With the Kosta Organization dealt with, it’s high time Law & Order: Organized Crime moves into the second phase of Season 2. Richard Wheatley actor Dylan McDermott signed a big contract in the off-season. So it’s safe to assume he’s pretty heavily involved in the upcoming arc on OC. Can that tell us anything about what to expect from the December 9 crossover event revolving around his trial?
Interestingly, Law & Order: SVU will feature Richard Wheatley’s trial in the first hour of the crossover. He’s an OC bad guy, but the franchise isn’t shying away from incorporating the shows into each other.
SVU fans likely have mixed feelings about the sudden intertwining of Law & Order: Organized Crime over the last two seasons. After all, SVU has been doing its thing for 23 seasons. Stabler coming back is great, but not everyone is sold on the new series. But it doesn’t look like they have much of a choice now.
It appears the SVU episode will give us high drama between series staples Carisi (Peter Scanavino) and Barba (Raúl Esparza), giving us an answer as to whether Wheatley is convicted or not in the process.
The task of Law & Order: Organized Crime‘s second part of the crossover then becomes what happens next. And showrunner Ilene Chaiken may have given us a hint about the villain’s fate.
“Whether he will be held responsible is another matter. [In the second pod of the season] we’ll go on to tell a story about Richard Wheatley that isn’t necessarily about Kathy Stabler’s murder,” Chaiken told Give Me My Remote in September.
She described how Angela Wheatley (Tamara Taylor) would also play a significant role in the upcoming episodes. So whether or not Richard Wheatley is convicted, he’s going to contribute in a major way.
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As much as we empathize with Richard Wheatley’s ex-wife Angela, who is recovering from an attempt on her life via nerve agent, she may share blame for Kathy Stabler’s murder.
Dylan McDermott’s villain claimed to have evidence of her involvement. So is that going to come up in the trial?
“It will be touched upon. I think it probably will be resolved. But I don’t think that that there’s a lot of doubt in our minds about who killed Kathy Stabler. Richard Wheatley is Kathy’s murderer. Angela played a role, and it remains to be seen whether it was an unwitting role or a malevolent role. But Wheatley was responsible,” Chaiken said in the September interview.
Whatever happens, the upcoming crossover event holds plenty of Wheatley in store. It’s Richard and Angela’s time to shine on Law & Order: Organized Crime.