Meloni’s Detective Elliot Stabler and Mariska Hargitay’s Olivia Benson teamed up to create one of the most beloved partnerships on television, until Meloni’s sudden departure from the series back in 2011. While their on-screen relationship was often fraught with friction, the characters shared an enduring friendship and special connection that often had fans wondering if a romance between the two would ever blossom.
During a recent appearance on Inside the Actors Studio, Meloni broke the hearts of Benson/Stabler shippers everywhere when he admitted that he didn’t want the to two fan favorites to end up together. The actor revealed that he, as well as SVU’s cast and crew, always knew that a romantic relationship between the two “would have been the death knell of that relationship.”
“We needed to keep that line taut but very clear,” Meloni told James Lipton. “Keep the tension — never cross it.”
Fans hoping for an on-screen reunion may be in luck.
Earlier this year, SVU showrunner Warren Leight admitted that if the show hadn’t been renewed for another season, he would have tried to bring Meloni’s Stabler back in an effort to reunite him with Mariska Hargitay’s Benson.
So perhaps we haven’t seen the last of this popular partnership!
(H/T The Hollywood Reporter)
What do you think? Do you agree with Christopher Meloni or are you a diehard Benson/Stabler shipper?