'Law and Order: SVU' season 17 news: Showrunner shares where Rollins, Carisi's budding romance might go


The longest running TV series, “Law and Order: SVU,” came back with a huge bang last week after a mandatory midseason break. While fans are happy about the case at hand, others noticed some budding romance between SVU co-workers Detective Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish) and Detective Sonny Carisi, Jr. (Peter Scanvino).

Titled “Catfishing Teacher,” episode 10 of this season tackled a high school teacher who had sexual encounters with her students. When a new student was caught in a kidnapping done by a different teacher, the SVU unit is forced to delve deeper to get to the bottom of the crisis.

Meanwhile, Rollins is taking her time getting used to her new role as a single mom, but she suddenly gets help from Carisi. The showrunner of the police procedural, Warren Leight, sat down with The Hollywood Reporter and shed some light on what seems to be a new love angle in the SVU Manhattan division.

“Something was going on with Rollins that she had not felt before,” Warren started. “Rollins has had one point of view on Carisi for a long time, like the annoying younger brother point of view, and I thought I saw something really interesting in that moment. I’m curious to see where it goes.”

Carisi, who joined the team in the latter parts of the show, was originally just a temporary replacement for Detective Nick Amaro (Danny Pino) when the former was put under probation. However, through time, he had become one of the integral parts of the squad.

“The more you get to know Carisi, the more you like him and the more you trust him and I think that’s what’s happening to Rollins,” Leight added.

Followers of the show know that Rollins has had some pattern with men in uniform as she previously had an affair with Amaro. Even the father of her daughter, Declan Murphy (Donal Logue), is also an officer. Still, Leight weighed the difference of Rollins’ relationship with the two men and her new one with Carisi saying, “It felt so much more organic than others.” In comparison, she and Amaro “were more like ports in a storm.”