‘Law & Order: SVU’: How Mariska Hargitay Reminded Fans That Season 22 Is Just Days Away

Although many fans are fully aware that the premiere of season 22 of Law & Order: SVU is only days away, sometimes we could all use a little reminder. Well, Mariska Hargitay is here to put it all in perspective, and fans couldn’t be more excited.

When does season 22 of ‘Law & Order: SVU’ premiere?

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The all-new season will premiere on Thursday, November 12, at 9 p.m. E.S.T. The series is the longest-running live-action primetime series to date, and it always seems to come through when fans need it. With 2020 being a mess for many people because of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the show couldn’t come at a more necessary time. But what will the season cover? Fans can expect to see a lot of what they’re personally dealing with play out on their screens.

Showrunner Warren Leight replied to a fan on Twitter who asked if the series would return starting with Sir Toby’s (Ian McShane) trial. “I can answer this… no it won’t,” Leight said. “A lot has happened since we shut down, in New York, and in our country. First few eps will see our squad grappling with many of the losses and changes and challenges we’re all going through at this moment.”

When it comes to the premiere episode, IMDb says the episode is called “Guardians and Gladiators,” and the plot is as follows: “When the squad tries to solve an assault in Central Park, they are hampered by their own blind spots and a community that is losing trust in the police.”

How Mariska Hargitay reminded fans that season 22 is just days away

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With November 12 rapidly approaching, Hargitay, who plays Captain Olivia Benson, posted to Instagram reminding her fans that the premiere is just days away. In a black and white photo of the celebrity, she’s smiling with her badge on her hip while wearing a stylish suit with white accents.

She captioned the post with: “3 more sleeps till the #svu #season #22 #premiere #SVU22 #captain #benson @nbcsvu #chiefgarland #captainbenson #guardiansandgladiators #svu22 #thursday November 12 9pm 🤍.”

Demore Barnes, who plays Deputy Chief Christian Garland, can be seen in the background of the shot, and it almost looks like his head is on Hargitay’s shoulder. He commented with a joke and a song lyric: “🎶Put your head on my SHOOULDR…🎶.”

Fans react

Over 75,000 people liked the post so far, and many commented on it with their own thoughts on the premiere. Fans are more than excited, and they can’t seem to contain their anticipation for the premiere of season 22.

“I can’t wait!!” a fan wrote in the comments.

One fan admits to binging the series. “I’m so ready! You just don’t understand how I binge this show ❤️,” they said.

“I literally am soooo excited,” another fan wrote.

An Instagram user seems to appreciate Hargitay’s smile. “That smile is everything 😻,” they said about the celebrity.

Another fan “can’t wait” to see Hargitay on-screen again. “Finally, I can’t wait for it to see you again on screen ❤️❤️❤️💙💙💙,” they wrote.

A fan says they’re “living” for season 22. “Living for the new season. My world is not the same without my beloved SVU 😍😍,” another admits.

“QUEEN 😍,” a fan expressed about Hargitay.

Many fans are excited for the series to return, and it couldn’t come at a better time. Fans can catch the new season of Law & Order: SVU on November 12, at 9 p.m. E.S.T.