The Rookie Boss Reacts to the Show's First Big Exit

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ABC's The Rookie went there on Tuesday. 

The Rookie Season 1 Episode 16 killed off Mercedes Mason's Captain Zoe Andersen in an installment which changed everything for the show. 

We'll delve into what, exactly, happened during the harrowing installment. Nathan Fillion's John Nolan accidentally embarrassed a gang leader's girlfriend. 

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He was given a "greenlight" which meant that the entire gang organization in the area was ready and waiting to end Nolan's life. 

Knowing things were not going to end well, the captain decided to ride with Nolan. Sergeant Grey worked on the gang leader's father, who was in prison to get the kill order removed. 

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However, things took a turn and it was removed. However, things turned deadly when Nolan and Andersen responded to a burglary and found themselves ambushed by Cole and two of his henchmen. 

When they woke up, they were on chairs at the edge of a swimming pool. They were restrained to the seats with their own handcuffs. 

Things Get Serious - The Rookie Season 1 Episode 16

Cole was all about boasting that he managed to get what he wanted, but Andersen felt like he was missing the point here:

He had kidnapped a captain. Cole was not ready to accept defeat and hurled Andersen into the pool. 

Nolan wasted no time in trying to get in Cole's good graces. He claimed he would apologize to Cole's girlfriend, and that he would even do it on video. 

But the captain managed to break her thumb to get free from the handcuffs. She managed to pull one of the henchmen into the pool, before shooting the other. 

While this was going down, Nolan knocked Cole to the ground, but he was still cuffed to his seat, so he was limited in what he could do. 

Sgt. Grey Tries to Help - The Rookie Season 1 Episode 16

Andersen tried her hand at shooting Cole, but he shot back as he ran away, and a bullet went straight for the captain's neck. 

Nolan tried to save her life, but the captain died. Nolan did get some closure in the matter. He was allowed to arrest Cole at the conclusion of the episode. 

Showrunner, Alexi Hawley took to Twitter shortly after the episode aired to weigh in on the decision to off Andersen. 

Fans asked questions about the stunning installment, and Hawley shed some light on the big decision. 

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“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.”

“There definitely will be [repercussions for] all of our characters,” he also said, “but especially Nolan…. It definitely has an impact on how he sees and does the job — if anything, he feels a greater responsibility to succeed to honor her memory, and the faith she placed in him.”

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Yikes, right? 

The show has been changed forever, and we still have a handful of episodes of The Rookie Season 1 to air. 

What did you think of the death?

Hit the comments. 

Remember you can watch The Rookie online right here via TV Fanatic. 

The Rookie airs Tuesday's at 10/9c on ABC. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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Grief is grief. It’s a hole that can’t be filled but over time it will shrink enough so that you won’t fall in every time you take a step. If there’s one thing you can use to make you a better cop, it will be her life, not her death.

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