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May 7th, 2014  /  Jessica

[WARNING: The following contains spoilers from Wednesday’s episode of Law & Order: SVU. Read at your own risk!]

Law & Order: SVU fans spent 12 seasons waiting for Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) to get together to no avail, but it took less than three for romance to ignite between two of the squad’s other detectives.

“I had no idea until we walked into the read-through,” Danny Pino tells TVGuide.com of the big reveal about Amaro and Rollins’ affair. In the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it scene, Rollins (Kelli Giddish) was watching a TV news interview with a high-profile child molestation suspect (played by Bradley Whitford) when Amaro suddenly emerged from her bathroom in nothing but a towel. In addition to eating “a few less cupcakes” in the days leading up to the revealing scene, Pino says he had to emotionally wrap his head around his character’s unknown office romance.

Warren Leight, our showrunner, said, ‘There have been some slight changes to the script.’ I had read the script prior to the read-through, so I wasn’t quite sure as to what he was referring to,” Pino recalls of the first read-through for Wednesday’s episode. “A little bit of a rustle started in the room and I doubled back up the page. I started looking at the stage directions and saw that Rollins was not alone in her apartment. … Needless to say I was caught by surprise.”

As were fans. The move is not just shocking for the recently downsized SVU squad, but in the grand scheme of the entire Law & Order franchise. The flagship and its many spin-offs have normally steered clear of such romantic entanglements, either by keeping the characters in a perennial will-they-or-won’t-they state, a la Benson and Stabler, or by only exposing it after the fact, like when Jack McCoy’s affair with Claire Kincaid came to light following her death. “I think we all know it’s Season 15 of Law & Order: SVU and there’s no reason to go small,” Pino says. “I’m incredibly proud to be a part of a show that is not resting on its own legacy. It’s a show that is, I feel, finding a new voice.”

Although it’s a big step away from the Law & Order norm, the surprise plot twist is just the latest in a string of very serialized and very personal stories told by SVU this year. After Benson’s battle with PTSD following her tango with William Lewis in the season premiere, Amaro shot and killed an unarmed teenager and Rollins almost lost her job, and her life, because of a crippling gambling addiction. “It’s not even the same show that it was only three years ago,” Pino says of SVU‘s evolution since he and Giddish joined in 2011. “People who watch the show are rewarded for really being able to track where a character’s emotional state is from episode to episode. And yet, we don’t sacrifice any of the law and the order of it all. I think the show is, creatively, in a fantastic place.”

So what’s next for Rollins and Amaro? Will anyone at work find out their secret? Pino teases all that and more below:

What did you think of that twist? Looking back did you see pieces of where it could have led to this?
Danny Pino:
Absolutely, without question. I feel like the writers had been planting certain seeds throughout the season where it was more of an insinuation. This certainly solidified what these two characters had been going through. Both characters have been in search of companionship, in search of somebody or something that would make it feel like fulfillment of some sort. Certainly, Amaro losing his family and still [carrying a torch] for his wife, his difficulties at work, the obstacles that he’s tried to overcome, and Rollins with her gambling addiction and her difficulties professionally — the two of them found each other both in need and so, to me, all of those dots do connect. Now, they didn’t connect immediately while I was sitting there in the read-through. It was a very complicated, complex wave of realization, emotion, and embarrassment of not really knowing. I felt like most of the writers did know, so I was the one in the relationship and yet I didn’t even know it. It was a highlight of the season certainly in terms of what went on in that read-through.

Will the viewers be able to figure out how long this has been going on or get more information about their relationship in the last two episodes of the season?
I think that there are breadcrumbs. Anyone who is interested will be able to pick up those breadcrumbs, but I think that is our writers’ way of rewarding the fans who watch the show week in and week out and know what these characters have been going through, to give them some kind of a compass for what is happening behind the scenes.

There are potentially huge consequences for colleagues who sleep together. Will we see any of those consequences play out over the rest of the season? Will anyone in the squad find out?
I’ll put it this way: It’s not a regular run-of-the-mill, 9-to-5 job. It is a squad room full of inquisitive, instinctual detectives who have a nose for things being off. So what is happening behind the scenes may begin to pique certain characters’ interests. But at the same time, you’re dealing with a former undercover cop and a cop who’s been undercover before in Amaro and Rollins, so they’re pretty good at hiding as well. I think that is one of the things that I’m looking forward to in the coming episodes; to really find out whether it is ever revealed. I don’t know whether it’s ever revealed, but I do know that we have very smart detectives all around us. The smallest slip-up could blow the whole roof off of it.

