The love story between Law & Order: Special Victims Unit's Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) has been two decades in the making. Before Chris's 10-year hiatus from SVU, the only thing standing between Benson and Stabler was Elliot’s wife, Kathy.
In Season 22, after Kathy’s murder, the former partners in (fighting) crime came face to face for the first time since Stabler’s exit.
Finally, Benson and Stabler are reunited, and it feels so good. SVU fans have long awaited the day when Bensler would become a thing — and now that Stabler is back, shippers might actually get their wish. So, will Benson and Stabler ever get together on Law & Order: SVU?
Cheerios ambassador Ice-T, who plays Sergeant Fin Tutola on the series, shared his thoughts on their could-be romance, which has been building for years, in an exclusive interview with Distractify.
Will Benson and Stabler will ever get together on ‘Law & Order: SVU’? Here's what Ice-T thinks.
More than a decade ago, Liv got ghosted. But in the years since Elliot’s departure, Liv has certainly evolved, and she’s no longer a reckless cop with nothing to lose. So, despite Elliot’s best intentions, a newly widowed father with anger management issues may not be the best fit for our beloved Benson.
Showrunners have been teasing a romance between Benson and Stabler for a while now; however, it’s still unclear if they’ll actually take their relationship to the next level.
According to series lead Ice-T, our guess is as good as his. The actor revealed that SVU actors don't receive scripts for each season ahead of time, which makes Bensler's future a mystery to everyone — including him.
“I mean, I don't really know what's going on with them. I don't even know if the writers know what's going on with them, you know?” he told Distractify. “I mean, Fin kind of just plays the middle. You know, kind of like I do in real life.”
According to veteran 'Law & Order: SVU' actor Ice-T, Bensler's love story is far from over.
No matter how the tide turns, Fin will always be there to lend Benson a shoulder to cry on. "She can vent to me about whatever. You know my answer: You'll figure it out. I'm sure you will. Because it's not for me to meddle in there," he said.
Though Ice-T isn't sure how Olivia and Elliot's story will end, it's unlikely that we'll get the answers we're looking for anytime soon.
The Law & Order star joked that showrunners will likely "drag this thing out as long as they possibly can.” “I hate to say it, [but] these aren't real characters. So I think the writers can make it go any way they want to," he added.
Longtime SVU viewers know that Liv has a long history of dating guys from work, so her romance with Stabler wouldn’t be too far-fetched.
Tune in to see what happens next between Benson and Stabler in Season 23 of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on Thursdays at 10 p.m. EST on NBC.