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.

Jim Halterman is the West Coast Editor of TV Fanatic and the owner of Follow him on Twitter.

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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