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Spoilers ahead for the Season 21 premiere of Law & Order: SVU!
The showrunner of Law & Order: SVU is dishing on Benson and Carisi’s significant changes in Season 21. Do not worry, Benson has not gotten benched. Both characters have undergone a great deal of transition in their respective careers as they kick off the milestone season. Benson has been promoted from Lieutenant to Captain, while Carisi has gone from detective to Assistant District Attorney.
Now that you are all caught up on where Benson and Carisi are in their careers, the series’ showrunner is ready to weigh in. Law & Order: SVU’s record-breaking season is going to be an eventful one, as anyone who has just learned about those career changes might have guessed. Speaking about the “why” behind the transitions in Season 21, Warren Leight told E!:
Did you catch that? None of Law & Order: SVU’s characters will end Season 21 in the same place they started. If you thought that the Benson and Carisi changes were a lot, there should be more in store for them, and everyone else.
If all of that change has you nervous for the future of the Special Victims Unit, it sounds like it should be safe. Law & Order: SVU’ showrunner indicates that it should still be running at the end of Season 21. As for Benson’s promotion from Lieutenant to Captain, Warren Leight talked about that too. It does not come without a cost. Leight said:
Fans of the long-running crime procedural should take heart. They will get a chance to see how that emotional toll plays out throughout Season 21. Law & Order: SVU is not going to end anytime soon, according to Mariska Hargitay. So, there could be many more seasons to explore Benson’s Captain promotion, beyond Season 21.
How Carisi’s career changes will impact him sounds quite intense. Carisi is going from being a detective to working in the District Attorney’s office. Taking on a prominent case solo will not be the first thing he does in his new job, although the Season 21 premiere certainly threw him into the deep end as an ADA. Law & Order: SVU showrunner, Warren Leight, explained saying:
Do not expect Carisi to be knocking out high-profile all on his own cases right away. According to what Law & Order: SVU’s showrunner is saying, it will be a slow burn. Warren Leight indicates that Carisi will work to prove himself for what is going to be a considerable chunk of Season 21. Based on Leight's stats, Carisi will be doing so for nearly half the season.
New episodes of Law & Order: SVU air, Thursdays, at 10 p.m. ET on NBC. The debut of Season 21 has been one of this fall’s premieres.