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The Law & Order: SVU season finale is so major, it made Mariska Hargitay cry

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The season finale of Law & Order: SVU will change Olivia Benson's life forever

Olivia Benson might just be the most abused character on television, but if we're interpreting what Mariska Hargitay just said correctly, it's about to get worse.

Hargitay, who has played Detective Benson on the long-running hot TV show Law & Order: SVU since the series inception in 1999, said this season's finale brings big changes and big emotions — and they are tough ones.

"I read the season finale and I was so deeply moved and deeply inspired. I couldn't put it down… couldn't stop crying," Hargitay told E! News at Variety's Power of Women: New York event.

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"After doing a show for this long, there are these moments that come up that are so earned and so painful. For Olivia, something very tragic happens and something so beautiful happens, which is so much like life, right? It's that marriage of joy and pain and all of it, living in the question and gray. Gray, gray, gray, which SVU is so amazing at. I'm hooked and excited. It's something that informs all of next year, and so I feel like I have all of these new beats to play and I am so reinvested that it's almost shocking."

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Another hint that all is not well in Benson's world is the fact that her therapist, Dr. Peter Lindstrom, is returning to the show.

"[Benson] needs help," actor Bill Irwin told E! at a screening for his HBO movie Confirmation.

This does not bode well for our beloved Benson!

In fact, several familiar faces will be back next season to support Benson in her mysterious time of need, including Detective Munch, played by Richard Belzer.

"We love having Richard back on set," executive producer Warren Leight told Entertainment Weekly. "This episode was perfect for Munch's cynical eye, and just the right time for him to give Benson [Mariska Hargitay], and Noah, some much-needed support."

Law & Order: SVU airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on NBC.

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The season finale of Law & Order: SVU will change Olivia Benson's life forever
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