“My heart is full of gratitude to each of you for your generous support of me and my character for the last seven years of Blue Bloods – Linda Reagan,” she captioned her photo. “I have been touched by your compassion and enthusiasm. I loved playing Linda: wife to Danny, mother to Jack and Sean, nurse and working mom. I’m proud of my contribution to building this series. I’m so grateful to CBS and the Blue Bloods cast and crew. Mostly, I am grateful to the fans who have supported me and the show. Peace, blessings and many ‘love you mores’ to all of you.”
Carlson had been part of the show’s main cast since its inception in 2010. The season 8 premiere revealed that Linda, the wife of hotheaded NYPD cop Danny (Donnie Wahlberg), had died.
In the season 7 finale, a drug cartel set fire to Linda and Danny’s home after the latter intercepted a shipment of several million dollars that was on its way to them in Mexico. As evidenced by Friday’s episode, Danny is both grieving and shaken up professionally, and that could mean a change in his impulsive ways. “He’s looking at life through a different lens,” the show’s executive producer Kevin Wade told EW. “There’s an element of circumspection and a bit of introspection as he considers the residual collateral damage.”
Blue Bloods airs Fridays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.