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Law & Order: SVU ended on a game-changer in Season 17 when the Special Victims Unit lost one of their own. The death of Mike Dodds was a departure from the usual way that SVU ships off its detectives, and Season 18 will see the team dealing with the loss. New showrunner Rick Eid has big plans for how Benson and Co. move on from Dodds' death. Eid had this to say about where Season 18 picks up:
Andy Karl was only on board with Law & Order: SVU for Season 17, so fans likely won't have to mourn him as much as they would have if Stabler or Munch had left the show in a bodybag rather than for personal reasons. Still, the emotional impact on the SVU crew should be devastating, and it's promising to know that the show plans on exploring what his life and death means for the unit moving forward. The fact that the series won't be picking up in real time with months having passed means that we should get to see the fallout rather than business as usual right away.
The Season 18 premiere was inspired by the San Bernardino mass shooting, so Rick Eid certainly wasn't kidding about the episode being topical. The stakes should be incredibly high for the characters both as law enforcement officers on a tough case and as people who recently lost somebody close to them.
Season 18 will be Rick Eid's first as SVU showrunner. He'll replace Warren Leight as the head honcho. Leight had been tasked with the end of an SVU era after the Season 12 departure of Christopher Meloni as Elliot Stabler; only time will tell if Eid is as successful as his predecessor at picking up a show that already has more than a decade of stories that have already been told.
Law & Order: SVU returns to NBC on Wednesday, September 21 at 9 p.m. ET. Check out our fall TV premiere schedule to see when your other favorite shows will hit the airwaves in the near future.