When will 'Law & Order: SVU' Season 22 return? Here's what to expect once NBC show comes back from Covid-19 break
Any crime show's success is judged by how engaging and gripping the storyline and content is. Those are a few of the success mantras followed by some of the hit crime and detective shows that we have been hooked to. And, undoubtedly, the success of ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ is an example as one of the longest-running prime-time drama of that.
On March 13, 2020, the production of the 21st season was halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 20 out of the original 24-episode order were completed before production was stopped. Hence, the twentieth episode served as the season finale. This was also the first season where Philip Winchester as Peter Stone did not appear since his introduction in the nineteenth season. He exited the show at the conclusion of the previous season.
In February this year, NBC ordered the 22nd season of the show. The show will be helmed by the showrunner Warren Leight. The usual set of actors the usual list of characters, reportedly, are going to return, which includes Mariska Hargitay as Captain Olivia Benson, Kelli Giddish as Detective 2nd Grade Amanda Rollins, Ice-T as Sergeant Odafin Tutuola, Peter Scanavino as ADA Dominick Carisi, Jr, and Jamie Gray Hyder as Officer Katriona Tamin.
Where we left off
The last episode ‘Things We Have to Lose’ focused on Sir Toby Moore finally going to trial, while also having past cases being brought up. Moore is the media mogul who sexually assaulted and raped women for two decades until the actress Pilar Reyes (played by Carmen Berkeley), whom he’d raped, came forward with her story. During the trial, though, Moore suffers from a heart attack and Reyes’ testimony is put on hold. It also saw Tamin meeting Lakira Beca again who informs her that Paul Davies has raped another transgender woman, Rollins is reunited with Ivy Bucci after arresting for cocaine possession at a party and Tutuola’s career is at risk after fatally shooting a father who attempted to murder his wife and son.
What we'd like to see
While the current scenario, in reality, is our struggle to fight Covid-19, and like most TV shows, ‘Law & Order: SVU’ seems to be following the same path. As per People, Leight mentioned during The Hollywood Reporter podcast TV’s ‘Top 5‘ that the pandemic would be explored. It was also mentioned that they will address the nationwide protests due to racial injustice and police brutality in the country. While the show is known to be inspired by current and real-life cases, in this season as well we would like to see more such episodes. Being a show from the investigator and police perspective, it would be interesting to see how they incorporate the current trust issues that citizens are having with the cops.
When is it returning
The latest season is expected to premiere on November 12. As reported by Parade, it will be on Thursdays at 9 pm ET.