Virgin River took Netflix by storm in December 2019, and the story of nurse/midwife Melinda Monroe (Alexandra Breckenridge) immediately captured our hearts. Mel arrives in the small, tight-knit town in search of a fresh start, but for much of season one, her past remains a mystery, only to be unveiled through a series of dramatic flashbacks.
Rampant speculation begins among town rumor mill (ahem, Hope) as Mel grows closer to local bar owner Jack Sheridan (Martin Henderson). It does not go unnoticed that she continues to wear a wedding ring, leaving everyone wondering what happened to Mel's husband, Mark. [SPOILERS AHEAD!]
How Did Mel's Husband Die on Virgin River?
Throughout season 1, Mel's tragic backstory is revealed. She and her husband, sailor/doctor Mark (Daniel Gillies), are happily expecting a baby, only to have the pregnancy end in a stillbirth. As a result, Mel suffers from depression. The couple undergoes infertility treatment without success. Mel wants to continue the treatments, but Mark is ready to stop, seeing the toll it is taking on his wife and their marriage. They get in an argument in the car while Mark is driving, and he takes his eyes off the road and gets in a horrific car accident, and ultimately dies at the hospital. Mel feels responsible for these heartbreaking events.
As season 2 begins, Mel is grappling with her feelings for Jack as the one-year anniversary of Mark's death approaches. The situation comes to a head when Mark's sister Stacie (Melinda Dahl) arrives unexpectedly. She's engaged and wants Mel to return her engagement ring, which was a family heirloom. Can Mel put her past behind her to find a second chance at love with Jack? We can't wait for season 3 to find out more!
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