‘Blue Bloods’: Are 2 Major Characters Returning to Family Dinner in Season Finale?

by Joe Rutland

Anyone who watches “Blue Bloods” knows how important the dinner table becomes for the Reagans to discuss or fuss about work and life.

The question fans are asking: Will two major characters find their way back to that table on Friday’s season finale? Well, let’s take a look at who might return.

Nicky Reagan, played by Sami Gayle, and Joe Hill, a family cousin, are hopefully going to be at the big table, according to an article from cartermatt.com. Joe Hill is the son of the late Joe Reagan, eldest son of NYPD Commissioner Frank Reagan, played by Tom Selleck. Actor Will Hochman plays Hill, who is expected to be on the finale.

‘Blue Bloods’ Regular Cast Member Reportedly In NYC Area For Finale

Now Nicky hasn’t appeared at all during the 11th season of CBS’s popular police drama. Reports say Gayle, who plays Nicky, was in the New York City area when “Blue Bloods” was filming the finale. There’s no confirmation if Nicky will show up. It would truly mark a meaningful episode if Nicky and Joe were able to meet together at the Reagans’ dinner table.

This season’s finale for “Blue Bloods” airs Friday night at 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central on CBS. It is a two-hour special.

Besides Selleck, cast regulars include Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, Len Cariou, and Andrew Terraciano. “Blue Bloods” will get ready for its 12th season as the show has been picked up by the network.

Wahlberg, Selleck Have Lots Of Respect For One Another On Set

Over the years, Wahlberg and Selleck have gotten to know one another. If you work as close as those two do on the crime drama, then you tend to either grow or stay apart.

Wahlberg has been surprised by Selleck’s closeness to the music star-turned-actor.

“I call him dad now, and he calls me son,” Wahlberg said. “I mean, that’s how we talk to each other off-camera. First, he used to kind of grumble at me, like … ‘This music guy’s kind of weird.’ And then now he calls me son. And he’ll come in and give me a big hug. You know, you get a hug out of Tom Selleck, that’s a big deal.”

Maybe their closeness grew after Wahlberg directed a 2014 “Blue Bloods” episode.

Wahlberg told PopCulture in 2020 that the experience was awesome, but directing a living legend like Selleck proved to be intimidating.

“I’m smart enough to know that you don’t really direct Tom,” Wahlberg said. “I just came at it from an actor’s point of view and gave Tom the comfort and space to do what he felt comfortable doing and then just sort of adding some little finishing touches from there.”