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Netflix Releases First Look at 'Virgin River' Season 4

Virgin River fans, the wait is nearly over! season 4 is just around the corner, with 12 episodes coming soon to Netflix on July 20, 2022. Sounds like a lot of us will be escaping the heat that weekend to binge the new season! Based on the new trailer, it looks like we're picking right up where we left off with lots of juicy small-town drama. We get a sneak peek of the aftermath of Mel's new pregnancy, a handsome new doctor coming to town, and more unexpected twists and turns.

Virgin River Renewed Through Season 5!

According to USA Today, season 3, which debuted in July 2021, was consistently in the most popular section on Netflix. So yes, naturally, they decided to renew for seasons 4 and 5 immediately. And in case you were wondering, Martin Henderson, Tim Matheson, Alexandra Breckenridge and more will all return to star on the show for both seasons.

Showrunner Sue Tenney told Parade it was important for the show to explore trauma and uncertainty.

"It's easy to view Virgin River as a place devoid of malice. But even bucolic places have their share of trauma," Tenney told "We wanted to explore how our characters would handle an intense, external conflict in their relationship, given their past. Jack is a vital member of the community and putting him in crisis will impact everyone differently." Mel and Jack fans, it looks like we can expect some intense (and romantic) moments for the couple. Check it out above.

'Virgin River' Cast

The series, based on Robyn Carr's book series, was an immediate success when it premiered in 2019. Zibby Allen (Grey's Anatomy) joined in season 3 as Jack's sister, Brie, a lawyer "who is smart, hard-charging, ballsy and a whole lot of fun." Stacey Farber (Saving Hope, Degrassi: The Next Generation) also joined the series as a recurring character Tara Anderson, Lilly's (Linda Boyd) daughter. We're interested to see who joins for season 4.

In addition to Breckenridge and Henderson, Tim Matheson, Annette O'Toole, Colin Lawrence, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Grayson Gurnsey, Lauren Hammersley, Sarah Dugdale, Jenny Cooper, Daniel Gillies, Chase Petriw, and Marco Grazzini also returned for season 3 and based on the trailer, it looks like we'll be seeing a lot of familiar faces in the new season.

Virgin River centers on Melinda "Mel" Monroe, who moves to Virgin River to work as a nurse practitioner. In the small town in Northern California, she finds new beginnings, love, and an opportunity to heal from her tragic past.

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Editors Note: This article was originally published on July 1, 2021. It was updated on July 8, 2022, after Netflix released the new season trailer.