‘When Calls the Heart’ Returns May 5. Here’s What Fans Can Expect from the New Episodes.

When Calls the Heart is coming back to TV. The popular period drama has been on hiatus since news of star Lori Loughlin’s alleged involvement in a college admissions scandal broke in mid-March.

Now, after firing Loughlin and taking a break to retool, the show is returning. The first new episode in nearly two months will air Sunday, May 5. It will be followed by another new episode on Monday, May 6. The show’s normal Sunday night schedule resumes May 12.

What to expect from upcoming episodes of When Calls the Heart

Hearties have been eagerly awaiting the return of their favorite show. While we don’t know exactly what to expect from the upcoming episodes, Hallmark has revealed a few intriguing details.

The May 5 episode, titled “Heart of a Mountie,” features recently widowed Elizabeth Thornton (Erin Krakow) confronting old memories when a new mountie named Nathan Grant (Kevin McGarry) arrives in Hope Valley. Grant also teams up with Sheriff Bill Avery (Jack Wagner) to investigate a robbery. Meanwhile, Rosemary (Pascale Hutton) has purchased a telephone, and her husband worries the new technology will turn her into even more of a gossip.

The next episode, “Surprise,” airs May 6. Elizabeth steps up to help Nathan’s niece connect to her new classmates, while Bill considers a job offer. Meanwhile, Carson (Paul Greene) and Faith (Andrea Brooks) grow closer while Jesse (Aren Bucholz) and Clara (Eve Bourne) receive a compelling offer from Gowen (Martin Cummins). A small earthquake also hits Hope Valley.

Will Elizabeth fall for Nathan?

Nathan Grant When Calls the Heart
Nathan Grant (Kevin McGarry) in When Calls the Heart | ©2019 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Eike Schroter

Elizabeth tragically lost her husband at the end of Season 5. Soon after, she learned she was pregnant, and she’s now raising their son, who she named Jack in honor of his father.

In the new episodes, it’s been roughly a year since Jack’s death. Now that some time has passed, could Elizabeth be ready for another man in her life? It definitely seems like a romance could be on the horizon, though McGarry has said he’s not there to replace Jack.

“He is Jack Thornton’s replacement as a Mountie, not in real life,” McGarry told ET. “He is a bit shrouded in mystery. As of right now, he’s a pretty good guy.”  

Still, sparks could fly, though Nathan might face some competition for Elizabeth’s affection from Lucas Bouchard (Chris McNally), the town’s new saloon owner.

“[Elizabeth is] newly on her own, widowed,” McGarry added. “She’s not looking to jump into anything, so these are just two new guys that are in the town that it might potentially lead to something down the road… there might be some chemistry!”

What happens to Mayor Abigail Stanton?

Lori Loughlin and Jack Wagner in When Calls the Heart
Jack Wagner and Lori Loughlin in When Calls the Heart | Andrew Chin/Getty Images

Hallmark is hyping the return to Hope Valley, but the network hasn’t said anything about how it plans to address the abrupt departure of Loughlin, who played Mayor Abigail Stanton. The actress has been edited out of all future episodes, a source told Entertainment Weekly. But the exact reason that will be given for her character’s absence remains to be seen.

Jack Wagner recently told ET that the cast put in “a real group effort” when it came to reworking the show and that they are “lovingly moving ahead.”

“When a show … loses a character or something that is just such a key component to the show… you really have to kind of regroup and restructure,” Wagner said. “Ultimately it’s about how you’re going to write the show and what the attitude is going to be amongst the actors as professionals, so that’s been tested again and we all showed up, we hit our marks, and we’re trying to do our best.”

The next episode of When Call the Heart airs Sunday, May 5 at 9/8c on the Hallmark Channel.

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