Virgin River Season 5: Netflix Renewal Status and What to Expect

Virgin River Season 5 Begins Filming 12 Episode Sets

Grayson Maxwell Gurnsey as Ricky, Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan in Episode 412 of Virgin River

Virgin River Season 4 is set to hit Netflix on July 20, 2022, but work on the show’s next fifth season has already begun and filming is underway as of July 18. Here’s everything we know so far about season 5 of Virgin River soon on Netflix.

First debut on Netflix all the way back in December 2019, Virgin River has quietly been one of Netflix’s sleepover 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 will hit Netflix worldwide on July 20, 2022, and sees Mel continue her pregnancy, Hope recovers from her car accident, and Brie tries to prove her lover’s innocence.


when was? Virgin River renewed for season 5?

For those who don’t know, Virgin River was given a two-season extension after season 3. Season 4 had yet to be announced, but we had already heard that the series had started filming.

The show is a big hit for Netflix, even if it doesn’t make all the headlines. According to Netflix’s top 10 hour figures, the show had 333.92 million hours watched worldwide when it was in the top 10.

Season 3 spent 6 weeks in the global top 10 after its release with 225.12 million hours watched worldwide between July 4 and August 15, 2021.


Where is Virgin River Season 5 in Production?

As we reported earlier in the year, filming on Virgin River season 5 was set to begin in March 2022. That was then postponed to July 2022, although even those dates were subject to change and were subject to change.

At the time, we reported that the shooting would take place between July 1 and November 30, 2022.

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

We can confirm that shooting started in Vancouver, BC, Canada on July 18, 2022 and is expected to last until November 10, 2022.

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The Virgin River series’ official Instagram account confirmed that production is underway with a Zoom call from a table read for the fifth season.

The message was as follows:

“Our cast in a table read for SEASON 5. Yes, you heard that right folks. We have now started production of SEASON 5! Also meet our beautiful new Showrunner Patrick Sean Smith. We can’t wait for you to see what we have in store. Don’t forget, though, that Season 4 is only 2 days away. Bye!!”

The biggest news in that Instagram post is that Sue Tenney is replaced as showrunner with Patrick Sean Smith.

The writer is best known for his work on The CW’s supernaturalABC Families chasing life, and most recently writing the Jolene episode on Netflix’s limited series, Dolly Parton’s heartache for which he also served as executive producer and showrunner.

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Patrick Sean Smith with Dolly Parton – Photo: Twitter

For more information on where Virgin River movies, check out our movie guide to the show here.

We have been told that Virgin River Season 5 has an episode budget of between $3 and $5 million per episode, meaning Season 5 could cost Netflix anywhere up to $60 million when all is said and done.

Monika Mitchell it has been confirmed via DGC that he will be directing season 5 episodes. Mitchell previously directed episodes in Season 3, including the episodes Take My Breath Away and Spare Parts and Broken Hearts.

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Dan Payne as Nate, Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan in episode 408 of Virgin River. kr. Thanks to Netflix


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

Until season 4, all seasons of Virgin River had run at about 10 episodes each.

However, Season 4 got an extended 12-episode season and we’ve now learned, thanks to a livestream from Alexandra Breckenridge, that it will be another extended, 12-episode fifth season.


What to expect from? Virgin River Season 5

We are still waiting for season 4 of Virgin River to drop before we get into what’s to come from the upcoming season’s story.

Unfortunately, due to embargoes, we can’t do any spoilers for season 5 just yet, so instead here’s a quick recap of what season 4’s main arc was:

As mentioned above, this is our big Virgin River preview of season 5, which we will slowly update with all the new information as we get it.

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Image: Netflix


When does season 5 come out? Virgin River be on Netflix?

With production just getting started, it’s a little too early to say when season 5 will hit Netflix. That said, using production schedules and release dates from previous years, it will take about 6-7 months for the show to finally hit Netflix.

It’s safe to assume the show will return sometime in 2023.

As production is expected to end in November 2022, we can see season 5 of Virgin River on Netflix from summer 2023.


Thanks tooh @VRpassionate on Twitter for help finding and compiling some of the information for this article.

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