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Kelli Giddish Is Coming Back to Law & Order: SVU Season 25 — Again! Details

Giddish will be making a second guest return in Season 25, Episode 11. 

By Jackie Manno

It looks like the SVU squad just can't get enough of Amanda Rollins.

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Although Kelli Giddish stepped away from her role as Detective Rollins in Season 24 of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit to take a job at Fordham University as a criminology professor, she made a much-anticipated  return in a guest role, reprising the character in the Season 25 premiere. And get this: She will be coming back once again as Rollins in the new season, this time in Episode 11.

During the Season 25 premiere, we got to see Rollins celebrating the christening of her new baby, which the character had with Carisi (Peter Scanavino). As for what to expect for Rollins in Season 25, Episode 11, tune into SVU on Thursdays at 9/8c on NBC. 

RELATED: We Met Rollins' Baby—And Learned His Sweet Name—in SVU's Season 25 Premiere

Giddish's former co-star and close friend, Mariska Hargitay (Olivia Benson), dropped hints that Rollins would be seen in Season 25 again via Instagram in November 2023. In a fun clip that Hargitay posted, we  see the two goofing around on set. 

"Back with my lil boo thang," Hargitay captioned the post. 

"This is everything to me rn," the official NBC Instagram page commented. 

A week later, Hargitay shared a sweet snapshot of her, Octavio Pisano (Joe Velasco), Scanavino, and Giddish all smiling together behind the scenes. 

"The kind that lasts a lifetime🫶 #25" Hargitay captioned the picture. 

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Kelli Giddish on leaving Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

In a 2022 interview with Variety, Giddish explained the reason behind her departure from the show.

"I started playing her in my late 20s, so I’ve played her in three decades of my life, which is nuts. It’s insane. This is a show unlike any other," she said. "Shows don’t last 12 years, much less getting to play a character. With playing someone as multi-faceted as Rollins, I got to play all kinds of different things — down and out, on top, joyful, doubtful, scared, triumphant. I got to do the gambit." 

RELATED: See Kelli Giddish on SVU as a Different Character 4 Years Before She Played Rollins

She continued, "My side of things is just that it’s time in the Rollins storyline. I felt like where it was heading, and where it headed last night, just seemed the right place to leave it right now. I am so excited about things going on in my personal life and kind of the mirroring of what’s going on in my personal life and in Rollins’, there’s a lot of joy to be experienced."