The wait for Virgin River is over when season five finally arrived on Netflix last week. Die-hard fans of the show (ourselves included) wasted no time diving into the new episodes, which once again star Alexandra Breckenridge and Martin Henderson.
But one plot twist that happened early in the season seems to have left many viewers at home quite confused. Warning! Spoilers ahead for the first three episodes Virgin river…
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In the first two episodes A virgin river, viewers were reunited with Paige (Lexa Doig) after her dramatic return at the end of season four. Preacher (Colin Lawrence) and his former love soon realize that their feelings for each other are still there – prompting him to end his romance with Julia (Lucia Walters).
But things changed when Paige decided that she and her son, Christopher, could not stay in Virgin River because of the trauma they had faced in the past. In the second episode, the couple said an emotional goodbye as Paige thanked him for being a pillar of support for her family.
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© Netflix Paige returned at the end of the fourth season
Fans, however, were confused by the plot and took to social media to voice their opinions. One person, now known as X, wrote on Twitter: “What was the point of bringing Paige back, just for her to leave? Why can’t Preacher be happy without baggage or complications? Why?”
Another agreed: “Paige ran it all and made Preacher take care of her son, putting his life in danger to save her and even dumped the new woman he was dating and now he can’t stay in #VirginRiver??? Oh girl please.”
© NetflixPreacher and Paige had an emotional farewell
A third wrote: “Preacher broke up with his girlfriend to date Paige only for her to move out a day later #virginriver”, while a fourth said: “Paige’s whole storyline on this show has been stupid since season 2. Like how they acted her killing Wes. It was so obviously self-defense. Everything after that wasn’t even necessary. Like all of this was because they couldn’t keep Lexa on the show the whole time #VirginRiver.”
A fifth asked: “How many times does Paige have to say goodbye and walk away? Just finish her story. Boring #VirginRiver.”
Alexandra Breckenridge as Mel in Virgin River
What else to expect from the fifth season of Virgin River? Here’s what the synopsis teases: “Season 5 brings surprising new relationships, a shocking breakup, a difficult court trial, a heartbreaking breakup and a wildfire that threatens the town, bringing some people from Virgin River together while tearing others apart.
Jack and Mel in the fifth season of Virgin River
“The struggles of motherhood force Mel to make a big decision about her future at the clinic, while her pregnancy unexpectedly sparks an emotional connection to her past. To further prove herself to Mel, Jack faces some long-overdue confrontations—with his own demons, and of course, Charmaine .
“And as Doc and Hope’s impairments challenge their identities, the doctor and the mayor must find solace in their community, in their young new family, and in each other.”