Episode 3004 - Heart of a Hero
From the Production Journal of Brian Bird, Executive Producer of When Calls the Heart
By popular demand, Elizabeth’s journal is back in Season 3 and I just know “Hearties” and other fans of “When Calls the Heart” are going to love where we are taking that story element this year. We’ll be shooting some of those “writing” and Elizabeth “voiceover” scenes today. In fact, as Josef Anderson’s fine script for this episode is making clear, Elizabeth is moving from just “Dear Diary” to full-blown author. I love that evolution in her character: Elizabeth Thatcher, author. And the title for this episode, “Heart of a Hero,” could not be more appropriate because that is what this series has become all about – the Hero’s Quest – a way of telling stories that goes back 4,000 years. All the great epic poems and myths of human history have Hero’s Journeys, because since the dawn of man, human beings have been wired, starving for story.
We need to see and hear those milestones and accomplishments in our stories because it is food for our souls. No matter where (or what era) we come from, we hunger to watch our heroes and protagonists go on personal journeys of character growth. They start with a personal flaw or deficit and they end up growing to overcome those deficits – outcomes that usually coincide with solving big problems and saving the day. In fact, this is the secret sauce of why we have fallen in love with Elizabeth and Jack and Abigail and Bill, and even Henry Gowen.
What I love about Hope Valley is that it is full of character quests. Nobody treads water. They grow, they struggle, but they usually see the light, just like the rest of us hope to do. And Elizabeth serves as our narrator, drawing out the common truths and lessons to which we can all relate. For which we all hunger. Hearties, thank you, thank you for reminding us in Season 3 of the importance of those spoken and written words, realizations and revelations. Elizabeth’s narration speaks to our hearts, and I believe that’s the reason this show continues to find new viewers who fall in love with Hope Valley. I hope we can fill up an entire library of Elizabeth’s journals, devotionals and novels by the time we’re done with “When Calls the Heart.” How about you?
-- Brian Bird