When Philip Winchester makes his debut on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit this fall, he will do more than just solidify the connection between the Law & Order and Chicago franchises, he will also bring some tension and drama with him. His character of Peter Stone, son of former Assistant District Attorney Ben Stone, isn't coming into be a nice guy. He's also not coming in to take away the job of Rafael Barba (Raul Esparza), the current ADA… he's actually going to be a foil for Barba.
Executive producer Michael Chernuchin explained to EW.com:
"There's more than one A.D.A. in New York. They will be antagonists. Philip will come in and he won't be the nicest person our characters have ever met. What he's going to be doing, too, is basically bringing all of the franchises into one. He's connecting Law & Order, the Chicago franchises and now SVU."
The potential of connecting to the two franchises could be similar to the connection between Law & Order and Homicide: Life In The Streets years ago that saw the shows crossover a few times and have cases run between New York and Baltimore. It also lead to the character of Detective John Munch (Richard Belzer) moving from Homicide to Law & Order SVU where he would appear in 326 episodes. That's fourth most in the 18 seasons so far behind Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T, and Dan Florek.