Virgin River has taken the world by storm on Netflix and the Canadian series grows in popularity with each season. Season four included an emotional moment when Ricky said goodbye to Jack Sheridan (played by Martin Henderson) so he could join the Marines. Ricky actor Grayson spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about what’s in store for his character.
Virgin River fans were left reaching for the tissues when Ricky finally said his goodbyes to his friends and family.
For some time he has considered following in Jack’s footsteps and joining the Marines, wanting a sense of purpose.
However, he was scared of telling his girlfriend Lizzie (Sarah Dugdale) and she was heartbroken that he lied to her.
Season four saw Lizzie explore new relationships as Ricky finally decided to leave Virgin River.
In an emotional scene, he said his last goodbyes to Jack before boarding the coach.
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Fans were left wondering whether Ricky had left the series for good, and actor Grayson has given the answer.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk he said: “I’m not coming back for season five, I don’t think that means he’s not coming back ever.
“I think these things will…depending on how they play out he has this semi-important role in the books.
“It can really vary but he needs to move out of the way so other plot lines can develop.
“At the pace the show has moved he would be away for a little while, at least a season.
“It was great because it was one of my last days on set as well and I got to say goodbye to everyone on the set.
“It was a good time and I got to really get into it. That little chunk was pretty insignificant in the grand scheme of it but it meant a lot to me.”
Grayson admitted it was emotional when he said goodbye to his co-star Martin, as they have a great off-screen relationship.
“With Martin that was my second last day of filming and it kind of hit me all at once,” he said.
“Everything that was going on, that it was coming to an end.
“Martin is always such a fantastic actor so you are never left hanging or in the lurch with him.
“He is always there emotionally for a scene, it was just one of those scenes that it kind of all came together.
“It was raining that day too, it wasn’t supposed to be, it wasn’t added in post.
“It was just a murky, sad day and it was perfect, it just totally fit the mood of the scene and it made me even more miserable, in a good way.
“That scene was super emotional for me. It was very cathartic, letting go of the show.”
Virgin River seasons 1-4 are on Netflix now, season 5 is in the making.