Rookie Blue‘s erstwhile good guy shed his Mr. Nice Guy image earlier this season by cheating on fiancé Andy with his ex. But that’s only one half of Andy’s messy love life. The rookie and her former training officer Sam Swarek have been making eyes at each other since Season 1 of the ABC series (airing Thursdays, 10/9c).
TVLine chatted with the men behind Luke and Sam — Eric Johnson and Ben Bass, respectively — to find out what’s ahead for the love triangle and why they’re right — and wrong — for Andy.
THE CRIME | Although cheating is a big no-no, Johnson had “a tremendous amount of fun” dirtying up his character’s perfect facade. “We saw a side that wasn’t as composed,” he adds, “wasn’t as put together. That was a little compromised.” But if you’re going to do the crime, you gotta do the time, which brings us to…
THE PUNISHMENT | Luke will definitely be feeling the consequences of his infidelity. “He’s at rock bottom,” says Johnson. “Things aren’t pretty for Callaghan right now. … We’ll have to wait and see if he’s able to pick himself up and… redeem himself to a degree.” That won’t be easy now that all eyes will be on the detective as news of his betrayal spreads throughout the precinct. “He’s definitely in the doghouse [at work],” adds Johnson. “There’s not a lot of love for Callaghan. Nor should there be.” Not surprisingly, Sam is among those not too happy with Luke. “Sam wants to pound the living daylights out of Luke,” says Bass. Replies Johnson with a laugh: “By the end of the season, that feeling’s going to be very, very mutual.”
TEAM SWAREK | For being a guy’s guy, Sam “has a certain sensitivity, and he’s aware of what’s going on with [Andy] emotionally,” says Bass. He’s keen to the fact that Andy needs space right now, so “he’s not pushing the issue” of their UST (unresolved sexual tension). “He’s just quietly dealing with his feelings for Andy,” explains Bass. The unrequited lovers have found an unlikely supporter in Johnson himself. “I’m always cheering for the underdog myself, so I totally get the Team Swarek,” he admits. But Johnson warns that “being with Sam could be a little dangerous for Andy too. He’s a bit of a cowboy [and] a loose cannon. Life’s a little predictable with Luke, but at least it’s safe.” Is it really? “Unless there’s a guy in our house trying to shoot us,” he adds with a laugh.
TEAM CALLAGHAN | Luke isn’t giving up on winning back Andy. “That ship hasn’t sailed by any means,” maintains Johnson. “There’s definitely still a lot of love there.” Just don’t expect a quick and easy reconciliation between the two. After all, the damage to their relationship has been done, and although “there is hope” for the couple, it’ll take time to heal the wounds. “[I don’t think] that they’re going to get back together right away,” ponders Johnson. “How could you? It wouldn’t look good on her.” But should Andy even take Luke back down the road? “After what he did? Absolutely not!” exclaims Bass. “Andy deserves better than that. … Sam’s not perfect, but he’s loyal and faithful.”
THE VERDICT | It’s complicated. As Season 2 winds down, things between Andy, Sam and Luke get “really tense,” teases Johnson. “The stuff hits the proverbial fan.” While Luke’s trying to keep his head low and stay out of trouble, Sam will make a bold move. Realizing that a relationship with Andy is not in the cards and not wanting to be around her because it’s too painful, Sam seriously considers going back undercover. But a relationship cliffhanger will bring those feelings back to the surface in the season finale. “He’s moving towards asserting himself romantically with her,” previews Bass. “But there’s a twist of fate that happens that changes everything. Everything goes in a very unexpected direction.”
Rookie Blue fans, are you Team Swarek or Team Callaghan? Can Luke ever be forgiven?