2020 was an interesting year for everyone. And shows like ‘Blue Bloods’ had to figure out how to tackle the events of the year through their storyline.
Some shows dove right in and had all of their characters wear masks during the season to portray the pandemic. However, other shows like “Last Man Standing” decided to fast-forwarded a few years for a post-pandemic storyline. “Blue Bloods” decided to go with a similar route. However, instead of jumping several years ahead, they fast-forwarded one year. The last season of “Blue Bloods” took place one year after the pandemic.
However, the decision to do so has confused some viewers. “Blue Bloods” fans debated the topic in a recent Reddit thread.
“They’ve mentioned like 20 times this season how brutal ‘the last year’ has been on everyone. What the hell are they talking about? Are they trying to imply COVID has been around without ever actually talking about a pandemic?” asked one fan. “The only reference I remember was when Danny went to see his neighbor in the hospital, he had a mask on for like 20 seconds.”
Another fan confirmed that the pandemic is what the cast is referring to on the show. They added that the characters are also talking about the riots that took place across the country.
“That and the Rioting over the past year,” said the fan.
Another fan referred to something they read about “Blue Bloods” previously.
“I remember reading that they were shooting the story in a post-pandemic world,” said the fan.
One more fan talked about one scene from the past season that hinted at the pandemic.
“They also had a storyline about a woman whose father (i think?) was buried in one of the mass graves,” they wrote. “It’s set post-covid.”
Yes, maybe the time jump confused some fans. But we’re happy the show decided to skip the pandemic as a central storyline. We lived 2020 for ourselves. And we watch our favorite shows like “Blue Bloods” to escape. So, we don’t want to have to watch what we’re experiencing in real life, on TV. In conclusion, thank you “Blue Bloods’ writers for skipping ahead one year to a time that’s (a little) calmer.
‘Blue Bloods’ Eecutive Producer Explained Why He Chose Post-Pandemic Storylines
Obviously, ‘Blue Bloods’ fans were eager to hear how the show was tackling season 11 amidst all the chaos of 2020. So, during an interview in 2020, ‘Blue Bloods’ Executive Producer, Kevin Wade, explained how he and the crew approached the season and why.
“Listen, it was a conscious decision and not an easy one,” said Wade. “On the other hand, on a purely practical level, I don’t want to watch masked actors, particularly.”
We totally agree!
“Now, I’ve seen other shows that are doing it and it feels, on the one hand, true and on another hand, anachronistic,” continued Wade. “The decision we’ve made was not to play the show that way.”