‘Virgin River’: A Christmas Special Could Be in the Works

Netflix‘s drama series Virgin River is based on the beloved novels by Robyn Carr. The series follows Mel Monroe (Alexandra Breckenridge)  a nurse who leaves her life in Los Angeles for a fresh start in the small town. Though she moves to Virgin River to heal, Mel finds herself falling for Jack Sheridan (Martin Henderson), a retired Marine who owns the town’s bar.

As fans are anticipating the release of season 4 of the show, there is hope that a Christmas special could be in the works.

Alexandra Breckenridge, looking at a man, in 'Virgin River'
VIRGIN RIVER – Alexandra Breckenridge as Melinda Monroe of VIRGIN RIVER – NETFLIX (c) 2020

‘Virgin River’ Season 4 will be released in 2022

Filming for Virgin River Season 4 ended just before the holiday season in 2021. The series is currently in post-production and since it typically takes about six months for a series to move through post and land on the streamer, fans are hoping that Virgin River Season 4 will launch this summer.

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A ‘Virgin River’ Christmas special could be in the works

Since Virgin River Seasons 4 and season 5 got renewed at the same time, there is hope that we won’t have to wait a full year in between the seasons. In fact, filming for season 5 is slated to begin in July 2022. Originally it had been marked for March 2022. “Season five, we were supposed to start in March,” Breckenridge revealed via Express. “But we’ve been pushed so… I don’t know. I don’t know man. I’m hoping that maybe we’ll start in the summer. It would be nice to film in Vancouver in the summer rather than the winter.”

Since things are delayed, fans are hoping that Netflix will throw in a Virgin River Christmas special to appease fans. There was speculation about a special for season 3. However, since the season ended with a slew of cliffhangers, it wouldn’t have made much sense.

Season 4 will be extra long

There have been some hints about what fans can expect to see when Virgin River finally does return to Netflix. “I can’t tell you too much because it’ll give it away, but you find out what’s going on,” Henderson told The Digital Fix via Hello. I’m just going to say that season four reveals and answers all the questions but then presents some more. I think season four is going to be really satisfying for people because of that giant cliffhanger. There were multiple cliffhangers, which gives a little love/hate situation for the audience, where they love but hate the wait. It’s going to be worth it because the writers really answer that stuff. I think people will be satisfied.”

Hopefully, we will find out who really shot Jack, if Mel’s baby is actually Jack’s biological child, and we’ll see Preacher (Colin Lawrence) survive his attack. Most importantly, we’re desperate to see Charmaine (Lauren Hammersley) give birth.

Interestingly enough season 4 is slated to be 12 episodes instead of 10 episodes like previous seasons.

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