‘When Calls the Heart’: Erin Krakow Responds After One Viewer Calls Recent Storyline ‘Shameful’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Composite image of Nathan, Elizabeth, and Lucsa from When Calls the Heart

Season 7 of When Calls the Heart has been all concerning the Elizabeth-Nathan-Lucas love triangle. But some Hearties are fed up with the best way the present has dragged out the drama, and so they’re prepared for Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) to make her alternative. 

Fans of the Hallmark Channel sequence have been flooding social media with feedback supporting both #WorkforceNathan or #WorkforceLucas. At occasions, the controversy has gotten so heated that the present’s producer has even had to remind people to relax and preserve issues civil. And when Lucas (Chris McNally) lastly made an enormous transfer to win over Elizabeth within the April 5 episode, a couple of viewers weren’t blissful, and so they made their displeasure recognized. 

Some ‘When Calls the Heart’ viewers had been upset by Lucas and Elizabeth’s out-of-town date  

Composite image of Nathan, Elizabeth, and Lucsa from When Calls the Heart
(L-R) Kevin McGarry as Nathan Grant, Erin Krakow as Elizabeth Thornton, and Chris McNally as Lucas Bouchard | Credit: ©2019 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Eike Schroter

In the episode titled “Heart of a Writer,” Lucas asks Elizabeth to go together with him to Union City to attend a studying by creator Virginia Woolf. Elizabeth clearly desires to go, however she’s undecided she ought to say sure, particularly because it means she should spend the night time away from Hope Valley. Elizabeth additionally worries about leaving her son Jack and is anxious that Lucas will get the flawed message (and that Nathan can be damage) if she makes the journey. But she decides to observe her coronary heart, and she or he and Lucas have an exquisite time. And whereas the widowed schoolteacher insists she’s not on a date, it’s clear there are sparks between her and the saloon proprietor. 

But not all viewers thought Elizabeth made the proper alternative. At least one critic felt it was inappropriate for a single girl and a single man to go on in a single day outing, although it was clear that the 2 spent the night time in separate lodge rooms. The individual argued that the storyline wasn’t acceptable for a healthful present and that the occasions by no means would have occurred within the early 20th century, when the sequence is about. Several individuals on Twitter agreed the storyline appeared anachronistic.

“The idea that Elizabeth would go on an overnight date without a chaperone was unheard of in 1917! Please! Her reputation would have ruined!” the upset viewer tweeted at Krakow. 

“It’s supposed to be a family show!! Shameful!” the individual wrote in one other tweet.

Erin Krakow defended her character and the present 

Many Hearties on social media had been fast to defend the present. Krakow additionally stepped in to defend her character. 

“I appreciate your concern for Elizabeth and our younger viewers, but nothing untoward occurred. And I think calling us shameful is perhaps a bit unkind,” she tweeted. 

“She’s a grown woman with a child,” Krakow wrote in one other tweet. “She’ll be sleeping in a separate room.” The actress then assured fans that Elizabeth would “make good choices,” utilizing a GIF of Jamie Lee Curtis from Freaky Friday to get her level throughout. 

The present’s producer additionally defended the Lucas-Elizabeth storyline 

Elizabeth and LucasElizabeth and Lucas
Chris McNally in When Calls the Heart | ©2020 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Ricardo Hubbs

When Calls the Heart govt producer Brian Bird additionally stepped as much as defend the Lucas-Elizabeth storyline. He identified that criticisms about whether or not an single couple would have gone on such a visit didn’t have a lot benefit as a result of the present shouldn’t be “a historical documentary.”

“We are making an entertainment series and jotting historical i’s and crossing t’s are now necessary,” he tweeted.

In another tweet, he wrote that When Calls the Heart was sticking to family-friendly storytelling.

“Not sure you were watching the same episode as everybody else,” Bird tweeted. “Nothing but very appropriate and family-friendly relationship story-telling in this episode. Everything always on the up and up in #HopeValley.” 

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