Law & Order’s Benson and Stabler Hold Hands in Promo Video

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Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni as Benson and Stabler in ‘Law & Order’.
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Expectations are excessive! Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni’s characters from the Law & Order franchise, Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler, respectively, have been a will-they-won’t-they TV duo for many years, however a brand new promo teased that romance might lastly be in the air.

The preview for the December 9 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Organized Crime crossover begins with the return of lawyer Rafael Barba (Raúl Esparza) as he agrees to defend Stabler’s nemesis Richard Wheatley (Dylan McDermott).

“Whatever happens, we’re gonna take it one step at a time,” Benson tells Stabler in the teaser as the 2 maintain fingers whereas driving in a automobile collectively.

Never underestimate Richard Wheatley. Don’t miss the #SVU & #OrganizedCrime crossover occasion Thursday, December 9 on @NBC. pic.twitter.com/aSVKwJEyV0

— 𝐋𝐀𝐖 & 𝐎𝐑𝐃𝐄𝐑 (@lawandordertv) November 15, 2021

Hargitay, 57, has starred on SVU since its September 1999 premiere, whereas Meloni, 60, was a lead on the sequence for its first 12 seasons earlier than exiting. He later returned to helm the Organized Crime spinoff, which debuted in April.

Fans have been rooting for Benson and Stabler to take their relationship to the following degree for years, however Meloni hinted in September {that a} romance between the previous companions was an extended shot.

“I think it’s going to be a collaborative effort between both showrunners and Mariska and I to figure it all out,” the actor informed Entertainment Tonight on the time. “It’s a complicated relationship, so we’ll see.”

The following month, sequence creator Dick Wolf shared that the gradual burn nature of the connection would proceed. “I don’t anticipate them running off and living together as much as the audience would like that,” he informed the outlet. “Anticipation is the most exciting part of most relationships. … The chase is always better.”

The government producer, 74, added: “The shows are good and having them on screen together I think is enough. I don’t think you have to push it to the next level. At least not this year. I mean, as I said, you never know what the future holds.”

Amid the romantic rigidity, Stabler truly settled down with spouse Kathy Stabler, however the character’s portrayer, Isabel Gillies, revealed in October that she obtained backlash after Kathy was killed off.

“My feed, which is normally pretty sleepy, a retweeted article here, a few shoutouts about a recipe there, was a stream of eye-popping-bile posts, at me! My character, the deceased Kathy Stabler, was trending on Twitter,” the actress, 51, wrote in a weblog publish. “Gliding over links and threads, memes and emojis, I started, well, crying. ‘KATHY STABLER IS BURNING IN THE DEEPEST PART OF HELL.’ Scroll, scroll… ‘YOU DESERVE TO BLOW UP!’ Scroll, scroll…’Good morning to absolutely everyone except Kathy Stabler’s ghost.’ Scroll, scroll… ‘This girl is the nastiest, skank bitch I’ve ever met!’ Met? I’m sorry, have we met?”

Gillies acknowledged that some followers “want Elliot and Olivia to get it on, and some don’t,” however whether or not the characters ended up collectively “wasn’t my concern.” She concluded by asking viewers to “take it down a notch,” whereas Hargitay retweeted the publish and famous that her former costar had “all my love.”

Law & Order: SVU airs on NBC Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET. Law & Order: Organized Crime airs on NBC Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET.

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