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The Rookie teases tragic death of beloved character in dramatic promo

We are so shocked!

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Nicky Morris
TV and film writer
2 March 2023
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The Rookie has left fans on the edge of their seats with a new trailer for an upcoming episode which has teased the death of one of the show's most loved characters.

The new clip, shared on the drama's official social media pages, showed glimpses from the episode, which is set to air on 21 March and will be another mockumentary-style hour. Watch the promo below...

WATCH: The Rookie teases beloved character's tragic death in new promo

The caption read: "Aaron just said WHAT?!? You won't want to miss a second when #TheRookie returns, March 21 on ABC and Stream on Hulu."

In one clip, Tim Bradford and Lucy Chen (played by Eric Winter and Melissa O'Neil) are giving an interview about their undercover mission, when Tim says: "As police officers, your future is ever certain."

Nathan Fillion's John Nolan adds: "The job is super stressful."

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The upcoming episode promo teased Eric's death

In the next scene, Wade Grey (Richard T. Jones) tells the documentary crew: "Which made what happened next so tragic," before cutting to Aaron Thorsen (Tru Valentino) opening a trash can and telling his team over the radio: "I just found a body. It's Sergeant Tim Bradford."

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Taking to the comments section, fans expressed their fears for Tim. Referring to Tim's relationship with Lucy, one person wrote: "My Chenford heart will NOT SURVIVE THIS EPISODE!!"

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Fans are concerned for Eric's safety

A second fan tweeted: "No, I don't think you understand... like, I love the whole cast but Tim is my favorite character. It better be Jake. I won't get over it if it's Tim," while another added: "No, what did you do? Don't play with me @therookie I'm already emotionally unstable."

Other fans expressed their frustration at having to wait three weeks for the new episode, with one person writing: "MAN WE REALLY HAVE TO WAIT 3 WEEKS !!!???? HOW CAN YOU DO THAT," while another added: "This better be Jake. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO WAIT UNTIL MARCH 21st?!!!!!!!!"

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