Nathan Fillion appeared at the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con and dished that his character, John Nolan, would be reaching new heights at his position in the LAPD. Alexi Hawley, creator of “The Rookie,” was the first to confirm the latest move. “Early in season 5, John Nolan’s going to become a training officer,” Hawley revealed, via. “He’ll be the oldest rookie training officer.” The promotion actually starts the process of Nolan proving himself all over again as someone who is much older than the rest of his peers.
Fillion expanded on Hawley’s revelation. “We started off with; this guy is the rookie,” the actor said. “Now he’s elevated to another level of his job, and he’s starting at rock bottom. I get a brand new rookie who’s making all the same mistakes I was making as a rookie.” Fillion went on to tease storyline details about the rookie he will inherit, noting that “she’s very much her own character.” The audience responded with shock that the rookie officer is female, prompting Fillion to quip, “What am I, Tom Holland over here?”
The trek for Nolan to get from rookie police officer to training officer was not paved with ease for the older cop. He faced a long and hard road that forced him to prove over and over that he belonged in the uniform, and he was made better for it.