Christopher Meloni shockingly left ‘Law & Order: SVU’ in season 12, and it changed the course of the show forever. But could Stabler end up returning? Showrunner Warren Leight weighs in on that possibility!
Detectives Stabler and Benson were the ultimate dynamic duo for 12 seasons on Law & Order: SVU. Christopher Meloni left the show in 2011, but is a reunion happening? Showrunner Warren Leight reveals in an all-new interview how that return could (and almost did) happen!
If season 17 was going to be the last season of Law & Order: SVU, Warren revealed that he had a plan to bring Stabler back for the finale. The return was scrapped when the show got renewed, but he noted what it would take Chris to return as Stabler.
Christopher was abruptly written out of season 13, with Stabler resigning from the force. “In hindsight, NBC, Dick, Universal and Chris all know they could have handled that better,” Warren continued. “But I think Chris, over time from what I hear, began to realize that the fans were owed a little more.”
Everyone’s hoping that the show will make it to 21 seasons and become the longest-running primetime series in history. “I think if anyone deserves it, it’s Mariska,” he says. “But if she were to decide 18 is enough, she deserves that too. Her character has been through a lot.”
What a tremendous feat that would be to accomplish! Whenever the show does come to an end, it wouldn’t be a fitting end to the series without an appearance from Stabler. After all, it was Stabler and Benson’s key friendship that made us fall in love with SVU in the first place!
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