“Here’s your first look at Virgin River season 4 coming to Netflix on July 20th! 🎉,” the show’s official Instagram teased in May 2022.
The series — which debuted its third season in July 2021 — is based on Robyn Carr’s bestselling book series of the same name, which begins with nurse practitioner Mel (Alexandra Breckenridge) relocating to the small town of Virgin River in northern California. While balancing working with a grumpy town doctor (Tim Matheson) and a budding romance with Jack (Martin Henderson), Mel deals with plenty of drama — including the mysterious circumstances of Jack’s shooting and the paternity of her baby.
“We came up with that real doozy of a cliffhanger that will bring her back to the town, but also bring complications with it,” showrunner Sue Tenney exclusively told Us Weekly in July 2021. “I want to do as many seasons as we can. If we get the actual reveal [of Jack’s shooting in season 4], it would detail more of how this all was intertwined. The webbing of that story goes all the way back to the first season, so it’s a connective tissue that goes through four seasons.”
Elsewhere in season 3, Mel had just finished telling Jack that she was expecting a child before the finale concluded. While the bartender had yet to react to her impending baby news, he did not know that Mel underwent IVF with embryos she had previously stored with her late husband, Mark (Daniel Gillies), during their brief breakup. Like Jack, fans were also left wondering about the paternity of the baby and if the embryo was viable after her previous fertility struggles.
“With her history, her fertility issues and having a stillborn baby at such a late stage in pregnancy, you don’t know if she’s going to be able to,” the This Is Us star previously told Us in July 2021. “In the books, she does, but a lot of things are different in the series than in the books. But I would like to watch her journey of becoming a mother.”
“I told Jack that I was pregnant when he was about to propose at the end of season 3. So obviously we’re going to watch Mel and Jack navigate the baby that we don’t know who the father is,” Breckenridge teased during an interview with Glamour in April 2022. “So that should be enjoyable. And they never actually get engaged at the end of season three. So we’ll see if they end up getting engaged in season four or not.”
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