Virgin River season 3 questions answered: Who shot Jack?

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Where is Virgin River?

The Netflix show is set in California—but filmed in Canada. Netflix's Virgin River is the perfect TV escape. The low-key show, which saw its third season released in July of 2021, boasts Hallmark-level drama, steamy romance, hot bartenders, and a cozy small town I wish I could relocate to for the rest of eternity. MarieClaire.comWhere Is 'Virgin River' Filmed? | Real-Life Filming Locations

Is Virgin River Season 3 out yet?

Netflix recently announced that season 3 of Virgin River will premiere on July 9, 2021. thepioneerwoman.comEverything to Know About 'Virgin River' Season 3 on Netflix

How many seasons of Virgin River are there going to be?

The release date might be some time in 2022. The past three seasons of Virgin River have come out approximately a year apart. The first season premiered in December 2019; the second, in November 2020, and the third, in July 2021. Given that timeline, we may be getting the fourth season of Virgin River in 2022. oprahdaily.comVirgin River Season 4: Release Date, Trailer, Cast, News, Plot

Is Virgin River Renewed for Season 4?

'Virgin River' Season 4: Everything We Know Many! Cliffhangers! ... Fans agree: Although Netflix doesn't share viewing statistics, the show is popular enough for Netflix to have quietly renewed it for season four, even before the streaming service dropped Virgin River's third season on July 9. MarieClaire.com'Virgin River' Season 4 | Netflix Release Date, Cast, Plot

For a small town, Virgin River is certainly an eventful place.

The Netflix series debuted its third season July 9, and it was 10 episodes packed with twists and turns that ultimately left us with more questions than answers. Jack (Martin Henderson) and Mel (Alexandra Breckinridge) seemed to finally be on track for their happy ending after his recovery from his shooting, until she announced her desire to have a baby, leading them to break up and get back together (and for her to attempt IVF in the meanwhile).

Doc (Tim Matheson) and Hope (Annette O'Toole) were finally preparing for a re-commitment ceremony, but a hurricane and her aunt's health kept Hope M.I.A most of the season. Until a car accident landed her in the hospital with a life-threatening brain injury.

Preacher (Colin Lawrence) continued to watch over Christopher (Chase Petriw) with the added threat of Wes's brother, Vince, looming. That came to a head at season's end with Preacher being knocked out and abandoned in the woods by Paige's supposed "friend" and Vince lying in wait for Connie (Nicola Cavendish) and Christopher.

Then, there's the newest face in Virgin River, Brie (Zibby Allen), Jack's sister. She came to Virgin River to nurse a broken heart after a sexual assault, but along the way, she found herself falling for Brady (Benjamin Hollingsworth). But Brie is now left to wonder if she's fallen for the wrong guy again as Brady is arrested for Jack's shooting.

Not to mention, the entire town is now in mourning after the death of Lilly (Lynda Boyd).

With so much happening, we called up showrunner Sue Tenney to get the answers to some of our burning questions (and if you want more on Mel and Jack's future, we've got you covered here).

SUE TENNEY: We're always looking for ways to cut deep into a story and a time jump allowed us to do that. Once we had established that Jack is going to survive the shooting, it's the psychological component of his recuperation that's most compelling. We did have people quite beyond themselves at the cliffhanger, which was great, because that means your audience is super engaged.

We tend to like to take on heavier subjects and make them manageable. It allows for an emotional release. No one shied away from the cancer aspects of it. My father died of cancer. We're very cancer aware. I have friends who have cancer. We feel like it's one of those touchstones that I don't think there's a lot of people out there that aren't really touched by it in some way. We felt like we could ground it, and hit some big emotional beats with Mel. I pitched it to the network and they loved it. That is what makes great drama in some ways is when you have to say goodbye to characters that you love.

I love her in the book, and so does [author] Robyn Carr. So, bringing her in was always a [goal], but it was — when? We really wanted to be it organic and natural to the storyline. It made sense that she would be there because Jack was shot, and that she would end up staying, and then what we like to do is put a mystery, some backstory in there, to to give it a little bit of that Virgin River swing. In the book, she ends up with Mike. At a certain point — I hope it's many, many, many, many, many seasons from now — I will put the characters back to where we found them. They end every book happy. But until then, we like triangles and we like the drama and we like the character of Brady, who wasn't very big in the books. He's really been a fantastic foil. There's bad guys like Calvin and Jimmy, who are just bad, and then they're good men or good people who make bad choices, and that's who he is. The entire series for Brady will be becoming that person that Jack always believed in.

We are. We're definitely headed in that territory, but like we like to do on our show, it's a slow burn.

Yes, I can say that. Yeah, definitely. We have a lot of twists and turns coming, and that actually will go beyond a third, fourth, if we're lucky, fifth season.

