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Heartland‘s popularity has rocketed over the past few seasons, with millions of fans worldwide demanding more content.
It is impressive how far Heartland has come since the release of its first season in 2007. A few years ago, the show became the longest-running one-hour drama on Canadian television, and chances are it’s not about to lose that title.
With the sixteenth season complete, it is time to start thinking about Heartland Season 17. So, will there be a Heartland Season 17? Let’s find out!
Heartland Season 17 Release Date Speculation
Heartland has officially been renewed for Season 17. Filming for the new season started on the 8th of May, 2023, so we can expect season 17 to premiere sometime in the fall of 2023.
The announcement of Heartland’s renewal for season 17 was announced on the official Heartland on CBC Facebook page.
Also, the post included an official synopsis for the new season which reads:
“Amy and the rest of the Heartland family know better than most that while dreams can sometimes come true, more often life takes us in unexpected directions. Season 17 of Heartland is all about embracing the unexpected. It’s all about new experiences and taking the path less traveled. In Season 17 the Bartlett-Fleming family will find themselves excited for the future and ready to embrace new adventures, challenges, and relationships. But no matter how things may change, Amy, Lou, Jack, and Tim will continue to fight for what they believe in while staying rooted in the land that has been in the Bartlett-Fleming family for generations.”
The Facebook post also included some comments from the main actors on their thoughts about the new season.
Amber Marshall said, “It is hard to believe I have been part of 250 Heartland episodes. When I look back and do the math, I’ve spent over 1700 days on set which is roughly 24,000 hours. I really can’t imagine a better group of people to create something so special. We are all so proud of this show”
Michelle Morgan said, “Heartland entering the 17th season in an industry where a series is lucky to get a second or third season is hard to wrap your head around. I attribute the longevity of Heartland to a perfect alchemy of all the most important elements in television. We have a good story engine and great chemistry between the different actors on the set. We have a stunning and unique setting, a little piece of southern Alberta known as the foothills. We have many knowledgeable local cowboys and cowgirls to guide the show and keep it authentically grounded in the western world. But the most important element is that it is a multi-generational show that anyone in the family can watch and enjoy.”
Shaun Johnston said, “250 episodes of Heartland! That sure is a beautiful thing. Working on Heartland has been the greatest gift in a professional lifetime for me. And having been in the Heartland family since the very first day of production all those many years back makes proud to say that I am honored, humbled, and privileged to be Jack Bartlett. Thank you CBC. And thank you, fans of Heartland”.
Chris Potter said, “In 2007, Heartland presented an opportunity of great promise. Over the course of its seasons, the promise realized, Heartland has become a dream. A way of life for many of us involved in its ongoing creation. As we celebrate our 250th episode milestone it is with admiration for, and congratulations to, every person involved in making the show throughout the seasons. For me the dream goes on until I ride my horse into the Heartland sunset. What a ride it’s been so far!”
How Many Episodes Will Heartland Season 17 Have?
We can expect Heartland Season 17 to have between 10-15 hour-long episodes.
The show’s parent channel CBC seems to be receptive to fans’ pleas for more content, having recently extended the latest season with five more episodes.
When it comes to future seasons of Heartland, the stats give us plenty of reason for optimism. For once, the show has a high rating of 8.5/10 on IMDb based on 17k votes, but there are other promising signs for the future.
These stats are not at all surprising given the fact that the whole family can enjoy Heartland without the parents having to worry about vulgar language, nudity, or violence.
What’s more, Heartland was also the fifth most-streamed series on its mean streaming platform outside Canada, Up Faith & Family.
Angela Cannon, vice president, and channel manager at the service, said the show is an honored member of its streaming library.
“The fandom around Heartland is remarkable,” she said. “Fans know that UP Faith & Family is truly the U.S. home for all things Heartland, and it is an honor and privilege to bring Heartland viewers the newest seasons of this fan-favorite series months before anyone else.“
Also read: Where to Watch Heartland Season 16
Heartland Season 17 Plot Speculation
With Georgie moving to Brussels and a new horse at the ranch that has Lyndy’s heart, there is plenty in store for season 17. Whatever the new season will bring, one thing is certain: the beloved family drama will not disappoint.
One likely storyline is Lyndy playing an increasingly central role in the series as Amy’s horse training assistant. We will hopefully get to see more of Lyndy and the newest horse at the ranch, Xavier aka Theo.
The family’s youngest member already demonstrated her talent for working with horses in the latest season, both scaring and making her mother proud.
We’ll also be seeing Lyndy’s character unfold as she starts primary school and goes on new adventures with friends.
As Season 16 revealed, Amy is now open to a romantic relationship, and it is only a matter of time before she finds a new love. This might be an existing character like Sam, where Caleb already tried his matchmaking charm, or someone completely new.
We might also see Tim and Jessica step onto the next stage of their marriage and find their own place, to the great relief of Jack.
Who knows, Lou and Peter might get remarried and there could be romance developing between Katie and Logan. We’ll just have to wait and see!
