Should They or Shouldn’t They? Pros & Cons of a Benson-Stabler ‘Law & Order’ Romance

For 12 seasons, Law & Order: SVU fans watched partners Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) solve crimes together, with some hoping they’d cross that line and go there. It didn’t happen. Instead, he left, and it didn’t seem like a return was in the cards. That changed in 2021.

Meloni is now back in the world of Law & Order, in his own spinoff, Organized Crime, and the two-part crossover that introduced it also killed off Stabler’s wife, Kathy (Isabel Gillies). Rather than remove a complication, however, that just created more, with the focus of her death episode on Benson and Stabler seeing each other again (understandable, given how much time had passed and the lack of communication had to be addressed) and it’s probably best not to get into The Letter, no matter how you feel about a potential Benson-Stabler romance.

But ever since Meloni’s onscreen return, hints have been dropped on both shows that a relationship between the former partners (she’s now Captain of SVU, he’s now on the Organized Crime task force). Most recently, Stabler, while drunk, admitted he’s in love with someone, while Benson, in Kelli Giddish’s final episode, shared with Rollins what’s been holding her back.

And so when better to wonder if SVU and Organized Crime should go there this season? Below, we take a look at the pros and cons, plus we ask you to vote in a poll to share your opinion.

Law & Order: SVU, Winter Premiere, Thursday, January 5, 9/8c, NBC

Law & Order: Organized Crime, Winter Premiere, Thursday, January 5, 10/9c, NBC

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