Law & Order Season 22: Is the finale episode premiering tonight?

Is Law & Order Season 22 finale premiering tonight?
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Tension is at an all-time high for the detectives! Here is everything we know about when the finale episode of
Law & Order Season 22 will premiere.

There should absolutely be no doubt that Law & Order has been a staple American police procedural and legal drama for many years, and it has undeniably built a great reputation with great twists and turns that the fans have loved to stream each year for over two decades.

After all, who doesn’t like to watch a team of detectives face some of their toughest cases and solve them in a surprising way that is exciting enough for the fans to stream the episodes? This series, which is in its 22nd season, is just as popular as the previous ones!

It has become one of the most cherished and honored dramas in recent years, thanks in large part to the fans! Now, the attention of viewers is set on the finale episode of the season, as they are now speculating about the possibility that the series finale episode could air tonight in order to wrap out the 2023 spring broadcasting season on time or not. 

Is Law & Order Season 22 finale premiering tonight?

Therefore, if you’re also anticipating the same updates, you’re not alone!

In this article, we’ll give you all the details on what you should expect in the finale episode of Law & Order Season 22 that captures the heart of the show which over the years is known for its unique bifurcated format that was created for its original run and will once again examine “the police who investigate crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders.” 

So, it’s time to buckle up and settle in for what promises to be an unforgettable night of television and find out whether the finale episode will air tonight on the NBC network or not.

Is Law & Order Season 22 finale premiering tonight?

Law & Order Season 22 Finale Episode: When is it premiering?

The anticipation for the finale episode has undoubtedly been building for the past few weeks, but we must reassure the readers that they shouldn’t worry about the official release date because the finale episode will undoubtedly air this month—just not tonight.

After months of deliberation, the network has confirmed that the finale, “Open Wounds,” will air on Thursday, May 18, 2023, at the same time slot of 8 p.m. ET on NBC, and later will be available to stream on Peacock. The cheerful news doesn’t stop here, as the finale episode will mark the 400th episode of Sam Waterston playing District Attorney Jack McCoy.

Further adding, “Obviously I haven’t really been trying hard to escape [Jack McCoy]. Because here I am after a 10, 12-year break, right back where I was before,” Waterston explained. “I consider myself extraordinarily lucky to have such a long run doing something of real quality that really talks to this country in plain language about what’s going on right now today. It’s just been a wonderful blessing.”

“I’m completely amazed, astounded, and very lucky,” Waterston also told TVInsider about hitting this major milestone! 

Is Law & Order Season 22 finale premiering tonight?

That’s not all, the episode will also see Elisabeth Waterston make an appearance as D.A. McCoy’s on-screen daughter, Rebecca. To get more context about the plot of the final check out the official synopsis which states, “When a senator is gunned down at his daughter’s wedding, McCoy pushes for a severe sentence and squares up against a formidable defense attorney — his own daughter. Price aims to stay neutral but can’t help but empathize with the defendant over a shared trauma.” 

It is clear that the two attorneys will end up on opposite ends of the courtroom, which will be exciting to see how the writers will develop their characters and plots for the already renewed 23rd season of Law & Order along with “Law & Order: SVU,” “Law & Order: Organized Crime,” for the 2023-2024 television season and all the three series are expected to return sometime in the fall of 2023 at the same time slots for night premieres on NBC, just like the prior seasons! 

To explain more about his daughter’s role, Sam Waterston also mentioned, “She’s a beautiful actress, quick to react, full of intelligence and ready emotion. I have three actor children, and there isn’t anything more fun than acting with them.” Further adding, “There’s nothing simple about their relationship and there’s a lot [between them] that hasn’t been resolved, he explains while chatting about Rebecca McCoy. “The situation now ain’t easy. The wounds at the beginning are open at the end.”

Take a look at the 30-second official promo of the finale episode of Law & Order, which is simply titled “Open Wounds,” below:

Law and Order 22x22 Promo "Open Wounds" (HD) Season Finale

“Law & Order” is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Wolf Entertainment.

The main cast members who are expected to appear in the finale episode are as follows: Jeffrey Donovan as Senior Detective Frank Cosgrove, Mehcad Brooks as Junior Detective Jalen Shaw, Camryn Manheim as Lieutenant Kate Dixon, Hugh Dancy as Executive Assistant District Attorney Nolan Price, Odelya Halevi as Assistant District Attorney Samantha Maroun, and Sam Waterston as District Attorney Jack McCoy. 

The recurring cast members of the series include Connie Shi as Detective Violet Yee, Alayna Hester as Lily Cosgrove, Milica Govich as Judge Leanne Dreben, Harriett D. Foy as Judge Arlene Jones, Marsha Stephanie Blake as Defense Attorney Erica Knight, David Moreland as Defense Attorney Lou Jenkins, and Lawrence Arancio as Judge Desmond.

Is Law & Order Season 22 finale premiering tonight?

Dick Wolf is the creator and executive producer. Rick Eid, Arthur Forney and Peter Jankowski are executive producers.

While you wait for the finale event to premiere in a few days, check out the prior episodes to catch up with the story if you haven’t been able to. The three beloved series will air on NBC and later be available to watch on the official website based on the user’s location. Moreover, viewers can also catch up with all the seasons of Law & Order, SVU, and Organized Crime on Peacock, Hulu Plus, and FuboTV.

All seasons are also available for renting or purchasing on Vudu or Amazon Instant Video, with a vast number of membership plans according to the preferences and locations of users around the world. 

Catch up on the previous episodes and let us know what you think of Law & Order Season 22 in the comments.