?

Well, for the people with Instagrams and who are on social media, his presence was known at our first table read, so I will say you can definitely expect to see him in the beginning. But as far as where that goes, you’ll have to check out season 5.

You introduced Denny (Kai Bradbury) this season. He seemed very suspicious at first, but then we got explanations for all his behavior. Should we fully trust him at this point?

There was a lot of suspicion on Denny. I would say what he presented his story to be and the reason why he was withholding is a really emotional one. He does have Huntington’s disease. The fact that he’s living his life with that knowledge informs his story a lot more this season than season 4, which was creating this mysterious character to question his motives, but what we get in season 5 is a much clearer picture of who Denny is and what he’s going through, and the relationships that he forms as people in the town and people close to him in his life start to become a support system for it and create stronger bonds between them all.

When pressed by Lizzie to explain why he wasn’t interested in pursuing a relationship, Denny eventually revealed that he has Huntington’s disease, a rare disorder that leads to the breakdown of nerve cells in the brain.

“If you know [my work in ABC Family’s Chasing Life], you know how I’m gong to approach that relationship,” Smith says of Denny and Lizzie. “I don’t want to focus on the dark and the sadness. People in the Huntington’s community would want to see the same. That was one that was tricky for me, but it goes back to what I earned on Chasing Life. Take a story that has the potential to go into a dark place and find a way around it.”

He’s said his illness is terminal, so is he just a ticking time bomb of tragedy for Doc (Tim Matheson), Hope (Annette O’Toole), and Lizzie (Sarah Dugdale)?

That’s not how I want to see it. I don’t know what the original intent was. But I had the privilege of running a show called Chasing Life that was on ABC Family for a couple seasons about a young woman dealing with leukemia. And from that experience, I really embraced the responsibility of portraying something in a fair and positive way. It’s easy for people on the outside to look at, specifically a life threatening disease, and pass judgment on how that person lives their life, but I don’t think that that’s fair. And it’s not how I think a show which prides itself on being surprising, but also comforting would approach that with his character this season.

Will we see Hope continue to heal from her brain injury or is she healed as much as she’s going to?

No. I mean that’s another community — people who have been afflicted with traumatic brain injuries — that we also want to make sure that we’re fairly and accurately representing that experience. Hope is on the mend. One thing that I noticed that was kind of unique to the show, was that in season 3, when it returned, Hope was not there that season. She was mostly via FaceTime, but it was a lot because of the fact that the show went back so early on.

It was a really scary, trying time, and the circumstances were that Annette couldn’t be there for season 3. So, we’ve felt a bit of a loss of Hope. That then fell into season 4 while she was going through her recovery and rehabilitation, which Annette played, her performance is just stunning. Starting in season 5, we still want to feel like she’s getting healthier and that she’s progressing and starting to reclaim the parts of her life that we haven’t seen in two seasons. She still is on the road to recovery. But we’re going to start to start to see the Hope that we know and love a lot more in season 5.

Was Preacher’s (Colin Lawrence) blow to Vince (Steve Bacic) fatal?

I can’t tell you that. I would say that will definitely have to be something you’ll have to watch for in season 5. But it’s it is something that we pick up immediately. We pick up right after that incident in season 5.

What lies ahead for Christopher (Chase Petriw), Paige (Lexa Doig), and Preacher? Might they finally get to catch their breath together?

They can go to a spa. No, I can’t say anything about that. But I know, and just for myself as a fan of the show, I know how important that relationship is. Not just between Preacher and Paige, but also Preacher and Christopher, so it’s definitely something that we will service and address in season 5.

Jack is now unwittingly in business with the same criminal organization as Brady (Benjamin Hollingsworth). Is he going to start to cotton onto that, or how will Melissa complicate things in season 5?

She was introduced as a new big bad for this season. And it’s been fun to dig in to it. We got so little of her character when she was introduced. So it’s been fun to fill in the holes there and understand how she works differently than the men who have mostly been in charge of that part of the show. It does pose a threat to Jack, and it poses a threat to a lot of people in town. I’ve learned more about fentanyl than I ever thought I would in my life. Even how to spell it, which autocorrect helped me out with a lot in the beginning. But it definitely is something that we’re still running through this season, as it was introduced in season 4 as a pretty big deal.

Might that bring him and Brady closer together finally being on the same side again?

I mean, wouldn’t that be swell to see?

Is Jack going to continue seeking help for his PTSD, his guilt over his brother, and his drinking?

Yeah, I took what Jack went through in season 4 as a major wake-up call and an opportunity to really face his demons and address how he’s coping with them. Speaking with Martin, we were both excited about portraying a male character who sees the importance of mental health and seeking out some sense of getting their life back and figuring out how they can live their life better, how they can live it healthier. That is still a part of season 5 that we’re carrying on with from season 4.

Audiences love Brady and Brie (Zibby Allen) together despite the fact that on the page Brie ends up with Mike (Marco Grazzini). Is their relationship one with an expiration date?

I mean, I love love triangles. That was also set up pretty well, and there’s been a bit of a slow burn as far as how that triangle is forming. But I would say as far as the specifics, you’ll have to check out season 5.

How worried should we be about Brie’s ex showing up in Virgin River and her promise to press charges against him?

That moment of empowerment, for Brie to stand up [for herself], set up a really great trajectory for her character that will carry throughout the season 5.

You introduced Hannah this season, Virgin River’s first openly queer character. Will we get to see more of her in season 5? Maybe see get her own romantic interest?

That actress is amazing. I’m excited to explore that character more. Not only through her character, there will be a little more LGBTQ representation in the show than there’s been in the past. I’m excited about bringing that in, but bringing it in a way that feels true and organic to Virgin River.

Have We Seen the Last of Ricky?

The good news: Despite shipping off to basic training at the end of Season 4, Ricky hasn’t seen the last of Virgin River.

The bad news: It’s anyone’s guess when we’ll actually see Grayson Gurnsey’s character again.

As Smith reminds TVLine, “the timeline was set that he would be in basic training until December, so as much as we move at the pace that we’re moving… I won’t say it’ll be in Season 10, but he’s a fan favorite and everybody loves him, so we’ll probably see Ricky at some point down the road.”

When Will Mel and Jack Get Married, and when will she give birth?

Smith knows that fans are practically salivating at the idea of Mel and Jack swapping wedding vows, but that doesn’t mean we’ll get the ceremony of our dreams right away.

Mel and Jack are such an epic couple that you really want to savor things as much as you can,” he says. “We don’t want things to ever feel like they’re stalled, but we also want to enjoy [their engagement] while we can. So we’re moving at that pace with all of the things they have ahead of them, anticipating [a wedding] down the road.”

Now that we know Mel is pregnant with Jack’s baby, we’re even more excited to watch Virgin River’s it couple welcome the next generation. But given how slowly time moves on this show — hello, Charmaine has been pregnant since Season 1 — it’s unclear when we’ll actually see that happen.

“One of the things I noticed was how slowly things move on the show,” Smith says. “We want things to keep flowing, and it’s hard to find time jumps within that, but I am trying to expand the timeline as organically as possible without it feeling like a departure.” (For the record, Smith confirms that Season 5 picks up right where Season 4 left off, sans time jump.)

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Source: TVLine / EW

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Aurora Odolini
Aurora Odolini
Currently studying Communication sciences, when I’m not crying for university, I’m crying for TV series. I like running off into imaginary worlds because they’re way better than reality. Oscar nominated for mental movies. A perfect mix of Jane Sloan, Jessica Day and Clary Morgenstern (The book version, though). In my free time, I write articles and TV series reviews, so to combine two biggest passions of mine.

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