Why Did They Kill the Captain on ‘The Rookie’? The Show’s Creator Responds to Outrage

Not many TV shows have the, ahem, balls to kill off a major character in their first season, but ABC’s The Rookie did just that in its March 19 episode.

Why did they kill the captain on The Rookie?

Fans were shocked when Captain Zoe Andersen (Mercedes Mason) died in the line of duty while assisting Police Officer John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) in a shootout. The former Marine was killed with a gunshot to the neck by a man whose girlfriend Nolan had arrested earlier in the episode.

why did they kill the captain on the rookie

Source: ABC

Article continues below advertisement

Showrunner Alexi Hawley revealed on Twitter that he didn’t always intend to kill off Zoe. “We went back and forth about it in the writers’ room. But it ultimately felt like the most dramatic and powerful way to impact our story,” he wrote in response to a fan’s question.

“It definitely has an impact on how [Nolan] sees and does the job,” Alexi added. “If anything, he feels a greater responsibility to succeed to honor her memory, and the faith she placed in him.”

Article continues below advertisement

Why did Mercedes leave The Rookie?

While some TV characters get killed off when the actors who play them decide to leave the show, it doesn’t sound like that was the case for Mercedes, who only played Zoe for 15 episodes.

The actress hasn’t addressed her departure from the series on social media, though she did live-tweet the episode that saw her character’s demise. Fans continued to express their outrage on the platform long after the show aired.

Article continues below advertisement

why did mercedes leave the rookie

Source: ABC

“Thought we’d see more of you. Broke my heart to watch that scene,” one Twitter user wrote on Mercedes’ account. Another added, “Tonight’s episode really hit hard. You played a great character, and while the Rookie is and will be a great show, I can’t [help] feeling it lost a bit of [its] light. Congrats on a great arc, and all the best in the future.”

Article continues below advertisement

In a 2018 interview, Mercedes — who is best known for her roles on Fear the Walking Dead and NCIS: Los Angeles — talked about the show’s innate optimism. 

The brunette beauty, who had just given birth to a baby boy when she first read the script, added, “Not only do I get to play a strong, female character, but I have a team — an amazing group of people — who are supporting me breastfeeding on set, spending time with my son. That’s rare.”

Captain Andersen will certainly be missed. Watch new episodes of The Rookie every Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

View more information: https://www.distractify.com/p/the-rookie-kills-off-main-character

Articles in category: Wiki

Leave a Reply

Back to top button