‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’: Here’s Why Stabler’s Wife Was Killed Off Screen Before Pilot Episode

by Jacklyn Krol

Why did Law & Order: Organized Crime kill off Kathy before the pilot episode?

Fans on Reddit have been putting all of the pieces together from Season 1 of the hit crime show spinoff. So why was Kathy Stabler killed off before the pilot and how did it all come together?

Firstly, during the first episode, we’re told that Eliot had brief dealings with the Wheatley family in Puglia, Italy. Richard blamed him for something and apparently didn’t get over it.

Secondly, the Law & Order: Organized Crime cast discovered Elliot’s ID card in the safe of Rafik (Angela’s son)’s warehouse. Flash forward, Richard’s security Isaak Becker who turned into a confidential informant revealed to Elliot that Angela ordered the car bomb that killed his wife. She wanted to make him suffer as she was the love of his life and he would have to live with that. What did she have against him?

Finally, Richard told Angela that Rafik was murdered in a police raid that was led by Elliot. In reality, he was killed by Richard as he was making knock off and competitive purple magic drugs.

The Big Decision

Showrunner Ilene Chaiken told The Hollywood Reporter defended their decision to kill off Kathy.

“When I joined this show, it was a fait accompli — a premise I was given to work with. I wasn’t in any way put off by it — I was immediately drawn in,” Chaiken shared. “When you tell a story about a character who’s been gone for many years, a question you have to answer is, ‘Why now?’ [Kathy Stabler’s death] as a storytelling catalyst is one of the best ‘why nows’ I could think of.”

The original Law & Order: Organized Crime and franchise creator and executive producer Dick Wolf said the pilot was “one of the most dramatic teasers I can remember on any show. I didn’t see anything that was critical of that storytelling choice, [but] you can’t please all the people any of the time.”

‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Season 2

Set your DVRs for the Season 2 premiere on September 23 at 10 PM. This follows the special 2-hour Law & Order: SVU premiere. Additionally, the next Thursday will feature two new back-to-back episodes of Organized Crime at 9 PM. Furthermore, the show will air at 10 PM ET weekly. Show creators teased that there will be more SVU crossovers to come.

Finally, this upcoming season will feature three eight-episode arcs for a total of 24 episodes. Along with Richard, there will be three new antagonists this season. The first third of the season will be “The Godfather,” the second third is “American Gangster,” and the final third is “Scarface.”