Warning: The following contains spoilers for Thursday Walker. Proceed at your own risk!
Tragedy struck the Walker family again in Thursday’s episode, when Clint stabbed Hoyt (played by Matt Barr) in the abdomen during a shootout at the ranch.
“I love you all,” Hoyt told Cordell Walker and his family as he bled. Then he added, “I always knew it would end like this, mate.”
Following the loss of his best friend, the Texas Ranger returned his badge to his boss. “He really has to recognize that there might be something he’s doing that is causing” all of this devastation, star Jared Padalecki told TVLine. The death of Walker’s wife, Emily “was a terrible, terrible tragedy that did not indicate a bigger problem, but now that gunmen show up at his house with his family and he loses yet another member of the family. his family, [it] makes him look in the mirror and decides to make a drastic and dramatic change to try to thwart all this tragedy that he feels his profession and his choices bring his way and that of his family.
In future episodes, the Texas Ranger “will examine his job, where he lives, where his kids go to school, what he does and doesn’t share with his brother and parents,” Padalecki warns. “Everything is on the table now. Walker has to do a legitimate life change or a series of life changes to try and change the trajectory of what happened in those first 13 episodes.
Hoyt’s death will also have a major impact on the possibly nascent romantic feelings between Walker and Geri, who shared a kiss a few episodes ago. “I think they both share insane guilt. Walker already felt guilty about Emily, as did Geri, since she was there that night when Emily lost her life, ”Padalecki says. And since Hoyt found himself in the center of danger because he had gone to confront his boyfriend about the kiss, “Walker and Geri both feel like Hoyt wouldn’t even have been at the ranch if [they] hadn’t kissed ”- not that Walker and Geri even understood what locking lips meant to them.
“They were both people who were in mourning and hadn’t faced it,” Padalecki shares, “and [the kiss] was something that had happened that they hadn’t even had time to really explore yet and were like, “Does this mean anything? I was your widower’s best friend, and your best friend has been my kind of occasional boyfriend for the past decade or so. And so that only compounds the unanswered questions they already had. It will definitely complicate matters.
“But they care about each other, platonically above all,” adds Padalecki. “They want the best for each other, for their respective families. And so the idea that the two now feel responsible for what happens to Hoyt in [Episode] 13, that’s going to make it even more murky.
Walker’s fans, what did you think of the tragic turn? Hit the comments!