‘Law & Order: SVU’: Things Aren’t Looking Too Jolly on Christmas-Themed Episode

by Allison Hambrick

Law & Order: SVU episode “Silent Night, Hateful Night” looks to be less than festive according to the official synopsis. The series stars Mariska Hargitay, Kelli Giddish, Ice-T, Peter Scanavino, Jamie Gray Hyder, and Demore Barnes. Law & Order: SVU is executive produced by Dick Wolf, the creator of the franchise, and Hargitay.

Interestingly, the holiday episode will be airing in January due to the crossover between SVU and Organized Crime. The synopsis reads “the SVU is called in to help investigate a wave of hate crimes on Christmas Eve. Rollins [ played by Kelli Giddish] catches up with an old flame.”

The old flame is, of course, Lt. Declan Murphy played by Donal Logue. Murphy and Rollins have a long history, and Murphy is the father of her oldest child. While the synopsis doesn’t indicate his involvement, it is likely that Murphy is brought on board to help solve the hate crimes. While he hasn’t been on the show since its 17th season, his return could spell out trouble for Rollins.

In addition to Murphy, Rollins has had several love interests on SVU. Her current love interest is none other than A.D.A. Sonny Carisi, portrayed by Scanavino. After years of build-up, the two shared a much-anticipated kiss in the season 22 finale.

Law & Order: SVU Star Talks Carisi’s Relationships

While fans may be concerned about Carisi and Giddish’s relationship, Scanavino isn’t. The SVU actor revealed in an interview that he sees no reason they’d be worried.

“You know I think he’s probably pretty secure in the relationship, because I do think it’s not something that they’re taking very lightly,” said Scanavino. “They’ve been able to keep this going. Given their two jobs, they’ve got to be very forthright with it, express and talk to each other and communicate, and I don’t think he thinks this is a tenuous thing in terms of the feelings involved. It might be tenuous given the circumstances.”

Additionally, Scanavino was excited to receive the script with the kiss. He knew the kiss would fundamentally change his SVU character. The actor went so far as to create an offscreen backstory for his character, imagining that he has a good relationship with Rollins’s children.

“I like the direction that they went in,” the actor explained. “It didn’t feel forced to me. It felt very earned. So, yeah, I mean that was kind of my reaction. It was excitement, because it’s also character development, as well. It’s them throwing you a bone, and it’s something that you get to focus on, you know, in the relationship outside of the squad. It just makes things more interesting, more dangerous, in a way. Like, there’s all kinds of implications with this relationship. So, I was happy about it.”

Law & Order: SVU returns to NBC on Jan. 6.