What happened with Linda? Recently, Amy Carlson spoke with Deadline about her shocking exit from CBS’ Blue Bloods.
Carlson played Linda Reagan, the wife of Donnie Wahlberg’s Danny, on the cop drama. The cast also includes Tom Selleck, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, Len Cariou, Marisa Ramirez, Sami Gayle, and Vanessa Ray.
WARNING: BLUE BLOODS SPOILERS AHEAD!
When Blue Bloods premiered its eighth season in September, it was revealed that Linda (Carlson) had died in a helicopter crash. The character death prompted a vocal reaction from fans, who were shocked by the clumsy way the writers handled Carlson’s exit from the show.
Now, Carlson has spoken out about the decision to leave and how it was handled. In the interview, she revealed she was touched by the outpouring of fan support after her character was killed off:
I was surprised, but I’m also just so honored that all these fans connected so much with that character. It surprised me, but it really touches my heart that they cared so much about Linda and that she meant so much to so many people, I had no idea, I can’t even tell you how many messages a day I get about her and the character. They’re so sweet, they all wish me well in my future projects, they’re all just super supportive fans of mine, and it’s just so lovely.”
And how did Carlson feel about the way Linda’s death was handled?:
I feel badly that she dies the way she dies. I did not know they would do that, I was surprised. I wouldn’t have done that.”
Later, Carlson revealed she would return to the CBS series, if only for some closure:
Yeah, I think it’s been hard on the fans. I never wanted it to end that way, so I feel sad for the fans because everyone wants closure, and I hear that a lot from the fans. So of course I’d be open to that. Sure.”
What do you think? Do you watch Blue Bloods? How do you feel about Linda’s death?