The cast and crew of When Calls the Heart recently reunite to work on the upcoming ninth installment of the romantic family drama.

A few months after season 8 ended, everyone is back at the British Columbia location to film new episodes of When Calls the Heart season 9. The cast and crew will be working in the upcoming weeks to deliver more stories for the Hallmark Channel series.

Per a recent report from TV Insider, the latest installment will consist of a total of 12 episodes. While nothing is officially confirmed at the moment, the romantic family drama may skip its Christmas special episode once again. But then, things could change as the production progresses.

“We couldn’t be more excited to begin shooting season 9 of When Calls the Heart,” lead star and executive producer Erin Krakow said in a statement after news about the filming was confirmed.

Krakow, who plays Elizabeth in the series, further teased that more drama, adventures, and romance will be explored in the next chapter. She’s also excited for fans and can’t wait to show everyone what Hope Valley has in store this time around.

WARNING! Spoilers for the season 8 finale coming ahead. Read at your own risk.

The latest installment picks up the events that transpired in the season 8 finale. Elizabeth has finally come up with a decision – choosing the man she really wants to be with. Throughout the previous outing, she’s been in the middle of a complicated love triangle.

Business mogul Lucas (Chris McNally) and Mountie Nathan (Kevin McGarry) have been vying for her attention and heart. After a series of speculations that she’ll choose the latter, Elizabeth made up her mind and chose the business mogul instead.

Many were shocked by her decision, given that there have been hints that she’ll end up with Nathan. But, things between then started to get a little bit complicated when it was revealed that the Mountie may have played an indirect part in the death of her husband, Jack (Daniel Lissing).

In When Calls the Heart season 9, Lucas and Elizabeth’s romantic relationship will be explored. And although she didn’t choose him, Nathan is still part of the story. He’ll remain a friend to her as she navigates her romance with her new beau.

Aside from this storyline, the next installment will also bring more stories for several characters. For instance, Rosemary (Pascale Hutton) explores a new business venture, while the Canfield family settles in Hope Valley.

When Calls the Heart season 9 is slated to be released in 2022 on Hallmark Channel.