Good news to all you Hearties out there: More Hope Valley is coming your way.
Even though it feels like it's been forever since Hallmark released new episodes of When Calls the Heart, season 7 will be here before you know it. Actually, the seventh season of When Calls the Heart premieres on Sunday, February 23 at 8 p.m. on Hallmark Channel.
What's going to happen in When Calls the Heart season 7, you ask? Here are all the details we know so far:
When will When Calls the Heart come back for season 7?
Hallmark's top-rated show is scheduled to return on Sunday, February 23. The episode, which is titled "A Moving Picture," picks up right where the Christmas special left off. "We have developments with Team Infirmary and what's going to happen there between Faith and Carson. We have a wedding happening in Hope Valley between Clara and Jesse, lots of fun stuff with the babies, of course, Rosemary and Lee and their relationship, moving forward," Erin Krakow, the actress who plays Elizabeth, tells Entertainment Weekly. "And of course, picking up where we left off with that [season 6 finale] cliffhanger and getting to see a bit more of where Elizabeth and Nathan and Lucas stand."
What will season 7 be about?
While Elizabeth's love life is front and center in the premiere episode, showrunner Alfonso H. Moreno tells Entertainment Weekly that there's plenty of other drama to come: "Lee reveals a big secret about his past to Rosemary. Bill has to put a jury together in a legal case against Gowen. Lucas and Gowen deal with Gowen Petroleum, which is at risk of going under. Carson and Faith face some challenges in their relationship. Finally, our characters have to deal with more than just emotional slings and arrows, as some of them end up in harm’s way, either by the natural elements or, in one instance, at the hand of another.”
And wait, is this the end of When Calls the Heart?
Since When Calls the Heart continues to be one of the top-rated cable drama series, it's safe to assume that the show isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Well before the show's seventh season premiered, Erin shut down rumors that our days in Hope Valley are soon coming to an end. When one Twitter user asked her if the show would end after season 7, she squashed every Hearties' worst nightmare: "Sounds like poppycock to me," she responded. Although the network hasn't confirmed if the show will return for season 8, Erin's confidence seems promising. That means we have at least two more years with our friends in Hope Valley!
What about the When Calls the Heart spinoff?
The first season of When Hope Calls, the show's spinoff, has already aired on Hallmark Movies Now. To ensure that as many Hallmark fans (Hearties especially!) as possible can see the show, Hallmark Channel is airing the first season of When Hope Calls every Sunday at 9 p.m., right after When Calls the Heart. The show has already been picked up for a second season, but one thing's for sure: It's not replacing WCTH by any means.
ICYMI: The show takes places in the 1900s, and follows sisters Lillian (Morgan Kohan) and Grace (Jocelyn Hudon), who grew up apart but found each other when they became adults. Together, they struggle to find their place in a town that is torn between traditions of cattle ranchers and prospects of unfamiliarity needed for growth.
Who will be in the When Calls the Heart season 7 cast?
Erin was the first to announce that renewal, so she's in. And Hope Valley just wouldn't be the same without Paul Greene (Carson Shepherd), Chris McNally (Lucas Bouchard), Jack Wagner (Bill Avery), Kevin McGarry (Nathan Grant), Pascale Hutton (Rosemary Coulter), and Kavan Smith (Leland Coulter). No drastic cast changes have been announced after Lori Loughlin's dramatic departure.
What about Lori Loughlin as Abigail?
Basically, there's a very slim chance Lori will reprise her role again. Shortly after Lori and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were charged in the nation-wide college admissions scandal, Hallmark dropped her from all projects — including When Calls the Heart.
"We are no longer working with Lori Loughlin and have stopped development of all productions that air on the Crown Media Family Network channels involving Lori Loughlin including Garage Sale Mysteries, an independent third party production," a Crown Media spokesperson told Deadline.
On top of that, if Lori and Mossimo are found guilty of their charges (conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering), the couple could face up to 40 years behind bars.
Though it's unlikely, the show's creator Brian Bird did like a tweet from a fan who suggested that Abigail's story might not be over. Could this mean Lori will return down the road? We shall see ...
How can I watch season 7?
Besides tuning in every Sunday evening on the Hallmark Channel, fans can watch When Calls the Heart on Netflix and Amazon. Episodes are also available for $1.99 on Google Play, Vudu, and YouTube, and for $2.99 on iTunes.
Otherwise, you can watch it via the streaming service Hallmark Channel Everywhere on your TV. All you have to do is sign in using your cable provider username and password. The Everywhere feature works with AT&T; U-Verse, Spectrum, Cox, Dish, Verizon, Media Com, DirecTV, Optimum and more. You can also download the service via the App Store and Google Play store and watch it on your favorite device while on the go.
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