Season 1 of “Law & Order: Organized Crime” set the stage. Fans loved watching the drama between Detective Elliot Stabler (Chris Meloni) and Richard Wheatley (Dylan McDermott) unfold. But Season 2 of the young series will include a full 22 episodes as opposed to eight.
It leaves plenty of room to explore some other troublemakers in the organized crime world. And if Ayanna Bell actor Danielle Moné Truitt is to be believed, there’s going to be a handful of new issues for her and Stabler to address.
Truitt’s Ayanna Bell character is going to be challenged on the homefront, too. When Season 2 of “Law & Order: Organized Crime” premieres on Thursday night, three months will have passed since we last saw the characters. For the previously pregnant Ayanna Bell, that means new motherhood. She’ll have to juggle the pressures of having a baby with the dangers of her line of work. A job that reportedly already has her and Stabler on another case.
“Since our season is 22 episodes, the writers did a really excellent job of filling out the world a little bit more. So, definitely going to still tie up the loose ends of the Wheatley case and the Wheatley family. But at the same time, since three months have passed and technically we’ve kind of done our job as far as getting him arrested, it’s kind of up to the courts to decide what his fate is. We have moved on to another crime family. And they’re a lot different than the Wheatleys,” Truitt told TV Insider.
We can’t be sure exactly which family Truitt is referring to here. But we do know Stabler goes undercover with an Albanian crime outfit.
Executive Producer Dick Wolf Says Season 2 of ‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Will Come in Three Parts
Albanian gangster Albi Briscu (Vinnie Jones) represents at least one extra case for Bell and Stabler. But according to executive producer Dick Wolf, there’s going to be another entire storyline. The season’s structure will be split up into three parts. The first finds the partners putting a bow on the Wheatley case. The second appears to deal with this business surrounding the Albanians. The last? Well, that remains a mystery.
“The first third of the season is ‘The Godfather.’ The second third is ‘American Gangster.’ And the last third is ‘Scarface’ And these villains are going to be really bad guys that give [Stabler] a constant source of energy, outrage, belief in justice and a different way of pursuing criminals than we’ve had before.”
The last part of “Law & Order: Organized Crime” will be evocative of “Scarface.” Whether that means a new villain entirely or simply a change in tone remains to be seen.