‘When Calls the Heart’ checks all the boxes of a hit Hallmark production, especially with its heartwarming storyline that revolves around a grand romance. Adding to that is the charm of the early 1900s, which is the setting for the show. The drama series is based on a novel from the ‘Canadian West’ book series by Janette Oke. It follows Elizabeth, a young teacher who moves to a small town called Coal Valley (later known as Hope Valley), and her epic romance with Constable Jack Thornton. Over the years, the beloved teacher has seen some trying times, but the townsfolk have always been there for her.
Developed by Michael Landon Jr. and Brian Bird, it first premiered on January 11, 2014, on Hallmark Channel. ‘When Calls the Heart’ has a kingdom of its own with a horde of fans who are referred to as the “Hearties.” Appropriate for a wide age group, the viewers also love the show for its beautiful setting. However, many have pointed out the inaccurate depiction of the early 1900s, primarily because the hair, makeup, and costumes, seem like an obvious misfit for the times the storyline is set in. But despite everything, the show maintains a consistent number of viewers who are anxious for an update regarding a potential season 9. We are here to share with you everything we know!
When Calls the Heart Season 9 Release Date
‘When Calls the Heart’ season 8 landed on February 21, 2021, on Hallmark Channel, with the season coming to an end on May 9, 2021. The eighth season consists of 12 episodes that run for 39–84 minutes each.
With regards to the ninth season, here is the scoop. An official announcement was made on May 9, 2021, confirming the renewal of the show for season 9. Taking into consideration the incredibly stable ratings of the series, which has run for eight successful seasons, this news was inevitable. Before the eighth season premiered, there were rumors about the series being canceled. However, the co-executive producer Erin Krakow (Elizabeth) was quick to settle the matter.
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Krakow replied to a fan on Twitter saying that she had not heard of any such news and hoped “to be in Hope Valley for a ‘good, long while!” Adding to that, co-creator Brian Bird said that if the actress had her way, ‘When Calls the Heart’ would beat the record of ‘The Simpsons,’ which is going strong even after 32 seasons. Therefore, it seems like the show has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. According to the official announcement, we can expect ‘When Calls the Heart’ season 9 to release sometime in 2022.
When Calls the Heart Season 9 Cast: Who can be in it?
The eighth season revolves around Elizabeth Thatcher Thornton (Erin Krakow) and the two men in her life, Lucas Bouchard (Chris McNally) and Nathan Grant (Kevin McGarry). Other characters in the show are Rosemary LeVeaux Coulter (Pascale Hutton), Leland Coulter (Kavan Smith), Faith Carter (Andrea Brooks), Carson Shepherd (Paul Greene), Jesse Flynn (Aren Buchholz), Clara Stanton Flynn (Eva Bourne), Henry Gowen (Martin Cummins), and Bill Avery (Jack Wagner).
Some recurring characters who are significant to the storyline are Ned Yost (Hrothgar Mathews), Florence Blakeley (Loretta Walsh), Molly Sullivan (Johannah Newmarch), Allie Grant (Jaeda Lily Miller), Wyman Walden (Wesley Salter), Fiona Miller (Kayla Wallace), Joseph Canfield (Viv Leacock), Angela Canfield (Vienna Leacock), and Minnie Canfield (Natasha Burnett). In season 9, most of the cast members will reprise their roles. In an interview, Chris McNally (Lucas) had suggested that the writers could be setting up Lori Loughlin’s return as Abigail Stanton, so we may also see her again. The show could also introduce fresh faces to the cast.
When Calls the Heart Season 9 Plot: What can it be About?
In the final episode of season 8, Elizabeth makes up her mind about who is the right man for her – it’s Lucas. While Nathan is hurt about her decision, he does not seem surprised and takes it in his stride. Lucas and Elizabeth finally declare their love for each other and share a kiss. We also see that Elizabeth sets things right with her best friend, Rosemary. Carson and Faith deal with a life-changing decision. It seems that Carson is going to take up the surgical fellowship in Baltimore. With regards to her school, Elizabeth may not have to worry anymore since her decision to stand up for Angela seems to have paid off.
In the ninth season, we will see how Elizabeth navigates her relationship with Lucas and how that changes her equation with Nathan. Could Nathan and Lucas become friends? We are yet to learn if we will see Carson and Henry in Hope Valley again. Since the residents of Hope Valley aren’t happy about Wyman Walden’s business plans, there may be more conflicts before they come to a resolution. Nathan also has a long way to go as a parent figure to Allie, who is growing up fast. In the upcoming season, Rosemary’s family life may also be highlighted. With all the latest developments in relationships among the people of Hope Valley, the viewers have a lot to look forward to.
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