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Mariska Hargitay Gets Emotional in Latest 'Law and Order: SVU' Episode as Her Character Loses Her Brother

Gracious Egedegbe
Nov 08, 2019
12:00 A.M.
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The latest episode of "Law and Order: SVU" turned out to be an emotional affair, as Olivia Benson mourned the death of her only family, Simon.


"Law and Order: SVU" producers know just how to thrill their numerous viewers with unexpected occurrences. They were at it again in the show's latest episode, with the death of Simon. His death was painful to take for his sister, Olivia Benson, as he was her only family. 

Mariska Hargitay attends the "Law & Order: SVU" Television Milestone Celebration at The Paley Center for Media on September 25, 2019 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images



Throughout the crime drama series' 21 seasons, one thing that remained constant has been the producers' ability to bring up nerve breaking and emotional moments. The show's latest episode, titled "Murdered at a Bad Address," saw viewers share in the grief of Olivia Benson. 

Her brother, Simon, who is seldom seen on the show, reappeared, making fans go skeptical. Their skepticism boded on the fact that anytime Simon showed up, it never turned out well.

Olivia Benson, however, agreed to have lunch with her brother, despite his history of drug addiction, though he also claimed to be clean. She also said she would be bringing her son, Noah, along with her. 


Mariska Hargitay attends Samsung Gives Annual Charity Gala at The Manhattan Center on September 19, 2019 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images


Simon, however, didn't show up, and this made his sister angry. She sends him a text, asking him never to call her again. 


Unknown to Benson, Simon had died from a drug overdose, as she later got to find out. That discovery turns her into an emotional wreck.


She would also get to know that Simon had been clean for a while, but died because he got his hands on the wrong stuff. When Werner asked Benson if she was close to Simon, she replied saying

"Not really. But he was my only family." 

Benson then begins to sob over her brother, a scene that would also have been emotional for viewers. 



Olivia Benson's character is played by Mariska Hargitay, who has been playing that role since the show's inception in 1999. Many actors may find the idea of playing a character for so long dreadful, but Mariska Hargitay relishes and embraces it.

The series' actor, director, and executive producer loves her character so much and feels blessed to play it. She alluded to this fact in an interview with E! News during the premiere of the 21st season.

Producer Mariska Hargitay attends the red carpet for "I Am Evidence" during Hamptons International Film Festival 2017 - Day Four on October 8, 2017 in East Hampton, New York | Photo: Getty Images


She said that Olivia Benson is heroic, as she is someone who has fought for women and has elevated the voices of women. She concluded by saying

"I feel very privileged and blessed to have grown in this character and get to affect as many people as I have been privileged to affect in my life."

Mariska Hargitay from the serie "Law & Order : SVU" attends a photocall during the 58th Monte Carlo TV Festival on June 17, 2018 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco | Photo: Getty Images

Fans would be hoping that there is better news for Olivia Benson when the show returns for its next episode.