“Blue Bloods” has shared an abundance of sh0cking moments over its long TV run, from revealing secret family members to cases that ended in gruesome justice. The unexpected d3ath of Danny Reagan’s (Donnie Wahlberg) wife, Linda Reagan (Amy Carlson), in Season 8 remains at the top of the surprise mountain.
Linda’s tragic end was revealed in Season 8’s premiere episode, which focused on the rest of the Reagan family’s grief over her d3ath. Perhaps more surprising than Linda’s d3ath was the manner in which it occurred. Linda d1ed in an off-screen helicopter accident, we learn.
Amy Carlson’s unexpected departure from the series added emotional weight to one of her final scenes. Danny, Linda, and their children are forced to watch their house burn down in the Season 7 finale, “The Thin Blue Line,” due to a dangerous case involving a drug cartel. In retrospect, the family home catching fire is symbolic of the end of a “Blue Bloods” era with Carlson. However, that scene also provided Carlson with an unexpected reunion from one of her previous shows, “Third Watch.”
Firefighters from Third Watch appeared in Carlson’s final scene.
Despite the fact that “The Thin Blue Line” concludes with a typical Reagan family dinner with everyone present, the episode’s standout scene is unquestionably Danny and Linda Reagan’s home being destroyed in a massive fire. The only thing that illuminates the scene is the raging fire and the lights and sirens of numerous first responders. The Reagans can only stand by and watch as the surrounding firefighters do their best to put out the fire. That scene was the last one Amy Carlson shot for “Blue Bloods” before leaving the show, she told Deadline. Carlson also mentioned in the interview that the scene reunited her with real firefighters she worked with on “Third Watch.”
“So it was strange,” Carlson explained to Deadline. “It was raining, and these firefighters were there, and strangely enough, a lot of the firefighters were actual background actor firefighters, real firefighters whom I’d worked with on ‘Third Watch,’ so it was a bit of a reunion happening at the same time.”
For those who are unfamiliar, “Third Watch” was an NBC procedural drama that aired from 1999 to 2005 and centered on police officers, firefighters, and paramedics. Consider it similar to “One Chicago Universe,” but in one show and set in New York rather than Chicago. Carlson played firefighter and paramedic Alexandra “Alex” Taylor on “Third Watch,” which helps to explain how special that coincidental reunion must have been for her on “Blue Bloods.”
Carlson’s character was also k1lled off in Third Watch.
Amy Carlson played Alex Taylor on “Third Watch” from Season 2 to Season 4. And, like her character on “Blue Bloods,” Alex met with a sh0cking end. A car explosion splits her body in half in her final appearance of the series, while she is working as a paramedic in the field, and she later d1es. Fans may have been shaken by Alex’s brutal d3ath at the time. Behind the scenes, however, the show decided to k1ll off Alex because Carlson was ready to leave.
Carlson stated in a 2003 interview with TV Guide that her desire to try new projects, combined with the series’ shift to more cop-driven storylines, prompted her to leave. “… I’ve been itching to do other stuff,” Carlson explained in an interview. “I liked what they did with the firefighters, but it’s really turned into a cop show.” So I wanted to try new things, meet new people, and work more. It’s now a cop show, and I used to be a firefighter.”
Carlson went on to work on other notable projects following “Third Watch,” including “Law & Order: Trial By Jury.” However, “Blue Bloods” is arguably her most well-known role, following “Third Watch.” It’s also the second time she’s played a character in the medical field who d1es unexpectedly.
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