When Season 15 of "Law & Order: Svu" begins Wednesday (Sept. 25), prepare for an even darker episode than where the show left off. The fearless Det. Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) is held at gunpoint for most of the hour.
The episode takes us to depths even this show hasn't gone before. For much of the premiere, "Surrender Benson," the detective is handcuffed, beaten and taken on a hideous trip by serial rapist William Lewis (Pablo Schreiber).
Executive producer Warren Leight tells Zap2it why this episode, picking up on last season's cliffhanger, was so important to him and what he wants to do this season that's different.
Zap2it: Had Benson ever been in this sort of life-and-death danger before?Warren Leight: There was an episode [in Season 9] in which she went undercover in prison and was assaulted, a guard attempted to assault her and she was rescued by Fin [Ice-t]. That was the closest. »
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