Kelli Giddish shared a loving goodbye to her costars on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on Thursday, hours before her final episode was set to air.
The 42-year-old actress, who has played Detective Amanda Rollins for 11 years, posted a slideshow of photos with the crime show’s lineup of stars, including lead Mariska Hargitay and Ice-T.
Giddish was set to get a grand send off with what appeared to be a wedding for her character to Assistant District Attorney Dominick Carisi Jr. (Peter Scanavino), according to recent previews.
The actress opened her posts by sharing a sweet black and white photo of Hargitay and herself as they hugged on a park bench.
Kelli Giddish, 42, bid farewell to her Law & Order: SVU costars with a sweet Instagram post as she marked her final episode of the show on Thursday, after 11 years in the cast
She Hargitay, on the other hand, was beaming ear to ear while Hargitay kept her eyes closed and looked emotional.
‘To everyone who supported Rollins — THANK YOU!’ Giddish captioned the post.
She She gave her 487K fans a rundown on her costars, including Ice-T, the rapper-turned-actor.
He Giddish and Giddish laughed ear to ear during a closeup. The photo was taken while they were dressed in costume and wearing bulletproof vests.
Giving thanks: ‘To everyone who supported Rollins — THANK YOU!’ Giddish captioned the post; seen with Ice T
Make friends with your colleagues: She shared several photos featuring costars Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T and Peter Scanavino, whose character she was set to marry on her final episode
They were joined by Mariska and Scanavino in another joyous closeup, while an older photo showed more of the cast.
Giddish, Hargitay and Scanavino lined up with Peter Gallagher who played Deputy Chief William Dodds, and Raúl Esparza, who appears as ADA Rafael Barba.
The departing actress also included a more casual snap with Scanavino, who posed next to her while dressed in a Ramones T-shirt.
Stacked lineup. An older photo showed more members of the cast. Giddish, Hargitay and Scanavino lined up with Peter Gallagher who played Deputy Chief William Dodds, and Raúl Esparza, who appears as ADA Rafael Barba
Off work: The departing actress also included a more casual snap with Scanavino, who posed next to her while dressed in a Ramones T-shirt
Many of these photos were clearly taken during the peak of the pandemic.
One playful snap showed Giddish as Hargitay in sundresses, while Hargitay was wearing masks.
Giddish looked like she was discussing her lines with one her costars in a second picture that was taken from an on-set monitor.
Hargitay shared her admiration in the comments for her friend who was leaving.
“I love you, lady.” You are my love, now and forever! She wrote: “XOXO.”
Lovely: Several of the photos were clearly taken at the height of the pandemic. One photo showed Giddish as Hargitay wearing sundresses while Hargitay was wearing masks.
Hard at work: Giddish looked as if she was going over her lines with one of her costars in another picture that was snapped off an on-set monitor
Sweet: Hargitay made sure to share her admiration for her departing friend in the comments. “I love you lady. You’re my lady, and I will always love you! She wrote, “XOXO,”
The previews for Thursday night’s episode suggested that there would be a wedding to send off the actress.
Giddish was photographed in stills by NBC in a lovely white gown as her character had a wedding in a courthouse.
The satin dress featured long sleeves with puffy collars and a modest skirt that reached to her ankles.
Scanavino looked dapper wearing a navy three-piece suit.
The on-screen wedding may have been a rushed affair, as Hargitay, Ice-T and Jr. and Octavio Pisano, who plays Detective Joe Velasco, were all dressed casually.
On-screen wedding: Giddish’s character appeared to tie the knot with Sanavino’s District Attorney Dominick Carisi Jr. (by her side) in Thursday’s episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Woman in white: In stills from NBC, Giddish could be seen in a lovely white dress as her character had what looked like a courthouse wedding
No fuss: Although Hargitay, IceT, Jr. and Octavio were dressed casually for the wedding, it was a quick affair.
Hargitay seemed especially moved by the ceremony. She placed one hand on her chest, and it looked as though she was about tearing up.
The episode’s holiday-themed title And A Trauma In A Pear Tree suggested that Giddish’s storyline could have dark ends. Giddish and her husband are said to be working together in an ‘important hearing’
The outlet said that some fans speculated that Detective Rollins might adopt ADA Carisi’s two daughters after the apparent marriage. Others thought that the courthouse setting might be used to initiate a domestic relationship.
The alleged nuptials have not been a secret, though NBC hinted at them in previous promos that featured short clips of Giddish wearing the white dress and Hargitay hugging Giddish.
Goodbye Hargitay. Hargitay seemed especially moved by the ceremony and was previously seen saying goodbye to Rollins. Giddish had announced that she would be leaving the show in August.
Party time: A recent Twitter promo shows Giddish & Scanavino gazing at each other as they are surrounded by well-wishers at a bar that appears to be a reception.
Another blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot from a more recent Twitter promo shows Giddish and Scanavino gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes while surrounded by a party of well wishers in a restaurant with a well-stocked bar, which seems to be a reception for the couple.
Giddish announced that she would be leaving the long-running series in August. It debuted in 1999.
‘I wanted to address the chatter I’ve seen online and let everyone know that this will, indeed, be my last season on Law & Order: SVU,’ she said in a statement to People At the time.
“Playing Rollins was one of the greatest joys, and privileges of mine,” she said. ‘I’ve been so fortunate to be a part of the Law & Order family for the last 12 years. Rollins is the most popular TV character.
‘She’Still, he has grown and changed. I have too. She stated that she started working on the show in her late 20s.
Moving on: Giddish is being sent off in style by the cast after 11 years of being on the show. Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T are pictured