The first Law & Order: SVU trailer, Organized Crime features Elliot Stabler explaining why it has taken him so long to return.

NBC released the first trailer for Law & Order: SVUnext spin-off, Law: Organized crime, where Elliot Stabler explains why it took him so long to return. Since it was announced that Christopher Meloni will return to the police procedural franchise in early 2020, there has been anticipation for his appearance, not just on his original show, but in a new branch. The coronavirus wreaked havoc on his planned schedule, delaying this until 2021, but now, it won’t be long until Stabler reunites with Olivia Benson and her former squad.

As part of the original cast, Meloni’s absence left a huge hole in Law and order: SVU. He decided to walk away from the project after contract renegotiations failed when season 12 ended. Due to the manner of his departure, the writers had to struggle to find an explanation for why he had suddenly left. This was uncharacteristic of Stabler, considering how important work was to him, not to mention how close he had become to his co-workers, particularly Benson. Despite what happened behind the scenes, Meloni remained in contact with Hargitay, giving hope that one day she will be Stabler again.

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It took almost a decade, but Meloni is now ready for her return to the Law franchise. Apart from his initial comeback in Law & Order: SVU, will also head his own show, Organized crime. NBC is starting to overstate its latest police procedural effort with the release of its first trailer where Stabler explains his long absence from the service. Check out the clip below shared on Law & Order: SVUofficial Twitter account.

The 15-second clip is mostly a series of takes without a full scene, but it’s all anchored by Stabler’s dialogue, where he opens up about his much-delayed departure and return. Based on what you’re saying here, it seems like you always intended to return to duty, but waiting for the right moment repeatedly delayed your plans. Funny who he’s talking to in this sequence; while the trailer is supposed to be for Organized crime, its premiere airs alongside a new episode of Law & Order: SVU, which makes for a 2-hour crossover event. Given this, you may be talking to your former colleagues, including Benson and Fin; otherwise, it could be your way of introducing yourself to your new team. Regardless, it’s interesting to hear everything he has to say about his long-awaited return.

Older and potentially more mature at this point, Stabler’s behavior may have softened since the last time he was in Law & Order: SVU. The detective was known to be temperamental, and Benson’s empathetic approach made them excellent and effective partners. But since he is alone in Law: Organized crime, you need to be more pragmatic about how you handle sensitive situations, especially with the rampant real-life issues related to police brutality around the world.

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