Warren Leight has said that the season finale is a big episode for your character. What can you tease about what Amaro will be going through?
In the finale, Amaro stands to lose not only his family, but his career. And it could happen that quickly and that easily, and it’s only his current friends and perhaps some very close friends from the past who he has to rely on to get him out of the situation.

So will Laura Benanti return for that episode?
Laura Benanti will be in the episode prior, in the penultimate episode.

It’s been awhile since her character has been on the show. What can you say about Maria and Amaro’s dynamic?
Amaro is hopeful. He’s positive and he feels that he is going to be able to bring his family back under the same roof ultimately. He’s resolved to make that happen. He’s one of those people, and I feel like maybe a lot of us are, that when things are crumbling around you, all you want to do is restore where you find the most peace at all costs. That relationship with Maria and Zara, his daughter — they represent peace to him. … Then again, he is not clear-eyed in his perception of what Maria’s intentions are, which only leads to disappointment and for him to act out, which is what gets him in trouble in the finale.

It’s been a big year for your character not only because of the family issues that he’s been dealing with, but also because of the shooting. What kind of impact have these events had on Amaro?
  Amaro, certainly from the beginning, is a cop who likes to dot his i’s and cross his t’s and do everything the right way. Shooting the unarmed teenager was a pivotal moment for him. It was an example of his not being able to control certain situations and his frustration in that. That has certainly caused a stress at work. It’s driven his family away from him. He worked narcotics, and he was in the warrants bureau prior to coming to SVU. Narcotics, undercover, warrants — these are high-stress situations and he was able to maintain his family, and have some level of some happiness. It was only upon coming into SVU that things started to crumble around him personally. … The things that he sees everyday and the conversations he has to have everyday with survivors, perpetrators, witnesses leave an indelible mark on him and I think that’s what Maria sees which is why I think she wanted to leave and take their daughter with her.

Amaro feels like he can keep all these balls in the air and that first ball that fell was shooting this teenager and after that, he lost his focus. He’s really his worst enemy and the more he tries to stay above water, the more he struggles, the more he’s actually harming himself. In the finale, it’s ultimately the relationships that he has around him, the friendships he has within the squad room that save him.

Do you think he’ll ever be able to get closure over the shooting?
I don’t know if you ever get closure. I read a lot about police officers who shot unarmed victims, unarmed subjects and some of the things that I read were just after the shooting and then I was able to find some articles that interviewed these police officers several years after an incident and it’s just not something you get over. That’s what I love about our show. The bad guy doesn’t always get put in prison. The survivor doesn’t always get the help that he or she needs or deserves. A police officer doesn’t always reconcile with his demons. … How do you get over shooting an unarmed 14-year-old boy? How do you sugarcoat that? And you don’t. It’s a tough road back, if you ever get back. I think it’s just the new normal for him and he’s experiencing that and he’s trying to figure that out, just like we all are.

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According to many social media posts, regular viewers of ‘SVU’ are jazzed about Wednesday night’s episode as it will feature the official ceremony marking Detective Olivia Benson’s (Mariska Hargitay) ascension to the rank of Sergeant and the beginning of her role as the leader in the Special Victims Unit, a promotion many feel is long overdue given Benson’s tenure in the unit.

But, unfortunately, the celebration is cut short as a fresh assault case and the pursuit of justice for the victim takes precedence over something that’s simply ceremonious. In fact, the urgency is apparent as Benson immediately jumps into working on the case while still in her official police issue attire, apparently having not a spare moment to change into her regular work clothes.

The synopsis for the episode, “Betrayal’s Climax,” indicates that the SVU detectives take on a kidnapping with ties to a dangerous gang.

While this may seem like a ‘non-event’ episode, given the extremely high drama quotient of the most recent episodes, “Psycho/Therapist” and “Amaro’s One-Eighty,” what makes this mid-season installment progressive is precisely the precarious path that these previous chapters have laid out for each and every person in that unit.

