Virgin River season 3 is coming to Netflix this week on July 9th, 2021 globally. Here’s our comprehensive everything you need to know about season 3 of Virgin River including production timelines, trailer, set photos and we can expect storywise. In addition, we’ve also got exclusive new details on season 4 of Virgin River after a very early renewal for the feel-good drama.
Quick catchup for anyone not familiar with Virgin River. The feel-good series is a cross between an ABC and a Hallmark show complete with a feel-good story, down-to-earth characters, and excellent acting and writing. The first season of Virgin River dropped on December 6th while the second season has just dropped on November 27th.
Before we kick off our preview, here’s the full Virgin River season 3 trailer released on June 11th, 2021.
Virgin River season 3 renewal status
Official Netflix renewal status: Officially Renewed (Last updated: 12/18/2020)
The first we heard of season 3 of Virgin River was back in July 2020 when we got a production listing that confirmed that season 3 was not only in development but scheduled to go into production from August 2020 through to December 2020.
However, it wasn’t until December 18th that Netflix gave the official thumbs-up to season 3 (despite the fact it had already begun filming). The announcement came with a couple of other goodies which we’ve included below.
Netflix Queue included a video alongside the season 3 announcement.
#VirginRiver fans — good news: the show was just picked up for a third season! pic.twitter.com/ingnnE8fP4
— Queue (@netflixqueue) December 18, 2020
The series remains incredibly popular and featured in the Netflix top 10s in the majority of regions around the world although it eventually disappeared from the top 10s in early January 2021.
Before the renewal, the most compelling evidence but that filming had actually started was when the two main cast members posted a video to say the new season was “releasing in 7 days”. You can see the pair on what looks like be a film set.
Filming for the series has been reported as early as September 2020, though. On September 7th, 2020, a Twitter user by the name of Jen Eggleston stumbled on a production notice at Cleveland Dam. What’s worth noting is that the notice actually lists 2019 on the day-to-day schedule, although the actual days match up with 2020 dates.
More filming notices were spotted throughout late September 2020.
@WhatsFilming Virgin River filming across my house at the LDS church pic.twitter.com/vEIThzLD1y
— Sarjak Desai (@sarjakd) September 23, 2020
Based on previous years’ production schedules, we’re speculating that filming for season 3 has actually wrapped and now begins the long process of editing, localization (including dubbing for other languages), and getting it ready for release.
Who will be in the cast for Virgin River season 3?
Beyond the core cast returning, we’ve already got one new casting for season 3.
The returning cast confirmed for season 3 includes Martin Henderson, Alexandra Breckenridge, Jenny Cooper, Grayson Maxwell Gurnsey, Tim Matheson, Benjamin Hollingsworth, and Colin Lawrence.
The first new casting we’ve heard so far is Jasmine Vega to feature as Stella from season 3 onwards. Vega has previous featured in titles such as Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina as Lizzie and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Virgin River season 3 casting news!
Jasmine Vega who has featured in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and DC's Legends of Tomorrow will play the role of Stella. #VirginRiver pic.twitter.com/nOPmNSRtlT
— What's on Netflix (@whatonnetflix) November 26, 2020
Alongside the renewal, Netflix themselves unveiled two new cast members.
That includes Zibby Allen (The Flash) who will feature in all 10 episodes as Brie who is Jack’s sister who is a lawyer by trade.
Stacey Farber (Degrassi: The Next Generation) will play Lilly’s daughter, Tara Anderson.
Some of the other smaller cast members set to debut in season 3 include:
- Kerën Burkett as an ER Nurse
- Jessie Liang as Dr. Benson
- Janet Walmsley as Mrs. Gardner
In May 2021, we got word that Kai Bradbury would feature in season 3 as Denny who along with Tara (see above) will be visiting Virgin River. Kai Bradbury is known for Warigami, The Terror and Motherland: Fort Salem.
What to expect from Virgin River season 3
Before we dive into spoiler territory for season 2 (please go and watch season 2 before reading this), it’s important to note that the series itself is based on the novel franchise, which gives the writers no shortage of material being 21 novels strong.
Now, the big cliffhanger going into season 3 is what will happen to Jack. As season 2 draws to a close, Mel enters the bar to find Jack with a gunshot wound and slowly bleeding out on the floor. The other question, of course, is who shot Jack?
As far as we’re concerned, there are five suspects:
- And the most probable, Jamie
As NetflixLife notes, the series bringing back Martin Henderson means that Jack is almost certainly alive but what sort of condition he’ll be in remains to be seen.
Beyond the main story arc there, we need to know what happens with Preacher. Having had plans to leave Virgin River, seems to be constantly held back from ever leaving with Paige’s son Christopher now reliant on him.
What happens in the relationship between Mel and Jack will be a contentious subject too with Jack soon to become a father.
i need to see in virgin river season 3 Mel and Jack dancing again now as a couple in love #melck #virginRiver pic.twitter.com/VgJHXA5uIs
— Gracy. #JackIsTheFather (@MelYJackVR) January 5, 2021
Hope and Doc seem to be a happy couple once again while all fingers are cross that Lizzie and Ricky can patch things up in season 3 too.
Benjamin Hollingsworth who plays Brady on the show replied recently to an Instagram post saying that we can expect big things from season 3 saying:
“I’m wearing a safety helmet to protect myself from all the bombshell plot twists season 3 has. Hope y’all ready for it.”
When will Virgin River season 3 release on Netflix?
The release of season 3 was announced on May 28th just a few hours after we posted about Netflix France accidentally letting the cat out of the bag a little too early.
All of the new episodes for Virgin River season 3 are set to release on July 9th, 2021.
Alexandra Breckenridge announced the news of season 3 of #VirginRiver coming in July 2021! pic.twitter.com/OF9Lmn5UlC
— What's on Netflix (@whatonnetflix) May 28, 2021
No trailer as of June 9th, 2021 and we’re expecting that to arrive in either the week beginning June 14th or June 21st but for now, here are some new behind-the-scenes snaps for season 3 of Virgin River.
New behind the scenes snaps for #VirginRiver season 3! pic.twitter.com/W0ZzqQ9Eb5
— What's on Netflix (@whatonnetflix) June 9, 2021
In addition, TVLine got an exclusive first look clip from season 3 which could possibly reveal who shot Jack.
Netflix also added another clip of the new season to their YouTube channel on June 17th that gives us our first look back at Jack in season 3.
Accompanying the video is the following description:
“Mel and her loved ones in Virgin River support each other while facing all sorts of troubles: death, a fire, custody arguments, breakups and more.”
We’ve also been given a batch of new photos for Virgin River season 3. Here they are:
Will there be a season 4 of Virgin River on Netflix?
The answer to this almost certainly yes! As we reported, season 4 of the show is due to get underway in due course meaning that we could see the fourth season in 2022.
Filming for season 4 is set to get underway at the end of July (specifically on July 28th) and run through to November 30th, 2021. Sue Tenney will continue her role as showrunner.
Are you looking forward to season 3 of Virgin River on Netflix? Let us know in the comments down below. While you’re waiting check out our other suggestions on what to watch that’s like Virgin River on Netflix.