The drama, picked up right where the previous season left off, with the abducted Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) being abused by the very creepy William Lewis (Pablo Schreiber).
Lewis is a rapist, murderer who got away somehow and found a way to get to Benson, literally, he got her right where he wanted her.
The two hour episode showed how he beats her, forces her to take large amounts of alcohol, and traumatizes her with his brutal teasing.
While Benson is trying desperately to stay alive and fight off Lewis, her colleagues are just as desperate to find her.
Hargitay did a superb job of showing the broken state in which her kidnapper left her, and she was able to fight back and survive the ordeal, but how will this change her?
We can almost bet that 100 percent of everyone who is a fan of the show agrees that this was Hargitay’s best performance yet.
Twitter, as always with these sort of big television events had a lot to say. Fans had plenty of opinions about Mariska Hargitay’s performance in the new episode of Law & Order: SVU, including co-star Pablo Schreiber. Watch.
BTW, tonight’s Law & Order SVU is @mariska‘s best performance ever. You won’t be ok after watching it. So you MUST watch it.
— Carina MacKenzie (@cadlymack) September 26, 2013
— Chris Harnick (@chrisharnick) September 17, 2013
— manuel bergmann (@bergmann_manuel) September 26, 2013
HOLY SH!?!$&@!?%€£¥T!!, @Mariska, you better make room for your 2nd Emmy because you SLAYED in the premiere.
— Cooparza (@JoyfulTori) September 26, 2013
— Pablo Schreiber (@schreiber_pablo) September 26, 2013
— Alina Pride (@alinapride) September 26, 2013
Guys, I did ADR for the premiere of SVU ystrdy. Wow! Very hard to watch… @Mariska is incredible! Proud to be part of such a memrbl Ep.
— Pablo Schreiber (@schreiber_pablo) September 18, 2013
Law & Order: SVU can be seen on Wednesdays on NBC.