Since its debut in 2014, “When Calls the Heart,“ a cherished American television drama series based on Janette Oke’s book, has won fans’ hearts. A devoted audience has grown up watching the show because of its charming plot, which is set in a small coal-mining town in Western Canada. Among the outstanding characters, Daniel Lissing‘s portrayal of Jack Thornton as the main character in the endearing romance stood out. Fans, however, were baffled when Jack’s character suffered a horrible demise in Season 5. (www.tvacute.com) This article explores Jack Thornton’s motivations for leaving “When Calls the Heart.”
Why Did Jack Thornton Leave When Calls the Heart?
The actor who played Jack Thornton on the Hallmark program “When Calls the Heart,” Daniel Lissing, left the show after Season 5 because he chose not to renew his contract and pursue other endeavors. With a terrible death scenario that featured a touching letter to his on-screen wife Elizabeth (Erin Krakow), Jack Thornton’s character was written off the program. Instead of changing the cast or severing the relationship between Daniel Lissing and Erin Krakow, this choice was chosen to give the character a suitable send-off and preserve their on-screen chemistry.
Creator Brian Bird explained that the writers had to provide a cathartic moment for the audience at the end of Season 5. Any other choice would have risked disappointing and upsetting the show’s dedicated fanbase, known as the “Hearties.” The various alternatives to killing off Jack, such as having him break up with Elizabeth or recasting the role, were deemed less suitable and likely to result in negative reactions from fans.
Is Daniel Lissing Returning to WCTH?
While Jack’s return to the show may have been anticipated by fans, it is not possible for a number of reasons. First off, a permanent comeback is not conceivable due to Jack’s character’s death in Season 5, with the exception of probable flashback scenes. It is also difficult to reintegrate Jack’s character into the story because Elizabeth’s story arc has advanced and she has developed new relationships since Jack’s death.
According to Bird, recasting Jack’s character was never considered an option. The decision to maintain continuity and respect the emotional investment fans had in the character led to the conclusion that Jack’s story had to come to an end. Bird emphasized that Jack’s death is definitive. The narratives suggesting mistaken identity, survival with amnesia, or other speculative scenarios were debunked by Bird.
Although Daniel Lissing’s return to “When Calls the Heart” is unlikely, he did reprise his role one last time for the “When Hope Calls” Season 2, Christmas special, where he appeared in a dream sequence to deliver a special message to Elizabeth’s friend Abigail.
No plans have been made public by Daniel Lissing or the show’s producers for Jack to return to “When Calls the Heart.” Lissing has discussed his personal reasons for leaving the program and has thanked Hallmark and his co-stars for their support. Since then, he has chased other lucrative roles in films and TV programs. In conclusion, even though viewers might miss Jack Thornton’s role in “When Calls the Heart,” there is still no official word or statement regarding his return to the show in upcoming seasons.