7 Burning Questions for ‘Blue Bloods’ Season 12

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There are some things we know will be back every season of Blue Bloods — like the Sunday family dinner and the inner circle around Commissioner Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) — but after Season 11, we do have some questions about the futures of certain characters and relationships.

After all, Joe Hill (Will Hochman) did seem to be more part of the Reagans than ever before when he joined them for the finale’s dinner. (They did, after all, save his life during his undercover operation.) And speaking of that dinner, having an invitation extended to Danny’s (Donnie Wahlberg) partner, Maria Baez (Marisa Ramirez), just adds fuel to the possibility (no matter how slight) of their relationship turning romantic.

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Scroll down as we take a look at those lingering questions and more while we wait for Season 12 in the fall.

Blue Bloods, Season 12, Fall 2021, CBS

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How much will Joe Hill be around?

Now that he’s more or less accepted his Reagan side — it is hard to be a member of that family in the NYPD — we’re hoping we’ll see more of him, at family dinners as well as on the job. If he does return, it wouldn’t be “full-time, more than likely, but we’d like to be able to weave him in and out of stories,” executive producer Kevin Wade told TV Insider after the finale.

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Will anything ever happen between Danny and Baez?

Even before she scored that very rare invite for a non-Reagan to the dinner, fans have been curious if the partners would get together (especially after Linda’s death). Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like it will happen. “We recognize it and certainly the actors like each other, in front of the camera and between setups,” Wade acknowledged, but “there really aren’t stories in happy couples and there are definitely not stories in police detectives on the job having a personal relationship with their partner.” Furthermore, they don’t have time or space to bring in new partners to make that happen.

Still, you never know what could happen, so we’re not sure if we can rule out something happening in Season 12, even if it’s just the two of them addressing what could be.

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Will Jamie and Eddie talk about having a baby?

Jamie (Will Estes) and Eddie (Vanessa Ray) have talked about kids in the past, but is it time for them to really start considering when they could be part of their future? Maybe, though according to Wade, “that would be something that would come out of a combination of our fictional lives and their real lives.” However, with the EP also discussing what could be next for them professionally, including Eddie becoming a detective and Jamie eventually ending up at 1PP, we can’t help but wonder if what might end up being the worst timing for them to have a kid may lead to a surprise pregnancy announcement.

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Do Erin and Jack have a future together (again)?

Do they have a complicated history? Yes, there’s a reason why the last thing Jack (Peter Hermann) wanted to do was attend family dinner with his former in-laws, but he still went and it was so much fun to see everyone’s reactions. “The chemistry there is fantastic,” Wade said, “and I think the idea of two people getting into their 40s with a significant ex-spouse and never having found the replacement for it is a delightful almost romantic comedy string to play out.” As long as Erin’s (Bridget Moynahan) happy, we’re all for the two lawyers in each other’s orbits in and out of the courtroom, and that family dinner certainly suggested that’s a strong possibility moving forward.

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Who will be the next guest at family dinner?

It used to be that only Reagans (and those who married into the family) attended Sunday dinner. But there have been a few notable guests over the years, including Baez and Frank’s old partner Lenny (Treat Williams), and who could forget Jamie announcing his and Eddie’s engagement by bringing her to one? Considering how much we enjoyed those special dinners, we’re all for another surprise.

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Will Frank (eventually) retiring come up as a real possibility?

Frank resigning has come up in the past, and loathe as we are to even say it, he will one day be retiring. It was at the beginning of Season 11 that Selleck told TV Insider, “Frank is seriously considering resignation. The job is so wearing on him. He’s looked for ways out before, but this time it’s serious. He doesn’t think he’s being effective in this antipolice climate, and he can’t protect the rank and file. So maybe it’s time for new blood.” Sure, things did change since then, but we can’t help but think that it’s something that has to happen before the end of the series.

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Will Gloria Reuben's Rachel Weber return?

Not only did we love the Jesse Stone reunion for Selleck and Reuben, but we also really enjoyed the dynamic between their characters. Wade hasn’t ruled out another appearance from Rachel and even has an idea of how it could come about: “If [Joe] were to stay as kind of a lend-lease detective with the ATF, there would certainly be an avenue for that.”