Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, known for its gripping storylines and beloved characters, has captivated audiences spanning multiple generations. The show, which first premiered in 1999, remains a hit for NBC even in the year 2023, with its popularity only continuing to grow. After a months-long delay due to contract negotiations between Hollywood writers and actors and the studios, NBC finally renewed Law & Order: SVU for its milestone 25th season in April 2023. Law & Order: SVU season 25 is set to premiere on January 18, 2024, returning to its usual Thursday night slot at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
The premiere date had been pushed back to 2024 due to the strikes by writers and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). One of the most pressing questions on fans' minds is whether Detective Amanda Rollins, played by Kelli Giddish, will be returning for season 25. TVLine first reported that she will indeed be making her comeback in the season premiere. This will be the second time Giddish has reprised her beloved role, with her most recent return being for the season 24 finale.
Giddish's departure from SVU during season 24 was not her decision; Variety reported that the exit was enforced from higher-ups. Despite Mariska pushing for Giddish to stay, a compromise couldn't be reached regarding salary negotiations and her future on the show. In addition to Mariska Hargitay's return as Olivia Benson, other familiar faces will also be gracing the screen in season 25.
As for the future of Law & Order: SVU beyond season 25, NBC has not made any official announcements, nor has Mariska addressed her plans. As fans eagerly await the return of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for its landmark 25th season, the anticipation for the developments that lie ahead is palpable.