That did not happen. NBC renewed the series.
The man in charge of the series, Warren Leight, did have plans for the Law & Order: SVU finale if it happened this year though, and that plan included asking Chris Meloni and other departed cast members to return to the series.
Meloni left the series after the end of season 12 after a heated negotiation. Leight said the following about Meloni’s exit from the series, according to the Hollywood Reporter:
“In hindsight, NBC, Dick, Universal and Chris all know they could have handled that better, but I think Chris, over time from what I hear, began to realize that the fans were owed a little more…. It was a negotiation handled without much empathy on any of the participant’s parts and I think they all sort of know that now. And there wasn’t much empathy for the fans either. I think everyone probably learned, but you can’t roll the clock back.”
For now, fans of Law & Order: SVU have to wait for Stabler’s return for at least one more season. Do you want to see Chris Meloni back on this series? Tell us what you think.