Law & Order SVU – Season 19 – [Spoiler] Exits, Philip Winchester Promoted to Regular

After six years at Law & Order: SVU, Raul Esparza sang his swan song on the NBC procedural tonight.

Tonight’s episode saw Barbra in quite a dilemma after he cut off the life support machine of a brain dead child. He is later tried for murder by attorney Peter Stone (Philip Winchester) — but is found not guilty. Even so, Barbra decides to leave his post at the District Attorney’s office even though Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston returned for the episode to reprise his role) tries to get him to stay.

Esparza first appeared as Assistant District Attorney Rafael Barba on season 14 on a recurring basis. He was upped to series regular in season 15.

As he walks out the SVU door, the aforementioned Winchester, who appeared on Chicago Justice will now be a series regular as the SVU‘s new Assistant District Attorney.