‘Cold Case’ has been one of the most impactful crime drama series to have aired on the CBS network. An unexpected cliffhanger marked its end over a decade ago, but fans wonder if ‘Cold Case’ Season 8 could bring them some closure.
If you enjoy watching crime drama shows, CBS network’s ‘Cold Case’ might already sound familiar to you! It completed over 150 episodes during its 7 season run and is still regarded as one of the best crime dramas of the modern era.
- What is ‘Cold Case’ about?
- ‘Cold Case’ Season 8 is even more important after that unthinkable finale
- ‘Cold Case’ set to reopen crime files with season 8
The show was an anchor of CBS’s primetime lineup for years because of how interesting it was! Its layered method of story-telling has inspired several series in today’s age. A prominent example is the Viola Davis starring ‘How To Get Away With Murder’, which also showcased the back-and-forth crime-solving perspective.
A major reason ‘Cold Case’ gathered eyeballs was its ability to depict cases which were based on real-life incidents! The hit series had Kathryn Morris playing the relentless detective Lilly Rush, supported by her partner Detective Chris Lassing (Justin Chambers). Unfortunately, their camaraderie didn’t last for very long and Chambers was replaced by Detective Scotty Valens, played by Danny Pino.
The series’ finale aired over a decade ago, leaving viewers with an unexpected end and, well, no room for closure. Let’s see if ‘Cold Case’ Season 8 could bring fans the end they’ve been anticipating for years!
What is ‘Cold Case’ about?
‘Cold Case’ focuses on a homicide squad in the Philadelphia Police Department that investigates unsolved crimes from previous years. It was different from other crime drama counterparts, as each episode began with an unsolved crime from the past.
Every episode would singularly highlight a specific investigation, most often, murders. The scene then cut to the present where detectives would put together an investigation, using existing evidence and new leads! The series often featured double casting, with two actors playing one person at different points in the past and present. Typically, it depicted when the crime first took place and, later, when the investigation was reopened! PS: It featured Jennifer Lawrence in one of her first-ever roles!
The back-and-forth scenes between when the crime took place to its investigation gave the show a fresh perspective. It dominated television in the 2000s because the stories left viewers wanting for more, episode after episode.
The only terrible thing about the show was its unavailability on streaming platforms. ‘Cold Case’ used music that was authentic to its time, and issues with the licensing of music rights has been a barrier that stopped it from getting its own DVD! But Roku TV has ensured that fans can stream it legally, for the first time ever! Click here to view all 7 ‘Cold Case’ seasons.
‘Cold Case’ Season 8 is even more important after that unthinkable finale
Let’s say it as it is – the show impressed us year after year, only to end tragically. The crime that was being solved was 16 years old and had no back story to it or any relevance with the ending. It was an ordinary case of a teenage murder and a father who covered his son’s crime. It didn’t really scream ‘season finale’.
The episode and series ended with Detective Valens driving back to Philadelphia with Detective Rush, her sister Christina and Christina’s baby in the back seat. Watching this episode made us truly feel as if we were missing out on something! Or as if some important information was being kept from us.
But, if we didn’t blame the showrunners for that unthinkable finale, there’s a lot to applaud them for. It was incredible how they made it clear – the same system that once refused to help its victims, was now bringing them justice. A renewal in the form of ‘Cold Case’ Season 8 would bring the show to a proper end, as opposed to its anti-climatic version.
‘Cold Case’ set to reopen crime files with season 8
The show has been off-air longer than it was on, but that hasn’t stopped fans from talking about it! It had quite the presence in its early seasons, but a writer’s strike during the fifth season sent ratings tumbling down. It was finally cancelled after the seventh season.
Kathryn Morris (who plays detective Lilly Rush in the series) had previously hinted at a ‘Cold Case’ film series. In an interview with “LA Times”, she confirmed, “I’m in talks for a couple of great independent films concurrent with ‘Cold Case’, but the show is having its best season ever if you ask me. To me when actors get restless on series, I find them to be a little on the lazy side. I’m still looking to be a better actor, and I’m grateful every day …”
Ever since then, the network hasn’t addressed rumours about the possibility of ‘Cold Case’ Season 8. And, with ten years already since its end, it doesn’t seem like they will.
Do you think the series should be renewed for a season 8? Which characters would you like to see reprise their roles? Let us know in the comments.