Abigail Baker (Abigail Hawk) has been a vital part of the Blue Bloods ensemble. She was introduced as part of the core cast in season 1 and has been front and center in some of the show’s most iconic storylines. There has, however, been some concern that the character will be leaving in season 14.
According to Starte Facts, a press release for the upcoming season left Hawk off of the list of returning cast members.
This led to some concern on the part of fans, as the other name left off the press release, Tony Terraciano, has already left the show full-time to attend college. It seemed like we were being told the character of Baker was going to be written off unceremoniously, but is this actually true?
Is Abigail Baker returning to Blue Bloods?
While there’s definitely some cause for concern, given the press release, it’s important to remember that Baker is one of the show’s secondary characters. She does not play as big a part in Blue Bloods as any of the members of the Reagan family, or even a police officer like Maria Baez (Marisa Ramirez). She may not be featured in all of the season 14 episodes, as is most likely the case with the main cast members, but that doesn’t mean she won’t appear at all.
The good news is that Hawk has said nothing about being written off the show. Generally, actors will acknowledge rumors of them leaving a show, and confirm it if it turns out to be true. She has done nothing of the short and has actually been very complementary of Blue Bloods and the impact it’s had on her career.
Hawk gushed about the various things she’d learned from the show during an interview with Hamptons. “I feel as if I’ve almost grown into myself as a woman in this decade that I’ve been working,” she explained. “Really, everything that I’ve learned as a professional actor has happened on my time on the show. It’s a personal triumph for me, but it’s also a professional and creative triumph. It’s incredibly rare for a network show to make it to 100 episodes, let alone 200.”
Another tell-tale sign that someone is gearing up to leave a big show is if they book another role in a film or television drama during the times in which they would otherwise be filming said show. Hawk has booked no such roles.
Her last film appearances was Assault on va-33 (2021), and her last non-Blue Bloods television appearances was a 2018 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which means she will be on hand to lend dramatic heft to the upcoming (albeit) shortened season.
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