‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Showrunner Ilene Chaiken Details What Wheatley’s Been Up To

by John Jamison

Well, Richard Wheatley has been in jail. There’s only so much the Law & Order: Organized Crime villain can do. But with his influence, don’t make the mistake of thinking he’s helpless.

We’ve already seen how powerful he can be behind bars, whether it’s his own power of persuasion or making things happen on the outside. We can’t be sure if he was responsible for Olivia Benson’s car crash earlier in the season. But it’s safe to say he’s anything but powerless at the moment.

Law & Order: Organized Crime showrunner Ilene Chaiken recently discussed how Wheatley’s been on his best behavior in his time away from the main storyline.

“He’s been very well-behaved. I’m sure that you’ll feel when you see him that he’s a completely redeemed man,” Chaiken told Give Me My Remote recently.

Sarcasm doesn’t always translate onto the page. But it doesn’t take much to understand the joking nature of Chaiken’s comments here. Of course, her job is to throw fans off the scent. She can’t risk spoiling anything from the upcoming crossover event.

But the topic of Wheatley’s behavior inevitably brings us to Benson. Law & Order: Organized Crime fans may be surprised to learn that most of Wheatley’s trial will play out in the SVU half of the crossover. Why? Well, it may have something to do with the ongoing threat he poses to Benson. Is she still in danger? Even with Wheatley behind bars?

“I’m not going to answer too explicitly, because I think that would be spoilers, but know that we get into it. I would say more in the first hour than in the second, but it’s definitely there. It’s present throughout. And you’ll begin to see how Wheatley is proceeding with his nefarious plan,” Chaiken continued.

‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Star Danielle Moné Truitt’s Ayanna Bell Will Be a Key Witness

Yes, Richard Wheatley is on trial for the murder of Kathy Stabler. But the implications go far beyond immediate justice. Benson’s in danger, which means Stabler’s in trouble, which means his partner Ayanna Bell is also at risk.

The Danielle Moné Truitt character is especially vulnerable because she will be a significant witness in the trial. She’s even helping Angela Wheatley prepare for her turn on the stand. But both of them will have to go through Rafael Barba (Raúl Esparza). Truitt recalled what it was like working with the former Law & Order: SVU favorite. Or rather, working against him.

“Raúl was awesome. We had so much fun on set just shooting the court scene. I was testifying, and [Barba] was badgering me with crazy questions and assumptions. It was a lot of him saying certain stuff and me looking at him like he’s crazy,” said Truitt.