If the “Law & Order: SVU” finale next month does happen to be the last episode for the series, you can at least be assured that it will have a face involved who is very important to the show’s history: Richard Belzer.
In a post on his official Twitter account, showrunner Warren Leight confirmed that you will see Munch again for finale. His departure from the show happened in late 2013, as he was retiring from his work with the Special Victims Unit, and taking a different post over at the D.A.’s office. This move was designed for him to still be a part of the show if he still wanted to, but we imagine that he wanted there to be a decent amount of distance between this and his next appearance. His final moment on the show, with him picking up the phone and accidentally reminiscing back to his days all the way back on “Homicide: Life on the Street,” which started up more than 20 years ago.
Richard’s character is iconic, and for that reason we are thrilled to see him back. While this show is often case-based, this episode is going to allow for there to be opportunities to really have Benson think about her future, and figure out if that includes having the same active role on the team she used to. In the wake of William Lewis’ torture and his eventual death, she has to decide whether or not she is going to allow this terrible man to control her consciousness. Obviously she will not want him to do so, but this is not an easy thing to move on from.