‘Law & Order: SVU’ season 17 spoilers: Sophia Bush’s latest ‘Chicago PD’ crossover

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At one point this past summer, there was talk about a mythical crossover episode featuring every show executive-produced by Dick Wolf. Eventually, that plan fell through, and a big part of us imagines that part of the reason why may just be that there were few ways to throw together “Law & Order: SVU” into shows like “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago Med.” Another explanation? It was just too hard to schedule, given that “SVU” films in a different place and you have to fly everyone in to do spots on so many different shows.

With that being said, “SVU” still found a way to make it work for this season just with “Chicago PD,” and come February 10 there will be a two-hour crossover event. The story begins with “SVU’s” episode “Nationwide Manhunt” starting at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time, and in this episode Sophia Bush and Jon Seda will be crossing over to the show in hopes of trying to find two escaped murderers. As you may have heard, this is where you are going to see the return of Dallas Roberts once more. This is a case of a villain who already has a crossover history.

Meanwhile, the second episode a.k.a. the “Chicago PD” one is entitled “The Song of Gregory William Yates,” and there’s a full synopsis out there detailing some of what the producers have in mind for this particular story:

“After infamous criminal Gregory Yates (guest star Dallas Roberts) escapes from a New York prison, Lindsay (Sophia Bush) and the team learn that he intends to flee New York and is headed for Chicago. The SVU team informs Intelligence that Yates has been gathering information on Lindsay and after Platt (Amy Morton) calls in a triple homicide likely at the hand of Yates, Benson (guest star Mariska Hargitay) and Fin (guest star Ice-T) catch the next plane to Chicago. Upon investigation of the crime scene, the team learns that another tenant in the building is missing and they work to find a connection between Yates and the woman.”

Will this crossover mark the end of the road for Yates? We’re starting to think that way, mostly because there’s only so long that a character like Yates can stick around in this world and be believable.

There’s a new “SVU” airing tonight, and we’ll have some more coverage (including a preview for what lies ahead) up soon at this link. Stay tuned! Also, be sure to sign up over here if you are interested in gathering up some further TV news on everything we cover, sent right to you via our CarterMatt Newsletter. (Photo: NBC.)

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