‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Star Chris Meloni Reveals Why He Thinks His ‘SVU’ Exit Was ‘Unresolved’

by Jacklyn Krol

Law & Order: Organized Crime star Chris Meloni revealed that he believes his exit from SVU was unresolved.

In an interview promoting Season 2, Meloni said that his departure from SVU in 2011. Most fans were left heartbroken and slightly confused.

“There’s a certain amount of familiarity because SVU has been on for so long certain amount of comfort so there’s comfort there. Then I think there is a sense of being something being unresolved of how I left the SVU franchise,” he admitted.

The beginning of Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 1 started with a crossover. The second season is no different.

“To start the season with the SVU and OC together, it just seems natural to me. It’s like gin and tonic,” Meloni confessed. “I always like jumping onto the SVU squad and playing with Mariska and the new gang over there.”

Meloni believes that Stabler has different sides to him when he’s around his old stomping grounds or new team. Especially when it comes to Benson. (Who isn’t wondering what’s in that letter he gave her? Could it be a love letter?)

“For me personally, Stabler gets to show a different side of himself,” he added. “An old older past side is reflected in there because obviously, he has feelings for his ex-partner. I think it gives a new dynamic to that side of Stabler and then he has to get back to work on the OC and there’s a different side of him there.”

How Dylan McDermott Landed ‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’

Dylan McDermott became a fan favorite during Season 1. So much so that he’s returning for a second season despite his initial one-year contract. What made him want the role to begin with? He has always been fascinated by criminals, and let’s face it, we couldn’t picture anyone else portraying Richard Wheatley.

McDermott told Parade that there were several reasons he signed on to the role. Firstly, the New York style drew him to the role. Growing up, he was always fascinated with his hometown. Pairing that with a “malignant narcissist” dealing with psychosis, and he was in.

“I had grown up with these unsavory gangsters as a kid,” he shared. “My mother’s boyfriend was a bank robber, my uncles had dabbled in this and that. I had grown up with my dad in the Village, Little Italy, and had been around when Joey Gallo got killed, and Paul Castellano [was shot dead] at Sparks Steak House. I had waited on these guys as a bartender, as a waiter and as a busboy, so I knew the lay of the land.”

Gallo was part of the Colombo crime family. Castellano passed in 1985 with John Gotti ordering the hit on him.