Law & Order: SVU is about to reach their 500th episode, and they’re bringing someone back to celebrate. The show just announced that Detective Nick Amaro will be returning to the squad room for the episode. Amaro initially replaced Elliot Stabler with actor Danny Pino joining the cast following Chris Meloni’s 2011 departure.
“Welcome Nick Amaro back to the squadroom! @TheDannyPino will be returning to #SVU for the show’s 500th episode on October 21,” the account for Wolf Entertainment announced in a recent tweet.
Fans are pumped to see Amaro back with the team, like seriously losing their minds over the news.
“I JUST [SCREAMED] THIS IS THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE,” one fan wrote. It’s one of the many responses to the news made in all caps.
“I can’t say how happy I am to hear this it can only be better if Nick gets to fill in some harsh realities for Elliot while he was gone. I’m so excited to see Nick back even briefly,” one fan wrote.
“[Are] amaro and stabler going to meet?” another fan wrote. “Pls say yes.”
Of course, Chris Meloni left Law & Order: SVU following a contract dispute in 2011, but is now back with his own show, Law & Order: Organized Crime. Meloni frequently appears on Law & Order: SVU for crossover events. It would be a huge shocker if he didn’t have a big role in the 500th episode of the show.
‘Law & Order: SVU’ Just had a Nail-Biting Season 23 Premiere Episode
Even if season 23 didn’t have a special 500th episode, it’s already setting itself up to be a good one. The newest two-hour premiere special followed the team as they found out a powerful congressman was at the top of a major sex-trafficking ring. In one tense standoff, he told Benson that there’s no way he was going to prison and that he and his lawyer could make sure that she and Carisi were taken off the force.
But of course, it’s Benson, and she’s not going to bow down to any threats. The season also saw Benson almost immediately driven off the road on her way back from the almost wedding that took place in the season 22 finale. That moment likely helped explain away Benson actress Mariska Hargitay’s real-life injury on the show. The actress hurt her leg earlier this summer.
The premiere episode also said goodbye to big characters, Kat and Garland. While fans were devastated to see them go, at least they can look forward to Amaro returning in October and Elliot Stabler making more appearances.
You can catch episodes of Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Organized Crime when they air back to back on Thursday nights.