‘The Rookie’ Showrunner Opens Up About Nolan and Bailey’s Romance

by Anna Dunn
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The mid-season finale last night for The Rookie certainly wasn’t one to miss. With both personal and professional drama for our favorite characters, there’s a lot to discuss. One storyline in particular though has really got fans talking.

The relationship between Nolan and Bailey is definitely heating up. Nolan just introduced Bailey to his son while pondering whether or not he should ask her to marry him. In a new interview with TV Insider, showrunner Alexi Hawley opened up about Nolan and Bailey’s romance.

Of course, a proposal seems really really soon. So Hawley broke down what’s been going through Nolan’s head a bit more for us.

“Right. I mean, he wasn’t planning to actually propose at the end of the episode. I think him just saying, “I’m in love with you” is a big step,” Hawley said. He also reminded us that Nolan’s last super serious relationship lasted two decades.

“We have to remember, this is a guy who’s married for 20 years, and in the world of the show, he’s only been divorced for a little under two years, right? Somehow they were rookies for three seasons,” he joked. “So, the Ali Larter and Sarah Shahi relationships were almost rebounds from his marriage and this is the first time he’s been with a woman where he’s like, ‘Oh yeah, no, this is real and there’s something here.'”

So while Nolan may seem a bit overexcited about the idea of proposing, it doesn’t look like he has actual plans to do so soon. But Bailey seems like the first woman since his wife that he’d consider marrying. It’s a really big step in their relationship and was a refreshing and lighthearted storyline as the rest of the characters were in a bit of chaos.

‘The Rookie’ Showrunner Knew the Two Had Chemistry Immediately

TV insider also pointed out how natural their relationship was, so Hawley also discussed how quickly he realized the two had chemistry that was quite different from Nolan’s old relationships.

“Right from the very beginning, I mean it’s been so rewarding and I love that we are constantly learning something else that she does,” he says. “She’s a firefighter. She’s an army reservist. She’s a Capoeira instructor. She races motorcycles…”

Of course, things with Bailey are complicated, to say the least. She’s married! So it creates a really complex dynamic between herself and Nolan.

To see how things unfold between Bailey and Nolan, you’ll have to wait a while. While The Rookie usually airs on Sunday nights at 10/9 central on ABC, but it’s taking a break until 2022. In the meantime, you can re-watch the last four seasons or catch up on Hulu.