"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" just wrapped up its strong second season with its best episode of the year, dealing with Jake and Amy's awkward attraction for each other, Captain Holt trying to avoid being promoted out of the Nine-Nine by Chief Wuntch, and Boyle helping Diaz on her birthday. Rather than do a review, I reached out to "Brooklyn" co-creator and showrunner Dan Goor with some emailed questions about both the events of the finale and season 2 as a whole, coming up just as soon as I Don Johnson it...

Did you know when you made the finale who the new captain would be? If not, do you know now, whether the specific performer or at least the type of character it is? And what are you comfortable saying?

Dan Goor: We did not know who the new captain would be when we came up with the finale.  We were really attracted to the idea that Holt's story for the season came down to a battle with Wuntch and that he lost that battle.  It also seemed really juicy for Holt to say goodbye to the crew and leave the precinct and then to end the season on the elevator doors opening and cutting to black right before we see who the new captain is.  Greg Daniels and Mike Schur always preached the gospel of ending the season in the most exciting way possible, even if it meant painting yourself into a corner, because you'll have the entire hiatus and pre-production to figure out what the hell to do.
Our writers room reconvenes on Monday (May 19) and the priority one will be figuring out who the new captain will be. As of right now there are no firm names, types, genders, or ages, but I've talked with a few of our writers and there are a lot of cool, funny ideas.  It's really exciting and scary to set up a cliff-hanger like this one.

Season 1 ended with Jake leaving the squad, but for an assignment that we knew would probably lead him back to the Nine-Nine. Now you've reassigned Holt, and while I assume you're not looking to part ways with Andre Braugher, this is presented as something that will be harder to undo. Why did you want to go in this direction at the end?

Dan Goor: Andre Braugher IS NOT LEAVING THE SHOW!!!!  It's scary (and totally understandable) that people might think that after watching the finale.  We love Andre and we love writing for Holt, and he's obviously one of the best, most important parts of the show.  Period.  End of story.  One of the reasons that we had Gina join Holt was that we thought it would make it clear to the audience that he wasn't leaving, but that the two of them would be in a separate office for the beginning of the season. Another reason was that we learned from Jake leaving at the end of season one that it's valuable for a character who's not going to be in the precinct to still be with at least some of your other characters.  With Jake going undercover, we set up a situation where he really couldn't even see the other characters.  With Holt and Gina in the PR department, they'll still be able to have contact and be in stories with the precinct, which will allow us to keep them there for longer than we kept Jake undercover.
We wanted to go in this direction for several reasons.  On the one hand, it seemed like a really interesting, meaty way to end the season.  And on the other, it seemed like a great way to mix things up and put new stresses on Holt and all of the other characters.  Holt is very good at being the captain of a precinct and (as much trouble as the gang may give him) he enjoys doing it.  I'm really excited to see Holt working a job he hates, a job which is difficult for him, and for him to have a real desire to be back at the precinct.  Also, the crew has gotten somewhat chummy with Captain Holt, so it's exciting to mix things up and throw in a new captain and his new assistant.  Finally, there's an opportunity for us to deal with a different set of issues now that Holt is in this office.  It's interesting to think of the pressures and conflicts he would undergo as the mouthpiece of the NYPD in a time like this.

Did you have any storytelling goals going into season 2 beyond being as funny as you could? Were there certain story ideas or character combinations that were inspired by the first season that you tried to incorporate?

Dan Goor: We wanted to continue showing Jake's maturation as a cop, as a person, and as a potential love interest.  We also wanted to move Amy closer to her goal of impressing the captain.  Also, we wanted to show that Charles had grown out of his infatuation with Rosa.  To a certain extent we did that in season one with Vivian, but we wanted to go even further.  Strange as it may be, we felt like his ridiculous sex romps with Gina were a sign of maturing -- he has gotten over going full Boyle.  We also wanted show how deep Charles and Jake's friendship can be by having Charles stand up to Jake and have his own opinions (in "Stakeout" and in "Capt. Peralta," among other episodes).  Another real priority for us in terms of storytelling was deepening Rosa's character.  That's why we introduced Marcus, to show a more vulnerable side to Rosa.
Alan Sepinwall has been reviewing television since the mid-'90s, first for Tony Soprano's hometown paper, The Star-Ledger, and now for HitFix. His new book, "TV (The Book)" about the 100 greatest shows of all time, is available now. He can be reached at sepinwall@hitfix.com