Virgin River fans are treated with an early Christmas gift as the news of its renewal for season 3 arrives. Based on Robyn Carr’s collection of novels under the same title, the series first aired on Netflix in 2019. Season 2 recently premiered last November 27, just in time for the holiday season. As if that doesn’t count enough, Netflix then announces a season 3 coming right up.
Netflix Queue broke the news on Twitter, along with a video featuring Virgin River stars Alexandra Breckenridge and Martin Henderson. Henderson began by thanking fans for their outpouring support toward the show. He added that because of that, “season 2 [was] such a big success for Virgin River.”
As a result, Breckenridge concluded the footage with a confirmation that “season 3 has been picked up by Netflix.”
The renewal was announced less than a month after Season 2 was released, proving how popular indeed the show was. Season 3 is expected to pick up from season 2’s finale which saw Jack (Henderson) bleed out after an injury. Both Breckenridge and Henderson are returning to reprise their roles Mel Monroe and Jack Sheridan, respectively.
What can we expect from Virgin River season 3?
Virgin River follows Melinda “Mel” Monroe (Breckenridge) who works as a midwife in the remote California town of Virgin River. She thinks it will be the perfect place for her to start fresh and leave painful memories behind. Jack Sheridan (Henderson) eventually meets her, and she becomes torn whether to finally open up her heart again or not.
The upcoming season will feature a new series regular. Zibby Allen, known for her roles in The Flash and Grey’s Anatomy, is slated to take on a major role. The cast also will add Stacey Farber, who previously appeared in Saving Hope and Diggstown. Fans eagerly await the continuation from the second season finale cliffhanger which saw Mel find Jack lying in a pool of blood.
A confirmed release date for season 3 has not been announced as of the moment. Virgin River season 1 debuted in December 2019, while series two was released in November 2020. Following the same pattern, viewers can expect the third outing around late 2021.
While the show’s future beyond season 3 still looks uncertain, there’s definitely no shortage of source material. Carr has written 21 Virgin River books, with the most recent published in October 2020. Showrunner Sue Tenney said she plans to stay true to the original novels, leaving minor differences between them and the show.
“Ultimately, the way I look at the show is that we’re going to get as many seasons as we get. And when we get to that last season, we want them [Mel and Jack] to be where [Robyn Carr] has them,” Tenney explained.