And… we’re diving right in!
Okay, so I know there are a lot of posts going up this week. I hope everyone enjoyed the two guest posts, and then there was, of course, Story Sunday. I had originally planned that would be all for this week.
But to be honest, I just felt like writing a spontaneous fun post. I’ve been somewhat stressed about some tough classes I’m taking in school, and also trying to balance that with writing. So I decided to write a fun post just crazy-fangirling about my favorite show! I hope it provides you a well-deserved break from homework or writing or whatever you’re doing. Or if you’d prefer to keep working… more power to you! XD
But for those of you who might be ready for a small break, as I am, I really hope you enjoy reading this super fun post.
If you don’t know, I am absolutely obsessed with Hallmark’s show When Calls the Heart. It’s literally my favorite show of all time. I’ve seen every episode in every season, and I binge watch when I’m tired and need a break. I love it because it teaches good, wholesome morals and values about family, friends, love, redemption, and all that great stuff. The characters are compelling; all have complex backstories, motivations, and histories! The storylines are EPIC! I have a serious emotional connection to the characters, it’s not even funny.
Right now is an exciting time for the Hearties, because it’s release time for Season 8! The first three episodes have been released, and I’m currently waiting anxiously for the fourth one. Seriously. The cliffhangers are just. Too. Cruel. Why, Hallmark?? *crying* WHYYY? The suspense is so hard to stand!
Things are really getting intense in Hope Valley. There’s SO much going on, and I just wanted to get on here and rant to you guys about all my crazy predictions for Season 8!
So let’s just get started with my craziness, shall we?! (Unless that ship sailed long ago, as I strongly suspect… thank y’all for putting up with me!) I’m gonna talk about the smaller storylines first, before moving up to the bigger stuff.
1. Rosemary and Lee becoming parents.
Ugh, I absolutely love Rosemary and Lee SO MUCH!! Can we talk about how they are literally couple goals? *sighs romantically and a bit dramatically* They’re my favorite characters from WCTH, which says a lot since it’s so hard to choose! (Nathan and Allie would be the runners-up.)
Rosemary and Lee are awesome together. Their banter is just hilarious. They make me laugh the most (with Bill being the runner-up for that place). I’ve loved them ever since they met alllll the way back in Season 2. Well, to be honest, I did not like Rosemary that much when she first came to Hope Valley (at first I thought she was annoying, but that soon changed, lol). But I loved Lee immediately, and as soon as he and Rosemary locked eyes the sparks flew! It was obvious he was sweet on her. When Lee came into her life that’s when I started loving Rosemary. He’s just so patient and kind and completes her. *another romantic, dramatic sigh* Anyway, their courtship was sweet and hilarious, just like their engagement, and then their marriage from the wedding episode (S3E9) onward. It was SO funny when they joined forces to beat Gowen at poker! They’re both lovable individually, but together they’re AMAAAZING.
But anyway… I’m here to talk about Season 8. Here I’ve gone on and on about my longstanding love for the best Hallmark couple ever… for this huge long paragraph. *straightens my shoulders and focuses on what I’m supposed to be talking about*
During Season 6, we saw a serious side of Rosemary and Lee’s usually comic relationship. In that season it’s discovered that Rosemary is unable to have children, although she and Lee desperately want them. Rosemary goes to Carson, who advises her to talk with her husband. Although it’s a struggle, she eventually does and they work through the hardship together. The longing for children is still there in Season 7, although we see that Rosemary and Lee are coping with it.
Here’s the thing. I love the storyline about the Coulters’ infertility. Because first of all, it’s something that a lot of people can relate to, and provides them with comfort knowing they’re not alone. And second, because it was different and moving to see the Coulters have those vulnerable moments with one another instead of their usual comedy. But I really want them to have children! I think they would just be great parents. I would love to see Rosemary and Lee adopt a child from Lillian and Grace’s orphanage. Then after we get an adoption storyline, it would be great to see Rosemary pregnant. I really hope the Coulters get to be parents in Season 8!
2. Carson and Faith on the rocks? (plus the Flynn newlyweds)
Carson and Faith, otherwise known as Team Infirmary, are left in a tough spot in S8E3. Faith feels Carson is ignoring her and not taking her advice seriously in their work together, just as she was treated in Chicago. Carson disagrees and practically says he has NO IDEA what “problems” she is talking about…
Honestly, I’m not very worried over Team Infirmary right now. I think their problems are just normal things that couples experience and have to work through. I think they’ll be fine and not have any big issues in Season 8, other than small misunderstandings. I mean, Faith and Clara (who was upset over Jesse’s buying Lee’s motorcycle without asking) talked over their man troubles and the situation turned comedic.
