The “Law & Order: SVU” finale is going out with a bang.
In HuffPost TV’s exclusive preview above, Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Rollins (Kelli Giddish) are stumped by a mysterious criminal. “I had him,” Benson says. “He was getting off on telling me the details.” But things soon escalate and Benson finds herself in mortal danger.
“The finale starts off in a very casual tone where we’re all on a day off,” “SVU” star Danny Pino told TVGuide.com. “Then it slowly gets darker and darker, and by the end of the episode, it’s about as dark as the episodes have ever gotten [and] I don’t know if [Amaro] can help Benson.”
Check out NBC’s official description of the episode, titled “Her Negotiation,” and tune in for the “SVU” finale on Wed., May 22 at 9 p.m. ET:
Law & Order: SVU fans, prepare yourselves for one of the darkest episodes yet.
On the Season 14 finale (Wednesday, May 22, 9/8c), the squad is trying to put away a sociopath (played by Pablo Schreiber) who is outsmarting them at every turn. By the end, Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) is in a very precarious situation.
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“The finale starts off in a very causal tone where we’re all on a day off,” Danny Pino told TVGuide.com at the NBC upfront red carpet. “Then it slowly gets darker and darker, and by the end of the episode, it’s about as dark as the episodes have ever gotten [and] I don’t know if [Amaro] can help Benson.”
Also in the video, Kelli Giddish talks about the tough run her character has had more recently, but adds that she’s happy that the arc gave her the opportunity to shoot some touching scenes with Ice T.
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“There were a couple of really sweet scenes,” Giddish says. “I love having Ice as a partner. I come home every day with a quote from him. My friends are sick of hearing about Ice T, but then I’m like, ‘No listen to this’ and they’re like, ‘That is wise, man.’”
Watch the video for more from Pino and Giddish, as well as Dann Florek’s and Richard Belzer’s takes on the finale. Plus: Pino names the biggest diva on set.
05/22/2013 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : IN THE SHOCKING SEASON FINALE, A MYSTERIOUS CRIMINAL SETS OFF A DANGEROUS CHAIN OF EVENTS. GUEST STARRING PABLO SCHREIBER AND LAUREN AMBROSE.
After making a seemingly routine arrest of a man exposing himself in Central Park, Detective Rollins (Kelli Giddish) has a bad feeling about the suspect and calls upon the entire SVU squad and ADA Barba (Raúl Esparza) to help. With no way to discover the suspect’s true identity, he masterfully outplays them at every turn. A shocking theory comes to light, and as Barba’s trial comes to a close, the situation rapidly escalates and Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) is put into mortal danger. Also starring Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen), Danny Pino (Detective Nick Amaro), Dean Winters (Brian Cassidy) and Tamara Tunie (M.E. Melinda Warner).
05/15/2013 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : THE SVU DETECTIVES REACH A SERIES OF DEAD END LEADS WHEN AN UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN IS FOUND UNCONSCIOUS IN THE RIVER
Detectives Benson and Amaro (Mariska Hargitay and Danny Pino) are called to the scene when an unconscious woman with signs of physical trauma is found in a river near the Mayor’s home. With the victim in a coma, the squad races to identify and account for her prior whereabouts. They uncover a wild side to an otherwise normal wife and mother, and the investigation reaches an unsettling conclusion. Also starring Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen), Kelli Giddish (Detective Amanda Rollins) and Tamara Tunie (M.E. Melinda Warner). Guest starring Richard Thomas and Kerry Butler.
05/08/2013 (09:01PM – 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : LIEUTENANT ALEXANDRA EAMES (GUEST STAR KATHRYN ERBE) RETURNS TO HELP THE SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT WHEN A STRING OF SHOOTINGS IS LINKED TO FIN’S (ICE-T) PAST AS A NARCOTICS OFFICER.
