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SVU Boss Hopeful Chris Meloni Will Return at Finish: ‘I Think Whatever Tension There Was Has Abated’

Might Elliot Stabler be inching his approach again to Regulation & Order: SVU‘s squad room?

Christopher Meloni‘s eventual return, for which many SVU followers have clamored for years, could also be barely nearer to occurring, given what showrunner Warren Leight tells TVLine solely. With the caveat that the negotiations concerned can be “above my pay grade,” Leight says, “Look: I assume that if some yr, some decade, couple many years from now, we get to the final SVU, [Meloni] must come again earlier than we do the final episode or earlier than the present indicators off.”

Leight rapidly provides: “Nonetheless, I don’t suppose we’re at that time within the present’s run.”

The EP’s take makes Meloni’s look on the NBC procedural appear extra doable than it has prior to now. The actor left SVU in 2011 after protracted talks about his contract broke down; Stabler retired from the New York Metropolis Police Division off-screen at the beginning of Season 13.

As lately as December 2018, Meloni tweeted that he had “zero plans” to participate within the then-airing Season 20.

SVU‘s upcoming Season 21 — which kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 10/9c — will make it the longest-running, live-action sequence in tv historical past. Meloni’s rep declined to remark, however a supply near the actor tells TVLine that the actor “would very a lot be all in favour of returning for a five- or six-episode arc when the sequence in the end involves an finish to present followers some closure.”

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Since his SVU departure, Meloni has starred in Completely happy!, Underground and Surviving Jack, and has had roles on The Handmaid’s Story, True Blood, the Moist Sizzling American Summer season franchise and Pose.

Leight provides that bringing Stabler again into the SVU fold wouldn’t be as simple as, say, cuffing a perp or calling a bus. “It might be difficult, as a result of it’s now been eight years because the characters had been seen collectively,” he notes. “So how’d they get in contact? We haven’t seen it. The place has he been? How do you clarify that? There are storytelling challenges to it.”

That stated, the showrunner provides, “It might appear to me that sometime Meloni’s character may come again.” —With reporting by Andy Swift

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