The Painful Reason Danny Reagan Doesn’t Need a New Love Interest

Now that the wedding ring is off and Linda’s killer is behind bars, fans of CBS’ procedural drama Blood Bloods, are wondering if Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg) will ever find love again, or if he will go the way of his father Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) and remain single for the foreseeable future.

Many fans are hungry for him to find love again, while others think the show doesn’t suffer without it, and in fact, think it may just be too painful for him.

The untimely loss of his wife Linda

Donnie Wahlberg as Danny Reagan, Marisa Ramirez as Maria Baez
Donnie Wahlberg and Marisa Ramirez | John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images

Fans of the show were shocked to find out that Linda’s character died off-screen in a tragic helicopter accident in season 8. At the end of the season, we see a tear-jerking scene where Danny confesses to Linda’s grave: “I keep trying to remind myself I’m rich with partners but you’re the only one that really matters. I’m putting on a really brave face out here, but between me and you, I’m having a really hard time, babe.”

Now, well into season 10, some may be wondering if enough time has passed for Danny to move on and find love again. Frank still wears his wedding ring despite his wife having long since passed from cancer, but we have now already witnessed Danny removing his wedding ring at the suggestion of Maggie the psychic (Callie Thorne), which may foreshadow a different path for this younger Reagan. 

Is a love triangle forming?

With Danny’s long-time partner Maria Baez (Marisa Ramirez) now seeming like a viable option for a future love interest, and the introduction of Maggie the psychic, fans are speculating over which, if either of these women, Danny may come to fall for.

One Twitter user posted, “I wonder if Maggie and Danny are going to date?!?!” Indeed, many fans are wondering the same, but are also keeping an eye on the chemistry between Danny and Baez, as well as how Baez interacts with Maggie, and any growing tension there.

In an interview with TV Insider, Wahlberg said of Maggie and Baez, “I don’t know where all that is going to go, but it is fun to work with both of them and to see the dynamics that are evolving with the characters. I love the little triangle that’s building with those three characters.” Wahlberg hints just enough to say that the relationships will continue to evolve, but it remains to be seen if that evolution turns romantic.

It may just be too sad for Danny

Regardless of possible love interests that may occur in his future, Danny may always have the loss of his wife looming over him like a dark cloud. A fan on Twitter asked directly, “@DonnieWahlberg please tell me that @BlueBloods_CBS is going to find you a love interest this season. Danny looks sad. Jamie is married now. We need some heat in the seat. We are pulling for you!”

As much as fans may want Danny to get back to his old self and find new love, the realism of the show may warrant an extended period of mourning, and a much longer wait for new love to blossom.

In fact, art imitates life, and vice versa, as the real-life actor Wahlberg goes through a mourning period of his own, telling TV Insider, “the first dinner scene without Linda was really emotional, just genuine emotion. Nobody was acting that day. My tears were real because even though in real life, Amy Carlson was still around, I was going to be moving forward on the show without her.”

Fans may have to continue to watch a sad Danny just a little longer as he finds his way through the grief of losing his wife, and the transition of learning to raise a family on his own. Until then, as he said in his moving confession at Linda’s grave, Danny is rich in many other kinds of fulfilling partnerships to get him through the day.