Based on the eponymous novels by Robyn Carr, ‘Virgin River’ is a romantic drama series that revolves around Melinda (Alexandra Breckenridge), a nurse practitioner, who relocates from Los Angeles to the titular remote Northern California town to work for Dr. Mullins (Tim Matheson) – and also to get a fresh start after life throws her some painful curveballs. With a town so comfortably cozy, where everybody knows each other’s name, she might be in for a treat as to what she finds out.
The Netflix series has been given the vote of confidence – which most shows don’t often receive – as it was renewed for a sophomore season mere days after the first season came out. Here’s everything we know about ‘Virgin River’ season 2!
Virgin River Season 2 Release Date
‘Virgin River’ season 1 dropped on December 6, 2019, on Netflix. It consists of ten episodes with a runtime of 41–48 minutes. Fans of the show can mark their calendars because the network blessed us with a premiere date for the upcoming season.
‘Virgin River’ season 2 is all set to release on November 27, 2020. It will comprise 10 episodes in the same vein as the drama’s freshman run. Where most scripted shows are getting pushed back – or worse, shelved altogether – due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, ‘Virgin River’ has managed to return on time as the production on season 2 reportedly began as early as in the fall of 2019.
Virgin River Season 2 Cast: Who is in it?
The pivotal characters are expected to come back for another round. This includes Alexandra Breckenridge as Melinda “Mel” Monroe, Tim Matheson as Doc Mullins, Annette O’Toole as Virgin River’s mayor, Hope, Colin Lawrence as John Middleton, Jenny Cooper as Joey Barnes, and Martin Henderson as former marine/current bartender – Jack Sheridan. After that cliffhanger ending of season 1, Paige Lassiter’s (Lexa Doig) future with the show is still up in the air.
The viewers can expect a whole host of fresh faces in season 2. Melinda Dahl has joined the show as Mel’s sister-in-law Staci, where Marco Grazzini has been cast as Mike Valenzuela, who’ll ostensibly up the ‘hotness’ quotient of the small town. Other additions include Sarah Dugdale as Lizzie, Carmel Amit as Jamie, Donald Heng as George, Keith MacKechnie as Nick – Jo Ellen’s husband, Steve Bacic as Wes, Thomas Nicholson as Leo Cavanagh, and Lane Edwards as Sheriff Duncan.
Virgin River Season 2 Plot: What can it be About?
Season 1 sees Mel attempting to start over in Virgin River following a past traumatic experience where she loses both her husband and her child. After a string of setbacks in her professional life as well – as the old-fashioned views of Doc Mullins restrict her far-reaching medicinal abilities – we finally see her make some strides toward putting her tumultuous past behind her and get on with her life.
However, it soon proves to be short-lived as her budding relationship with Jack is stopped in its track when Jack’s ex-girlfriend, Charmaine, reveals to be pregnant with Jack’s child. Mel assesses their possible future together, which is further exacerbated by the fact that she could not have children. The final moments of season 1 show Mel making a call to her sister, telling her that she was coming home to LA. While things aren’t going so well for Mel and Jack on the romantic front, Hope and Doc have reunited and after practical deliberation, decide on giving their marriage another try.
The plotline for season 2 is most likely to kick off with Mel’s decision as to whether or not she’ll be able to actually go through with leaving Virgin River behind for good. How Jack fits into her decision might be further explored. It might also delve deeper into her inner-struggles, whether she will ever fully come to terms with her past and herself if only to completely move on with Jack.
Netflix’s official announcement for season 2 reads “Engagement. Babies. Heartbreak. Murder. For a small town, Virgin River has its fair share of drama — and Mel Monroe is often in the middle of it.” Well, it’s clear that viewers need to brace themselves for a compellingly dramatic turn of events as the show promises to deliver on every aspect with season 2.
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