In the past 14 years, Heartland has captured the hearts of horse lovers around the globe. It has also become the longest-running one-hour scripted drama ever to air on Canadian television.
Once Season 14 has concluded on March 21, 2021, fans started to wonder whether the show will return for yet another season. True, the tragic turn of events in the last season have taken the show in a brand new direction. However, there is still much left to explore in the Heartland universe.
Luckily, the wait is finally over!! In this article, we bring you the latest developments regarding the new season, including release date, cast, and what it might be all about.
*Spoiler warning for Season 14*
Here’s all we know so far about Heartland Season 15!
Will There be a Heartland Season 15?
CBC confirmed there will be a Season 15 of Heartland, with the first episode scheduled to air on Sunday, October 17th, 2021. The show’s lead actress Amber Marshall made the announcement herself on Heartland’s official YouTube Channel.
Here is Amber Marshall officially announcing Season 15 on CBC:
So there you have it, Heartland will grace our screens with brand new episodes this year!! I think we all needed something good to come out of this year and the show’s renewal is just amazing news.
Apparently, the Heartland cast & crew have known about the new season for quite a while now, and were all having a hard time keeping it on the down low. Check out these hints and whispers that have leaked prior to the announcement of Season 15!
But let’s be honest, Season 15 was bound to happen. Heartland’s popularity has grown exponentially in the past few years, thanks to platforms like Netflix. It would’ve been a shocking blow to fans around the world if CBC canceled the series.
We will keep this article updated with the latest news on Heartland Season 15, so be sure to check back often!
When Will Heartland Season 15 Start Filming?
According to ACTRA Alberta’s list, Heartland Season 15 started filming on Monday the 7th of June. Production is currently underway and is set to conclude on the 21st of September, 2021.
Here’s Michelle’s message to fans in which she announced she will be travelling to Alberta to set up for production:
For a behind-the-scenes peek into Season 15 production, check out this photo posted by Heartland‘s editor Ken Filewych on his Instagram:
Some fans expect Season 15 to be Heartland‘s final season. Others, unable to deal with the saddening events of the last season, consider Season 13 as the show’s endpoint. One thing’s for sure: No matter what happens, Heartland will always remain true to its core values which are authenticity, honesty, and love.
How Many Episodes Will Heartland Season 15 Have?
Heartland Season 15 will have 10 60-minute long episodes. This follows the trend of the previous two seasons that also have 10 episodes each.
While these seasons are a lot shorter than earlier ones of 18 episodes each, there will still be 10 hours of Heartland-goodness to look forward to! And from what has been said, there will be wonderful new storylines and plenty of precious moments for fans to enjoy.
So how long does it take to film a Heartland episode? According to the show’s official blog, two episodes are filmed during a 15-day “block”. This means that one episode would be produced in just over a week, which is incredible!
Heartland Season 15 Plot
Since the Season 14 finale has left many questions unanswered, there is a lot to cover in the new season. Ty’s untimely death has hung over the past season like a dark shadow, challenging characters to deal with his loss and eventually move on. Season 15 will have to reveal how Amy will raise Lyndy without her late husband and how each family member will find a new meaning to their lives.
Which is exactly what CBC’s media center website says fans can expect to see! The official synopsis for Heartland Season 15 reads:
“The Bartlett-Fleming family has learned a hard lesson: life is short and you have to live each day to the fullest. In season 15 of HEARTLAND, they will put what they learned into practice. Last season, Amy said goodbye to the past. This season, she embraces the future – raising her daughter, working with the horses who continue to heal her, branching out into a new phase of her life and profession. She is moving forward and feels determined to leave a legacy. In fact, Jack, Lisa, Lou, and Tim have all decided that now is not the time to pull back, but to ramp up, to create new dreams and fulfill old ones. And, as they always do, the family will pull together to help each other… and will ultimately end up stronger than ever.”
Towards the end of Heartland Season 14, we already begin to see new storylines take shape. Upon reevaluating her relationship with Mitch, Lou discovers she still has feelings for her ex-husband Peter, who feels the same way. She will also continue her quest to improve the town of Hudson as mayor, and will likely take on exciting new projects in Season 15.
What’s more, there’s a lot going on around Lou and Peter’s adopted daughter, Georgie. Her relationship with her show jumping coach Quinn could reach new heights in Season 15. There is also the prospect of Georgie competing in the Olympics as a showjumper that will likely receive a lot of attention in the new season.
Other things to look forward to in Heartland Season 15 include Tim’s brand new relationship with Lou’s old rival Jessica Cook. It will also be interesting to see how Cooper’s horse therapy center develops and whether Amy will be involved in its future.
The Cattle Drive
According to the Heartland cast, there’s a big cattle drive coming up next season! Cattle drives are known for bringing people together on Heartland, and I’m sure this one will be no less special.
Take a look at this behind-the-scenes photo from Michelle Morgan (Lou Fleming):
Heartland Season 15 Cast
With one major change, most regular cast members are expected to return in Heartland Season 15. So far, the following main actors have been confirmed to appear in season 15: lead actress Amber Marshall as Amy Fleming, Ruby and Emmanuella Spencer as Amy’s daughter Lyndy Marion Borden, Michelle Morgan as “Lou” Fleming Morris, Shaun Johnston as Grandpa Jack, Jessica Steen as Lisa Stillman, Kerry James as Caleb Odell, Madison Cheeatow as Jade Verani, Aidan Moreno as Rick Adderly and Ava Tran as Parker.
You can also expect to see Chris Potter as Tim Fleming, Alisha Newton as Georgie Fleming Morris, Gabriel Hogan as Peter Morris, and Adrian Spencer as Cooper Hues, as well as some new faces. What’s more, the Heartland Blog has recently confirmed that two past characters will rejoin the cast this season. These are Kate Drummond as Val’s friend Paula Westfield and Jemmy Steele as Emma Fitzroy, the donor of Cooper’s horse therapy center.
Unfortunately, Graham Wardle portraying Ty Borden in Heartland is unlikely to return for another season. His character sadly passed away early in Season 14 due to developing deep vein thrombosis as a result of his gunshot wound.
There’re also rumors that Chris Potter (Tim Fleming) might be considering leaving the show, although he gave no indication of this in a recent interview with RaveItUp TV. In the interview, the actor repeatedly appreciated his role on Heartland and the consistent work that comes with it. However, he did mention that at times it was logistically challenging to align his family life with his career since he lives a 5-hour flight away from where production takes place
When Will Season 14 of Heartland be on Netflix?
As of June 22, 2021, Season 14 of Heartland is available on Netflix in the following countries: South Africa, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Australia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. A release date hasn’t been announced for the United States yet, but many expect the new season to drop sometime in 2022.
In the United States, Netflix used to release a new season of Heartland every summer, up until August 2019. Following the release of Season 11, there was a delay of a year and a half before both seasons 12 and 13 dropped in February, 2021. Because of an exclusive distribution arrangement with UPTV that ends in March 2022, most sources do not expect to see Heartland Season 14 on Netflix before this date.
However, fans from other parts of the world might be able to binge the new season much sooner. More countries will likely be added to Netflix’s existing list for Heartland Season 14 and we will keep this section updated accordingly.