‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Star Dylan McDermott Opens Up About Wheatley’s ‘Obsession’ With Stabler

by Kati Michelle
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The recent Dick Wolf Productions crossover event saw the worlds of “Law & Order: SVU” and “Law & Order: Organized Crime” collide for a two-hour-long special of epic proportions. Fans finally got to watch the proceedings of the highly-anticipated “People vs. Richard Wheatley” trial. Perhaps they should have called it “Stabler vs. Richard Wheatley” though because their rivalry remains a personal one.

By the end of the night, we saw Dylan McDermott’s Wheatley villain walk-off for the murder of Kathy Stabler completely scotch-free yet again. Stabler’s son, Eli, almost met a similar end, and although we don’t know exactly who ordered the hit he was framed for, we probably have a few guesses. The man of the (two) hour(s), Dylan McDermott, just opened up about his character’s “obsession” with Stabler, actually, and here’s what he had to say.

Dylan McDermott Compares His ‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Character to a Snake

Dylan McDermott recently spoke with E! News about the increasingly intense relationship between his villain and Christopher Meloni’s Elliot Stabler character. To give the fans the best picture, he offers a metaphor:

“[Wheatley’s] rhythm is a little different than both [SVU and Organized Crime]. It’s very serpentine if you will,” McDermott says before further explaining how the metaphor is a good fit.

“[Richard Wheatley] does hang back and then he strikes and he does that over and over again.”

And that’s something we’ve seen since the very start. He often holds his cards close to his chest and then drops a devastating Royal Flush at the last second when his enemies least expect it. But, of course, he still has his temper. It cost him in the courtroom when he full-on threatened Carisi.

“If I wanted you dead,” he said, “you’d be dead.”

So is that what happened to Elliot Stabler’s wife and what almost happened to his son?

McDermott Teases the Future of the Ongoing Rivalry

Dylan McDermott is no stranger to method-acting and it’s the passion his character has that lets him lose himself in the “Law & Order: Organized Crime” role. That’s especially the case when it comes to the relationship between Stabler and Wheatley.

Last we saw him, the villain warned Stabler that when all of this was over, “Angela will be right back on my side.” Stabler didn’t miss a beat when he fired back “but she’ll be thinking of me.”

And McDermott teases how fans will only see this dynamic developing further with the show’s return.

“What’s happening now which I think is really amazing is there is this obsession between Stabler and Wheatley that is so fun because now it’s personal on both parts. So that in itself is just a great way to go to work.”