Southland Stars Revisit "Chaos," Explain True Story Behind Major Episode

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WARNING: If you have yet to watch last night's Southland, stop now. Major plot points are discussed in the following video interviews...

The days and nights on this TNT drama are never easy, but "Chaos" was a doozy for Officers John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz) and Hank Lucero (Anthony Ruivivar). They werekKidnapped and tortured, as the show's emotional and surprising ending more than likely rattled even the toughest Southland watcher, myself included.

I was on the set in downtown Los Angels during the filming of this penultimate Southland Season 5 episode and grabbed an exclusive chat with Cudlitz and Ruivivar about shooting this big installment and the true story that inspired it.

First, a few words from Ruivivar:

And here Cudlitz explains the true story that inspired the events in the episode:

NOTE: Southland awaits a sixth season pick-up and anyone who's watched this season can attest to the fact that this show needs to live on. I'm talking to you, Michael Wright, President, Head of Programming, TNT, TBS & TCM.

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I couldn't sleep last night either!! It was really hard to watch and my heart breaks thinking this was based on a true story.


The most underrated and over looked show come award season each year. I've been in love with this series since season two. It definitely keeps me on the edge each week. Praying it gets another season.


Not sure if this ep of Southland worked in that after watching the terrifying, sickening, gut wrenching "Chaos", I'm not sure I can watch Southland again! It's always a tough watch, but last night my partner and I were crying and we couldn't sleep! Who the hell would be a cop in America? God I hate meth. They need to show some of this stuff in Breaking Bad, to remind us why we shouldn't root for Walter White.


So addicted to Southland! It is the best show on TV and must come back for more seasons!!!!!


I agree with the other comments. The best show that's been on in a long time. Look forward to the few episodes evey year. Keeps us on the edge of our seats. Please don't take it off. We tell everyone we know about it. Love all the cast.




From its very first episode Southland has been the grittiest and most realistic cop series on TV - and certainly one of the best ever. There must be a 6th season - and a 7th.......There's no other show like it. Please!!!

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Southland Quotes

It seems like it changes nothing... but every once and awhile, you get to take a bad guy off the streets for good. And that, my friend, is God's work.

John Cooper

Taking a life is a big deal to me.

Ben Sherman