‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’: Dylan McDermott Returning for Season 2

by John Jamison

The return of Christopher Meloni to his iconic character of Detective Elliot Stabler demanded a worthy nemesis. “Law & Order: Organized Crime” knocked it out of the park when they landed bonafide movie star Dylan McDermott to play mobbed-up businessman Richard Wheatley in Season 1. Fans will be excited to learn that we haven’t seen the last of him on the young show.

When Dylan McDermott agreed to play the antagonist on “Law & Order: Organized Crime,” he signed a contract for a single season. He played bad guy Richard Wheatley, after all. And because McDermott’s character is suspected of being responsible for Stabler’s wife’s murder, his time seemed limited. When we left him at the end of Season 1, he was in custody and due to stand trial for said murder.

Now, however, McDermott’s popularity has made him the beneficiary of a huge Season 2 contract. According to Deadline, it’s one of the biggest guest-star contracts on TV right now. And “Law & Order: Organized Crime” lead Christopher Meloni couldn’t be more excited about the possibilities of Season 2 with McDermott.

“We have an altercation or two, or an interaction or two. You know, our courses must intersect. I think [Wheatley’s] going to get the short end of that deal. A lot of things get answered, but then a couple other big questions arise, so there’s going to be a continuing saga, I believe,” Meloni told Deadline in May, regarding what fans can expect between the rival characters in Season 2.

Based on the size of the contract, it seems that Wheatley’s fate won’t include being killed off or locked away for good. At least, not at the beginning of the season.

‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Needs a Powerful Opponent for Stabler

Getting rid of Richard Wheatley is going to be no small task for Elliot Stabler. He’s a highly connected man with plenty of authority in his pocket. “Law & Order: Organized Crime” star Dylan McDermott recognized this. He talked to TV Line about how necessary it is for the show to have a character like his around.

Now that his Season 2 return is official, it seems like he may have been onto something.

“Stabler definitely needs a foe, a formidable foe. Otherwise, the show wouldn’t work. Because that kind of conflict, that standoff is so necessary on a show like this. So, you have to have somebody who can take him on, and I think that Richard can take on Stabler. In fact, he looks forward to it. That’s what turns him on. You know what I mean? He’s one of these criminals that like to leave a note to let you know he was there,” McDermott told TV Line in April.

The second season of the Christopher Meloni-led show is set to premiere this September.