Here's How The Rookie Wrote Out Afton Williamson's Officer Bishop

TVGuide.com | 9/29/2019 | Lindsay MacDonald
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When news first broke that Afton Williamson would not be returning to The Rookie for Season 2 after bringing sexual harassment allegations against a crew member and a guest star, we were all curious how her character would be written off of the show.

TVLine first broke the news that Williamson's Officer Bishop would leave the series in a way that would tie up loose ends for her storyline, with showrunnre Alexi Hawley explaining that her departure would be tied to a revelation she'd made in Season 1. Bishop did not disclose that she has a foster brother who was also a felon on her police academy personal history questionnaire, and because of it, "She was never going to get a fair shake at the LAPD. So ultimately she would transfer over to a federal agency. There she could start with a clean slate and hopefully rocket to the top of the ladder."

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Hawley called the hasty departure an "organic" exit for the character, which also gave Nathan Fillion's titular rookie "an opportunity to throw other obstacles in Nolan's way."

News of Williamson's departure came in mid-June but it wasn't until recently that we learned why as she explained her decision to walk away from the...
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