The choice isn’t as straightforward as “good vs. Evil”. 

On tonight’s highly anticipated mega-crossover Law & Order event, airing Dec. 9, sophisticated mob boss Richard Wheatley (Dylan McDermottKathy Stabler was murdered by ), finally goes on trial. Yet in a jaw-dropping twist of events, former ADA Barba (Raúl Esparza) represents Wheatley as his attorney—shocking both Captain Olivia Benson (Mariska HargitayElliot Stabler was the former partner.Christopher Meloni() and asking them to question their trustworthiness. 

McDermott was not surprised by the controversial pairing. However, McDermott was quick to team up Esparza with his characters. “Raúl and I just got along immediately. McDermott told CelebHomes News that they just “clicked”. “There was just this shorthand that we shared between each other. This simpatico.

A loved one is a joy to have. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Alum and a cruelly seductive partner Law & Order: Organized Crime villain? 

“[Barba]McDermott stated that McDermott was aware that Richard Wheatley was Richard Wheatley’s formidable partner. “So often in acting so much is dependent upon the relationship and I think that the Barba/Wheatley relationship was definitely present in both episodes.”