‘The Rookie’ Showrunner Gives an Update on Show’s Fan-Favorite Romance

by Taylor Cunningham
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Tim Bradford hasn’t had much luck in love since his ex Rachel Hall moved to New York, which happened in season two. But someone who caught his eye last month is coming back to The Rookie after the fall hiatus.

Some of you may remember Ashley McGrady. She appeared in the November 7th episode titled Poetic Justice. The two flirted a bit, and it seemed like the chatter was going to lead somewhere. But Tim’s love interest never came back to the screen. However, that’s about to change.

In the most recent installment of TVLines Matt’s Inside Line, Matt asked showrunner Alexi Hawley about Tim’s budding relationship. And Hawley teased that the officer’s love life is about to heat up.

“We have some episodes upcoming where we see [Tim and Ashley] together,” Hawley revealed. “And in the same way we saw with Rachel.”

But unfortunately, everything won’t be smooth sailing for the sergeant. And the conflict may lead him right into the arms of the person he should be with—Lucy.

“One of the stories we’re going to get into down the road is it’s a bit hard for Tim to date because he’s a bit of a control freak,” Hawley continued. “Ashley (played by Helena Mattsson) gets frustrated that he doesn’t like trying new things because he gets new things every day on the job. And the only person who really understands that the best is Lucy.”

And we won’t have to wait long to see the romance unravel, either. According to IMDb, Helena Mattsson is starring in the next episode of The Rookie, which airs on Jan 2nd.

Sparks May Fly Between Lucy Chen and Tim Bradford on ‘The Rookie’

Lucy Chen’s story has been a little flat this season on The Rookie. But according to showrunner Alexi Hawley, the character is going to get the spotlight when the series picks back up next month.

During a chat with TVLine, Hawley said that the show won’t be “diving into UC work yet,” as some of us have hoped. But there are “some personal journeys” in store for the officer. However, Hawley was very tight-lipped about them.

“I don’t want to spoil yet.”

But Hawley’s most interesting reveal had to do with Lucy’s love life.

“There might be a love interest coming around for her in the future,” he shared. “But yeah, that’s all I want to spoil for her.”

And yes, that love the showrunner is hinting about may be shared with Tim Bradford. So there is finally hope for the relationship we’ve all been rooting for.

“I agree, the intimacy that exists between them is really special,” Hawley said. “I think the fact that they’re not romantically entangled makes it more special, because they are coming from a place of friendship and connection first, and not a place of romance.”