A new season of Counting On is almost upon us.
As usual, we know most of what's happened since last season due to the fact that certain Duggars share every life detail on social media.
But what sets this season apart is the fact that a lot has happened since the family last appeared on TLC. We're talking A LOT a lot.
The Duggar baby boom, a tragic death, and even a few small acts of rebellion against patriarch Jim Bob ... the list goes on.
All that and more will be addressed when the ever-growing clan returns to TV October 4. That's right, they're almost back!
Take a look:
Baby Bumps Galore
Yes, several Duggar women are currently expecting, which means mission accomplished for Jim Bob and Michelle, who are no doubt are basking in their glory. And getting Jana ready to care for all the grandkids.
Marking the Occasion
The Duggars eschew many things in life, but gender reveals and pregnancy pics are not among them. Naturally, this special situation called for an elaborate maternity photo shoot. And this one came with a twist ...
Yes, John David Duggar's new wife, Abbie Burnett, chose the occasion to reveal to her sisters-in-law that she too is knocked up! Wow!
Shock and Awe
Suffice it to say, the rest of the ladies were overjoyed by the deluge of pregnancy news - in other words, it was the kind of thing we've seen many times before on Counting On.
The Boom is Upon Us
Yes, the baby boom is in full swing and it likely won't be the last. But elsewhere in the Duggar clan, major change is afoot!
For example, it seems this season will document Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo's move to Los Angeles, which has been a source of both excitement and controversy ever since they made the journey out to the west coast.
Perhaps no sight on the planet is more likely to make Jim Bob Duggar's head explode than his daughter hiking to the Hollywood sign while wearing pants, but that's the reality now for the family patriarch.
The Pants Dance
Of course, Jinger has been wearing pants and gradually pulling away from the Duggar family rules for years now, but are her parents cool with it? Based on those tears in her eyes, we're guessing not!
Unfortunately, it seems we'll have to wait until the premiere to find out just what Michelle REALLY thinks about Jinger's choice of attire ... but it seems Mrs. Vuolo is fully committed to her new life these days.
A Sad Turn of Events
Speaking of tears, this season will also document the unexpected death of Jim Bob's mother, Mary Duggar.
The Loss of a Matriarch
Mary Duggar was 78, but her death by drowning threw the entire family into tumult.
A Sad Scene
Shockingly, it seems Mary's funeral was documented for Counting On.
An Insider's Perspective
In the past, the Duggars have kept such personal moments off camera.
Part of the Family
Perhaps because Mary was so beloved by fans, it seems they've decided to allow viewers to take part in the mourning process.
Back to Babies
Of course, the Circle of Life is in full effect, as it always is, and this season will likely be more about birth than death, beginning with what appears to be a difficult labor for Jessa Seewald.
And obviously, all these new babies popping out left and right across Northwest Arkansas mean that Jim Bob and Michelle have a lot of babysitting in their future.
A Lot to Handle
For the most part, it seems the OG breeders are up to the task ... this isn't their first rodeo, after all. Or their 18th.
We Got a Biter
Besides, as Jim Bob says, the only real goal is to make sure no one ends up in the hospital. When you've got 19 kids and now a litter of grandkids, you need to set attainable standards.
Sounds like we're in for a lot of ups and downs and maybe even a few surprises when the Duggars return to TLC this fall. Check out the season premiere of Counting On on October 4. TLC's trailer appears below.
Perhaps sensing that their schtick was getting a little old, even to their diehard fans, the Duggars have packed this season with plenty of drama and unexpected developments. Watch the full trailer for the new season of Counting On and see what you think.