The gavel makes its final drop for Law & Order: SVU star Kelli Giddish next Thursday night as fans say goodbye to Detective Amanda Rollins. Rollins’ long-rumored exit from the show was teased in a triple-trailer for the mid-season finales of NBC’s Law & Order shows. The trailer, shared by the official Law & Order Twitter account, gives fans their first glimpse at Rollins’ departure.
Law & Order: SVU has been home for Amanda Rollins since her appearance on the show in 2007. Across more than 250 episodes, Rollins has battled gambling addiction, been framed by her sister, confronted extreme trauma from her past, and navigated a number of romantic relationships. Now, halfway through her twelfth season, the long-tenured star of SVU is moving on.
The trailer is not long, but it promises an emotional roller coaster for SVU fans. The clip shows what appears to be a dramatic confrontation between Rollins and Mariska Hargitay’s Detective Olivia Benson as Rollins states she is leaving SVU. Law & Order fans can expect tears and smiles as Amanda Rollins makes her heartfelt goodbyes and, as the trailer suggests, marries her love interest, Dominick Carisi.
The announcement of Kelli Giddish’s exit from the show came a few months ago, not long after a crew member was tragically killed by a gunman on the set of Law & Order: Organized Crime, which featured Amanda Rollins for two episodes in its third season. Whether Giddish’s departure is related to the incident is uncertain, the reasons for her leaving being described only as “complex.” Despite any complicated case for leaving, the relationships between Giddish, her co-stars, and creator Dick Wolf seem to remain positive.
Law & Order: SVU is the longest-running live-action primetime show ever produced in the United States. Now in its third decade, the show has seen a number of cast members come and go. Law & Order viewers have had to grow accustomed to saying goodbye to beloved characters, but that won’t make the loss of Amanda Rollins any easier.
But SVU is not the only Law & Order show in town, and the sendoff for Amanda Rollins is only part of the drama going down next Thursday. Law & Order Night kicks off with the reboot of the show that started it all, Law & Order, which teases a man who was forced into a false confession at the epicenter of a tightwire hostage situation. Before the tears over saying goodbye to Rollins are even dry, Law & Order: Organized Crime is up to bat with an ambush that sparks a rescue mission.
In the ever-evolving world of television, the Law & Order franchise has weathered the storm of streaming and remained a staple of network television. Though a Law & Order chapter closes next week with the departure of Amanda Rollins, the long-running series shows no signs of slowing down.
Kelli Giddish has appeared on several television shows, including All My Children and Chase. Her time on Law & Order: SVU as Amanda Rollins is by far her most iconic and prolific role. After 15 years on the show, fans can hope to see a happy ending for the character and wait to see where Kelli Giddish lends her talents next.