We’ll be honest. After last season’s tragic and heartbreaking ending, we weren’t sure what to expect from Season 6 of When Calls The Heart. While our love for the show and its characters hasn’t changed, we just didn’t know how the show could carry on without its beloved male lead Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing). Thankfully, The TV Junkies were lucky enough to get an invite to this year’s Hearties Family Reunion, held in Vancouver, BC from October 19 – 21, 2018. There we were able to get a sneak peek at the new season.
After sitting through several panels and chatting with the writers and producers of the show, we are happy to report that this new season looks to be one of the best one’s yet. A new baby, a number of new characters, and a focus on the positive side of things really seem to be bringing new light, and maybe even a new beginning, to the show. We also had a few minutes to sit down with star Erin Krakow. Read on to see what she had to say about the upcoming baby, the new guys in town and Elizabeth’s and Abigail’s (Lori Loughlin) friendship.
The TV Junkies: Jack and Elizabeth’s baby is obviously something that the Hearties are really looking forward to. In fact, I’m pretty sure that you almost broke the internet when you posted that first image of Elizabeth’s baby bump.
Erin Krakow: It kind of felt like I broke the internet that day didn’t it? The feedback was really wonderful and it’s a really special way of honoring this romance that we’ve all celebrated for the past five years.
TTVJ: We have seen pictures of you pregnant, and others of you not pregnant, so we are going to see the birth of this baby at some point this season?
EK: Yes, at some point I must go from pregnant to not pregnant this season. I just can’t say exactly when that will be.
TTVJ: So is that pregnancy and the baby going to play a big role in Elizabeth’s life this season?
EK: Yes, of course.
TTVJ: I know a lot of women struggle with going back to work after having a baby, especially women in 1915, is that something that is going to be discussed this season?
EK: Yes, we definitely touch on that this season. I have been sent this image by a bunch of people that lists the rules for teachers in 1910, and there’s no way that Elizabeth would still be a teacher if those rules applied to her. Her job is very important to her, the children of the town are incredibly important to her, and obviously her child is the most important to her, but yeah, we really get to see how hard it is for Elizabeth to leave her baby even just for the day to go teach. That’s down the line a bit, but that’s certainly something that she struggles with.
TTVJ: Abigail and Elizabeth have always had a very strong relationship. Is this baby going to change that relationship at all?
EK: Well, I think a baby changes everything, every relationship, every part of life. But that [relationship] is something that really remains strong. Abigail and Elizabeth’s friendship is such a rock and Abigail has been there before. She’s been a mom before so she’s able to help advise Elizabeth and get her through those tough parts.
TTVJ: There are two new men coming to Hope Valley this season. What is Elizabeth’s reaction going to be to these new guys?
EK: We will see slowly a friendship develop between Elizabeth and these two men throughout the season. I won’t go much further than that necessarily, but I think Elizabeth is going to be kind and welcoming to any new people coming to town. It just so happens that two of these people are incredibly handsome. So we’ll see how that goes.
TTVJ: And what about this new Mountie coming to town? How is Elizabeth going to react to that?
EK: I think that Elizabeth will always be guarded when it comes to Mounties because of her history, but we actually see in the first episode where we introduce Kevin’s (McGarry) character, Nathan, how she is able to overcome that in order to make him feel welcome.
TTVJ: Was it a little different coming back this season knowing that Dan wasn’t going to be there and that their relationship wasn’t going to be an element of the show?
EK: Well we’d had a bit of practice. We’d had several episodes without Dan so we knew that that was the new normal. But coming into this season was especially unique because we had the pregnancy, the baby as well as these new characters who are helping to breath new life in to our show.
TTVJ: Before I let you go, can you give me three words that describe what the Hearties can look forward to with Elizabeth this season?
EK: Oh this is a good question. Belly, Baby, and Boys.
TTVJ: Now you opened a whole new can of worms. I don’t know if we can leave it on that. We might need to know which boy.
EK: Oh no, you’re not going to get that out of me. Do you have an opinion?
TTVJ: I don’t know, they’re both pretty good looking.
EK: Let’s just put it this way, any romance that’s coming for Elizabeth is going to be a very slow burn, and we’re going to take our time with it and really tell an honest story. We are not rushing into it. Now I want to take back my three things. I’m going to say Belly, Baby and friendship. But friendship with a little twinkle in my eyes.
How do you feel about Season 6 of When Calls The Heart? Any hopes or concerns? Are you looking forward to baby Thornton? Drop a few words in the comments section below.
When Calls The Heart: The Greatest Christmas Blessing airs December 25 at 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel in the U.S. and on Superchannel in Canada.
Christy is a self proclaimed and proud TV Junkie. Her love for TV began at an early age with shows like Degrassi, Alias, ER, Buffy, The X-Files & Friends. You can now find her watching, ok obsessing over, shows like When Calls The Heart, Saving Hope, Arrow, Outlander, Grey's Anatomy and many many others. You can catch Christy on Twitter at @ChristySpratlin where she will likely be live tweeting her favorite shows and talking about everything TV.