Tonight’s episode of Law & Order: SVU featured several interesting plot developments that could have a huge impact on the show’s progress, including what appears to have laid the groundwork for Kelli Giddish’s departure. On the crossover premiere, Giddish’s Amanda Rollins was shot while protecting a witness, and while she returned to duty during the season’s second episode, she’s still dealing with what happened. Olivia then spoke with Rollins and started to open up about what happened and how she’s been feeling since then, and you can see the show start laying the groundwork for her exit, and that’s without even taking the newest member of the squad into account.
During her conversation with Benson, Rollins recalls the shooting, saying, “I heard gunshots and we crouched for cover. I told her to stay on the ground. We were bearing well. Then the glass broke and she started and ran like a rabbit. I got up for cover and that was when I felt the blow. I couldn’t breathe, And I didn’t know where she was. It made me think of my girl. I lost her.”
“And they’re missing you,” says Rollins, “and then the shooter comes in and puts a gun in my face. I just think of Carisi, thinking I’ll never see him again. I’ve been so careless with my life.”
Benson says “not anymore”. Then Rollins said, “I let my guard down. I let myself be happy for once, and that’s what happens?” “I’ve never had anything to lose before,” adds Benson, and Rollins agrees, “Yes.”
It’s easy to see how things evolve towards Rollins as she puts her relationship with Carisi and their future together front and center, things that are in jeopardy and that can be kept out of the way, even if they are important to her. For Rollins, that means her role as a detective, and when you add the newest recruit to the squad, we can see the basis for Rollins’ exit from the show already in place.
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