Law & Order: SVU Season 16 Finale Says Goodbye to Danny Pino’s Amaro …

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‘Law & Order: SVU’ Boss: “A Lot of Things Will Pay Off” in the Season Finale.

“It’s the biggest episode of the year that we’ve done in a lot of ways,” Leight tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Michael Slovis is directing, who did the Game of Thrones season premiere.In an unexpected development, Law & Order: SVU wrapped up Season 16 by bidding farewell to Danny Pino, as a near-death experience prompted his character to decide on a major life change: “It’s not to say any of us enjoys it, but it seems like that’s where the story was going and I think all of the actors felt like the exit was honored.” If you have not yet seen the finale and want to avoid any spoilers this is where you should probably leave us… Wednesday’s Season 17 finale brought Olivia’s custody battle for Noah to a head, as the series’ writers worked to wrap up a storyline which has been in the works for nearly two seasons.

According to a new report from TV Line, it’s totally true that actor ,Danny Pino aka Nick Amaro (left), is leaving “Law And Order: SVU,” so he’ll be out of any season 17 plans. Long-story short, after Johnny D’s lawyer discovered the truth behind Noah’s paternity and Olivia’s knowledge of the situation before Johnny D’s official prosecution, the case was brought in front of a judge as his attorney argued the first trial was staged to guarantee Johnny D have no access to his son. Also, show producer, Warren Leight, commented on it with TV Guide, stating: “It seemed to be, in a strange way, right for Amaro to start fresh somewhere 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.

And if she does, what will that mean for baby Noah’s future?” says Leight. “It’s the trial of Johnny D. and the tribulation of Olivia and Noah.” It doesn’t take long for Johnny D. to find out about his son. “When he finds out the truth about that baby, he has to use it,” says Leight. “He’s not really good father material but he develops an interest in that baby very early on in that episode.” Olivia’s struggles with Noah come just as she faces change in her precinct as well. In the most recent episode, Tucker (Robert John Burke) urged her to take the Lieutenant’s exam to prevent an outsider from coming in and usurping her power. Throughout the trial the odds of winning shift back and forth between the prosecution and the defense teams as both sides deal with their share of courtroom drama. 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). However, Benson replied “that old relationship didn’t allow for anything. … But you, with your support, I have a family.” It’s unclear if Amaro’s exit will make room for a new rookie detective to join the ranks next season like the way newbie Det.

Amaro (Danny Pino) does seem interested, but will his record, which includes shooting an unarmed teenager boy and assaulting an acquitted sex offender, be a problem? “It will certainly be explored. Tucker also comes back with his thoughts on who the No. 2 should be,” says Leight. “He has his ear to the internal politics of 1 Police Plaza and he’s trying to give Benson the heads up on how things might go.” Combined with a courtroom shooting teased in the season finale promo, it makes for what Leight calls “an emotional rollercoaster ride” of a season finale. “It doesn’t end on a cliff, but I think people will be ready for a break by the time it ends,” says the executive producer. “There are a couple of big surprises in the finale that will have to resonate in the new year.” Johnny D proceeds to open fire within the courtroom before exiting with his hostage into the halls, Detective Amaro goes after him – and a series of shots are fired from outside the courtroom. Fast-forward a few minutes, and it is revealed that Johnny D was taken down during the standoff and Amaro was also hit – though his injuries were luckily non-lifethreatening. Oh, and Benson is now the official legal guardian of Noah – Noah’s adoption was confirmed in the closing scenes but was quickly overshadowed by Amaro’s exit.

The best that could happen to a detective like him right now is that they let him play out the string with no possibility of advancement and that didn’t seem like something his character would want. His marriage has also fallen apart, but his daughter has moved out West, this other son of his from a prior relationship has moved out West, so there’s not much keeping him [in New York].

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