Originally Posted by Anita18
So in killing off Batman, Bruce also frees Gotham from its obligation to hunt him 24/7.
Yes, on that note, I think Bruce was glad that by disappearing as Batman for those eight years. That meant taking some burden off Gordon, who would have been obligated to hunt him. I think Nolan felt for Gordon that way and subconsciously made Foley the one who took charge of the hunt in Rises.