Hesitating to use the phrase ‘regular’ crime as every ‘SVU’ case is about a truly heinous event, what does makes this case different is that it isn’t something that is happening directly to a member of the 16th precinct, but, what has happened recently to both Benson and Amaro will certainly affect how they each approach this, and all future, cases.

“Right now, given what everyone in that squad room had been through, what each of them is bringing to their job is completely different than it was before,” explains Executive Producer Warren Leight. “This is what I really feel has to happen. I had to shake it all up. We’re not trying to write these big plot twists. I want to write using these complicated characters and watch what happens to them when they find themselves in unfamiliar positions. So the show maybe used to be more outside in, dependent on big twists and the like, and that’s a fun ride but it doesn’t lend itself to creating the kind of character portraiture that we want to do now. There’s an evolution of character here that I think is important. It has to happen, whether it’s welcomed by these individuals or not.”

Working within the framework of a procedural, Leight admits that it’s quite a challenge to integrate the personal stories that have been arced out this season into the criminal action element of the show. “We have our main story in each episode and we’re not trying to add a ‘B’ story or a subplot, what we’re trying to do is to add another layer to the main storyline,” he clarifies. “The problem is that once the crime has started our guys are all in. They’re relentless in their pursuit and it just doesn’t work to try to cut back to a personal moment, unless it has to do with the case. So, we work really hard to have individual personalities, opinions and actions come out within that main story.”

While it’s a challenge, the sprinkling of bits of individuality are necessary to understand how the characters react to certain situations, according to Danny Pino (“Nick Amaro”), who says, “Seeing who these people are not only in the squad room but outside of those confines is important. We’re in constant search of who they are and why they believe what they believe and why they do what they do. When the balance shifts more toward character, that sheds light on how these individuals conduct themselves on the job; in an interrogation, during an investigation and so on. By knowing who they are outside the squad room, we see that, just as in real life, their personal lives inform their professional lives and vice-versa.”

Foremost on the minds of many viewers is the health of the relationship between Benson and Detective Cassidy (Dean Winters). Cryptic as ever, Leight will only say that, “Those two are going to go through some things. They’re like any couple, with plenty ups and downs, even more so because of what’s she’s been through and because both of them have highly stressful jobs, especially her with her promotion. These are the kinds of things that can take either take a toll on a relationship or they can strengthen it. Everyone will have to wait and see about these two.”

Sadly, other than these few statements, he wouldn’t give up any more specifics about the couple. But I can tell you that in “Wednesday’s Child,” which will air next week, Benson slowly begins to express how she really feels about her present personal situation.

Sorry, but to reveal anymore would really ruin some truly surprising moments for ardent fans. (Believe me, even writing that short paragraph so as to not give too much away was difficult!)

And, as promised in last week’s post, when asked directly about the probability of a re-appearance by William Lewis, Leight did have this to say, “Seeing Lewis again is a possibility, but at this point I don’t know how we would do it.” He goes on to say that much of the decision lies with Lewis’ portrayer, Pablo Schreiber. “I know Pablo well enough to know that he’d want to know a lot about it before he’d commit to it because he’s very, very proud of the work that he’s done so far. He’s proud of this part and what he and Mariska have achieved in those episodes. He’s not motivated by a payday; he’s motivated by the work. We’ve certainly, intentionally left the door ajar for a return. But, having said that, and I’ve said this before, you can’t go to the well too many times. We have to use that character judicially or he loses his impact, and that’s absolutely the thing we don’t want to happen at this point given the enormous amount of impact he’s had so far.”

With this episode, ‘SVU’ has just passed the halfway mark of the 15th season and after next week’s episode will take a two week break during the Olympics. The final ‘third act’ of the season will begin on February 19th.

If that last third is anything like the first two, it’s sure to be a bumpy ride, one that is expected and will undoubtedly be gladly accepted.

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on NBC.

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January 15th, 2014  /  Jessica

For much of this season on ‘SVU’ the focus has been on Detective Benson as she, along with her co-workers, struggle to recover from her kidnapping and assault. Now, another squad member will find himself in the middle of an extremely volatile situation.

On Wednesday, ‘SVU’ delves into every cop’s worst nightmare – the shooting of a seemingly unharmed fourteen-year-old child.

