Estes explained to PopCulture last year that there’s a worrying television precedent: once a show’s writers resolve the will-they-won’t-they tension once and for all, the spark sometimes disappears from the show.
“You know, one of my biggest fears, when I first heard about the characters… getting married, I was afraid of it,” Estes said. “I was against it, you know? Because to me, it was kind of like, you know, Mulder and Scully from ‘X-Files.’ It’s like, once they’re together, what’s the story? You know, once that tension is gone… These characters had a huge affinity for each other, and love and respect for each other. But I was worried about that story being over once they were married.”
“But I don’t think it has been,” the “Blue Bloods” star added. “I think in a way they were working together before, now they’re still working together in some capacity. They can’t be partners… But I think the story has continued on and continued to progress. And we find them, you know, in this new place of being together, and yet they’ve been together in a way all along.”
Watch Estes talk about Jamie and Eddie getting married (at 2:58) here:
‘Blue Bloods’ Showrunner Is Also Wary of Romance Between Partners
In Eddie and Jamie’s case, the romance was there long before the talk of marriage. But in the case of Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg) and Maria Baez (Marisa Ramirez), the romance has yet to develop. And interestingly, showrunner Kevin Wade also cited a past television precedent for not letting those two characters get together.
In a May interview with TV Insider, Wade said that while he recognizes the potential for romance between Danny and Baez, they don’t want to go there.
“I’m gonna use Sam and Diane from ‘Cheers’ and really age myself here, but once it happens, there’s nowhere to go,” Wade said. “There really aren’t stories in happy couples and there are definitely not stories in police detectives on the job having a personal relationship with their partner.”
So why did that not apply to Eddie and Jamie? In their case, maybe it’s just that the chemistry is that undeniable. Or maybe it’s the careful writing and superb acting. Either way, “Blue Bloods” fans can be grateful that the Eddie-Jamie saga continues even after the wedding, with no signs of slowing down in Season 12.