How can you be a partner and still stand on your own two feet?” The series was really exploring how to find your independence; within relationships, on the job, when you are used to working with others. We were going to explore this in many ways. Oliver (Matt Gordon) was going to be newly single. Dov (Gregory Smith) was going to be without Chris (Travis Milne–who was not going to be a part of Season 7). We had four new Rookies starting at 15, each of them dependent on a Training Officer. Also, the big kicker for the new season was one of the Rookies was going to be killed on her first day on the job. Her best friend, another Rookie named Hannah, was going to be a very interesting character who formed a tight, complicated bond with Andy.
I was also planning on having 15 create the position of Road Sergeant. In real life, police have road sergeants–someone who is in charge of the platoon on the road. We never used that on Rookie Blue because we preferred our people to be teamed up with others. But this season, we thought it was time that Andy had a promotion, but we didn’t want her to be out of uniform. She’d already been a Training Officer in Season 5. So we thought it was an interesting challenge for her to be in charge of everyone on the street (not Oliver), but her peers like Gail and Chloe, as well as all the Rookies. It was also great for the theme–she was used to being one of the gang, and this season she was going to be a little more on her own.
While White is sad to see Rookie Blue wind up in the cancellation graveyard, she admits that, just maybe, the show’s axing was a blessing in disguise:
I was sad for sure. Rookie Blue was a big part of my life and I was really excited to take on the challenge of trying to reboot the show. But in truth, I think the heart of the show was with Sam and Andy, and I think we told that story really really well. It is hard to keep telling the story of a fairy tale beyond the happily ever after without taking some of the shine off of the romance of it all. There was a hopeful naïve optimistic quality to the show that was going to be lost with losing some of the original characters. So, in the end, I get it.
I always had that fear in the back of my mind that despite working really hard to come up with some great stuff, we were always in jeopardy of being that season that was just one season too many. So maybe in getting canceled, we dodged a bullet!
You can read the full interview here.