The Rookie Season 2 left us hanging with a lot of questions. Alexi Hawley, the creator of the show, clears a portion of our queries in an interview.
The Rookie showrunner, Alexi Hawley, admits there is currently a specific “intimacy” between the TO and the rookie, however cautions that to take things excessively far would make hypocrites of the series’ composing staff.
Reviewing the “Chenford” dynamic, Hawley stated, “The actors certainly brought it. I mean, they’re simply so good individually and together.” Looking back to the show’s launch, he stated, “Tim was always intended to be a character who was much more complicated than he appeared, and Lucy was always designed to be an extremely solid ,empathetic character, yet I think [what we’ve seen] is the magic of chemistry that happens that you can’t realise when you’re composing a pilot.”
Hawley highlighted the Season 1 plot point that cast aspersion on the mystery romance among Chen and fellow rookie John Nolan (Nathan Fillion). “We will be wrong [to show a Lucy and Tim romance] because we made it very clear in the first few episodes that female officials get tagged if they sleep with any of the cops, and that is the reason why Nolan and Lucy couldn’t be together and that was the correct move. I mean, he was on rebound from a 20-year marriage, and so it worked out the manner in which it should, but if we turned around and put them [Lucy and Tim] together, that would be no doubt hypocritical.”
“Tim made a commitment to figure out what it’s going to be like with Rachel [Jasmine Mathews] in New York, and Lucy’s [Melissa O’Neil] in the start of her own relationship, and she’s still got some stuff she’s working on, even about what happened to her with Caleb [Michael Cassidy] back just a couple of months earlier. I would prefer not to gloss over that.”
“That being stated, after Nolan figures how to survive all this, I still want to have fun episodes, and do all the comedy, the stupid criminals, that sort of stuff.”