‘Blue Bloods’ Linda Reagan Demise Defined — Murdered by Cartel
The demise of Blue Bloods‘ Linda Reagan was as tragic because it was sudden. A latest Season 13 episode alluded to Danny’s years-ago loss, and perhaps bought you questioning if you recognize the total story behind his spouse’s demise. Properly, right here it’s.
WHEN DID LINDA REAGAN DIE?
Within the CBS drama’s Season 8 premiere (circa September 2017), the revelation that Linda (performed by unique solid member Amy Carlson) had died — off-screen, in Might of that 12 months — trickled out slowly over the primary half-hour, by way of obscure references to her not being in Danny’s life.
Our eavesdropping on a remedy session discovered a retirement-pondering Danny angrily accepting “fault” for no matter occurred with Linda after the hearth that destroyed their dwelling, but fortunately left the household unscathed, within the Season 7 finale.
Then, in a second session, Danny’s shrink made it clear to us that Linda was useless.
“Linda’s demise wasn’t your fault. She was doing her job [as a nurse]. She died doing what she cherished,” Danny’s therapist famous, dropping the bombshell on viewers. “She died in a helicopter crash, airlifting her affected person.”
WAS LINDA REAGAN MURDERED?
Blue Bloods‘ Season 9 premiere launched the risk that stated MEDVAC crash had been orchestrated, by Mexican cartel member Louis Delgado aka The Panther (performed by visitor star Lou Diamond Phillips).
“First your home burns up after which a chopper goes down — that’s some fairly unhealthy mojo you carry round,” Delgado stated to Danny upon being introduced in for questioning a few cartel-related homicide.
Since Delgado had already (and gladly) taken credit score for the torching of Danny’s dwelling on the shut of Season 7, it might be inferred that he was hinting at having a hand in Linda’s work-related tragedy as nicely.
As Blue Bloods showrunner Kevin Wade advised TVLine on the time, “The truth that Delgado brings it up actually sounds alarms for Danny, and sure does for the viewers as nicely.”
WHO KILLED LINDA REAGAN?
Later in Season 9, within the episode titled “Widespread Enemies,” it was confirmed for us and for Danny that Linda’s MEDEVAC helicopter crash was ordered by murderous cartel member Jose Rojas (visitor star Danny Trejo), who had additionally simply killed Delgado’s personal spouse.
“We each need Jose Rojas. He’s answerable for the homicide of my spouse and of yours,” Luis advised Danny, earlier than the unlikely allies teamed as much as discover Rojas and… nearly kill him in chilly blood… however as an alternative cuff him and produce him to justice.
WHY WAS LINDA KILLED OFF?
Weeks after the episode that exposed Linda’s demise, TVLine discovered that unique solid member Amy Carlson had elected to half methods with the present.
“Amy made the choice to go away, however we love her,” Sami Gayle, who performs Nicky, advised us at a PaleyFest occasion for the well-watched CBS collection. “We’re very unhappy she left.”
Showrunner Kevin Wade in flip advised TVLine in spring 2018, “I used to be between a rock and a tough place, as a result of the easy truth of the matter was that [Carlson] determined to not renew her contract. And since that occurred after we’d wrapped the earlier season, we actually had little or no wiggle room, however we did the most effective we might with a tricky scenario.”
Shortly after Linda’s off-screen sendoff aired, Danny’s portrayer, Donnie Wahlberg, shared this about Carlson by way of Twitter: “In my 35-year performing/singing profession, I’ve labored with some nice abilities. Amy Carlson and [original Blue Bloods partner] Jennifer Esposito are two of the best!
“I do know many Blue Bloods followers will miss Linda Reagan. None greater than me,” he added. “Amy Carlson is a present, a lightweight and a real pal on- and off-screen.”
WHAT DOES AMY CARLSON THINK OF LINDA’S DEATH?
Like many Blue Bloods followers, Amy Carlson was not keen on Linda’s hasty, off-screen exit.
“I really feel badly that she dies the best way she dies,” Carlson advised our sister web site Deadline in November 2017. “I didn’t know they might try this. I used to be stunned. I wouldn’t have completed that.”
Though Carlson didn’t talk about the circumstances that led to her departure, she did say that she “was not invited” to seem within the Season 8 opener. Had she turned up within the episode, it’d’ve cushioned the blow for followers, she posited. “It will’ve been good for the followers to see her demise, to be a participant in it,” she lamented. “In addition they say [they] want [they] might’ve mourned the character.”