‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Star Dylan McDermott Teases What’s Next For Wheatley

by Lauren Boisvert
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Richard Wheatley is finally on trial on “Law & Order: Organized Crime,” and the recent episodes got a little crazy. Things came out in testimony about Angela Wheatley and Elliot Stabler being in love, about Kathy Stabler’s death, and why Rafael Barba decided to represent Wheatley in the trial. Now, Wheatley actor Dylan McDermott speaks about what’s next for the villain.

“It’s going to be more chaos,” said McDermott. According to Yahoo, there’s going to be a 6-episode arc following the Wheatleys. The trial ended with Wheatley walking away scot-free, and now we’ll get to see what happens in the aftermath. Hopefully, that means more “SVU” crossovers. McDermott continued, “Richard Wheatley is an agent of chaos. No matter where he goes or what he does, he’s creating chaos all around him.”

Who can even fathom what Wheatley will do now? He’s done so many heinous things in his run on “Law & Order: Organized Crime” that it’s hard to imagine how much more chaos he can muster. But, if anyone can spread mayhem and murder through the streets of New York, it’s Richard Wheatley.

We’ll have to keep our eyes on “Law & Order: Organized Crime” to see how his arc plays out, and if Stabler and his team can put the guy away for good.

‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’: Dylan McDermott Talks Wheatley-Stabler Rivalry

Richard Wheatley has been trying to get Stabler since season one, and their rivalry is deeply personal. Wheatley killed Stabler’s wife, for crying out loud. It doesn’t get more personal than that.

Dylan McDermott recently outlined all things Wheatley in an interview with Yahoo; there he spoke about the rivalry between Stabler and Wheatley in detail. “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,” McDermott said.

He described his character as “serpentine,” saying, “He does hang back and then he strikes and he does that over and over again.”

Wheatley is definitely not afraid to strike; he even went after Carisi in court, threatening, “If I wanted you dead, you’d be dead.” He’s slick and put together, but underneath all that he’s completely unstable. That’s what makes him the character we hate to love on “Law & Order: Organized Crime”; he’s so dark and twisted, but McDermott does that so well that we end up loving his character.

McDermott said that he takes a step back from Wheatley and lets the character take over. “I really try to step away from him and just let him go and let him be whoever he is,” he said. “Sometimes I don’t know. There are moments when he does stuff that is just so outrageous.”