I always wanted it to be a slow burn. I liked the idea of putting Jack in a vulnerable situation, which is he can't remember something simple. The mental toil for him not being able to remember that piece of time that's just disappeared is a stressor for him. Everything is a stressor for him because of his background with PTSD. So, we always envisioned it in that way.

It's in the book, but it's different in the book. We actually complicated it a little bit more. Her having children, her being able to have a child that is her arc going forward. It felt like the right season for that to come up. It felt really organic and also we've got Jack and his situation, where he's having children with a woman he doesn't love, who's marrying a man he can barely stand. That also adds fuel to the fire.

Charmaine is such a wonderfully complex and relatable character. Everyone has loved somebody that didn't love them back. She's always going to be in love with [Jack], but she's doing her damnedest to move forward. And then, she got a husband. We have a pretty big bombshell for her coming in the following season, if we have a season 4, that's going to blow everybody away.

It's going to do both. It's going to complicate and it's going to bring insight into Doc and into Doc's beginnings. Also, everything is going to be complicated. The father of the grandson that shows up and the woman that he has a child with and all of these things are pieces that will all be dealt with in the coming season.

I've always really loved both of those characters. She's older; she was a bit different than she is in the books. But their commitment to one another is fantastic, so they're in a place where you have to break apart to come back and be stronger together. Ricky has to see his future through. She has to figure out what her future is and what she wants. In the book, he goes and serves and gets injured and comes back to Virgin River. I can't say how much I'm going to use of that, but we're not loading it up for him to just go, "I'm not going to be a Marine." Because that was such a big part of the book and the lore.

You should be because that's what we want you to be at the end of the season. Given a fourth season, we're going to bring everything together with Paige and Preacher, and it's going to come to a very dramatic end at the end of season 4.

Yes. But I don't think we've necessarily seen the last of her. She's a very interesting character and her motivations and why she does what she does. We haven't seen 100 percent the last of her, but it's not like she's going to show up at Jack's and order a burger.

The ride continues. What you've come to expect from us from season 1 through 3, you can expect it to be just that much more in season 4. The ride will continue and be really fun and really emotional and funny and all the elements that the audience loves about the show. All your favorite characters are going to be tested, and new love will spring up in places and possibly revive old love.

Virgin River season 3 is on Netflix now.

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'Virgin River': Everything We Know About Season 3

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Virgin River season 3 release time: What time will season 3 drop on Netflix?

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Virgin River fans can hardly contain their excitement as the new season is about to drop on Netflix. Season three is set to be the biggest yet, with Mel (played by Alexandra Breckenridge) and Jack (Martin Henderson) facing their toughest emotional challenges to date. But what time will the third season drop on Netflix?

Last month Netflix dropped the first trailer for season three which did offer some insight on what to expect this time around.

First of all, Jack and Mel are still very much in love during season three, in fact, it looks set to be the most romantic season yet, with the pair inseparable in the trailer.

The trailer also hints at a possible time jump, suggesting the pair could be having a child at some point this season.

All the potential plot lines have sent fans into a frenzy, with many of them posting comments on the latest trailer shared to the Netflix YouTube channel.

One fan said: “I am so looking forward to season 3 of Virgin River. Have lost count of the number of times I have watched 1 & 2.

“I love everything about it. Every character, the storylines, the scenery, and especially the chemistry between Mel & Jack. There will be drama, we are sure but I felt so happy when the release was announced. Thanks Netflix.”

 “I love this show! It’s a comforting and realistic show. I can already tell that I will hate Charmaine again,” commented another.

The official synopsis for season three reads: “In Virgin River season three, we’ve got even more drama in store for our beloved characters.

“Highlights include, a funeral, a fire, a divorce, a hurricane and a new romance, in a twist-packed season that’ll keep fans on the edge of their seats.”

Once again there will be 10 episodes this season, with each episode's run time lasting around the 45-minute mark. 

All the main cast will be returning once again, with John ‘Preacher’ Middleton (Colin Lawrence) and Charmaine Roberts (Lauren Hammersley) joining the show's leads.

Rounding out the season three cast is Hope McCrea (Annette O’Toole), Doc Mullins (Tim Matheson), Dan Brady (Benjamin Hollingsworth), and Ricky (Grayson Maxwell Gursney).

Sue Tenney is back as the lead showrunner on the series, with the producer recently sitting down with Netflix.com to discuss the upcoming season.

First of all, she confirmed the rumours that there would be a time jump this season, explaining that it was done so the show could focus on what is “most compelling.”

Tenney continued: “We are always looking for ways to cut deep into the story, and a time jump allowed for that.

“Once it is established that Jack is going to survive the shooting, the psychological component of his recuperation is what’s most compelling.”

Virgin River's Martin Henderson Reacts to Jack's Secret [Spoiler] in Season 3: 'I Just About Spat My Coffee Out'

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Mel Monroe isn’t the only Virgin River resident with a complicated romantic backstory. As she learns (albeit accidentally) in Episode 5 of the Netflix drama’s third season, Jack apparently has a secret ex-wife named Mandy!

