So will his Detective Stabler be swiftly written off within the first five minutes of the premiere? It doesn’t look that way. TVLine reports the absentee exit will be a big part of the story early in the season.
“The reasons for his absence,” showrunner Warren Leight tells TVLine, “and the effect it has on the squadroom — and Olivia (Hargitay) — will be explored in the first several episodes.”
How cryptic! And since we know that he isn’t dead (thanks for the spoiler, NBC head Robert Greenblatt), expect that fallout to have something to do with Stabler’s Season 12 finale shooting of a young girl.