Benson and Stabler have two decades of chemistry behind them
Hargitay and Meloni first portrayed Benson and Stabler in 1999, in the pilot for 法 & 注文: SVU (a spin-off to the now-defunct 法 & 注文) – meaning the characters have been known for their undeniable on-screen chemistry for two decades.
Meloni left the franchise in 2011 and has now returned in the new spin-off 法 & 注文: Organized Crime. Hargitay has kept starring as Benson in SVU.
Both actors joined the 今日 show on Thursday for a joint interview marking the premieres of SVU そして Organized Crime. While they star in different series, the franchise has produced crossover episodes, meaning Benson and Stabler have been reunited on-screen.
This has led to some speculation – and, for some fans, hope – that the two characters might finally get involved romantically after years of will-they-won’t-they.
“Do you know whether you’re going to get together this season?” Craig Melvin asked the duo on Thursday. “Are you just not telling or do you honestly not know?」
"わからない,” Meloni replied.
Hargitay elaborated: "番号, we’re really – it’s all underneath, percolating. After Stabler being gone for 10 年, and the way he left, and the complexity of what’s happened in the last 10 年, and now he came back, surprisingly – we’re still finding our way.
“But it’s complex and real and I think what I love about it most is that it’s earned. This relationship is truly earned.”
ザ・ 今日 show polled its viewers over whether Stabler and Benson should date. A majority (68%) はいと言った, while only 22% said no and 10% said they were not sure.
8月に, Meloni contributed to some of the speculation around Benson and Stabler by posting a photo of himself with his co-star with their faces very close to one another on set, 単にキャプションを付ける: “#rehearsing what @Mariska?」
法 & 注文: SVU そして 法 & 注文: Organized Crime both return on Thursday 23 September on NBC.