On the finish of Season 13 of Deadliest Catch, Jonathan Hillstrand introduced his retirement from crab fishing after 37 years on the job. Followers had been upset about lacking Hillstrand and The Time Bandit for Season 14 of the present, however nonetheless held out hope that he may return for Season 15.
Via social media, Hillstrand made it clear he was nonetheless fishing, however would he ever return to Deadliest Catch? For some time, it appeared he would. In 2018, Hillstrand wrote on Twitter that he needed followers to “let Discovery know if you would like Time Bandit again subsequent 12 months.”
Sadly, Hillstrand couldn’t return to for Season 15. Why? As a result of his boat’s engine blew up.
The Time Bandit Engine “Blew Up”
On Twitter, Hillstrand wrote, “That is the primary time in 38 yrs I’m going to overlook a Bering Sea King crab season, moreover the nearer within the mid 80s!! Our primary engine blew up so no season!!!!”
Inside a pair days, nevertheless, Hillstrand up to date followers that the Time Bandit was returning residence to Alaska.
In November 2019, TV Reveals Ace revealed that Hillstrand can be again for Season 16 after three years off the present, to the joy of hundreds of followers throughout the globe.
Followers Have been Overjoyed With Hillstrand’s Return
Final week, in the course of the Season 16 premiere of Deadliest Catch, followers couldn’t include their pleasure when Hillstrand appeared on display screen for, “The Russians Are Coming.”
Various Discovery addicts took to Twitter to specific their pleasure. One fan wrote, “Y’all! I’m watching #deadliestcatch and I couldn’t be extra completely satisfied that Jonathan Hillstrand is on the boat…”
One other wrote, “welcome again Jonathan hillstrand…. You da man.”
A 3rd person commented, “Jonathan Hillstrand THE MAN THE MYTH THE LEGEND! Glad to see u again brother!”
Hillstrand is understood for his good humorousness, and just lately, he has turn out to be considerably of a mentor to Josh Harris. In a current interview with Monsters & Critics, Harris was requested about Jonathan becoming a member of him on his journey to Hawaii.
Harris mentioned, “Something to do with Johnathan Hillstrand you robotically comprehend it’s going to be a sh*t present and it was superior. It was nice. He does come out and go to. We needed to get perception. As a result of him and my dad, as you possibly can inform by their haircuts with the mullet, you recognize they assume alike… It was nice to get his notion on what his ideas had been. It was plenty of enjoyable. I’ll inform you what. We positively acquired to exit and expertise plenty of issues. It was a very cool expertise for the each of us.”
Loads has modified in Hillstrand’s life over the previous three years. For one factor, he’s now married. On November 4, 2017, Hillstrand tied the knot to a girl named Heather Hamilton. The couple was collectively for a number of years earlier than saying, “I do.”
Deadliest Catch returned April 14 at 8pm ET/PT. It was adopted by the premiere of the spinoff, Deadliest Catch: Bloodline at 10pm ET/PT.
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