‘Law & Order: SVU’ Showrunner Warren Leight Teases Return of Fan-Favorite Character in Upcoming Episode

by Taylor Cunningham

Good news Law & Order: SVU fans, Lieutenant Declan Murphy is headed back to the 16th precinct.

SVU showrunner Warren Leight announced the news on his Instagram page today, along with a set picture of the Lieutenant and Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish).

“So glad to bring Declan Murphy (our good friend @donallogue) back to the icy streets of New York for this week’s #SVU, #SilentNightHolyNight,” he wrote.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Declan Murphy (Donal Logue), he’s an NYPD officer who works undercover cases for the Special Victims Unit. This week will be his 9th appearance on the show, with his first dating all the way back to 2014.

During past episodes, the detective helped Amanda Rollins keep her job after she stole a gun from evidence. He also stopped Olivia Benson from retiring early. And interestingly, he’s the father of Rollin’s daughter, Jesse.

Catch Declan Murphy on CBS this Thursday at 9/8 p.m. CT.

Peter Scanavino’s Character Misses Being a Detective on ‘Law & Order: SVU’

In 2019, Dominick Carisi Jr. left the NYPD to become the Assistant District Attorney for the Special Victim’s Unit. Though the transition from detective to esquire was hard for fans to accept in the beginning, the career change has become a popular plotline.

But despite the fact that Carisi has found his place on Law & Order: SVU, his actor, Peter Scanavino, believes the character misses being on the beat.

“I think part of [him] does probably miss being a detective,” he shared with TV Insider. ” It was just clearer…not as political. It was just, this is my job. I think, as a lawyer, he’s got to deal with a lot of other people that he might disagree with, but he still has to go forward and do it.”

He then went into more detail, adding that Carisi was more involved with finding the truth when he was working with the NYPD. But now, his job isn’t quite so “black and white.”

“As a police officer or detective, he was just there to investigate, investigate, investigate, find the truth to what’s going on, and being a lawyer it’s not quite as black and white as that,” he said. “It’s much grayer, and sometimes he has to do things that he disapproves of, and that’s just the nature of the job. So I think that part of being a lawyer, he’s not crazy about, but he’s coming to terms with it.”