Law & Order: SVU star Kelli Giddish says goodbye to the series after 11 years as she weds costar Peter Scanavino’s character on screen
Kelli Giddish is saying goodbye to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in grand style with an on-screen wedding.
The 42-year-old actress, who has appeared on the long-running crime series since 2011, will see her character, Detective Amanda Rollins, tie the knot with Assistant District Attorney Dominick Carisi Jr. (Peter Scanavino) on Thursday’s upcoming SVU episode.
The wedding will be a major sendoff for Giddish, who leaving the series after the episode.
On-screen wedding: Kelli Giddish’s character Detective Amanda Rollins (in white) appears to tie the knot with Peter Sanavino’s character District Attorney Dominick Carisi Jr. (by her side) in Thursday’s episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Also featured in the wedding scene is lead actress Mariska Hargitay, whose contributions to SVU were recognized when she won the best drama TV star award at the People’s Choice Awards on Tuesday night.
In new stills from NBC, Giddish can be seen in a lovely white dress as her character has what looks like a courthouse wedding.
The satin dress features long, puffy sleeves and a raised collar with a modest skirt that reaches down to her ankles.
Scanavino looked dapper with a navy blue three-piece suit.
The on-screen wedding may have been a rushed affair, as Captain Olivia Benson (Hargitay), Sergeant Fin Tutuola (Ice-T) and Jr. Detective Joe Velasco (Octavio Pisano) were all dressed casually.
Woman in white: In new stills from NBC, Giddish can be seen in a lovely white dress as her character has what looks like a courthouse wedding
No fuss: The on-screen wedding may have been a rushed affair, as Captain Olivia Benson (Hargitay), Sergeant Fin Tutuola (Ice-T) and Jr. Detective Joe Velasco (Octavio Pisano) were all dressed casually; Scanavino pictured
Hargitay’s character seemed particularly moved by the ceremony, as she placed her hand on her chest and looked as if she was about to tear up.
T he episode’s holiday-themed title, And A Trauma In A Pear Tree, hinted at a possibly dark conclusions to Giddish’s storyline, while she and her future husband are said to be collaborating on an ‘important arraignment.’
The outlet noted that fans have speculated that Detective Rollins might bind herself to ADA Carisi’s family by adopting his two young daughters after the apparent wedding, though some also thought the courthouse setting might just be to initiate a domestic partnership.
The apparent nuptials haven’t exactly been a secret though, as NBC hinted at them in earlier promos that showed short clips of Giddish in the white dress, along with Hargitay’s character hugging her.
Saying goodbye; Hargitay’s character seemed particularly moved by the ceremony, and she was previously seen saying goodby to Rollins. Giddish announced in August that this would be the end of her time on the show
Party time: A shot from a recent Twitter promo shows Giddish and Scanavino gazing lovingly at each other while surrounded by a party of well wishers at a bar, which seems to be a reception for them
Another blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot from a more recent Twitter promo shows Giddish and Scanavino gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes while surrounded by a party of well wishers in a restaurant with a well-stocked bar, which seems to be a reception for the couple.
Giddish announced in August that she would be departing the long-running show, which debuted way back in 1999.
‘I wanted to address the chatter I’ve seen online and let everyone know that this will, indeed, be my last season on Law & Order: SVU,’ she said in a statement to People at the time.
‘Playing Rollins has been one of the greatest joys and privileges of my life,’ she continued. ‘I’ve been so fortunate to be a part of the Law & Order family for the last 12 years. There is simply no other character on TV like Rollins.
‘She’s grown and changed, and I have as well. I started on this show when I was in my late 20s and I’m grateful I got to spend so many of my adult years with Rollins in my life,’ she concluded.
Moving on: The cast is sending off Giddish in style after 11 years on the show; Mariska Hargitay and Ice-T pictured