Season 3 of Virgin River is finally on Netflix and with so many fan theories, the show is back to put all of those to bed, including Lily’s storyline. So, what happens to Lily and will we be seeing her in season 4?


Fans of Netflix’s Virgin River have waited eight months for the show’s return on July 9th, 2021.

The trailer for the third season of Virgin River teased a death in the official description, “Mel Monroe and her loved ones are back and facing all sorts of troubles: death, a fire, custody arguments, breakups and more.”

Immediately, fans began discussing their own theories on who the death could be, with Lynda Boyd’s character (Lily) as the main suspect.

If you’ve already binge-watched it, then you already know whether Season 3 is the last of the caring mother.

Goodbye Lily?

Season 3 episode 8 marks the death of Lily, as she is diagnosed with stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer.

By the end of the episode ‘Life and Death’, Lily had viewers feeling sympathetic and attached to her as it showed her final day in the Northern Californian town.

It was undoubtedly the touching final moments she spent with Tara, her knitting circle and Doc that got us grabbing our Kleenex tissues as she talks about the future without her.

At the beginning of the episode, it shows a heartfelt mother daughter moment when Tara admits that she should’ve return to Virgin River sooner to help her mum. Meanwhile, Lily gives Tara her blessing for her to move wherever she wishes.

“When I’m gone, I don’t want you to think that you have to stay in Virgin River because you feel obligated to raise Chloe here. I want you to go wherever makes you happy.”

Lily’s last gathering with her knitting pals sees her thanking them for their friendships and asking them to support her daughters when she’s gone:

When I’m gone, no matter where they’re living, I need each of you to watch over and Tara for me because she’s not going to want to ask for help. And Chloe, would you please tell her our stories and remind her over and over again how much her mother loved her? Please. Oh, I just love all of you so much. Thank you for being my friends.

Virgin River: Season 3 | Official Trailer | Netflix

Virgin River: Season 3 | Official Trailer | Netflix

Even though we were aware of her upcoming death, it did not feel any less devastating as she peacefully passed away in her sleep, while Tara sobs over her body.

We think it’s touching to have Doc come over for dinner just before Lily passes away, so that Tara does not have to face her mother’s dead body alone.

Sue Tenney’s view on Lily’s death

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, showrunner Sue Tenney explained that it was important for her to shine a light on heavier subjects, such as cancer, given her experiences.

“We tend to like to take on heavier subjects and make them manageable. It allows for an emotional release. No one shied away from the cancer aspects of it. My father died of cancer. We’re very cancer aware. I have friends who have cancer. We feel like it’s one of those touchstones that I don’t think there’s a lot of people out there that aren’t really touched by it in some way. We felt like we could ground it, and hit some big emotional beats with Lily. I pitched it to the network and they loved it. That is what makes great drama in some ways is when you have to say goodbye to characters that you love.”

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Sue was spot-on with her approach, as a Reddit user applauded the show for giving exposure to those suffering from cancer.

u/docjiii said:

I just want to thank the writers for giving Pancreatic Cancer an exposure in the show. Haven’t seen many movies or shows depicting this terrible disease. My father died from pancreatic CA so Lily’s storyline is special to me.

As for season four, it has not been confirmed by Netflix when the release is, but their have been rumours claiming that filming will begin at the end of July 2021.

Besides, there’s so many unfinished stories in episode 10 that it would be cruel to leave them answered, such as who shot Jack?

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