More to the story! After a season 3 finale filled with cliffhangers, there’s more to the story! Virgin River has officially been given the green light to divulge more details of Mel and Jack’s story.
“Here’s your first look at Virgin River season 4 coming to Netflix on July 20th! 🎉,” the show’s official Instagram teased in May 2022.
The series — which debuted its third season in July 2021 — is based on Robyn Carr’s bestselling book series of the same name, which begins with nurse practitioner Mel (Alexandra Breckenridge) relocating to the small town of Virgin River in northern California. While trying to balance work with a cranky doctor from the small town of Virgin River (Tim Matheson) and a budding romance with Jack (Martin Henderson), Mel deals with plenty of drama — including the mysterious circumstances of Jack’s shooting and the paternity of her baby.
“We came up with that real doozy of a cliffhanger that will bring her back to the town, but also bring complications with it,” showrunner Sue Tenney exclusively told Us Weekly in July 2021. “I want to do as many seasons as we can. If we get to the actual reveal [of Jack’s shooting in season 4]It would go into more detail about how all of this was connected. The webbing of that story goes all the way back to the first season, so it’s a connective tissue that goes through four seasons.”
Mel had just told Jack about her pregnancy before the finale. Although the bartender didn’t react to Mel’s impending news about her baby, he didn’t know Mel had gone through IVF with embryos that she had previously stored with Mark (Daniel Gillies), during their brief breakup. Fans were left wondering, like Jack, about Jack’s paternity and if the embryo was viable following her previous fertility struggles.
“With her history, her fertility issues and having a stillborn baby at such a late stage in pregnancy, you don’t know if she’s going to be able to,” the This is Us star previously told Use in July 2021. “In the books, she does, but a lot of things are different in the series than in the books. But I would like to watch her journey of becoming a mother.”
The Netflix drama also stars Zibby Alle (Brie), Marco Grazzini (Mike), Colin Lawrence (Preacher), Annette O’Toole(Hope) Ben Hollingsworth (Dan).
“I told Jack that I was pregnant when he was about to propose at the end of season 3. So obviously we’re going to watch Mel and Jack navigate the baby that we don’t know who the father is,” Breckenridge teased during an interview with Glamour in April 2022. “So that should be enjoyable. They never get engaged at the conclusion of season three. So we’ll see if they end up getting engaged in season four or not.”
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