Law & Order: Organized Crime is officially back in production for season 2. Star Dylan McDermott just dropped a sneak peek with a new behind-the-scenes picture. McDermott, who plays the love to hate antagonist Richard Wheatley, will return to season 2 as a crucial part of the overall plot. Wheatley makes a great opponent to Elliot Stabler, whose desperate to hunt Wheatley down and bring him to justice.
The behind the scenes pic doesn’t give fans much info, but it’s still an interesting look at the upcoming season. It’s a picture of a trailer with Richard Wheatley’s name scribbled on a nametag.
Fans are excited McDermott is coming back for season 2. The critically praised actor initially signed on only for the first season but agreed to come back again. But Wheatley won’t be the only villain Elliot stabler and the rest of the Organized Crime squad will encounter this year. Season 2 will have three separate arcs with three different villains. It’s hard to say where Wheatley fits in, but if it’s anything like last season, he’ll be important.
Wheatley Plays a Key Role in ‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’
“We’re going to see a relationship develop between them that is going to be explosive,” he explained. He described the battle between the two as a “heavyweight match.” But unlike some TV villains, Wheatley will continue to surprise with his complexity.
It’s one of the many ways that Law & Order: Organized Crime differs from the other series in the Law & Order franchise. Instead of simply tackling a “villain of the week” story, Organized Crime takes a grittier and arguably more nuanced approach than its franchise counterparts.
“I think people will be like, ‘Wait, this is not Law & Order,’” McDermott told the publication. “But I think Chris [Meloni] wanted something different. I certainly wanted something different. Otherwise, it’s just SVU all over again or the original Law & Order. So I love that it’s a fresh take.”
Law & Order: Organized Crime also stars Danielle Mone Truitt and Ainsley Sieger. Both actors have also posted updates from the behind-the-scenes of the series and appear close with Elliot Stabler actor Chris Meloni. It’s hard to say what’s in store for their characters, but fans can’t wait to find out.
Law & Order: Organized Crime got a rocky start due to COVID-19, but with a passionate cast and the opportunity for a full-fledged season, season 2 of the series has the potential to be great. Law & Order: Organized Crime season 2 will premiere on the same night that Law & Order: SVU season 23 premieres. You can catch both series on Thursday, September 23rd on NBC.