'Law & Order: SVU' Is Getting Lots of Reactions for Their Most 'Intense' Episode Ever

Mariska Hargitay “deserves an Emmy" for this.

Olivia Benson broke Law & Order: SVU fans’ hearts in the latest episode.

On “Part 33” Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and the team wrestled with how to handle an emotional case centered around a woman named Annabeth (Amy Rutberg), who killed her abusive husband. Benson has a particularly difficult time grasping what to do if she has to testify, as she is still recovering from her traumatic kidnapping back in season 15.

In a heartbreaking clip between Benson and Rollins (Kelli Giddish), Benson tries to convince Rollins that Annabeth’s crime was justified as she was, “powerless to leave her husband.” The pair’s conversation grows more and more heated until Benson finally starts recounting her experience with her abductor, William Lewis. The powerful scene left everyone, including Rollins, devastated for Benson.

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Fans of the longtime show took to social media to praise Mariska for her gut-wrenching performance, and for weighing in on a conversation that isn’t “always black and white.” Some even suggested Mariska, “deserves an Emmy for her phenomenal job on tonight’s episode.” Another follower commented, “Last night had to be your best yet and you have had many.”

. deserves an Emmy for her phenomenal job on tonight’s episode! RT if true!

— Law and Order SVU (@LawandOrderSVU1)

Tonight’s episode of law and order SVU hurt a nerve with many tonight, myself included. Hoping it makes people realize all situations are not always black and white.

— Frances (@treasuresmich)

OMG Last nights Law And Order SVU was amazing. I have been a fan since You and Elliot even met you once. Last night had to be your best yet and you have had many. Keep it up. Forever a fan.Great job by everyone

— Walter Butscher (@ButscherWalter)

Law and Order SVU was on point tonight. Seriously accurate. Been there.

— ⚜️Debbie LeRibeus⚜️ (@azuresong)

What an episode of law and order svu last night wow

— Nicole Aitken (@nicoleaitken001)

Others thought the entire cast deserved their kudos for the “intense” hour. “One of the best episodes of all time,” one person wrote. “This episode! Over 20 years of watching Law and Order franchise…..then THIS episode. Wow,” another said. “From start to finish we were gripped to the edge of our seats,” said a fan.

So intense episode!

— Law and Order SVU (@LawandOrderSVU1)

One of the best episodes of all time.

— Law and Order SVU (@SVUandChicagoPD)

This episode! Over 20 years of watching the Law and Order franchise......then THIS episode. Wow!

— BgGrlz DntCry (@bggrlzdntcry)

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From start to finish we were gripped to the edge of our seats with this episode. Emotions running high among the squad. Stone, you over stepped the mark with your cross examination. Will there be consequences, I do hope so.

— Claire Kerr (@clairekerrbear)

If you’re ready to clasp on to the edge of your couch and ugly cry to Law & Order: SVU for 60 minutes,

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