As Executive Producer Warren Leight explains, “Detective Amaro’s leaving a party at Olivia’s place and he sees a cop chasing a kid. When he goes to back up the officer, there’s chaos and a shooting takes place in a crowded hallway, the other cop has been shot and the kid Amaro was chasing is down with a gaping chest wound….and no one can find a gun on or near the kid. It’s a situation where a cop has to ask himself, ‘What happens when you do everything right and the results are horrible? ‘And, unfortunately, this kind of thing does happen; incidents of cops shooting the wrong person, no gun found.”

Leight goes on to reveal that, “I like putting Amaro in these situations, because both Amaro and [his portrayer] Danny [Pino] are the ‘A’ student. People call Danny the quiet one because he’s so contemplative. There’s never a wrinkle in his shirt, he’s not clumsy, the guy never spills anything, he’s just so put together all the time that, well, I really wanted to mess with him and push him to places that I know he can go. Both Danny and his character like control so what happens when you’re in position in which you have no control? This is very much watching Amaro deal with the worst week of his life.”

Putting the character through this turmoil was well thought out, adds Leight. “Last year we did a story about him having a kid that he didn’t know about who was conceived when he was undercover. That kind of shook him up, but this character is the kind of guy who keeps up this strong veneer, trying hard to show that things are going well. So in light of that, I said, ‘well I’m out to crack that front.’”

Pino says that while he didn’t know this exact storyline was coming, he knew that something was brewing. “The truth is that whenever we’re around the writers, we’re hunting. They’ll give us cryptic revelations about what may or may not be happening down the road but it’s hard to get anything concrete, and that’s really okay by me. Some actors might feel that they want to know what’s on the horizon, but personally, with a desire not to prematurely play anything, I think to remain innocent to what’s in store is actually a gift.”

When he first read the finished script, Pino felt a range of emotions, “I was both nervous and excited at the same time,” he admits. “It’s the kind of story that I feel really defines a character. In moments of great struggle, of great adversity, we all tend to show who we really are. We all tend to whittle ourselves down to our least common denominator. In this, Amaro is faced with intensive scrutiny and adversity and he has to face who he is and what he stands for to try to overcome it.”

Leight, looking beyond the fictional character to Pino, relates that, “This is the kind of script that creates a lot of anxiety for an actor. You’re asking him to go to some very tough places.”

But Pino didn’t hesitate to jump in, knowing that this script was special. “On this show, my character is mostly dealing with the adversity that other people are experiencing and much of the time I’m essentially a conduit to closure for them. I knew this was special because in this case Amaro wasn’t just the catalyst for change for someone else; he’s in fact the one changing. he’s on the hot seat and he has to really face who he is and the decisions he’s made.”

Now in his third year as ‘SVU’s’ showrunner, Leight reveals that shaking up the characters is a very conscious way to keep the show moving forward. “The title of this episode really says a lot because let’s remember that when he started with the ‘SVU’ team, Amaro was a happily married man, a family man and that’s all fallen apart on him. He’s also a cop, that’s all he’s ever wanted to be and now, in light of this incident, he has to decide whether or not that’s worth fighting for. All of this turmoil is intentional because what can happen in a long running show is that people can start to fall into a routine and I’m just trying to keep it fresh for everyone – the crew, the cast, the writers – and if we successfully do that, we’re keeping it fresh for the audience as well.”

Speaking specifically about this episode, Leight says, “There’s a lot of action and a fair amount of danger but there are also a lot of really hard, hot confrontations. Danny does more in this episode than we’ve asked him to do in two and half years. We pushed him to a really disturbing place and he really knocks it out.”

This episode marks the second of five that will air prior to the start of the Olympics and Leight knew that he wanted to ramp up the action in this second trimester of the three that will make up season 15.

“What we wanted to start off this mini-season out of the box with two bang-bang episodes, to keep pushing it,” says Leight. “And I think we’ve done that with ‘Psycho/Therapist’ and now with ‘Amaro’s One-Eighty.’”

For his part Pino, after all of the work that went into the episode, is ready for it to appear on screen. “I’m so thrilled that this is finally going to air. We shot it a couple of months ago so I’ve had time to live with it, but I’m really ready to share it with the fans. I feel lucky to be a part of a team that’s so creative and so intent on pushing this show and evolving the show. I think we’re hitting a very good stride.”

This week’s hashtag = #FreeAmaro

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January 15th, 2014  /  Jessica

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