What To Expect From Blue Bloods In Season 8, According To The Executive Producer

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Warning: spoilers ahead for the Season 7 finale of Blue Bloods, called "The Thin Blue Line."

The very last episode of Blue Bloods Season 7 has come to an end, and it brought a lot of changes to all the characters we've come to know. Danny made a bold move on the Mexican cartel, but his family paid the price when their home was torched. Frank (Tom Selleck) had to face the bombshell revelation that Mayor Carter Poole was planning on resigning his post. The only Reagan who really had a good run of things was Jamie, who followed his instincts and caught a killer who had been preying on the elderly. The question now is what will happen in Season 8. Luckily, executive producer Kevin Wade has some answers. He teased this about next season on Blue Bloods:

I'll start with Frank. Because we will have a new mayor and be introducing a new, main character, we will play probably more episodes, more stories for him based on the scope and the toll of managing a city that's almost nine million people now and spread over every ethnicity, every economic status, everything. I think because it's a new mayor who won't be a professional politician, he will perhaps be working more hand-in-hand in a political and community relations sense than he did in previous seasons.

One of Frank's most defining dynamics over the first seven seasons of Blue Bloods was with Mayor Carter Poole, played by Arrow's David Ramsey. The two characters didn't always agree, and they were often adversarial, but they were two pillars of strength for many years. When the pressure of the job finally got too much for Poole, he made the choice to resign, and Frank will have to adjust to a new mayor. Kevin Wade revealed in his chat with EW that the person who takes on the mayoral job after Poole won't come from a political or even activist background, so Frank will be on unfamiliar and perhaps even uncomfortable ground.

Kevin Wade also had some info to tease about Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg), Jamie Reagan (Will Estes), and Eddie Janko (Vanessa Ray), saying this:

For Jamie and Eddie, I think it will be either detectives or perhaps an undercover operation that we play out over a number of episodes, kind of a long sting. For Donnie, I think it's going to be dealing with some family issues coming off of them basically losing everything and possibly something that I won't go into now, but that may be a surprise at the beginning of season 8.

Jamie and Eddie have only been officers of the NYPD so far, but it sounds like they'll be getting promoted to detective rank in Season 8. A promotion makes sense, considering how Jamie was complimented for following his instincts like a detective in "The Thin Blue Line," which led to the capture of a killer. I have to wonder if things will get complicated all over again with Jamie and Eddie with promotion to detective, so it should be pretty interesting.

As for Danny... well, it was clear as of the end of "The Thin Blue Line" that he was going to have issues for a while with guilt. He blames himself for the burning of his family's home, which both cost them just about everything they owned and endangered all their lives. Danny had to be pep-talked into even saying grace by the end of the finale; evidently, he'll still be struggling with his guilt and loss when the action picks up again in Season 8.

Unfortunately, we have a while to wait for Season 8. CBS has already given the renewal order, but we'll likely have to wait until fall for any new episodes. Check out our summer TV premiere schedule to discover all your viewing options now and in the coming weeks. Be sure to drop by our rundowns for cable/streaming and broadcast TV renewals and cancellations as well. Our TV season finale schedule can give you all you need to know about your shows ending.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.