Virgin River is back. The Netflix series returned for its third season just a few days ago, and if you’ve breezed through all 10 of the show’s new episodes, you may notice one major difference. Hope (Annette O’Toole) is almost entirely missing from the show, and we miss her dearly. If you’re wondering when Hope may return to the Netflix drama — if she does at all — you’re not alone. We have answers from the showrunner, Sue Tenney herself.
“the new virgin river season is so good but i need more of hope,” one Twitter user wrote, continuing, “i have 3 episodes left and so far we barely saw her.”
The only time we see Hope in Season 3 of Virgin River is through a screen. And there’s a shocking ending that’ll leave all Virgin River fans hankering for Season 4. Hope’s storyline is left especially in the air, so we know you’re wondering what’s next for her Virgin River storyline. Here’s everything we know about Annette O’Toole, Hope, and the future of Virgin River.
What happens to Hope in Season 3 of Virgin River?
We only see Hope through video calls in Season 3, and her character doesn’t end up in good shape by the end of the season. By the end of Season 3 — spoiler alert — Hope is placed in critical condition in the hospital. Yikes!
Why was Hope missing in Season 3 of Virgin River?
Hope, played by O’Toole, was missing due to COVID restrictions. The plan was never to remove her from the storyline. Rather, to keep O’Toole safe from COVID-19, Tenney wrote her out of most of the scenes.
“That was a pandemic pivot,” Tenney told Entertainment Weekly. “We’ve worked very hard to make sure she was still very much in the show. If we have a fourth season, everyone is now vaccinated and the pandemic is not what it was. So, I would hope that we would have Annette back.”
Will Hope be back in Season 4 of Virgin River?
Well, the show needs to be renewed for a Season 4 for that to happen, right? Most likely, Netflix will renew the hit drama. Tenney said she plans on bringing O’Toole’s character back in full swing, so long as the pandemic restrictions are lifted. Hooray! Hope just has to make it out of critical condition, and she’ll be back.
Is Annette O’Toole leaving Virgin River?
No! She’s a Virgin River cast member through and through. Just to reiterate, the only reason she left for a bit was to stay safe from COVID. Now, thanks to the vaccine roll-out, she should be back for good.
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