The biggest thing to note when it comes to Bracco’s Margaret Dutton, though, is this: Being the Mayor is not necessarily something that she sought out. She just found herself in this position after the departure of Mayor Poole. This, at least to us, means that she’s not planning to be in this spot forever. She’s the sort of person who we could actually see spending time with Frank, though, even after she gets out of office. While we’re not sure that we can label her a love interest, that possibility is also there. While she and Tom Selleck’s character frequently disagree on things, they also have a mutual respect and understanding. They at least realize that the two of them each want the city to be safe and are going to do everything that they can in order to make it happen.
One of the things that could complicate the potential of Dutton as a Frank love interest, though, is the return of Bebe Neuwirth as Kelly Peterson — she’s someone many viewers wanted to see Frank with years ago, but at the time in which Dutton was introduced Neuwirth was a regular on Madam Secretary. Times have now changed and with that, there’s a chance for her to come back as Kelly more often. Ultimately, she’s probably more of a potential love interest for Frank than Dutton just because there’s more history there.
In the end, though, it’s wrong to sit here and say that “possible love interest” is the only role that Dutton or Peterson have on the show — they’re both smart, formidable, and interesting characters who can be foils and confidants without romance being involved at all. We want Bracco back regardless of Dutton’s title or relationship with Frank, largely because she has a voice and perspective that is different from most of the characters on the show. The more we can get an array of perspectives into a show like Blue Bloods, the better this series is going to be at the end of the day.
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