Virgin River Season 5 Release Date, News & Update: Netflix Head of Drama Hints At Expansion, Raising Spinoff Hopes

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The cast and crew of Virgin River Season 5 recently celebrated finishing the series' 50th episode while filming in Vancouver. In light of this, the buzz around the popular Netflix series is mostly justified. Because of the show's devoted following, Netflix may be thinking about creating a spinoff.

Virgin River Season 5 Could Pave the Way for a Spinoff

Virgin River's debut has led to year after year of dominating Nielsen's streaming rankings charts. Recently, Jinny Howe, the head of drama at Netflix, has been discussing how the universe might grow and how long the series might last.

"It feels like, based on what we're seeing with Season 4 and the anticipation for Season 5, that there is a lot more storytelling to offer us. It will be exciting to see which characters continue to break out and audiences crave more of; we're paying very close attention, understanding that this is a really rich universe of characters and that people can't seem to get enough, myself included," Howe told Deadline.

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"So I think as long as that continues to be the case — which we're very hopeful for — you can rest assured that there will be more Virgin River."

Though Howe did not directly mention a spinoff, given the scope of author Robyn Carr's novels and the wealth of characters within the universe, it appears to be the most natural development.

Alexandra Breckenridge Dishes on Virgin River's Success

Carr's works have become literary classics in the romance genre. Nobody anticipated the fandom to explode after Netflix turned the books into a series. In fact, the show's lead actress, Alexandra Breckenridge, didn't think anyone would watch it. Even after four seasons, she is still taken aback by the popularity of one of the streaming service's most-watched series.

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"Virgin River did better than we could have imagined, and it's continuing to grow this audience…the only way I really experience "success" is, all of a sudden, more press and more people recognize me," Breckenridge told New Beauty. "I haven't quite adjusted to that yet."

Virgin River Season 5 Release Date

Virgin River Season 5 could be available on Netflix as early as the summer of 2023 because production is expected to wrap up in November 2022. This would indicate that Netflix plans to release one new season of the program each year.

Each of Seasons 1-3 had ten episodes. Virgin River Season 5 is expected to include 12 episodes, much like Season 4 did. And according to recent updates, there are only four more episodes to shoot before everything is finished.

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