‘Blue Bloods’: The Real Reason Jamie and Eddie Started a Relationship

Blue Bloods stars Will Estes and Vanessa Ray play the newly married police couple Jamie Reagan and Eddie Janko. You might think their characters got together purely out of love, but that’s not the case. Here’s one big reason why Jamie and Eddie started a relationship.

Will Estes and Vanessa Ray were hesitant for Jamie and Eddie to start a relationship

Will Estes as Jamie Reagan and Vanessa Ray as Eddie Janko | CBS via Getty Images
Will Estes as Jamie Reagan and Vanessa Ray as Eddie Janko | CBS via Getty Images

Ray told CBS Watch! she wasn’t sold on the idea of Jamie and Eddie becoming romantically involved. She was concerned the characters would have no way to grow after they got serious. “There was pushback because we thought, ‘If you put us together, then where do we go from there?’” asked Ray.

Estes added he was concerned their story would have to come to an end once the characters made things official. He had major reservations. “It was the Moonlighting thing. Once they got together, the story was over. The anticipation is so much better than the monster—that’s what Hitchcock taught us. So, we were nervous about what it was going to mean once we were together,” said Estes.

The real reason Jamie and Eddie started a relationship

Jamie Reagan and Eddie Janko, Blue Bloods | CBS via Getty Images
Jamie Reagan and Eddie Janko, Blue Bloods | CBS via Getty Images

So, why did Jamie and Eddie finally declare their love for each other and start a relationship? Ray and Estes told News Channel 5 that a major influence on the progression of Jamie and Eddie’s relationship was because of the fans. “Is this something that the viewers made happen, as far as this engagement?” asked the News Channel 5 host in a 2018 interview. “Yes, I do think the fans did sort of play a part in the getting together of Jamie an Eddie,” said Ray. “I think that they called it before we noticed it. We were just playing partners and they saw the chemistry and were kind of after a while just like, ‘Enough already, get together, you love each other.’ So, I think the writers kind of had to hold off as long as they could.”

Estes added that the Blue Bloods showrunner approached him about the possibility of Jamie and Eddie starting a relationship but seemed nervous about it. “Our showrunner came to me; he was kind of sweating, and he said, ‘The audience wants you guys to get together and we have to give them what they want.’ So, I’m not sure what sort of pressure he was under, but it worked,” said Estes.

How Will Estes felt about Vanessa Ray’s character coming to a Reagan family dinner

Will Estes and Vanessa Ray on set of 'Blue Bloods' |  John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images
Will Estes and Vanessa Ray on set of ‘Blue Bloods’ | John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images

Ray’s character, Eddie Janko, took a big step when she attended a Reagan family dinner for the first time. Her presence at the Reagan family dinner was significant because she’s the first new character to join the dinner table since the show began. Estes shared his thoughts with News Channel 5 on how he felt about Eddie Janko joining the Reagans for dinner:

When it came to Vanesa coming to the family dinner table, I knew immediately that that would be awesome. You know, it’s really the centerpiece for the show, and I felt what Vanessa and I have built character wise and our relationship on the show, we just come right into the family dinner and it would be nothing but more and better. So, I was really excited about that, personally.

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