Blue Bloods fans breathed a sigh of relief over Baez’s fate in season 13

Last week, To express Ramirez has been confirmed to return for Season 13 after the actor was spotted filming future scenes for the show. Although Baez adopted a child in the season 12 finale – as female detectives in police procedures usually do (e.g., Olivia Benson, Kim Burgess from Marina Squerciati’s Chicago P.D.) – it seems the character won’t leave the NYPD to be a mom. full-time, as a number of fans, including u/marknap as well as u/PAACDA2suggested.

However, the collective sigh of relief may be premature. While Baez’s foray into motherhood doesn’t seem to require her to leave the show, it will no doubt affect the character’s storylines, screen time, and the dynamics of a longtime favorite partner. Blue Bloods may have a different fan base than the Dick Wolf universe (according to Norman Training Center as well as Entertainment Weekly), but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t live and die by the same established rules of procedure in prime time. Generally speaking, when a series introduces a child into the life of a lonely (or even “things are complicated”) detective, there are only a few standard narratives to choose from.

As viewers have seen (and seen again and again) on the rival Blue Bloods network, adopting a child through a chain reaction of unfortunate events that leads to child abandonment or orphanhood means one thing – at some point, the child’s biological parents or distant a blood relative is about to show up to claim it.

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