Now that two episodes of Gold Rush have been broadcast, there appear to be more questions than answers. What is Parker Schnabel's main concern, now that his grandfather and mentor, John Schnabel, is gone? Mining in Oregon does not seem to be bringing in the riches that Todd Hoffman and his crew had hoped it wold bring. Could the crew have changed their mind about this new gold mining site? And what has Dakota Fred been up to? Is it possible that he will be returning to Gold Rush?
The first episode of Season 7 of Gold Rush started with the memorial of Parker Schnabel's beloved grandfather, John Schnabel. Parker's warm relationship with his grandfather is one of the most endearing relationships ever shown on television. The wisdom that grandpa instilled in Parker was a touchstone to many. It is no surprise that so many men watch the show, making it one of Discovery Channel's most popular shows.
As the first episode of Season 7 begins, Parker understands that his life has taken a dramatic turn.
"The search for gold has been everything to me. This season, it's gonna be different."
"We know what we're doing when it comes to moving dirt, but the mental game is huge in any business and running any business. It can be mentally trying. He certainly kept me on the straight and narrow and I think everybody, including myself, was worried about just what impact that would have on my ability to keep my cool and keep a level head."
This all spells fiasco, as in their disastrous gold mining trip to Guyana. At the beginning of Season 7, Todd admits to the stress of being the leader of a mining crew and needing to make payroll. Even those who are not fans of Hoffman are bound to be curious to know all that transpired over the summer. While it is easy to question their move to Oregon, it could be said that if mining gold was so easy, everyone would do it.
And wedding bells for Dakota Fred! Longtime fans of Gold Rush miss Fred Hurt, the Minot, North Dakota native who once ruled the Klondike. His scuffles with the dramatic Hoffman crew made for some classic Gold Rush moments.