A Wildfire Threatens the Town in the Drama-Filled "Virgin River" Season 5 Trailer

Get ready to head back to the cozy town of Virgin River, because the hit Netflix series of the same name finally returns for season five next month. Over a year after season four debuted on July 20, 2022, and concluded with a cliffhanger ending, Netflix unveiled the first full trailer of the upcoming installment on Aug. 9, which will air in two parts this fall.

The preview for part one of season five teases a new set of challenges that'll bring Virgin River together and tear others apart — from a "shocking breakup" and "difficult court trial" to "a wildfire that threatens the town." Per the new clip, there will also be some mud throwing and a big decision waiting for Mel (Alexandra Breckenridge).

After the release of "Virgin River" season three in July 2021, the Netflix series landed a coveted two-season renewal, confirming season five's arrival. Filled with quintessential community camaraderie, heartwarming gestures, intense drama, and shocking reveals, season four of "Virgin River" delivered yet another strong batch of episodes, only with higher stakes.

Based on the bestselling book series of the same name by Robyn Carr, the story centers on Melinda "Mel" Monroe, an accomplished midwife and nurse practitioner who relocates to a far-flung small town while battling personal demons from her traumatic past. However, to her surprise, her life takes a sweet turn once she acclimates to the friendly townsfolk. Now that the 12-part fifth season is right around the corner, fans are excitedly looking forward to another round of the comforting drama.

From plot details and the cast to the September premiere date, keep reading for everything we know about "Virgin River" season five.

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"Virgin River" Season 5 Trailer

"Virgin River" Season 5 Plot
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"Virgin River" Season 5 Plot

A lot goes down in season four, so there are plenty of lingering questions and plot points that will no doubt be explored in season five. WARNING: Spoilers ahead!

Toward the end of season three, a paternity test finally confirms Mel's unborn baby's father is Jack, not her late husband. Just when all appears well with the now-engaged lovebirds, Charmaine, Jack's ex who's also pregnant with his twins, drops a massive bomb on them. When she calls him in a panic, Mel and Jack go to her and find her on the floor in pain, and her dire situation prompts her to confess that Jack isn't actually the father of her babies. In season five, we can probably expect to see the aftermath of Charmaine's big reveal and how that will affect Jack's involvement in the lives of her twins. Moreover, we'll get to watch Mel and Jack navigate their own pregnancy and maybe a trip down the aisle now that they've gotten engaged.

Hope, who gets in a massive car accident in season three and is still reeling from the traumatic experience throughout season four, finally agrees to an additional home health aide. Season five could explore her journey to recovery now that she's agreed to get proper treatment.

Meanwhile, Brie's sexually abusive ex, Don, reappears in season four and threatens her to sign an NDA, but she shuts him down, stands her ground, and promises she'll be pressing charges against him, so fans can definitely expect that to be explored next season.

Finally, it's revealed in season four that crime boss Melissa Montgomery is Nick's — aka Jack's glamping business investor's — sister. We can totally see Jack's business getting into murky territory now that he's unwittingly joined hands with the criminal head honcho.

Here's what "Virgin River" has teased of season five's plot: "Issues of motherhood push Mel to make a big decision about her future at the clinic while her pregnancy unexpectedly sparks an emotional connection to her past," the logline reads. "To further prove himself to Mel, Jack squares off with some long-overdue confrontations — with his own demons, and of course, Charmaine. And as Doc and Hope's respective impairments throw their identities into question, the doctor and the mayor must find solace in their community, in their young new family, and in each other."


"Virgin River" Season 5 Cast

Central characters are all expected to return to season five, including Breckenridge as Mel, Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan, Tim Matheson as Vernon "Doc" Mullins, Annette O'Toole as Hope McCrea, Colin Lawrence as John "Preacher" Middleton, Lauren Hammersley as Charmaine Roberts, Benjamin Hollingsworth as Dan Brady, Sarah Dugdale as Lizzie, Zibby Allen as Brie Sheridan, and Teryl Rothery as Muriel.

Based on the official table-read update shared on the series's Instagram account on July 18, 2022, many series regulars will be reprising their characters. The complete list of cast members joining for season five includes Mark Ghanimé as Cameron Hayek, Marco Grazzini as Mike, Nicola Cavendish as Connie, Keith MacKechnie as Nick, Jenny Cooper as Joey, Gwynyth Walsh as Jo Ellen, Kai Bradbury as Denny, Chase Petriw as Christopher, Trevor Lerner as Bert, Christina Jastrzembska as Lydie, and Emma Oliver as the younger version of Mel.

Per Netflix, additional cast members are Stacey Farber, Lucia Walters, Steve Bacic, Libby Osler, Barbara Pollard, Ellie Harvie, Darcy Laurie, Sandy Robson, Lexa Doig, Michelle Addison, Miranda Edwards, and Gabrielle Jacinto.

"Virgin River" Season 5 Release Date
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"Virgin River" Season 5 Release Date

The first part of season five premieres on Sept. 7, followed by two holiday episodes that'll release on Nov. 30.

How Many Episodes Will There Be in "Virgin River" Season 5?
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How Many Episodes Will There Be in "Virgin River" Season 5?

As revealed in an Instagram Live by Breckenridge, Henderson, and Allen, the upcoming season five consists of 12 episodes, each clocking in at about 40-50 minutes. The first 10 episodes will debut in part one of the season, and it'll conclude with part two's final two episodes.

"Virgin River" Season 5 First-Look Photos

"Virgin River" Season 5 First-Look Photos