If you weren''t expecting the SVUseason 23 finale earlier, then you can get a promotion here. Not is Rafael Barba returning, but his return sets the stage for one of the most horrific cases in some time.
First, look at the fact that the case itself was discussing a woman as a defendant who had committed several brutal, heinous acts. Benson at this point recognizes that she needs a consistent representation. Eliza at this point has discovered that this is not a world of black and white; there is a gray area, and she wants to do everything she can to ensure that the correct type of justice is served.
Barba has been hampered by Rollins since the Richard Wheatley trial, although Barba made an unusual move to take on the client. Benson may have had a certain reason for this, but is it even important? Shell has an immediate answer for some of them.
There is no possibility of healing coming from this, but we wish to see a similar level of healing moving into Season 24.