One ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Actor Played Double Duty on ‘Organized Crime’ But Is It the Same Character?

by Courtney Blackann

In the season finale of “Law & Order: SVU,” Chris Meloni made his exit and fans everywhere were heartbroken. However, among the bittersweet farewell, a new character was introduced that had fans scratching their heads.

Eddie Skinner played by Michael Raymond-James cooly played the criminal responsible for murdering a rape victim during the episode “Smoked.” His bad-boy antics were no match for the SVU team, however, and he was taken down by the end of the episode. What’s strange, however, is that Raymond-James looked familiar. That’s because he plays Albanian mob boss Jon Kosta in the spinoff “Law & Order: Organized Crime.”

It appears the actor has a knack for playing a villain. Who can blame him? He gets to pursue a grittier narrative – and he executes it well. As if the coincidence wasn’t enough, fans are now linking Raymond-James’ two characters – saying SVU’s Eddie Skinner has reincarnated himself as Jon Kosta.

Of course, it’s only a theory. But several people quickly hopped on board, saying it made sense.

“What if the choice to bring Michael Raymond-James back was not coincidental… What if Eddie Skinner (Season 12, Smoked) is actually Jon Kosta? This is a crackpot theory that I came up with at like 2 AM one night – so I wrote it down and welcome criticisms,” the user originally wrote before publishing a follow-up theory.

Another tweeter thought the point was a possibility.

“I was thinking this too. Won’t the Albanians wonder where he is after the party got raided? Also, he couldn’t tell Olivia he was UC for months, but he can go home to his family whenever now?” the person says.

A lot of people seemed to make the connection as well.

“It’s not that far-fetched a theory…I don’t think…maybe for reality sake, but it would almost bring closure for a lot of people..if Elliot got to arrest the guy,” another Twitter user agreed.

Whatever the case, fan theories can definitely go deep. So the decision is yours: could Eddie Skinner be another version of Jon Kosta? We may never know.

‘Law & Order: SVU’ Celebrates Milestone 500th Episode

“Law & Order: SVU” has been around so long, you’d have to be living under a rock to not have heard about it. It’s transitioned throughout the years, but Olivia Benson remains a steady force of the crime unit.

Recently, Benson herself aka Mariska Hargitay visited “Live with Kelly and Ryan” and spoke about filming the milestone episode – and being too nervous to watch.

“They sent me the link so many times,” Hargitay said. “I was too nervous to watch it. I’ve been doing this show for so long and Olivia Benson is in me. But I think the idea of the 500th episode was so much pressure on me. I was so nervous every day coming to work. You know how it is, when you’re doing a show for so long, you’re in the grind. All I’m doing … it’s a marathon. I’m on a hamster wheel of lines, lines, lines, lines, lines. Cut, cut, cut, edit, cut. … It’s like making a film every week.”