FINALLY. Law & Order SVU is going to give us the meaning behind the #SaveBenson hashtag we’ve been getting all summer.
Confession. Warren Leight (SVU‘s new showrunner who took over from Dick Wolf for the Post-Elliot Era) and co. have done such an amazing job with the show that I sometimes find myself thinking blasphemous thoughts like “I think I like this better than when Elliot was still around.” That’s saying a lot. They’ve been able to breathe new life into the show taking it from something you catch up on eventually (if at all with all the repeats that are always on) to a show that you’re watching every week.
This past season’s premiere was an epic conclusion to a massive finale and used a similar #FreeCragen campaign to lock viewers in over the summer break. We FINALLY got some Liv story line, Dean Winters reprised his season one role as Detective Cassidy. This was my favorite story arc of the season, not only was Olivia finally getting a little romantic side action, but it was also a great call back to thirteen years ago. The diehards remembered when Liv and Cassidy had a fling, he fell harder than she cared for an office fling to go. Now that they’re older and wiser, the couple is making a go at it.
But, to the season finale. The Special Victims Unit has found themselves tangling with a real bastard of a rapist. They’re working with a smart sociopath, the worst kind. Rollins brought him in on a public lewdness charge but due to his whole “oops I just happened to burn off my finger tips” thing he had going on, she was a wee bit suspicious. Cut to him raping and torturing his victims by holding them hostage in their own apartments, and you can see she had some good instincts going on.
The end of the episode had this bastard hiding out in Benson’s apartment. The last we see is him holding a gun to her head, already knowing the kind of horror she’s in for. Hence, the #SaveBenson campaign. For a little background information, Mariska Hargitay had yet to renew her contract at this point so the whole #SaveBenson really was quite the cliff hanger. But all of those still scarred from the “Elliot decided not to come to work anymore” fiasco, you can breathe easy. Mariska renewed her contract and SPOILER ALERT is probably going to be saved.
More insider news, Dean Winters has joined the Brooklyn Nine-Nine cast. I’m hoping that he can do double time so LIV + CASSIDY 4EVA can remain a true statement.
Luckily enough for the NBC promotional team, the cocky bastard rapist ended up being Pornstache, and went and got himself quite famous over the summer. We’re going to get back to this story hating him even more, with enough skeevy feelings to hope that Benson eviscerates him. Pornstache BEST not be laying a finger on our gurl Liv during this massive two hour premiere.