“I just about spat my coffee out when I read that in the script,” Martin Henderson tells TVLine. “Like most of the audience, and certainly like Mel, I was shocked and confused. I called [showrunner Sue Tenney] and I was like, ‘He was married? Why didn’t I know that?’ I got kind of offended on Mel’s behalf. Why wouldn’t he have shared something so relevant?”

Jack eventually offers up an explanation (of sorts) in Episode 6, saying, “There’s not much to tell. We got married right out of high school, I joined the Marines and she filed for divorce when I shipped off to Iraq. The whole marriage lasted less than three months. It’s not something I ever think about.”

Henderson believes that “Jack is being sincere when he says it’s not something he ever thinks about. The relationship never had time to evolve into anything deep or serious. I don’t think it was some great love, so much as she wanted to get married and he said OK. He was a young man.”

But while Jack may be downplaying his marital past, Tenney tells TVLine that Mandy’s existence is actually more critical than it seems. “Now you can see that he did make that commitment at some point,” she says. “He’s been a confirmed bachelor since then, but he did marry someone at one point. This is the stuff you find out as you get to know someone, and Mel and Jack really haven’t known each other for that long. Our show moves pretty slowly.”

It doesn’t sound like Mandy is anyone Mel needs to worry about in the present, which is good, as we’re not sure she and Jack could handle another obstacle at this point. Still, can you imagine the chaos that would ensue if Jack’s ex-wife decided to reconnect with him all these years later?

“Mandy showing up in Virgin River would complicate things even more,” Henderson acknowledges, adding, “It’s possible with this show.”

What was your reaction to learning about Jack’s ex-wife? Do you want to know more about Mandy, or should we leave the past in the past? Drop a comment with your thoughts below.

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Alexandra Breckenridge Weighs In on That Virgin River Season 3 Cliffhanger

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The Netflix drama has returned for season three, and once again it ends on a shocking note, even if no one's in danger of dying (at least, we hope not). In fact, this cliffhanger might actually have much bigger ramifications than Jack (Martin Henderson) being shot in his kitchen, depending on the directions the writers decide to take this in. Season four (assuming there is one) is going to either be really sweet or really weird.

Basically, Mel (Alexandra Breckenridge) is pregnant, and the father is either Jack or her dead husband. She and Jack briefly broke up in the middle of the season, and it sent Mel running to LA and the clinic where her dead husband's frozen sperm were being kept. It wasn't entirely clear if she went through with it until that finale admission, and now we're genuinely wondering about Mel's sanity and wellbeing.

"She wants a baby so badly that she goes to the fertility clinic and gets inseminated with her dead husband's sperm," Breckenridge reiterated to E! News. "That's a huge thing for a person to go and do."

Breckenridge blames the decision on Mel's emotional stress after her breakup with Jack, and her continued grief over her husband.

"I've been through a lot, and what I've noticed is that people who are under extreme emotional circumstances just aren't thinking clearly," she said. "So it kind of makes sense to me that she decides to go through with it, because she doesn't believe that Jack's gonna ever come back to her."

Jack, of course, did come back, and now Mel may have quite the dilemma, especially after his initial reaction to the pregnancy was so surprisingly positive.

Breckenridge said she knows which way the writers are leaning for season four, but she's got her own opinions, and she "really hope[s] that it's Jack's baby."

If it's not Jack's baby, Jack and Mel are naturally going to have some tough times ahead.

"It would be immensely difficult," Breckenridge said, which is an understatement. "That would be extremely challenging, especially for Jack. If he's gonna stick around, if he's devoted to Mel, that's gonna be hard to have a baby that's her dead husband's baby. That's just, like, asking a lot."

Even before the whole dead husband insemination storyline, Breckenridge was just as surprised that Jack initiated the breakup, though it made more sense to her when she actually watched the episodes and saw what a "lovely" job Henderson did with the scenes. Plus, what are we here for if not an emotional roller coaster?

"I think you just have to, at the end of the day, understand the show is Virgin River," she said. "This is why we come to Virgin River. It's these storylines...Just ride the train. We don't have to think too deeply about it."

Elsewhere in Virgin River, Preacher (Colin Lawrence) is currently poisoned in the woods, and Lilly (Lynda Boyd) has now died, and in her quest to get back in time for the funeral, Hope (Annette O'Toole) got into a terrible accident and is now in an induced coma.

That development came after she was absent all season long and only occasionally seen on video calls, and Breckenridge said it was "logistically" hard for O'Toole to make it to Vancouver to film the show during the pandemic.

"They had to write around that and moving forward, hopefully she'll come back," she explained. "She's a beloved character. It wasn't a decision that was made for any other reason."

Virgin River hasn't officially been renewed for season four just yet, but with so much still lingering after that finale, that news had better be coming soon!

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