Virgin River fans breathed a super-sized sigh of relief earlier this week when Netflix renewed the fall candle-scented series for Seasons 4 and 5 — but maybe it’s a little early to start celebrating.
After all, pretty much every resident of the cozy sweater town is going through hell at the moment, both emotionally and physically. From Charmaine and Jeff’s (ugh, Jeff) brewing custody battle to Hope’s extremely risky surgery, there’s a lot keeping the people of this sleepy little enclave wide awake.
And let’s not forget about Jack and Mel, whose entire relationship has been thrown into question now that she’s pregnant… and doesn’t know if it’s his baby or Mark’s. (Don’t you just hate it when that happens?)
To that end, Team TVLine has put together its hopes for Virgin River‘s next two seasons. Scroll down to give ’em a read, then drop a comment with your own below.
JACK IS THE FATHER
As much as we love the idea of Mel and Mark finally having the baby they always wanted, things would just be so much easier if Jack turns out to be the father. It’s complicated enough that he’s currently expecting twins with a woman he’s no longer dating — do we also need him to be dating a woman who’s pregnant with someone else’s baby?
MEL AND JACK GET ENGAGED
Given how slowly time passes on this show, we aren’t foolish enough to dream that Mel and Jack could be engaged by the end of Season 4. But by the end of Season 5? Now we’re talking!
Real talk: While Hope’s accident certainly took us by surprise, and the final update on her surgery made for a dramatic cliffhanger, we’re 99-percent sure that Virgin River wouldn’t kill her off like that. There’s cruel, and then there’s cruel.
Still, we’re going to send some more positive vibes out into the universe for good measure. #PrayersForHope
BRADY DIDN'T SHOOT JACK
Sure, if you’re going by the “evidence,” Brady looks pretty guilty right about now. But his relationship with Brie made him someone worth rooting for, and we’re not done yet.
RICKY GROWS UP
Of all the frustrating characters on Virgin River — and there are several — few are as consistently infuriating as Ricky. A boy who desperately wants to be seen as a man, Ricky is in dire need of some life experience. And a last name, while he’s at it.
We’re not thrilled about the way he secretly enlisted in the Marines, but maybe relocating far from home for a while would do him good.
PREACHER CATCHES A BREAK
We really don’t talk enough about how rough this show is on poor Preacher. One minute he’s on his way to a dream job in San Francisco, the next he’s harboring someone else’s endangered child and getting stalked by her violent ex. At this point, we barely even remember how he got caught up in Paige’s madness. But we know this: He deserves to get out of it ASAP.
LET'S MEET MANDY
We may be in the minority here, but ever since Brie casually revealed that Jack has an ex-wife named Mandy, we’ve desperately wanted to meet her. We’re not asking for another full-blown love triangle, but it would be nice if she briefly entered the picture, even if it’s just to help Jack gain some perspective on his out-of-control life.
For what it’s worth, actor Martin Henderson tells TVLine, “Jack is being sincere when he says [his marriage to Mandy is] 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.”