When “Rookie Blue” airs tonight, there is still a lot of fallout in the emotional lives of the remaining officers following Jerry’s (Noam Jenkins) death. The issue is compounded by a heart-tugging case in which a violent child abductor gets free and kidnaps another girl.
Andy (Missy Peregrym) and Swarek (Ben Bass) catch the case and quickly find themselves in a deadly standoff to save the terrified young girl, resulting in a major emotional confrontation — and a serious choice for Andy. Meanwhile, Traci (Enuka Okuma) and Gail (Charlotte Sullivan) each face monumental decisions regarding their respective careers, and Chris’ (Travis Milne) family obligations have him contemplating a transfer.
In an exclusive phone call, pingroof.com spoke to Travis Milne to get his take on Jerry’s shocking death, the series finale which airs next week, and what lies ahead for Chris.
You have had quite the season. Jerry’s death came as such a huge shock to me. How did you learn about it?
Sometimes you hear the nightmare stories where you hear something in the read-through. You flip to the page and they get stabbed. It wasn’t like that. We all had known in advance, at least a half a week to a week. Some people knew even before that. It was discussed, but it was really hard for me because this is the first real big thing — this is the first TV show — that I did. My connection is so close. I feel everyone here is like a family.
When I found out, I was shocked and saddened. I understand why the writers did it. We walk the line between … it is an upbeat show and it is fun to watch. At the same time, it has to be a show that has consequences. Sometimes things need to happen that maybe upset you as an audience viewer, but then draw you in more. I feel like it was a really tough call for everyone. But after it happened, the thing that really made me, not necessarily second guess, but go “we really did something here,” were the Facebook and Twitter comments after. It was like pandemonium for the whole night and I was still answering questions on Saturday.
What can you tell me about the season finale?
First off, the next to last episode, which airs tonight, is like a pressure cooker. It builds and builds. It was so great to be a part of. When the show concludes every year, a bunch of the cast members go on a ski trip. [Director] Dave Wellington was saying even from the dailies, the rough cut was going to be the best episode we ever made.
It builds perfectly into the finale, which is like a wicked, short, little movie. It is super intense and we pull out all the stops. We had some great, big, beautiful locations with tons and tons of … we have SWAT, the police, the paramedics. We are all there. It is crazy. I can’t wait for people to see it.
What happens for Chris?
Chris gets a really big surprise. He has to answer some hard, life-changing questions so that is going to be really interesting. I think it will be interesting to watch the curve ball that Chris is thrown.
What would you like to see happen?
What I originally wanted to do, when Chris was written in season one, he was a hard ass. He was like a younger Swarek — just rough and tough and beat the crap out of everybody. I was, “Isn’t that a little conventional? Haven’t we seen that a thousand times — a young, hot headed cop? I didn’t want to do that. Let’s do something different.” [Creator] Tassie Cameron and I brainstormed and we came up with this character. I wanted to start Chris as this young, naive, sweet kid, who is salt of the earth and idealistic about his job. He became a cop because it was the closest thing to being Superman. Then transition to being like Swarek. Through that arc, people are going to see so much from me as an actor. It was a huge gamble for me because if we didn’t get a season four, you wouldn’t get to see me go through this transition.
Any chance Chris and Gail will get back together?
I think Chris and Gail are not out of the woods. Even in season four …. I think some things are going to come up that Chris is going to have to deal with. They aren’t out of it yet.
Tune in tonight when “Rookie Blue” airs at 9 p.m. — a special time period — on ABC.