NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 17: Annette O'Toole poses at the opening night of "The Minutes" on Broadway at Studio 54 on April 17, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Dominik Bindl/Getty Images)
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The Real Reason
Hope Is Missing
From These Virgin
River Episodes
Viewers have flocked to “Virgin River” ever since it first debuted in 2019. The writers have taken great care to develop supporting characters, including the town mayor, Hope McCrea (Annette O'Toole), who fans of the show very quickly noticed was missing from most of its third season.
It was revealed that Hope was out of town visiting a sick aunt when a hurricane knocked out all the nearby power, making it impossible for Hope and Doc to contact each other. Hope's absence directly resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic, as Annette O'Toole couldn't travel.
This also meant that a significant storyline for Season 3 had to be scrapped: Hope and Doc's vow renewal ceremony. Given that "Virgin River" Season 3 ended with Hope in a severe car accident, it's unclear when viewers will get to see the ceremony, so, for fans, here's to hoping Hope's recovery doesn't take too long.