I’m of two minds. I really don’t want a watered down stabler. He wasn’t a racist or prejudiced toward a group of people based on an immutable characteristic. He hated pedophiles. He mostly slapped around white guys. He also brought a passionate anger that could be felt by the audience, that was relatable to the audience, because how could you be human and not angry at the perps for their heinous crimes. He couldn’t compartmentalize, not even for the sake of his marriage, that too was relatable.
I also haven’t liked Olivia in so long I really don’t want him turned into some version of her. And I’m hoping the svu crossovers will be kept at a minimum (one to introduce the show is my preference) I also hope he gets a kick a*s squad.
I get he’ll have to change his tactics, but he’s older now like Liv, so he probably physically can’t do what he used to, anyhow. I really don’t want to see a bunch of boring anger management classes and therapy sessions. Hopefully he’s completed all that before he returns.
Reading leight’s interview, I’m not sure it’s clear something happened to his family recently or in the past. I’m leaning towards something happening to one of kids around the time he left the squad that sent him off the grid or undercover or something, and he’s just getting back to town. I don’t think it’s Kathy because she was set to return in the suv finale and this show was already in the works then.
Olivia’s adoption of Noah made no sense. Her rise to sergeant did. But her rise to lieutenant and captain happened over night. So Stabler having his own squad after ten years doesn’t bother me. I lean towards him having been doing some work undercover and now running a task force most don’t want anything to do with because of the danger.