Virgin River season 5 release date, cast, plot, and more news

While we wait for the Virgin River season 5 release date, we've compiled everything we know about the new instalment of the Netflix series and its cast list.

Virgin River season 5 release date: Alexandra Breckenridge as Mel Monroe in Virgin River

When is the Virgin River season 5 release date? Fans will be desperate to know more about the show that has given us on-again-off-again romance, baby daddy drama, and even murder mysteries, so what’s in store for the next chapter?

The Netflix series stars Alexandra Breckenridge as Mel Monroe, a midwife and nurse practitioner who relocates to the remote Northern California town of Virgin River, in an attempt to get her life back on track. Life doesn’t work that way though, especially not in a TV series, and Mel finds herself at the heart of the chaotic community over the course of four tension-filled seasons on the streaming service Netflix.

So, as we turn the page on season 4, when can we expect the Virgin River season 5 release date? Which actors will be part of the Virgin River cast next time around? And, what the hell is going to happen next in the drama series?

Virgin River season 5 release date

Virgin River season 5 will arrive on Netflix on Thursday September 7, 2023. Netflix announced the release date at its recent presentation, and also revealed Virgin River season 6 has been given the green light!

There had been delays in filming season 5, which was initially supposed to hit production back-to-back with season 4. That shoot was pushed to July 2022, and wrapped in November 2022. Check out our guide on the Virgin River filming locations to find out where the cast has been shooting.

Virgin River season 5 release date: Martin Henderson as Jack in Virgin River

Virgin River season 5 cast

Alexandra Breckenridge will return to play Mel Monroe in Virgin River season 5. The actor confirmed she has been filming for the show, and so has Martin Henderson, who plays Mel’s love interest Jack.

It remains to be seen what other characters return for Virgin River season 5, but we suspect the likes of Paige (Michelle Logan), Melissa Montgomery (Barbara Pollard), and Denny (Kai Bradbury) will be among the cast next season. We also know Preacher (Colin Lawrence) will be back.

Annette O’Toole is back as Hope McCrea, and Mark Ghanimé will return as Cameron Hayek, and the pair have been spotted on set. Meanwhile, Kandyse McClure will join the cast as a currently unknown character, and we will see more of Clare Filipow’s Hannah, the show’s first openly-gay character, in season 5.

One person who won’t be returning for season 5 is Ricky, with actor Grayson Maxwell Gurnsey exiting Virgin River. We last saw Ricky leave for the army, which would explain his absence in the next season.

The Virgin River season 5 cast list includes: 

  • Alexandra Breckenridge as Mel Monroe
  • Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan
  • Annette O’Toole as Hope McCrea
  • Michelle Logan as Paige Lassiter
  • Barbara Pollard as Melissa Montgomery
  • Kai Bradbury as Denny Cutler
  • Colin Lawrence as Preacher
  • Clare Filipow as Hannah
  • Kandyse McClure

Virgin River season 5 release date: Martin Henderson and Alexandra Breckenridge in Virgin River

Virgin River season 5 plot speculation

Netflix hasn’t dropped any official details about what the Virgin River season 5 plot will entail but we think Mel and Jack’s wedding will be a big part of the storyline.

An Instagram post by the official Virgin River account shared at the start of October 2022 showed Mel (Alexandra Breckenridge) and Jack (Martin Henderson) looking pretty fancy. We suspect this could be an engagement party, and we hope we get an invite.

One big question we had after season 3 involved the baby daddy drama surrounding Mel’s pregnancy. Thankfully, a test proved Jack is the father of the baby girl, but a major season 4 cliff-hanger saw Charmaine reveal that her twins are in fact not Jack’s. Season 5 will see Jack and Mel come to terms with this development, and could even strangely be a good thing for their relationship.

Elsewhere, Paige finally managed to lead herself and Christopher to safety, with a little help from Preacher who knocked Vince out before he could kill Paige. But, we still need to find out if Vince is actually dead or just temporarily out of action. The answer to this will come next season.

We may also know who the next big antagonist of the series will be, after Melissa Montgomery was introduced in season 4. She hasn’t done anything too bad so far, but a hidden photographer certainly had an interest in her business. Add this to the pretty sinister music playing when she first arrives, and we have a feeling this could be a character to watch in season 5.

Alexandra Breckenridge as Mel Monroe in Virgin River

Virgin River season 5 trailer speculation

There is no Virgin River season 5 trailer right now, but we think it will drop in August. That would be a month ahead of the new season’s release date, and fall in line with Netflix’s standard strategy. You can watch the trailer for Virgin River season 4 below in the meantime.

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Where can you watch Virgin River season 5?

You will be able to watch Virgin River season 5 on Netflix. Virgin River has always been on Netflix and should continue to be there for as long as the show will run.

Virgin River season 5 release date: Martin Henderson as Jack in Virgin River

How many episodes will Virgin River season 5 have?

While not confirmed yet, we expect Virgin River season 5 to consist of 12 episodes. This would fall in line with season 4, which saw an increase on the ten-episode structure of the first three seasons.

Virgin River season 5 release date: Alexandra Breckenridge and Martin Henderson as Mel and Jack

Will there be a Virgin River season 6?

Yes, Virgin River season 6 is happening. Netflix announced it has renewed the show at a recent presentation. At the moment, we don’t know when the Virgin River season 6 release date will be.

That’s all we know about the Virgin River season 5 release date at the moment, but we’ll keep checking in regularly and update you once we learn anything new. In the meantime, get more drama with the Euphoria season 3 release date, or more Netflix content with the Stranger Things season 5 release date. Or think about the big screen with our guide to all the new movies coming in 2023, and the best movies of all time.