‘Law & Order: SVU’ season 17 spoilers: Meet Sgt. Mike Dodds

Law & Order: SVU logoWhen we saw the cast photo above for “Law & Order: SVU,” one of the first thoughts that entered our mind was just how small the group felt. Remember that this is a show about a whole squad of crime-fighters, and yet now we are at a point where it has been whittled down to five, and that is including Barba (who is not always a central character) into the mix.

Well, the show be working on some ways to beef up the squad judging from some of the latest news we’re hearing about. According to TV Guide, Broadway veteran Andy Karl is set to recur on the upcoming 17th season as Sgt. Mike Dodds, the son of Peter Gallagher’s character of Deputy Chief William Dodds. He will be the second-in-command to Lieutenant Benson over the coming episodes, and with that in mind play a significant role.

Anytime that you have something mentioned about a character being a descendant of someone else, it only feels inevitable that you are going to ask questions regarding nepotism and the like. Is the present of Dobbs’ son going to make it all the more difficult for Benson to do her job? It is hard to say for certain, but we do at least feel with some confidence that it will complicate things further, and we will end up seeing a whole lot more of Gallagher on the show.

The new season of “SVU” is going to premiere with a two-hour episode starting on Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time.

(Photo: NBC.)

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