The end of Season 5, Episode 7 of The Rookie featured a brief promo for the upcoming Episode 8 – which confirmed that the Episode 8 release date is set for December 4th, 2022. Although the reason for this extended absence is unclear at this time, fans on social media are unhappy about the extra long wait.
“You tell me I have to wait a month… give it to me now,” tweeted @swiftlydynasty. “Have to wait a whole month!” echoed @Chenfordfan12 on Twitter, accompanied by a crying face emoji. Fans on Reddit were similarly confused and upset by the unexpected delay of Episode 8, with one user lamenting the 28-day wait for the upcoming episode and another fan musing that there will be no new episodes until December.
While this brief episode promo may have contained some unwelcome news regarding the next episode’s release date, it at least gave fans a glimpse of what to expect when it finally releases. The promo revealed that in this upcoming episode, John Nolan and his colleagues will try to save a woman who was forced to drive around Los Angeles with a bomb around her neck. While fans certainly seem upset by the long wait, the episode’s promo makes it clear that “The Rookie” will return from his long absence with a bang.