Speaking of Clara and Jesse Flynn, I think Season 8 is going to be exploring the troubles and triumphs of being a newly-wedded couple. I don’t think there will be much about Clara and Jesse having children yet or anything, I think this season will just be them working through everything and learning to lean on each other.
3. A love interest for Bill?
So far in Season 8, there have been a couple hints dropped about Bill getting a love interest. There was that hilarious part in Episode 2 when Florence and Molly (otherwise known as FloMo) see Bill at the saloon with Lucas’s mother. In that scene (pictured above) there was a LOL confrontation between Molly and Bill. Subsequently there have been hints about a new Hope Valley ship involving the two of them. Like when Molly says, “He doesn’t have a wife yet,” followed by an insistent, “I’m KIDDING!”
I don’t know if this is just me, but the idea of Bill having a love interest is a strange one. I feel like Bill is just everyone’s dad in a way, LOL. It’s weird to think of him having a romantic relationship, and I really don’t think he’ll ever be shipped with anyone.
Of course, he’s no stranger to charm. There was that brief, weird thing with Abigail all the way back in Season 1, before Bill’s ex-wife Nora showed up. Then there was the entire scandal with Nora and Gowen. And after that was finally over, there was Silas Ramsey’s widow, Dottie – which lasted only about one episode. THEN there was the convict AJ Foster.
Long story short, a gun-wielding-former-Mountie-turned-judge is clearly attractive in Hope Valley. 😂 But I think Bill is sort of doomed to be the town bachelor, who – besides being the judge – employs himself in discovering who sent Elizabeth flowers, helping a very upset Nathan compulsively chop wood, buying presents for baby Jack, and being overly suspicious of strangers. XD And I really like all this about him.
(Can we also talk about how his catchphrase is, “Care to elaborate?” For some reason that is just so funny!)
Anyway, I’ll be very surprised if Bill is actually given a serious love interest this season.
4. I’ve saved the best for last! The biggest question of all… Will Elizabeth choose Nathan or Lucas??!!!
This epic love triangle has been going on since Season 6. Lucas Bouchard, the new saloon owner (whom Bill was obviously suspicious of), was introduced first. Then, a couple of episodes later, Constable Nathan Grant came to Hope Valley as the new Mountie installed after Jack’s death.
I’m just gonna say it right off: I am #TeamNathan ALL THE WAY. I always have been. And since I like lists, I’m gonna list my reasons!
1. I loved Nathan from the moment he came on the show. Nathan is very quiet and introverted, not really interested in talking to anyone. He keeps to himself. And I relate to that because, believe it or not, I’m 65% introverted and often just want to be alone. So I have that connection with Nathan. He’s awkward and aloof, which is very relatable, but none of his “loner” tendencies are attributed to unfriendliness or hostility. He really cares about the people of Hope Valley. He’s soft-spoken and gentle, and to me that’s a real man! XD Not to mention that his first scene on the show was EPIC when he intercepted a brawl at the saloon and was punched in the face by Jesse. A truly iconic moment!
On the other hand, I wasn’t fond of Lucas at all when he first came on the show. And obviously, that can change (as in Rosemary’s case), but not with Lucas. He seems snobby and abrupt to me. I know the “worldly” aspect of his character is appealing to Elizabeth, but I just don’t think he’s the right choice. His character just isn’t anywhere near the nobility of Nathan’s.
2. Nathan and Allie’s uncle/niece relationship is so sweet and tender. I absolutely adore the love with which Nathan brings up and protects his niece. He tries his best to understand her, despite the fact that clearly he knows nothing about girls, LOL. He’s a great parent to her and I think he would be a great parent to Little Jack as well. Clearly he already has love for Little Jack as well as for Elizabeth. And Allie and Jack would make a cool pair of siblings.
3. Nathan evokes true emotion in Elizabeth, while Lucas only gives her material things. I’ve heard other Hearties say they would prefer Lucas because he is supportive of Elizabeth’s writing and has helped her land a publishing contract, with his mother as editor. But Nathan is obviously supportive of and loves everything that Elizabeth does, first of all. He is interested in all parts of her, not just her ambitions. And it’s obvious that Elizabeth really feels secure with Nathan. Lucas, on the other hand, seems only focused on the material things: The publishing contract and the grand gestures he always does for Elizabeth. (Such as the elaborate 1,000-candle dinner.)
