Detective Elliot Stabler has been through a lot during his years on Law & Order: SVU. Despite his nearly decade long absence, Christopher Meloni put the badge back on for Law & Order: Organized Crime.
The show wanted to highlight some of the changes the character has gone through during his years on the force. Law & Order tweeted a video of some of his highlights that featured Meloni explaining what are Stabler’s guiding principles.
In an archive video, Meloni explains that Stabler is “the strong silent type. Let’s go chase the perpetrator, catch him, and send them to court.”
Anyone who watched him on either incarnation of Law & Order can attest to that. Meloni always played Stabler as a principled man who would do whatever it took to catch a suspect, but he had his limits. But things are different for Organized Crime.
“Coming back to the Law & Order house … felt like coming home,” he said in the video. “One thing I’ve always appreciated about Elliott is that he was always in search of the truth.”
Though things are much different now. The world is murkier, and less black and white than SVU, Meloni says. “This is a changing world, a dynamic world, and there are problems to solve. Solving the crime and finding my footing in this new world.”
Meloni said that’s where we find Stabler again when he takes over the NYPD’s Organized Crime Unit. He is a man seeking the truth.
“Let the games begin,” he said.
Why Did Meloni Leave ‘Law & Order: SVU’?
Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay were the heart and soul of Law & Order: SVU. So, it was a testament to Hargitay and the rest of the cast to keep the show going after Meloni left after season 12.
The LA Times, Meloni and the network couldn’t reach an agreement on some of the details in his contract, so he walked away from the show. In the nearly decade since leaving Law & Order, Meloni has been several films and other television shows, but he said it felt like the right time to return to the fold.
However, even years later, he still felt like there was a lot of the story Detective Elliot Stabler left to be told. He said he also returned because “things in my personal life fell into place, which made it correct and right for me to say yes to the offer,” Meloni said in an interview with Variety.
And NBC is putting a lot behind him. The network renewed Law & Order: Organized Crime for a second season early during its first batch of shows. And it will be part of the Thursday centerpiece of Law & Orders, which will feature, SVU, Organized Crime, and the new Law and Order: For the Defense.