Heartland Season 16 Release Date, Cast, Plot, & Latest Updates
Image: CBC

Heartland Season 16: Will the longest-running Canadian drama return for another season? Here’s everything that you need to know.

  • Heartland is the longest-running show on Candian television, spanning 15 seasons and 234 episodes.
  • Season 15 of Heartland kicked off on CBC on Oct 17, 2021, and concluded airing on Dec 19, 2021.

Heartland is the longest-running drama on Canadian television. The show about a girl who has inherited her mother’s ability to heal harmed has been on the air for 15 years. The Canadian feel-good drama debuted on CBC way back in 2007. For 15 years, the show has been a refresher for millions of viewers across the globe. Heartland Season 15 concluded in Dec 2021 and since then the fans are wondering when will the next chapter air? Fans are eager to know about the future of the show as it has been a part of their lives for 15 long years. So, what’s the current status of Heartland Season 16? Here’s is what we know about it.

Will there be Heartland Season 16?

The future of Canadian drama depends on CBC, which has been backing the show for 15 years. Though Heartland is still going strong, the recent loss of a key character has resulted in a decline in ratings. One of the show’s core characters Ty Borden (Graham Wardle) died in the debut episode of the fourteenth season.

The sudden death of a core cast member and the show taking an entirely new direction isn’t something fans were prepared for. According to some reports, fans are still staggering from the death of Ty in Season 14. In fact, the series lost a significant number of viewers after Ty’s death. Having said that, millions of fans are still thrilled about the show’s future.

Overall, Heartland still holds excellent numbers. The show has an impressive IMDb rating of 8.4/10 from 14k votes. Heartland has recently made it into the top three for the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards’ Cogeco Audience Choice Award! Moreover, it is not going to be easy for CBC to say goodbye to a show which has become part of the viewers’ lives over the years.

Considering all points, it is safe to assume that Heartland Season 16 is more likely to happen.

Heartland Season 16 Release Date

As of April 27, 2022, CBC hasn’t renewed Heartland for the next chapter. So, to predict the release date, we need to look at the release schedule of the previous seasons. Season 14 of Heartland concluded airing on March 21, 2021. The network announced the next season on June 2, 2021.

The last episode of Season 15 “Leaving a Legacy” aired on December 19, 2021. So, we can expect the announcement regarding the new season in days to come.

The pre-production, filming, and post-production of a new season takes around six months. So, it is safe to assume that Heartland Season 16 would not be on our TV screens before October 2022. This is the best-case scenario considering that CBC announces the next chapter as early as April 2022.

Heartland Season 16 Cast: Who will return?

Well, the core cast of the series is expected to remain the same. Fans are yet not over the death of Ty. With Spartan retired, the responsibility would be on other cast members to drive the show. The following core cast members should return:

  • Amber Marshall as Amy Fleming
  • Michelle Morgan as Lou Fleming
  • Shaun Johnston as Jack Bartlett
  •  Chris Potter as Tim Fleming
  • Michelle Nolden as Jessica Cooke
  • Jessica Steen as Lisa Stillman
  • Ruby and Emmanuella Spencer as Lyndy Marion Borden

One character that fans have been asking for is Georgie (Alisha Newton). Georgie is Lou and Peter’s adopted daughter and has been part of the series since Season 6. At the end of Season 14, Georgie travels to Florida with her boyfriend Quinn to train with world-class show jumpers.

In Season 15, Lou talks about Georgie but she doesn’t actually appear in any episode. Fans are wondering if Georgie (Alisha Newton) has left the show. Well, Alisha Newton is certainly active on Instagram. It seems that she is busy with other projects and has taken a break from Heartland.

Heartland Season 16 Plot

Show’s leading lady Amber Marshall revealed in Graham Wardle’s Time Has Come podcast, that the scripts for Heartland are written two years in advance. It means the scripts for the next two seasons (16 and 17) are already there.

With two core members have already left the show, it would be interesting to see what lies ahead. One good thing about the show is that it gives hints about possible future storylines.

There were clues that Amy will find a new romantic partner and fully move on from Ty’s death. Expect younger characters like Lyndy, Katie, and Parker to have more screen presence as they are the future of the show. The new season could introduce love interests for Katie and Parker.

If Georgie returns for the next season, we will see her competing in various tournaments including Olympics. Her equation with Quinn will also be one of the core plot points for Season 16.

So, are you waiting for Heartland Season 16? Share your views with us in the comments section.