Warning, spoilers follow.
The Thursday, Jan. 9 episode of SVU, “Must Be Held Accountable,” saw Kelli Giddish‘s character held hostage by Bucci (Nicholas Turturro), a former cop who was desperate for the squad to bring billionaire predator Getz (Vincent Kartheiser) to justice for what he did to his daughter. Rollins made it out of the ordeal relatively unscathed, at least physically, and the squad nailed Getz…who later offed himself in prison. But is he dead?
“Personally, I don’t believe conspiracy theories that much because I know how hard it is just to get regular work done, but the notion that all these people will do something and cover it up? I always just go with the simpler explanation that people just screwed up,” showrunner Warren Leight said.
“I didn’t think about that, honestly. Instead of her team rushing in, she saved herself. I’m glad it happened that way too,” Giddish said.
Rollins wasn’t open about her therapy. She told her colleagues she was at a variety of other places besides seeing a shrink. And it turned out she had more of a breakthrough talking to Bucci than she did with the professional.
“I’m not sure she’s crazy about therapy,” she laughed. “You know, I think the more and more open you are to the people around you about the problems you’re facing, I think the more and more help you get. I think sometimes people are so afraid to admit they’re barely holding on, holding it together or, this is so hard being a single mom with these two kids. And as long as you tell somebody, your friends, even Olivia, who can commiserate that, it makes it seem less daunting and makes it seem manageable somehow. It’s not this big, dark scary thing, which I think is what our show does in the big picture sense anyway.”
“It won’t be until episode 14 that you see her beginning to kind of emerge back to Rollins…I think the post-traumatic stress, that is real, and she’s not at full-force for a while,” he said.
Coming up for Rollins once she gets back on her feet? A family reunion, which may introduce viewers to her father.
“Not to give too much away, but there’s some stress coming up for Benson in the next few episodes as well. Some real difficult episodes for her coming up,” he said. “It’s never easy for our guys.”
Be sure to come back to E! News for more on what’s ahead on Law & Order: SVU.
Law & Order: SVU airs Thursdays, 10 p.m. on NBC.