‘when-calls-the-heart’-cast-reacts-to-surprising-season-8-premiere-cliffhanger-(exclusive)

WARNING: Spoilers forward! Do not proceed if you happen to haven’t watched Sunday’s season 8 premiere of When Calls the Heart!

While making an attempt to have dinner, Elizabeth Thornton acquired caught in fairly the pickle.

During Sunday’s season 8 premiere of When Calls the Heart, Hearties all around the world had been reunited with their favourite pleasant faces in Hope Valley — and subsequently left shocked after that remaining scene. ET spoke with stars Erin Krakow, Kevin McGarry and Chris McNally by way of video chat to be taught extra concerning the stunning cliffhanger, what’s subsequent within the Elizabeth-Nathan-Lucas love triangle and even some enjoyable tidbits about making music collectively! But first, let’s refresh on what occurred main as much as the cliffhanger:

After Elizabeth agrees to go on a dinner date with Mountie Nathan Grant, (additionally accompanied by her son, Baby Jack, and Nathan’s niece, Allie), the group takes a stroll via city to seize a chew to eat. Just as they’re about to enter the cafe, they unexpectedly run into Lucas Bouchard, who’s there to welcome his mom, Helen Bouchard, to Hope Valley. Both events trade pleasantries and Lucas, who appears a bit bummed, heads off together with his mom below the belief that Elizabeth and Nathan are about to have dinner collectively. What Lucas doesn’t know is that shortly after the encounter, Elizabeth reveals she’s not feeling nicely and asks Nathan and Allie to stroll her and her son residence. No dinner date in spite of everything.

“I think [Lucas’] dreams are being slowly crushed,” McNally says with fun when requested how Lucas was feeling in that second. “It’s just another step in the wrong direction for him. I think, on the other hand, he does leave Hope Valley for a while to gain some perspective on the situation, and he comes back because realizes he just wants to be with Elizabeth, but he also wants her to be happy and that’s the most important thing. So it’s a bit of a push and pull, you know? If she’s happier with Nathan, that’s great. It’s going to break his heart, but he still is longing for her in his own way.”

McGarry chimes in to share Nathan’s perspective, hilariously telling ET, “I think any interaction with Nathan and Lucas is always uncomfortable.” And regardless of the dinner date getting referred to as off, McGarry insists “there’s hope” for his character’s budding romance with the beloved schoolteacher. “For this point in the Nathan-Elizabeth journey, you might actually get to see a date with the two of them, so yeah, he’s hopeful.”

As for Krakow, she describes the love triangle as “an impossible situation.” Why? Well, she says it’s as a result of “each Nathan and Lucas are such unbelievable males they usually’ve created these wonderful characters that we have all grown to like and I believe, it doesn’t matter what, Elizabeth is simply in fairly the pickle.” As for that awkward encounter with each of her suitors on the similar time, the Juilliard School graduate provides some perception into her character’s mindset. “I think it’s just too much,” she explains. “It’s one of these things where, yeah, maybe if they hadn’t run into Lucas and his mother on the way, it would’ve been easier to just keep walking into that café. But I think it just didn’t feel kind, and I think in that moment, Elizabeth realized she still had a lot to think about and she was just trying to follow her heart.”

No doubt Team Nathan followers had been thrilled to see the Mountie work up the braveness to formally ask Elizabeth out after getting a bit tongue-tied in season 7. McGarry says viewers will “100% see more” new-found confidence all through upcoming episodes.

“I think the way it finished, season 7, with the near-death experience, it just kind of shook some things into perspective for Nathan: both what he wants and what it takes to get it. However, this is really just kind of the tip of the iceberg of what Nathan has been kind of holding onto,” the Canadian actor teases. “I find it interesting, a lot of people talk, they’re always like, ‘Oh, Nathan is so shy,’ and they’re very quick to be like, ‘He’s got all these attributes,’ but very few people are like, ‘Why is he like this?’ and I think we get to see that… he starts out much more confident at the beginning of season 8… but things start to unravel a little bit and some truths come up to the surface a little bit and we get to see just why he has been so at arm’s length, especially with Elizabeth, more than anybody else, really. He’s only tongue-tied around Elizabeth.” 

And though some could take into account Nathan and Lucas at odds whereas vying for Elizabeth’s affection, it appears there could also be an underlying friendship between them in spite of everything. In a touching second of kindness, Lucas lends Nathan the massive sum of cash he must repay Allie’s delivery father to get him out of Allie’s life (and Hope Valley) for good. Could this imply the gents’s friendship is blossoming?

“We’re kind of setting the stage of coming from a place of mutual respect towards one another where a friendship could be down the line,” McNally explains earlier than including, “I just don’t know that we are quite there yet.”

McGarry, calls it a “swallow your pride” second for Nathan. “Clearly, he was a desperate man if he had to go to the guy that is his nemesis in the town for help. But that says something about Lucas’ character that he helped Nathan out, so yeah, we’ll see,” he teases.

McGarry also reveals that Lucas and Nathan’s dynamic is a topic he’s discussed with season 8 showrunner John Tinker. McGarry says that because the two gentlemen are so different, Tinker feels they inherently “wouldn’t see eye-to-eye on a lot of things.” McNally provides that he’s hopeful the sequence shall be renewed for a ninth season as a result of the Nathan-Lucas friendship shall be “a fun dynamic to explore, if we get to.”

As for which suitor at the moment has the aggressive edge with profitable Elizabeth’s coronary heart, the actors play coy. (We perceive — there’s nonetheless 11 episodes left within the season!) However, Krakow smiles after which encourages Hearties to do that: “I would really just love for the audience to try to track it on their own and figure out where they think Elizabeth is with all of this. I don’t want to give anything away!”

Another shock from the season 8 premiere? Music! Faith (Andrea Brooks), who returns to Hope Valley after learning medication in Chicago, is handled to a romantic waterfront serenade from her beau, Dr. Carson Shepherd (Paul Greene). Greene tells ET that Tinker had watched a few of his Facebook Live performances, and after Greene vocalized that he’d love play music on the present, Tinker created this enchanting scene for the premiere episode. What’s extra: Greene explains that whereas the track began off as a brief verse he wrote for the scene, he finally become a full track referred to as ‘Waves of Time.’ Greene reveals he not solely wrote the monitor about lacking his fiancee, Kate, however he additionally performed all of the devices, produced, and mastered the only all from his residence in Los Angeles.

This tender musical second begs the query: can we anticipate extra music from the solid?

“I sing!” Krakow shares with a smile. While the actress couldn’t disclose particulars, she did tease that she sings to “Elizabeth’s favorite person” and calls it a “sweet little musical moment together.” 

The solid is making music off-screen too! When it involves that duet McGarry beforehand revealed he’s been engaged on with Krakow, the pair insists it’s coming — they’re simply undecided when.  “I think it would have been a lot easier if we had [sang] it while we were in the same city, but I would love for it to happen,” Krakow gushed, earlier than revealing they’ve already chosen the track and rehearsed it. She additionally dropped this trace: “It’s a song that feels connected to When Calls the Heart and some of the sentiments that were shared on our show.” And if that wasn’t sufficient to get you excited, McNally joked that he needs to be concerned too, because the track’s conductor. Now that is music to our candy ears!

ET shall be overlaying WCTH all season lengthy, so ensure to maintain it locked proper right here on ETonline.com for all the newest interviews with the solid. When Calls the Heart airs Sundays at 9 p.m ET/PT on Hallmark Channel.

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