4. Nathan is a Mountie. The show is based off Janette Oke’s novel of the same name, which is a romance about a schoolteacher and a Mountie. That was the whole premise of WCTH. I just love to see how Elizabeth copes, knowing that her husband has a very dangerous job that could take him away from her any day. (As she already learned, very painfully, with Jack.) It’s such an interesting part of the show. I feel that putting her with a saloon keeper wouldn’t be quite so interesting. By pairing her with another Mountie, the show continues to honor Oke and her book which inspired the whole thing.
So that’s my list of reasons why I am #TeamNathan! And I’m really predicting, right here and now, that Elizabeth will make the wise choice and choose Nathan this season. I mean, after their moments together, especially the epic Season 7 finale, how could she NOT choose him?
And now… my predictions about Nathan’s past. So I guess #4 wasn’t the last… haha.
5. Why is Nathan so withdrawn? What is he hiding?
There’s definitely something about Nathan’s withdrawn, aloof character that makes us wonder what made him that way. Honestly, to me Nathan seemed depressed the moment he stepped foot into the show. That impression of him grew more and more as I watched each episode of the show.
Nathan’s life in review: Basically, as a child he witnessed his father’s cruelty to his mother. He and his sister grew up neglected; their father went to jail for multiple serious offenses. Then his sister died when Allie was four years old, and Nathan took her to raise. Allie’s father was neglectful and abusive. He actually appears on the show and attempts to seriously hurt Nathan and blackmail him. Thankfully he failed, but I think it’s needless to say that Nathan’s life hasn’t been the happiest one. Which could explain why he doesn’t really have any close friends (aside from Bill who looks after him).
Actor Kevin McGarry dropped a hint in this interview that Nathan has heartbreak in his life he hasn’t told anyone about. And quote: that it’s not the heartbreak we’re thinking of. I’m assuming that means no romantic heartbreak. Nathan definitely has something traumatizing in his past that’s keeping him from connecting with Elizabeth.
Well, then what is that something?
I have a couple theories. Of course, I have no idea if any of them are right, LOL. But it’s a little attempt. We’ll see if any of my theories prove correct as Season 8 progresses!
Theory #1: It has something to do with Nathan’s sister. Obviously Nathan had a very close relationship with his sister, Allie’s mother. And we know that she died. Perhaps Nathan watched his sister die in some horrible way?
Theory #2: It has something to do with Jack. I know that a lot of other Hearties share this theory. When Nathan first came on the show, he told everyone he had never known Jack Thornton, Elizabeth’s late husband who died on the job. But I, along with many other Hearties, am beginning to think that Nathan did know Jack and didn’t want to tell anyone that. Perhaps because everyone in Hope Valley was clearly great friends with Jack, and Jack’s widow lived there? Or maybe just because he didn’t want to talk about it, because of pain or for whatever reason. Some have speculated that Nathan may have been among the group of Mounties that Jack rescued while sacrificing his own life. While that’s plausible, I somehow don’t think that’s it. There’s another speculation that Nathan turned down the job which Jack accepted, and which resulted in his untimely death. Thus Nathan is dealing with the guilt of feeling responsible for Jack’s death and the heartbreak of a widow. That’s also plausible, but somehow I don’t think that will be it either. I really don’t know. My main guess is that Nathan definitely saw Jack die. Maybe he tried to save Jack’s life and failed? Either way, it would certainly be interesting if it turned out that Nathan did know Jack.
I know this is a controversial thing I’m about to say, and many Hearties would likely disagree with me about it. But if I’m being honest, I really don’t regret that Jack Thornton was killed off when Daniel Lissing left WCTH. Of course, I loved his character, and I loved him and Elizabeth as a couple. I cried BUCKETS of tears while watching the Season 5 finale, when he dies. While that was undoubtedly very sad, if he hadn’t died the show wouldn’t be what it is now. So I couldn’t be happier with how things turned out. (If you know what I mean.) I’ve greatly enjoyed the love triangle, and I can’t wait to see Elizabeth end up with Nathan! (I’m confident, y’all.)
If you watch the show, are you on Team Nathan or Team Lucas? I would love to hear your thoughts on that!
Hope you guys enjoyed this post!
This was SUCH a fun post for me to write! I hope you liked reading it, even if you don’t watch WCTH. And if you don’t, I hope this post convinced you to become a Heartie! Because trust me, this show is THE BEST!
Make sure to tell me your thoughts in the comments below. I would also love to hear how everyone’s week has gone!
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