'Law & Order: SVU' season 18 spoilers, update: Showrunner Rick Eid talks about potential new members, Stabler's return


“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” may be a veteran when it comes to police procedurals as it has been running for almost two decades, but the upcoming installment of the show will bring something new to the table with the addition of “Law & Order” producer Rick Eid who will be manning the series together with executive producer Julie Martin.

Eid is no stranger to the “Law & Order” realm; in fact, he was a longtime collaborator on the show’s original iteration so it is safe to say that “SVU” is in good hands. The “Conviction” co-creator comes on board after showrunner Warren Leight exited the police procedural for an overall deal with Sony Television. Needless to say, it will be interesting to see how the new season will move forward with the personnel shake-ups that have happened both in front and behind the camera.

The death of Mike Dodds (Andy Karl) by the end of season 17 has the squad led by Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) down one man. Given this, Eid was questioned on the prospect of introducing new members to the Manhattan SVU division.

“We may see new members. Yeah, we may see some new cast members,” he said in an interview with the Entertainment Weekly. “I’m not really sure exactly when or how we’re going to introduce some new faces, but we have definitely discussed the idea of new faces or a new face on the show. But I don’t know when we’ll see that.”

Last season, rumors of Christopher Meloni reprising his iconic role of Elliot Stabler once again made headlines when Leight raised the idea. With him no longer involved with “SVU,” the new showrunner was also asked about his thoughts on the prospect of bringing back the actor. Fortunately, Eid understands the importance of Stabler and Benson somehow having a closure in a way that will serve both the characters and the legion of fans they have gotten over the years.

“That’s something, if should that day come, it would be great to find a way to explore it, but we’re not thinking about the end just now. Clearly, that is an important part of the show and such an integral part of the origins of the show, that if the show were to end someday, I think in a perfect world it would be great to explore that,” he explained.

It can be remembered that Meloni’s exit from the Dick Wolf-created series had been very abrupt and was chalked up to the failure to successfully ink a new contract. Since then, his absence since season 12 has arguably become a gaping hole in the show.

“Law & Order: SVU” will be back on air on Sept. 21 and will continue to air every Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET.