Hallmark Channel’s longest-running prime-time series, ‘When Calls the Heart,’ has been entertaining the audiences since its premiere on January 11, 2014. Based on Janette Oke’s eponymous novel from her Canadian West series, the drama series revolves around the lives of Elizabeth Thatcher and the other inhabitants of Hope Valley. The show’s light-hearted tone and easy-flowing narrative have managed to garner a legion of devoted fans, who refer to themselves as the Hearties.
After spawning seven seasons, the show is still one of the most-watched cable drama series. Which brings us to the question: will there be a ‘When Calls the Heart’ season 8? Let’s find out!
When Calls the Heart Season 8 Release Date
‘When Calls the Heart’ Season 7 premiered on February 23, 2020, on Hallmark Channel and concluded its run on April 26, 2020, after airing ten hour-long episodes.
As far as season 8 is concerned, there hasn’t been an official announcement from the Channel yet, but here’s what we know. If we look at the popularity and viewership, the top-rated show is bound to come back for season 8. The show was renewed for a seventh season when just three episodes of season 6 had aired. Therefore, the delay in renewal does raise some eyebrows.
However, one of the EPs, Brian Bird, has been asking the fans to use the hashtag #Season8WouldBeGreat and let Hallmark know about their interest in the show’s return.
— Brian Bird (@brbird) March 23, 2020
And the response has been amazing. Also, back in 2019, a fan had asked the show’s lead actor Erin Krakow whether season 7 will be its last season. Here’s what Erin replied:
Sounds like poppycock to me. 🤷🏻♀️ https://t.co/ZYGpBJK0hJ
— Erin Krakow (@erinkrakow) August 7, 2019
So, all the fingers point toward the show’s return. However, considering the global situation we are in, season 8 could take more time than usual. If and when it gets renewed, we expect ‘When Calls the Heart’ season 8 to release sometime in 2021, on Hallmark Channel.
When Calls the Heart Season 8 Cast: Who is in it?
Almost all the members of the main cast might reprise their role in season 8.
Erin Krakow will return to lead the cast as Elizabeth Thatcher, the teacher that binds the whole of Hope Valley together. Chris McNally will come back to play the Lucas Bouchard, the owner of a thriving salon service. Season 8 will also see the return of Kevin McGarry as the mountie, Nathan Grant.
The returning cast can include Pascale Hutton as Rosemary LeVeaux Coulter, Kavan Smith as Leland Coulter, Andrea Brooks as Faith Carter, Paul Greene as Carson Shepherd, Jack Wagner as Bill Avery, Martin Cummins as Henry Gowen, Eva Bourne as Clara Stanton, and Aren Buchholz as Jesse Flynn, among others.
When Calls the Heart Season 8 Plot: What can it be About?
Season 7 revolves around the love triangle between Lucas, Elizabeth, and Nathan. Meanwhile, Lee and Rosemary struggle with their baby issues but fall deeper in love with each other. In the finale, Lucas pulls out all stops to reinstate his partnership with Gowen Petroleum. Henry’s medical condition deteriorates, while Fiona rethinks her decision to leave Hope Valley. Lee tries to bond with his estranged sister. Bill and Nathan strive to move a prisoner, while Elizabeth receives a favorable update regarding her book. Also, someone gets shot!
Season 8 might pick up from the cliff-hanger ending of season 7. There are two suitors in the field – A charming, adventurous, and successful saloon owner, Lucas, and a hardworking, caring, and patient mountie Nathan. Who will Elizabeth choose? Also, we can expect Lee and Rosemary to explore all the available options to expand their family further. Season 8 might also focus on Elizabeth’s newfound success in her writing career.
When Calls the Heart Trailer
Check out the promo for season 7, as we wait for an update on ‘When Calls the Heart’ season 8!
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