Blue Bloods season 8 episode 2: How Donnie Wahlberg, cast move forward

Donnie Wahlberg's DannyFollowing tonight’s premiere, what is coming up next on Blue Bloods season 8 episode 2? It’s not all that easy to move forward, we know that much.

The premiere episode tonight contained one of the biggest shockers in the entire history of the show, as we bore witness to the departure of one Linda Reagan, played by Amy Carlson. The exit was stunning in that it effectively had nothing to do with either the finale with the fire or the premiere — it was a death that happened over the summer.

Moving forward on the show, what’s going to happen next? CBS released a promo for Blue Bloods season 8 episode 2 after the episode wrapped, and it was very much traditional for the show — there is a corrupt politician, and you’re going to see over the course of the hour the NYPD try to take this person down. It’s not the first time we’ve seen a story like this on the show, nor will it be the last. Still, given the relationship between politics and police at the moment in society, it is clear that there is a lot of material that the producers could mine from this if they so choose.

Ultimately, this is the show trying to move on. We understand why they would want to do this (after all, this is a procedural and things need to stay fairly separate for the sake of syndication). Yet, at the same time we also realize that this is a show that can’t just ignore some of what’s happening here. They have to address it in several episodes in order for it to matter. Otherwise, they just run the risk of making it irrelevant, and that’s not something that anyone should want for this character. She was the heart of Danny’s family and he loved her dearly; he still needs to mourn her, even if her death happened months ago.

Here’s one interesting note that we’ll put in here as a TV journalist: There was no synopsis released for next week’s new episode. At the time we saw it we admittedly didn’t make anything of that, but that’s since changed. Clearly CBS was trying to protect what happened tonight as best they could — there was no mention of her exit anywhere. We were finding out about it tonight at the same exact time as all of you out there.

Over the coming days we’ll have a little more in the way of information about this episode, and some other topics, including whether or not Jamie and Eddie could get together and what’s coming up for some of the supporting characters on the show. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a little more information on that as soon as possible.

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