NBC's Law & Order: SVU is known for gruesome cases and twisted villains, but one thing the show admittedly doesn’t excel at is romance.
After 22 seasons, this might be changing. Fin (Ice-T) and Phoebe (Jennifer Esposito) almost getting married is a welcome sign that things are changing for the SVU squad, who are notorious for being unable to hold down relationships.
Now that Fin and Phoebe are in a committed partnership, many fans have been wondering whether any other couples are on the horizon, namely the longtime will-they-or-won’t-they pair of Rollins (Kelli Giddish) and Carisi (Peter Scanavino).
Season 22’s finale gave fans what they’d been waiting for, with Rollins and Carisi finally looking like they’re going to get together romantically.
But since Carisi is still dating Nicole, do “Rollisi” really stand a chance? Will Rollins and Carisi ever get together for good?
Will Rollins and Carisi get together in 'SVU'?
Viewers haven’t seen such a close relationship between two partners on Law & Order: SVU since Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni), though for better or worse, we all know that'll probably never go anywhere.
However, since Carisi joined the squad in Season 16, he and Rollins have developed a close relationship that audiences can’t help but root for.
The idea of Rollisi has been bubbling for a long time, and fans were delighted to see the couple finally come to fruition in Season 22’s finale. At the would-be wedding of Fin and Phoebe, Rollins and Carisi share an emotional moment and finally have their long-awaited first kiss.
It’s been a slow burn for these two friends to finally take the leap, but it’s also been pretty clear that the two have had feelings for each other for a while now. This first became clear when Carisi announced he was leaving the force to become an ADA and Rollins took it more personally than she should have.
Rollins' reaction seemed to prove that Carisi was more than a coworker to her, and in Season 21’s episode, “At Midnight in Manhattan,” she made this clear when she told Carisi that she was upset with him for leaving the unit.
Then, in Season 22’s “Sightless in a Savage Land,” audiences saw Rollins, Carisi, and Rollins’ girls spend a quiet New Year's together, with the ex-partners snuggled up on the couch by midnight.
Why hadn’t Rollins and Carisi hooked up before the Season 22 finale?
Though it’s been frustrating to watch Rollins and Carisi continuously deny their feelings for each other up until now, there were a lot of reasons they hadn’t hooked up.
It probably wouldn’t have been a wise decision for Rollins and Carisi to have started a relationship back when they were partners on the force as that would have inevitably caused too much friction at the office. By having the partners remain platonic, the show was also able to develop their relationship into something really special, with Rollins even naming Carisi as the godfather to her second daughter.
But even as Rollisi grew closer, there was always something standing in the way of romance, like Rollins’ baby daddy Declan Murphy (Donal Logue), with whom she had an on-again-off-again relationship, or the handsome Sergeant Hasim (Ari'el Stachel), who Rollins went on a date with in Season 21, or the fact that Carisi is still technically dating Nicole (Sarah Wynter).
Actress Kelly Giddish recently suggested that since Carisi is no longer Rollins’ partner, the two might have a better chance of making a go at a relationship, but will they actually become an item?
You never know with SVU, but this seasoned fan believes that after that kiss, there's plenty of hope for Rollisi.