‘Blue Bloods’: Will Joe Reagan’s Long Lost Son, Joe Hill, Embrace the Family in Season 12?

by Anna Dunn

The season 11 finale of Blue Bloods found Joe Reagan’s long-lost son, Joe Hill, in danger after an undercover mission went awry. The Reagan family scrambles to rescue him. But will Joe Hill embrace the fact that he’s a Reagan in season 12 of the hit series?

Joe Hill struggled with the idea that he was technically a Reagan, and despite the rescue mission and the potential new start he has with the family, it doesn’t look like that’ll change overnight. After the finale, executive producer Kevin Wade talked to TV Line about the future role Hill will play in the upcoming series and whether or not he’ll embrace being a Reagan.

“He recognizes [being a Reagan] for what it is and for the value of it but also wants to be his own person, which seemed to me to be a very useful wrinkle to use however we’re going to grow this character and however often we get to do that,” Wade said.

But Hill will also have time to explore his career next season. A lot of his storyline has been related to his struggle with family, but he’s also a cop. There’s even a possibility for Rachel Webber to return if Hill continues to work with the ATF.

Joe Hill Won’t Be a Part of ‘Blue Bloods’ Full Time

Joe Hill was introduced to the Reagans at the end of season 10. It shocked Frank and the rest of the family that Joe Reagan had a long-lost son. But he’s only been a small presence on Blue Bloods, making appearances on the show every now and then. But after season 11, fans are wondering if they’ll see more of Joe Hill going forward.

“We’d like to be able to weave him in and out of stories,” he told the publication. “He obviously has a great chemistry and connection to our cast, and my anecdotal evidence is that the audience really liked what he brought to the show. He has a fresh relationship with the characters that they’ve been with for 11 years.”

But that doesn’t necessarily mean Hill, played by actor Will Hochman, will have a full-time role next year. It just looks like they’re stepping up his appearances because there’s a lot that the character can bring to the table.

Joe Hill is just one of the many lovable side characters that fans hope to see this upcoming season. But the good news is that all the full-time cast members from last season appear to be making a return. That means Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, and Vanessa Ray will all return.

If you want to catch season 12 of Blue Bloods, you can tune in to CBS on Friday, October 1, at 10/9 C.