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'Law & Order: SVU' Boss Talks Stabler's Departure, Benson's Reaction & New Blood

by Warren Leight, posted Sep 21st 2011 1:15PM
Warren Leight is the new showrunner on 'Law & Order: SVU.' He wrote this blog post for us, in advance of tonight's Season 13 premiere, to help prepare fans for what's to come: the loss of Stabler, the introduction of two new SVU recruits and the change in Benson's attitude from confident to somewhat unsure.



After a 12-year run, Chris Meloni has chosen to leave the 'SVU' stages, which means Det. Elliot Stabler will be leaving the squad room.

All of his co-workers will feel the loss, but none more than Olivia Benson, his partner for that whole time. The SVU team will be adjusting to the end of that partnership for the first several episodes of the season.

Rather than duck it, we'll try to play into the reality of his absence. Though the shooting in last year's season finale would definitely be considered a "good" shooting, it's not Stabler's first; by our count, he has fired his weapon at least five times and often used excessive force as well. Even if every shooting is deemed appropriate and necessary, after this many, he'd have to jump through some hoops before going back into the field. He would also have to deal with the emotional toll that final shooting took on him.

Between the Season 12 finale and the Season 13 premiere, Stabler would have been on leave pending an investigation by Internal Affairs. Our other main characters -- Benson, Fin, Munch and Cragen -- would, for the most part, expect he'd soon be back on the job. The delay of his return, and the way they each respond to the news, will be an important storyline in the first episode.

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Stabler's absence would of course distress Benson most of all, not just in the first episode, but throughout the season. For 12 years she's had someone to carry the load with her, someone to give her reality checks, someone to support and lean on, and without warning, he's going to disappear from her professional life. Once he's gone, she will have to find her own footing and re-learn how to do her job without him.

In the season premiere, she'll be working on a fast-paced, high-stakes case, one that involves a victim who desperately needs her support and understanding. Without Stabler by her side, she finds herself somewhat untethered, and even questioning her instincts.

She and the squad room will have to process a host of changes on the fly: After the shooting, the squad room has been redesigned, the brass has the entire unit under a microscope and two new detectives, Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish), and Nick Amaro (Danny Pino) will be assigned SVU. In every crisis, there is opportunity.

'Law & Order: SVU' Season 13 premieres Wed., Sept. 21, 10PM ET on NBC

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Abby

wow for reals??Too bad that show will tank..

October 21 2012 at 9:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cvet

Stabler was the best cop on TV and the foundation of SVU. Jeers to the show admins who did not want to pay Chris what he is worth! Will not watch season 13or any season without him.

September 11 2012 at 1:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
B-ROSE

WHY? OH, WHY? WOULD U SUBTRACT SUCH A STRONG CHARACTER ROLE ACTOR AND THINK THE SHOW WOULD SURVIVE! NETWORK IDIOTS!

September 06 2012 at 12:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jayla Gibson

Stabler Is The Only Reasoon Why I Watched SVU I Like His Aggressiveness And His Attitude I Dont Think I Will Watch It Without Stabler The Wont Be As Interesting. I Just Really Hope Comes Back ! PLEASE.! And Very Soon.

July 26 2012 at 1:50 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Janice Shehan

I've watched every episode and all the reruns.
I won't be watching season 13.
Sadly, the administration of L&O lost a great series.
The last one too.
Really bad decision.

July 04 2012 at 12:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
K.C.

No I will not be watching Svu anymore because its just not the same without the Stabler-Benson duo in action! Without Stabler there is no Benson and vice-versa! Hope Elliot comes back soon but i will always be watching all of the reruns with Stabler and Benson

June 20 2012 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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tavybabygo

ummm bensn can do bad all bye hersef. i miss stabler 2 but u cn stop watching if u wnt 2... ur not hurtimg anyone

June 20 2012 at 10:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
K Lynn Langille

This show now has the feeling of a soap opera, not a crime drama. I am very disappointed he will not be coming back.

March 14 2012 at 9:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bonavota

law and order svu sucks now without stabler i have been a fan since the begining and now you guys are going to lose a fan of this show,unless you bring stabler.Benson without stabler is garbage. You took out stabler you might as well of take out benson to.All the new actors they put in is garbage to.

February 24 2012 at 3:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kazcymru

Sharon , I never thought of watching the show like that before I do feel like its a type of therapy although I've never been abused . I think its a justification that the bad guys don't always win and in the way things are at the moment in the world they make you feel safer, and stabler was always the father figure and now we've lost that, and I know how that feels.

February 11 2012 at 8:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sharon

There is a reason why so many of us watch SVU, the current seasons AND the reruns. Those of us who experienced a childhood of molestation find huge vindication in watching Elliott and Olivia bring in the bad guys. It is almost a kind of therapy, watching the show. I am really finding the season difficult, without the anchor of Elliott being there. I wonder of the producers realize they are speaking to millions of victims who finally feel that healing is possible. I think I can hang in there, but if Olivia leaves, I'm gone.

February 06 2012 at 2:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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