“Law & Order: SVU” has often been a dangerous and at times depressing show, which is probably just what you would expect of it given the subject matter. But the show’s September 25 premiere this time around be even more depressing than usual, and that is likely all thanks to the possibly-deadly situation that Mariska Hargitay’s Benson is going to find herself in courtesy of Lewis.
While we are going to see a number of characters do their part to try and ensure that she gets out of this situation alive, there is going to be a great deal of grief that goes along with this. How much so? One person in particular in Rafael Barba (played by new series regular Raul Esparza) is going to have this weigh on him in the middle of a political campaign, and executive producer Warren Leight tells Entertainment Weekly about some of the character’s specific regrets:
“I would say almost all the people on the squad have a degree of guilt about Lewis getting off. If he had been able to get the conviction on Lewis…they all feel like if they could have done something differently, this wouldn’t have happened.”
Meanwhile, Leight also mentions that the Barba storyline is going to meet some interesting bumps in the road courtesy of an unexpected person from his past turning up during his Mayoral run, and this is something that could partially come straight from the headlines in terms of storytelling. We’re not suggesting that it will involve people texting photos of their junk, but it will revolve around the sort of dirt that gets thrown around the moment you start to enter politics.
“Law & Order: SVU” released their first teaser promo from the new season yesterday, and you can check it out here. Just a warning, though: It will probably make you a little bit squeamish.