‘Law & Order: SVU’: Why Did Nick Amaro Decide to Return?

by Jennifer Shea

Seven years after he left “Law & Order: SVU,” Nick Amaro actor Danny Pino is back.

To celebrate the show’s 500th episode, the actor last month announced his triumphant return to “Law & Order: SVU.”

The show also broke the news with a statement posted to its official Instagram account.

“Nick Amaro is making a return to the squadroom,” the show posted. “Danny Pino, who formerly portrayed Rollins’ partner Detective Amaro, will return to ‘SVU’ for the show’s historic 500th episode.”

Pino’s Return to Air on Oct. 21

The 500th episode of “Law & Order: SVU” will air on Oct. 21 of this year, according to the Express. The episode will include other guest stars, as well.

It’s not clear what excuse the writers will cook up to bring Amaro back. But “Law & Order: SVU” fans will get to catch up on what the detective’s been up to in the intervening years.

He has been working for the United States Park Police since last we saw him. Amaro also reportedly had a son with his ex, Cynthia (Andrea Navedo).

Pino shared a behind-the-scenes peek at his work on the “Law & Order: SVU” set from his Twitter account recently.

“Back in the squad room with @Mariska @KelliGiddish @FINALLEVEL for the 500th episode of @lawandordertv,” he tweeted. “Nothing but love and respect for this cast and crew.”

‘Law & Order: SVU’ Actor Had Some Sobering Words About 20th Anniversary of 9/11

On the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Pino was at the Toronto International Film Festival for the premiere of his new movie, “Dear Evan Hansen.” But he stopped for a moment on the red carpet to ponder the meaning of the anniversary, for himself and for those most deeply affected by 9/11.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Pino marveled at “the sense of loss – not only for those who, you know, lost their lives in the towers,” but also “for the first responders who were responding to that tragedy.”

“To the people at Ground Zero, just trying to pick up the pieces,” he continued. “You know, both physically and emotionally. The country in mourning. Having lived in New York for several years – I was in Los Angeles, actually, when it happened – I was in utter disbelief, from what I was watching on the screen.”

“I’ve been to Ground Zero,” Pino added. “It’s a place that is solemn. And that day will always be a day where I will reflect. And whether you pray, or however it is that you commemorate that day, it’s one of those times where I think you reflect on loss, and on grieving. And I think, in a big way, how to recover from that loss. You know, how to try and pick up the pieces and continue without forgetting.”

And now Pino gets to return to New York once again, where “Law & Order: SVU” films, as he makes his return to the hit show.