'Law & Order: SVU' to Bring Back Dallas Roberts for Season Premiere (Exclusive)

'The Walking Dead' alum will reprise his role as serial killer Greg Yates in the first episode of season 17.
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Law & Order: SVU is gearing up for a killer season premiere.

Dallas Roberts, who played charismatic doctor and serial killer Greg Yates in the Law & Order: SVU and Chicago P.D. crossover, will reprise his role in the first episode of season 17, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The Walking Dead alum delivered a memorable and chilling turn as a Ted Bundy-like serial killer who raped and murdered young women in New York before moving to Chicago. In the special two-hour event, Yates kidnapped, assaulted and killed beloved recurring character Nadia (Stella Maeve) — a huge blow to the Intelligence Unit that led Lindsay to quit in the final moments of the Chicago P.D. season finale.

It is unclear just how Yates will return, since he was found guilty of Nadia's murder and sentenced in prison. In the final moments of the crossover, he was threatened by Voight (Jason Beghe) in his cell.

SVU, along with Chicago Fire and P.D., was renewed back in February. The series, which just bid farewell to series regular Danny Pino, has already begun production on season 17.

Roberts' other credits include The Good Wife, Unforgettable, The Grey and 3:10 to Yuma. He is repped by UTA and Circle of Confusion.

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