It isn’t fairly so simple as simply good vs. evil. 

On tonight’s extremely anticipated mega-crossover Law & Order event, airing Dec. 9, refined mob boss Richard Wheatley (Dylan McDermott) lastly goes to trial for the homicide of Kathy Stabler. But in a jaw-dropping twist of occasions, former ADA Barba (Raúl Esparza) represents Wheatley as his lawyer—surprising each Captain Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and former partner Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) and calling into query who they’ll actually belief. 

As controversial because the pairing was on-screen, off-screen, nonetheless, the staff up with Esparza was a no brainer for McDermott. “Raúl and I simply obtained alongside instantly. We simply clicked,” McDermott completely advised E! Information. “There was simply this shorthand we had between one another, this simpatico.”

Plus, who would not wish to see a beloved Law & Order: Special Victims Unit alum staff up with a seductively merciless Law & Order: Organized Crime villain? 

“[Barba] knew he was coping with somebody formidable with Richard Wheatley,” McDermott continued. “So a number of occasions in performing, a lot of it’s hinging on the connection and I feel the Barba-Wheatley relationship is actually in each episodes.”