Hey #Hearties. How is everybody? Have we all started breathing normally yet? I know we’re all in different stages of grief. Even though this IS just a TV show, and we DO need to remember that, it is a huge loss for all of us. We’re going to miss Daniel as an actor, and we’re REALLY going to miss Jack as a character! Jack was, in a word, the perfect man, and the screen chemistry between Dan and Erin was unmatchable! It’s definitely not going to be the same watching the show without Jack, but I do think it’s important for us to eventually get past this.
Like most of you, I let out a huge gasp when the funeral came on the screen, I cried my entire way through the episode, and I felt like my emotions had been messed with. Why bother having them get married at all if we couldn’t see them BE married? Why couldn’t Daniel Lissing have held on for ONE MORE YEAR? Then we could have seen them be married for a year, the baby could be born in or near the season finale, and the show could have ended happily.
But you know what? No matter what scenario(s) they would have come up with, somebody would have been unhappy. No engagement or wedding? Be honest, both those episodes brought us so much joy! The character of Jack could not have gone out on a higher note. And be honest, do you really think we could handle watching any other actor play Jack? I certainly couldn’t. I’d constantly be comparing him to Dan.
If you missed the Facebook LIVE event, Dan told us that he was moving on: moving on to other projects in his career, and for “personal reasons”. This is a very real dilemma, especially for someone as talented as Dan. He makes his living as an actor, and sometimes actors have to move on. And that whole “holding on for one more year” thing I mentioned before? Well, that would have been lovely, but contracts are often not for 1 year at a time, but multiple years. And ending after Season 6? Why should the executives and the other actors terminate a perfectly good series when one actor made the choice to pursue other endeavors? That’s not very fair, especially if the show DOES keep chugging along.
Speaking of which, that part is really up to us. I’ve heard of several fans saying they’re going to boycott the show. But truly, what is that going to prove? If we stop watching, and the ratings go down, and the show goes off the air, then what? We’ve lost a decent, wholesome, family-friendly show; something that is already in short supply. My mom called this situation “biting your nose off to spite your face”. So let’s be good sports, let’s be #HeartieStrong. We have some time to heal and get over the shock and the hurt, then we can start anew at Christmas: the time of hope. For now, here are some things to help us remember our favorite Mountie.
The beautiful video tribute was created by Megan Mottola, all video clips credit to Crown Media.
The picture: credit to Crown Media, found on My Devotional Thoughts.