TV Guide spoke to Law & Order SVU Executive Producer Warren Leight about Chris Meloni’s exit from the show, what Leight sees coming for Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), and the updated cast. An excerpt:
(TVG) What do you see as the arc for Benson this season?
Leight: I think she's untethered at the start. In a weird way, her character never had to question things because Elliot did the questioning for her. Now, she finds herself evolving into somebody who sees the gray a little bit from time to time. Now she has to pay attention to different things, she has to understand things differently. I think that makes it very difficult, professionally or romantically, to partner up anew. Readjusting to life without a partner of 12 years is [the focus] for the first quarter of the season. Then, [there are] the first tentative steps of re-engaging with other people and finding your footing. Ultimately, loss can be liberating. I'm trying to chart the emotional life of somebody who's gone through a huge separation, and I'll see where that takes her. But I think there will be fledgling steps at relationships and partnerships, and we'll see what takes or doesn't.
Read the full article here: TV Guide - Law & Order: SVU's New Boss on Meloni's Exit, the New Detectives and Rejuvenating the Show
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