Chris McNally and Erin Krakow from Hallmark Channel's When Calls the Heart.

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Chris McNally on the Sarah Scoop Show: "I'd like to see Lucas go broke"

The dust has finally (mostly) settled following the surprise Season 8 finale of When Calls the Heart. Team Nathan fans are kind of (not even a little) over the fact that Elizabeth chose Lucas instead of Nathan.

Chris McNally, who plays Lucas Bouchard, has some ideas for his character going forward.

“I want to see him to go broke,” he said during a YouTube interview on the Sarah Scoop Show. “I just think it would be a lot of fun to see him completely crash and fall from the top to the bottom…and have to climb his way out of that.”

McNally has been gracious with fans upset that Lucas won Elizabeth’s hand. When some posted to social media that they would never watch the show again, McNally thanked them.

In a post on Twitter, he wrote, “#Hearties thanks for being so invested in WCTH! Love your passion. For those voicing they won’t be back, we’ll miss you, but I’m looking forward to shooting it for those who will. [Hope Valley] has more stories to tell.”

Actor Chris McNally on Twitter.
(Image: Twitter/@Chris McNally

Some fans have directed their anger not at McNally, but at the show’s writers.

“It was like they wanted us to believe one thing, and then they did another,” a fan wrote on Facebook.

Some maintained the problem wasn’t even the love triangle. Some fans feel like the show has changed.

“I think the problem for a lot of people is it wasn’t just about Team Nathan or Team Lucas,” one fan wrote on Facebook. “Throughout season 8, I felt like Elizabeth’s character became unrecognizable.”

It got so bad that series co-creator Brian Bird got on Twitter and defended the decision of writers and producers in choosing Lucas. When a fan accused him of not listening to the wishes of viewers, he responded:

“Of course we listen #Hearties’ opinions, but we also make decisions based on what it takes to keep #HopeValley on your TV screens. And we believe what’s best for Hearties and the culture at large is as many seasons as possible.”

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