That's exciting news for Law & Order: SVU fans! Elliot Stabler's return after nearly a decade away will surely be highly anticipated. According to showrunner Warren Leight, Stabler will appear in the Season 22 premiere, although it remains uncertain if we'll get to see his family as well. Originally, Stabler was supposed to make a comeback at the end of Season 21 as a way of testing the waters before leading his own spin-off. However, with Season 21 cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plans changed, and Stabler's return was postponed until the upcoming season. Christopher Meloni, who starred opposite Mariska Hargitay for SVU's first 12 seasons, left the show in 2011 due to a traumatic case that forced him to leave the police force. His reappearance in the Season 22 premiere and his new spin-off series should finally give fans answers about what happened to the beloved character in the last decade.