Heartland Season 17 Cast Speculation
As far as we know, there are unlikely to be major changes to the cast in Heartland Season 17. Most of our favorite actors will be carrying on the stories of the show, including:
- Amber Marshall as Amy Fleming
- Ruby and Emanuella Spencer as Lyndy Fleming
- Michelle Morgan as Lou Fleming Morris
- Gabriel Hogan as Peter Morris
- Shaun Johnston as Jack Bartlett
- Jessica Steen as Lisa Stillman
- Chris Potter as Tim Fleming
- Alisha Newton as Georgie
- Jordan Burtchett as Quinn
- Michelle Nolden as Jessica Cook
- Kerry James as Caleb Odell
- Baye McPherson as Katie Fleming-Morris
- Ava Tran as Parker Yang
Drew Davies playing Logan and Shawn Roberts playing Sam Langston are also likely to return in the new season. The two actors were getting considerably more screen time in Season 16, indicating they might have a more central role to play in the show.
While Jessica Amlee (Mallory) and Jake Church (Jake) surprised fans with their return this season, we don’t yet know if they’re here to stay.
Unfortunately, Robert Cormier (Finn) won’t be returning to the show as the actor recently passed away due to injuries sustained in a fall.
The Heartland cast and crew expressed their deepest condolences to the actor’s family and friends and dedicated Season 16 to his memory.
Georgie’s Return to Heartland
Georgie made her return to Heartland in season 16 episode 14. In the episode, Georgie returns to the ranch with Phoenix and reveals she is quitting show jumping and is figuring out what is next for herself.
Georgie later revealed to Amy that she didn’t want to return to show jumping as she kept reliving the accident in her head. Amy convinces Georgie to get back in the saddle and try jumping again, which Georgie reluctantly agrees to.
After jumping Shadow, Amy realizes Georgie’s problem is that she is too concerned about being perfect, taking the fun away from the sport. While Amy gets Georgie to open up more and reveals she still loves jumping, she is not ready to return to competing.
In the season finale, Georgie receives an offer from Eleanor Hinchcliff, a world-class trainer who specializes in getting riders to return to jumping after accidents. However, the catch is she is located in Brussels.
After heavy consideration, she decides to take up the offer. With Georgie headed to Brussels, we may not see much of her in season 17.
Until recently, many feared Newton has left the show for good as Georgie was entirely absent from Season 16. However, as it turns out, she has just been taking a temporary break from Heartland due to other commitments.
This includes filming the Netflix original series Devil in Ohio, the first season of which premiered on September 2, 2022. Moreover, we know the actress has been traveling a lot over the past year from her Instagram account, where she’s been posting pictures from France and Spain.
Also, take our fun Heartland quiz!
What is In Store for Georgie and Quinn in Heartland?
In the Season 16 finale of Heartland, Georgie is faced with a tough decision about whether to accept an offer to ride in Brussels. While she debates about accepting the offer, Quinn doesn’t want it to tear apart their relationship so he proposes.
After the proposal, Georgie is left speechless. Before she can say anything Lou interrupts saying that Amy wants the whole family to gather in the jumping ring.
Once the festivities are over, Quinn confronts Georgie about not answering the question. While she expresses her love for Quinn, she thinks they are too young to marry and says they don’t need a ring to confirm their love.
Quinn agrees with Georgie and tells Georgie she should go to Brussels. She decides it’s the right thing for herself. Georgie invites Quinn to come along but he says this is something she should do on her own.
Georgie’s decision could prove how strong her relationship with Quinn is, as they will have a long-distance relationship. On the other hand, being thousands of miles apart could prove to be more challenging than expected, putting a strain on their relationship.
For Georgie, we can hope that she will gain confidence moving to Brussels to train. The decision may reignite her spark for show jumping and be the boost she needs to get back at her goal for the Olympics.
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Saturday 15th of April 2023
I wish Amy and Caleb could get together somehow since Ty is gone. They would be great and with Carson and Lyndy the family would be complete
Monday 8th of May 2023
@Michael Bowen, no they are better as friends, I’m a fan of Amy and Sam.
Thursday 13th of April 2023
I would like to see Amy with a completely new character. Someone with a chain with “rings” around his neck. The Heartland machine is working hard as we speak. I’m looking forward to seeing a new season.
Sunday 2nd of April 2023
Heartland is a truly total family show. It has drama, suspense, romance, comedy and more. Heartland does not have parents having to worry about vulgar language, nudity, or violence, as already mentioned. I have every season 1 - 16 and the Christmas special on DVD. I have watched and re-watched each season while waiting for the next season to begin. I even bought NordVPN so I can watch each new season of Heartland from Nebraska in the USA, before it gets released on DVD.
Thursday 23rd of March 2023
I’m excited that there will be another season! My daughter and I enjoy our time together watching the series!
Thursday 23rd of March 2023
I hope Heartland goes on many more years. Yes it is true the show changed when Ty passed away, but after all real life changes too when people we love pass away. Thankfully Graham Wardell is very much alive and enjoying his life while pursuing other phases of this life. Amy can find new love as I’m sure Ty would want her to do. After all he always wanted her to be happy and enjoy her life. He never wanted to hold her back. A new love for Amy will be different because people are different. But happiness has to be found for those left behind after the death of any loved one.