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Imho, it wouldn't have ruined Miss Ellie's character, but it would have felt as if it did. That may not makes sense, but there it is.
Also, at this late stage in the series, to make JR Digger's son would feel as if it undermined a lot of the premise of the show. If this had been an issue mentioned in the early seasons, that could have worked. Possibly.a
I am speaking of if it turned out that JR was in fact Digger's son, not if the storyline was JR was being tortured with the possibility by an enemy.
Yes, the possibility is the story. I wouldn't have him turn out to actually be Digger's son in the end -- but think about the family upheaval, how Cliff would have a field day with it, and, if Cliff and Bobby learn that Pam may have died in the shadows via neurofibromatosis, JR can think he's the half-brother to that dreaded Barnes woman and her brother.
DNA tests can confirm JR is a Ewing only shortly before Miss Ellie dies --- ideally thrown from that horse while taking the family out to Section 40 to reveal Ewing secrets she's not able to, stopped by her own demise.