‘Law & Order: SVU’ Boss Says Fans “Absolutely Misinterpreted” Benson’s Stabler …

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‘Law & Order: SVU’ Boss Says Fans “Absolutely Misinterpreted” Benson’s Stabler Remarks.

After sex trafficker Johnny D (Charles Halford) made a bid to escape during his trial, Amaro (Danny Pino) took him down, but got shot in the process. Law & Order: SVU said goodbye to a series regular on Wednesday’s season 16 finale, but it was a conversation about a long-gone member of the unit that really got viewers talking.During Wednesday night’s episode, Pino’s character Nick Amaro got a proper send-off after four seasons alongside Hargitay’s Detective and then Lieutenant Olivia Benson. In the final 10 minutes of the episode, shots were fired by a sex trafficker during a trial — Amaro goes chasing the shooter and he gets hit in the knee and the liver. “I grew more in the last four years with you than I did in the 12 years I was with [Stabler],” she said then. “That relationship, whatever it was, didn’t allow for anything else.

Although it was touch and go, Amaro made it out of surgery and recovered enough to even make it to Olivia’s party celebrating her official adoption of Noah, or should we say Noah Porter Benson. After all, it was made clear when he tried to push for a promotion to sergeant that he was never going to be able to move up in the department after his shooting of an unarmed teenage boy last season, so why not move across the country to be closer to his daughter and son? “I know I wasn’t what your old partner was for you,” Amaro told Benson (Mariska Hargitay) in reference to the gone-but-not-forgotten Stabler (Christopher Meloni).

That’s 11 years straight [years] of procedurals, and he lives in LA and has a home there so there was some question about whether he was going to stay last year. Because we’ve put his character through the ringer and in some ways, he probably went through more changes in four years than the entire cast of Mad Men did in eight years. In addition to introducing are-they-or-aren’t-they Rollins and Amaro (Kelli Giddish and Danny Pino), Leight turned up the soap opera elements of what was always the L&O franchise’s most dramatic entry. His departure could also make room for a new lieutenant and/or sergeant to help Olivia hold down the fort, especially now that she is officially a mom.

Amaro is a character with ambition and the more we would talk to cops about what happens after a guy shoots an unarmed kid, what happens to a cop after he loses it with a pedophile, where is he going in NYPD? I tried to be very careful about making sure when Cragen left and Munch left that there was a sense of closure, so that fans weren’t left in the lurch, and Danny felt the same way.

Well, now it’s the only one, and it’s still chugging. “SVU 2.0” has gelled in the past two seasons by focusing on the trials and tribulations of TV’s most beloved policelady (sorry, Laura of the Mysteries). There is a lot more awareness of when cops abuse power and a lot more scrutiny with things—you see this a lot with cases in the real world, like Freddie Gray and Ferguson.

It was interesting to acknowledge the reality of the way his behavior—however well-intentioned and however he’s trying to turn it around—has painted himself into a corner. I know it’s a TV trope, “We’ll stop at nothing to get this guy,” but in truth, we’re all getting very tired of these headlines of what happens when cops go rogue or when people are hurt needlessly. He’s a good cop, but he did overreact and so what happened to Amaro was that the climate of tolerance for that sort of behavior has changed. … Sometimes the wrong guy gets made an example of, but it’s important at this point that the police departments start making examples out of people. If you look back at the last five episodes, this had been in the works, with his son moving out West, and he played each of those scenes beautifully, without giving away where it was going. There are some fans who have still not gotten over the fact that Elliot left, so I think unfortunately they will look for any excuse to feel offended.

Timor’s cool with testifying against D., and Selena’s still all hard-bitten and “no way.” She doesn’t have much of a choice, though.The trial begins, and Liv takes the stand. Whether it was Donal Logue or Peter Gallagher or Peter Scanavino or Raul Esparza, when we brought guys in and let them find their way, as opposed to saying, “This is the new partner for 22 episodes.” When I first came in, with Elliot’s (Christopher Meloni) abrupt departure, we really had to scramble to figure out where the show was, but since then we’ve learned that easing people in is better than having a big inauguration ceremony.

She’s able to see — however important that relationship was — there was also an element of co-dependence to it, and she was not as co-dependent with Amaro and that allowed room for other parts of her life to come. We could write a scene where Elliot receives a Nobel Prize for peace and the next day, the tweets would be, “How dare they do that!” So, that’s my longwinded answer.

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