Fans were overjoyed when Law & Order: Organized Crime reunited Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) after years apart in April 2021. Thankfully, their connection continues to blossom as we're now in the middle of Season 3. However, it still hasn't stopped fans from believing rumors that Law & Order: Organized Crime could be canceled. Are the rumors true? Read on to find out what we know about the fate of the latest Law & Order franchise.
Is 'Law & Order: Organized Crime' canceled?
The third season of Law & Order: Organized Crime premiered on September 22, 2022, and is expected to conclude in the spring of 2023. As of Thursday, Dec. 5, the series is headed into its winter break, but will be back alongside Law & Order and SVU on Jan. 5. Unfortunately, fans will likely have to wait until the season finale to see if NBC decides to renew the series for a fourth season.
But don't lose hope, Law & Order fans. While it's true that NBC has not yet renewed or canceled the show for Season 4 — and often a waiting period before a show's renewal could mean certain death — based on the popularity of Organized Crime and Stabler's character, the likelihood is good that the show will return for another season.
Is 'Law & Order: Organized Crime' coming back? There's a chance of the show being renewed for Season 4.
One of the perks of Law & Order: Organized Crime is that the possibilities are endless when it comes to the storyline. Over three seasons, we watched as Stabler was able to get answers for his wife's murder, the task force took down Richard Donnelly and the brotherhood along with the Marcy Organization, and much more.
Keeping possible storylines in mind, Season 4 can open the door for Stabler to receive a promotion. Although he's known to be a bit radical with his approach, he also knows how to close cases without leaving collateral damage.
There is also the possibility of Sergeant Bell leaving the team for her promotion and deciding down the line to make her return.
The fate of Law & Order: Organized Crime may still be up in the air, but after the success of reuniting Benson and Stabler, it would be hard for NBC and fans to see them separated once more. Plus, fans will also hate to see Sergeant Bell and Stabler go their separate ways. Season 3 has yet to wrap up, and NBC wouldn't dare leave its viewers on a cliffhanger — or would they? We'll just have to watch and find out!
Law & Order: Organized Crime returns for the second half of Season 3 on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.