*Warning: Spoilers ahead*

Don’t shoot the messenger, but Virgin River fans may need to wait even longer for season 5.

Star Alexandra Breckenridge (who plays Melinda “Mel” Monroe) recently sat down for an interview with Glamour magazine. The 39-year-old confirmed that there was some overlap between her two shows, This Is Us and Virgin River.

Unfortunately, she indirectly hinted that Virgin River season 5 could be postponed because production didn’t start on time. However, the delay allowed for her return to This Is Us (where she plays Sophie) to happen.

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“We were supposed to start shooting season five of Virgin River in March, but it was pushed to July,” she said. “So, had we started when we were supposed to, I don’t know that Sophie and Kevin would’ve ended up together.”

Breckenridge explained that she had tried to make both shows work in the past, but the production schedules were always a conflict.

“So, I ended up on Virgin River, and when This Is Us reached out to have me come back in season four, I was already filming season two of Virgin River, which is great news,” she said. “But unfortunately, because of scheduling conflicts, I couldn’t do it.”

Breckenridge continued, “So, that was shelved for a while. They’ve been trying to get me to come back since I’ve been on Virgin River.”

One thing’s for sure: Virgin River season 5 will be worth the wait.

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