“When Calls the Heart” Season 4 brought the unthinkable to Hope Valley and #Hearties everywhere: a town without Mountie Jack Thornton. He left to fight in the Northern Territories after being asked to join fellow Mounties, immediately on the heels of young Doug’s death. Duty or his lady love?
Jack tried to have both, as he finally bent down on one knee in the middle of a candle lit, evening setting to propose to Elizabeth Thatcher, the love of his life. What should have been a celebration party was dampened by the realization that Jack was leaving the next day, Elizabeth stood strong until the final moment he galloped away from town. The tears flowed and a promise to return was received.
Then we all waited one episode, two episodes for a sign that Jack, played by actor Daniel Lissing would make good on his promise. Not until the final minutes of last Sunday’s show “Courageous Hearts”, did a letter arrive from Jack. That was after Elizabeth received news that two Mounties died, which gave her reason to panic. Thank goodness for Abigail, who never wavered in her belief that Jack would come out of it unscathed and ready to resume life with Elizabeth in Hope Valley.
That doesn’t mean fans of “When Calls the Heart” have stopped fretting over it. If you check the comments section in our coverage of the show (here and here), you can see that there is much speculation about Daniel Lissing leaving for any number of reasons. Is he busy with other work? Has there been a contract dispute? Did Hallmark Channel just decide to write him out of the series? What are our clues from the show itself?
We are proposing that the use of Lissing’s voice in Jack’s letter to Elizabeth is a good sign. Just as an aside, did you catch the beautiful penmanship? Yeah, the good old days! If Jack’s character was to be written out, it wouldn’t have been difficult to have Elizabeth read the letter aloud. It was the second episode without a sighting or sound from Jack Thornton. It made hearing him exciting and hopeful. But, what do all you #Hearties think? Let us know in the comments section below.
“When Calls the Heart” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel. Image credit: Crown Media US, used with permission