There has been a great deal of talk this summer about the loss of Christopher Meloni (Det. Elliot Stabler), B.D. Wong (George Huang), and the returns of Stephanie March and Diane Neal on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." But there are more changes in store, not just in the cast but the stories and how they are handled. Executive Producer Warren Leight has said, "This year, Season 13 of 'SVU' is a bit of a rebirth."
Stabler's departure isn't the only thing the squad room will be getting over. They still need to recover from the bloodbath of the Season 12 finale, and the newest members of this elite special victim's squad. As the detectives rebuild their relationships, look to see them spend more time in the precinct solving crimes. All but one of the writers are now in New York because Leight feels "the show benefits from the city."
That's not all. The cast and writers have consulted with real life New York City detectives and other experts to more accurately represent "what goes on when there's a significant change in a station house."
Look for newcomer Det. Nick Amaro (Danny Pino) to charm the confessions out of suspects as his specialty is to "empathize" with the criminal and get them to spill all their secrets. Does this make him a cross between Stabler and Wong? After all, we have seen Stabler be at his most charming with more than one suspect as he stands outside the one way mirror, providing insights and suggestions into the psyche of his subjects. Meanwhile, new regular Det. Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish) moved to the big city from Georgia. She gets to keep her Southern accent and use her master's in forensic psychology. These two may be the new kids on the block, but they haven't spent all their time in the squad room. Look for that to be to their advantage in more ways than one. ADA Casey Novak (Diane Neal) says this season will have more "grit."
For this season of "Law & Order: SVU," the thing to remember is to expect the unexpected.
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- Christopher Meloni
- Executive Producer Warren Leight