Blue Bloods season 13: Nicky Reagan's return confirmed as boss teases family reunion


Although she left for San Fransisco, fans could be in for a surprise when Blue Bloods returns with Nicky Reagan (played by Sami Gayle) in tow. Showrunner Kevin Wade hinted the character could return for dinner, as season 13 continues. 

Blue Bloods followed the lives of the Reagan family through patriarch Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck). 

As well as focusing on his career as the New York City Police Commissioner, the drama also told the story of his adult children who also worked in law enforcement. 

His daughter Erin Reagan (Bridget Moynahan) is an assistant district attorney with hopes of eventually becoming district attorney. 

His eldest son Danny Reagan (Donny Wahlberg) is a detective at the NYPD, while Frank’s youngest child James Reagan (Will Estes) also works for the NYPD as a sergeant.

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Although they specialised in different areas of the law, the family would come together to discuss work and their personal lives during Sunday dinner hosted by Frank. 

Blue Bloods also introduced a younger generation with the introduction of Erin’s daughter Nicky Reagan-Boyle. 

With his late wife Linda (Amy Carlson), Danny had two sons, Jack Reagan (Tony Terraciano) and Sean Reagan (Andrew Terraciano). 

Frank’s dead son Joseph had a son, Joseph Hill (Will Hochman), with his former girlfriend Paula Hill (Bonnie Somerville). 

He explained: “Sometimes characters age out, in the sense that Nicky went off to college and then moved to San Francisco, and I realised, ‘We don’t have the real estate to tell Nicky stories.’ 

“But once it had become long enough, it was almost like, ‘Well, we should bring her back at least for a family dinner, at least to meet Joe Hill.’ 

“We actually were going to do that last season, and I don’t think her schedule matched up with ours,” Kevin added to TV Line. 

Joe came as a surprise to the family after they uncovered a huge secret in the season 10 finale, which revealed the late Joseph had a son. 

Since the discovery, he has often made appearances around the dinner table and was proven to be a true member of the family as he worked in the police force before a DNA match had even been made. 

It was revealed Joseph never even knew he had a child as Paula had dropped out of the Police Academy before her pregnancy became visible. 

While some fans would be thrilled to see Nicky return and meet her new cousin, it was revealed she wasn’t a huge favourite among other fans. 

On Reddit, some viewers ranked Nicky the worst Blue Bloods as they believed her storyline was a distraction to the show’s original crime and procedural plot. 

Blue Bloods season 13 continues Fridays on CBS in the USA. A UK release date is yet to be announced.

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