On NBC Tonight, ‘Chicago P.D.’ vs. ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ Finales

Chicago P.D.

Crime, justice, law, and order: Which of NBC’s top ranked dramas will surprise viewers the most tonight? Both Chicago P.D. and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit are scheduled to have their season finales on NBC tonight. With a similar theme but two very different styles and cast, both shows are sure to give viewers a great final episode. Chicago P.D. will be ending season 2, as Law & Order: SVU will be ending season 16. Though Detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) is a more established character with viewers after many seasons, Detective Erin Lindsay (Sophia Bush) will be giving viewers some tension as she and other characters go after some dirty cops. As one show follows right after the other, tonight on NBC, viewers are sure to have a night of suspense, drama, and action.

Chicago P.D. is NBC’s fresh criminal justice series. Following in the foot steps of Chicago Fire, the spin-off is about police officers in Chicago who also work with the Intelligence Unit to keep Chicago safe. Some of the show’s biggest characters are Henry “Hank” Voight (Jason Beghe) who is head of the Intelligence Unit, Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda) an Intelligence Unit detective, and Erin Lindsay who is also an I.U. detective.

In the Chicago P.D. season finale “Born Into Bad News” a retired commander asks Voight and his team to rescue his nephew, who is a police officer, from a group of corrupt officers that supposedly rob drug dealers, led by Sgt. Roland (Jeremy Davidson). The team goes head-to-head with the corrupt cops but may find that they are in too deep. This task also presents a big challenge for Lindsay who struggles to stay sober. Sources say that the spoiler alert was released that Detective Lindsay may be quitting the force. Naturally as NBC’s show has many characters, others will struggle in the finale episode as well.

Before Chicago P.D. airs at 10 p.m. EST, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit will air its finale on NBC at 9 p.m. EST tonight. Benson, who finally found a sort of happy ending, may once again find herself in emotional turmoil as she comes face-to-face with the ruthless criminal Johnny D.

Law & Order: SVU has seen many changes over the last 16 seasons. Benson has struggled through many things, including losing her long-time partner Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni). However, now as Benson has taken in a young boy, Noah, and is working to adopt him, she may find that she is forced to give him up. As one of the main characters, up for promotion to Lieutenant, all eyes are on Benson in the finale appropriately titled “Surrendering Noah.”

Benson is fighting for her foster son to become a permanent part of her life, but as his biological father is a criminal rapist/sex trafficker and violent criminal, there is no doubt in viewers minds that she will not get the adoption without a fight. Sources say that Johnny D is on trial for his crimes, but may use the adoption as an excuse for why Benson is after him. As Benson put on the adoption form that Johnny D was the biological father, even though ADA Rafael Barba (Raul Esparza) suggested that she lie on the form, she will most likely have trouble getting the adoption.

As Benson did not follow Barba’s advice Johnny’s lawyer will naturally use the paternity in the case. Sources state that Johnny will use the adoption of his kid by Benson and claim that Liv is only trying to put him behind bars because he stands in the way of what she wants. They state that all Johnny needs is one juror to have reasonable doubt in order for him to become free. If and when he does become free he will not let Liv adopt Noah. Some changes in the squad will also be made before the end of the finale, giving viewers some definite surprises.

Both episodes, numbered 23, are sure to give viewers an interesting end to the season. As both Chicago P.D. and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit air tonight on NBC, it is one vs. the other on which will deliver the best impact (though NBC often likes to play off of all of their crime and justice shows by featuring characters of SVU in Chicago P.D., vice versa, or even bringing in some cast from Chicago Fire). As both shows plan to continue to a new season, fans will have to wait to see how the characters lives will unfold. It is sure that many will be extremely disappointed if Benson loses Noah, just as they will be disappointed if Lindsay turns in her badge. The only way to know how things will go for sure is to tune in tonight at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. EST.

By Crystal Boulware

Sources:

Christian Post: ‘Chicago PD’ Season 2 Finale News, Spoilers: Lindsay and Voight Take on Dirty Cops to Extract a Retired Commanding Officer’s Nephew
Entertainment Weekly: SVU finale preview: Will Benson be forced to surrender Noah?

 

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