Will Joe Hill Have a Permanent Role in ‘Blue Bloods’ Season 12?

Blue Bloods introduced a new Reagan, but is he here to stay? The show’s executive producer answered if Joe Hill (Will Hochman) will have a permanent role in season 12.

Joe Hill is a smaller character on ‘Blue Bloods’

Will Hochman as Joe Hill on 'Blue Bloods'
Will Hochman as Joe Hill on ‘Blue Bloods’ | John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images

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The Reagan family is already a big and powerful one. But it got even bigger at the end of season 10. 

That’s because Sean Reagan (Andrew Terraciano) found out he has a cousin through a DNA test. That cousin is Joe Hill, a detective who works in firearms. He is the son of the dead Joe Reagan, who was killed by a ring of criminal cops for investigating them.

At first, it looked like Joe Hill would be able to fit in quickly. He already worked in the family business and joked around with the other family members at his first dinner. But season 11 showed it wouldn’t be that easy.

Joe was confronted with the baggage of being a Reagan. Some cops hated him for being the grandson of police commissioner Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck). His mother also wasn’t thrilled with him getting to know them.

However, the season ended with Joe reuniting with the Reagans. It seemed like they’ll be close by having him over for dinner. But what does that ending actually mean for Joe?

Will Joe Hill have a permanent role in ‘Blue Bloods’ Season 12?

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Many fans have grown to love the newcomer. But will they be getting more of him next season? Showrunner Kevin Wade told Deadline the future of the character is uncertain. 

“You know, I have no idea,” he said. Season 10 ending early due to the COVID-19 pandemic changed the plan for the character. “So we regrouped, brought him back in the beginning of this season,” Wade later said. “It was funny to start a season with this new character and then to sort of let it go away, so I thought pretty quickly well, we’ve got to bring him back at the end of the season and then I don’t know where we go from here.”

However, Wade did tell TV Insider the character won’t be a regular next season. “Not full-time, more than likely, but we’d like to be able to weave him in and out of stories,” Wade said. “He obviously has a great chemistry and connection to our cast, and my anecdotal evidence is that the audience really liked what he brought to the show.”

That might be bittersweet news for fans to accept. Joe will be brought back but won’t be in every episode. The upside is that we will still get to see our regular characters instead of cutting their stories down to make room for another Reagan. Fans will have to wait for next season to see how many episodes will include the young detective.

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