‘WCTH’s Erin Krakow & Co-Stars on How Elizabeth Moves Forward With Nathan After Lucas Split (Exclusive)

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When Calls the Coronary heart has seen fairly a couple of suitors calling on Elizabeth Thornton’s coronary heart through the years, however season 11 will see an entire new long-awaited romance develop.

For Elizabeth (Erin Krakow), it appears like destiny has lastly tipped the scales to carry her the love she’s been searching for in Nathan Grant (Kevin McGarry) — even when it meant ending issues with Lucas Bouchard (Chris McNally) in a dramatic season 10 finale.

Just lately, ET’s Deidre Behar traveled to Vancouver, Canada, to talk with the celebrities on the set of the hit interval drama, they usually opened up about the way forward for Elizabeth and Nathan within the wake of her unexpectedly ending her engagement to Lucas.

“I’ve at all times appreciated Nathan and Elizabeth as a pair,” shared McGarry, who stars as Nathan, a Canadian Mountie with emotions for the beloved Hope Valley college instructor. “I believe Nathan was created for Elizabeth.”

Nathan got here to Hope Valley after the dying of Elizabeth’s husband, fellow Mountie Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing). Nathan developed emotions for Elizabeth, which he expressed in season 8 — though the sentiments have been, on the time, unrequited. Nathan then largely remained untethered romantically, as an alternative specializing in being a father determine to his younger niece, Allie (Jaeda Lily Miller), whom he later adopted.

“I actually really feel like [Nathan] not discovering a spot, him not discovering a companion, was deliberate. He was meant to form of simply marvel, whereas she was form of transferring ahead with Lucas,” McGarry stated. “I believe it was at all times meant to be this and that they have been meant to be endgame. And I actually like the way it’s been achieved.”

Whereas Nathan has been serving as a single father to his daughter, Elizabeth has additionally been a single mom to her son, Jack Jr. (Hyland Goodrich), whom she welcomed after studying of her husband’s tragic dying.

“I believe that has at all times been form of the factor that pulls them collectively, is that they are on the journey with youngsters by themselves,” McGarry shared. “And so they’ve at all times leaned on one another to assist out. We see now, in season 11, them form of coming collectively and serving to one another increase these youngsters.”

That being stated, Elizabeth and Nathan aren’t going to be speeding into labeling issues straight away.

“Nothing is official. I believe that might really feel means too quickly,” Krakow shared of the burgeoning romance. “We do wish to be respectful of the truth that Elizabeth and Lucas had a really actual and loving relationship. It simply wasn’t, because it seems, meant to be Elizabeth’s lifetime or Lucas’, so we’re being respectful of that.”

“They’re ready for his or her proper second,” Krakow teased. “And, after all, there are issues that come up alongside the best way to interrupt that. However yeah, it is a gradual burn. We’re taking our time… the primary time Elizabeth and Nathan see one another [after the split], you do really feel that sparks are flying. However though these sparks are flying, they nonetheless are taking their time.”

“Nathan confessed his love in season 8. However Elizabeth does not know for certain that he nonetheless has emotions for her,” she added, “and I believe Nathan does not wish to assume that simply because Elizabeth and Lucas broke up, she has emotions for him. So, it is form of a dance.”

As regards to Elizabeth’s relationship with Lucas, Krakow stated that the cut up exhibits how a lot Elizabeth has come to find out about herself.

“As we have realized extra about Elizabeth’s coronary heart, as she has realized extra about it, we have come to the belief that her relationship with Lucas — although stunning and loving and respectful — it was Elizabeth selecting secure love over nice love as a result of she simply could not carry herself to threat shedding an individual that she felt like she may have that nice love with,” stated Krakow, who additionally serves as an govt producer on the long-running romantic drama. “I believe she was actually in denial about it for a very long time, and so lastly, she’s reached some extent the place she will be actually sincere with how she’s feeling.”

“And that is an actual scary, thrilling, genuine kinda love,” she added. “So I am thrilled about it.”

As for Lucas’ tackle the budding new romance between his ex and the good-looking Mountie, Chris McNally tells ET, “He’s nonetheless heartbroken from that separation, however I believe Lucas has at all times maintained that he actually desires the very best for Elizabeth, and he actually desires her to be at her happiest.”

“So if that dynamic wasn’t one thing that might trigger her to be in her most comfortable state, then he does not wish to be part of it,” McNally added. “He nonetheless desires her in his life. He stated that, at one level, that he’d relatively have her friendship than not have her round in any respect.”

Due to this, McNally stated he does not see it in Lucas’ future that he’ll attempt to win Elizabeth again or drive a wedge between her and Nathan.

“I believe that Lucas has kind of reached the highest of a mountain in his combat, and he sees, at this level, that irrespective of how arduous he fights, you possibly can’t change one thing that has one thing to do with the opposite particular person,” McNally shared. “So he takes a step again at this level and I believe is internally fighting being heartbroken, however on the identical time, has a lot empathy and compassion for Elizabeth.”

Whereas many Hearties are trying ahead to seeing how Nathan and Elizabeth develop their relationship, some have been upset to see her romance with Lucas come to an finish.

McGarry and Krakow, nonetheless, need followers to know that they perceive that disappointment, however assume that followers will like what’s in retailer.

“Each character is inherently good on the present and simply because any individual will not be with any individual else, it doesn’t suggest that they are not an vital character on the present,” McGarry stated. “Lucas is a really large a part of Hope Valley and I do not assume we might have a present with out him… [There are] a number of heartbeats on this present, ? So, I am sorry if anyone is harm, however I actually assume the present is transferring to a very stunning place and I hope you stick round and watch it.”

“Although we’re very a lot an ensemble present, I’d encourage [fans] to consider how arduous it should have been for Elizabeth to essentially hearken to her coronary heart and focus in on Elizabeth’s journey to discovering her nice love,” Krakow shared, echoing McGarry’s sentimen
ts. “And actually, I believe we must be comfortable that she has been capable of be that truthful with herself.”

When Calls the Coronary heart season 11 kicks off April 7 on Hallmark Channel.

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