Dann Florek, who has played the role of Captain Cragen on NBC since 1999, announced via Twitter that the will exit the series, as reported the The Wrap. Also, the actor added that he received his “sweet send off” on Friday, which was his last day. “Friday was the last day 4 Cragen/Florek,” the actor tweeted. “It was a sweet send off! But he’ll live on in syndication land 4 evah!”
In 1998 Florek appeared in the “Law and Order” film “Exiled” and was a part of the “SVU” cast since the show debuted in 1999. The most obvious successor to Cragen would be Sgt. Olivia Benson played by Mariska Hargitay. Leight said that fans should not expect to see Hargitay in that role. It will likely be a new character taking over as the leader of the SVU detectives. “If someone does come in, what are the odds that an outsider is going to come in as captain and know more about sex crimes than these guys? Leight said.
Bringing in a fresh captain who does not have the same experience as the rest of the detectives is one way of creating friction within the squad. “It’s always annoying to take orders from somebody who doesn’t know what they’re doing and doesn’t know the world as well as you do. Although, with that comes some fresh perspective,” Leight told TV Guide. “Law and order: SVU” airs Wednesday nights on NBC. The show’s next new episode will air on January 8.