Two surprise sniper attacks on the NYPD leave the SVU squad scrambling for answers. When the link between the shootings appears to be Detective Tutuola (Ice-T), he reconnects with his former Narcotics partner (guest star Yul Vazquez) in order to uncover a possible motive tied to their old cases. As the violence continues, Lieutenant Eames (guest star Erbe) joins the investigation and the Special Victims Unit races to hunt down a killer no one saw coming. Also starring Mariska Hargitay (Detective Olivia Benson), Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen), Danny Pino (Detective Nick Amaro) and Kelli Giddish (Detective Amanda Rollins). Guest starring Jessica Camacho, Emilio Rivera, Cathy Moriarty, 2 Chainz and LaLa Anthony.
05/01/2013 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : THE INVESTIGATION OF A GANG RAPE AT A CONCERT TAKES AN UNEXPECTED TWIST. JEFFREY TAMBOR GUEST STARS.
A suburban teen is brutally assaulted when a concert turns into a mob scene. Friends and eyewitnesses give mixed accounts of the event, and Detective Amaro (Danny Pino) finds himself trying to save the reputation of the prime suspect, a fellow military veteran (guest star Eion Bailey) whose fractured memory could hold the answer to why the girl was targeted. Starring Mariska Hargitay (Detective Olivia Benson), Ice-T (Odafin Tutuola), Richard Belzer (Sergeant John Munch), Kelli Giddish (Detective Amanda Rollins) and Raúl Esparza (ADA Rafael Barba).
04/03/2013 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : A MOTHER (GUEST STAR HOPE DAVIS) IS FORCED TO CONFRONT THE DISTURBING TRUTH ABOUT HER SON (GUEST STAR ETHAN CUTKOSKY) AS HIS VIOLENT TENDENCIES GROW OUT OF CONTROL.
When a school nurse notices several injuries on a young girl, the SVU detectives are called in to investigate. A closer look at her family reveals a mother (guest star Davis) struggling to manage the violent outbursts of her nine year old son (guest star Cutkosky.) As the SVU squad and the visiting Dr. Huang (BD Wong) debate an appropriate course of treatment, the situation rapidly explodes into a dangerous standoff. Meanwhile, Detective Amaro (Danny Pino) tries to establish a relationship with his newly discovered son. Also starring Mariska Hargitay (Detective Olivia Benson), Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen) and Kelli Giddish (Detective Amanda Rollins.)
03/27/2013 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : WHEN A SPORTS REPORTER (GUEST STAR LAUREN COHAN) ACCUSES HER CAMERAMAN (GUEST STAR DAVID MARCIANO) OF RAPE, THE CASE BECOMES MORE COMPLICATED WHEN SHE LEARNS SHE IS PREGNANT
A popular sports reporter (guest star Cohan) seeks out Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) to accuse a cameraman (guest star Marciano) of rape and stalking. The SVU squad and ADA Barba (Raúl Esparza) begin their preparations for a difficult trial when the victim learns she is pregnant as result of the rape. As the case proceeds, the defense uses controversial tactics in its efforts to persuade the jury. Also starring Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen), Danny Pino (Detective Nick Amaro) and Kelli Giddish (Detective Amanda Rollins).
03/20/2013 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : WHEN BRIAN CASSIDY (GUEST STAR DEAN WINTERS) IS ACCUSED OF RAPE, THE RESULTING TRIAL UNCOVERS SURPRISING NEWS FOR DETECTIVE AMARO (DANNY PINO). GREG GERMANN GUEST STARS.
As he prepares to testify against pimp Bart Ganzel, a woman comes forward claiming that Brian Cassidy (guest star Winters) raped her while he was an undercover detective. ADA Barba (Raul Esparza), Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and the SVU squad nervously await the outcome of the trial, concerned for Cassidy as well as the ongoing prosecution of Ganzel. When prosecutor Derek Strauss (Germann) pushes hard for a win, Cassidy and his lawyer (guest star Reg E. Cathey) use some surprising methods of defense, with shocking consequences for Detective Amaro (Pino). Also starring Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Richard Belzer (Sergeant John Munch) and Kelli Giddish (Detective Amanda Rollins).