Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay teases fans: 'Benson and Stabler love each other deeply'

For the past 23 years, Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni have been grabbing our attention with their electric chemistry as Captain Olivia Benson and Detective Elliot Stabler on Law & Order.

Fans have been dying to see if their on-screen partnership could turn into something more romantic. During their appearance on the TODAY show, Hargitay shed some light on where she believes their characters stand. "Benson and Stabler love each other deeply," Hargitay said, a mischievous gleam in her eyes. "Their connection goes beyond words, it's so deep! You know, the show is probably going to go on for another 23 years, so let's just wait and see!" Her words sent shivers down the spines of dedicated shippers everywhere. The almost-romance between Benson and Stabler has been one of the most tantalizing and enduring slow burns in television history. It's a roller coaster of emotions, filled with longing glances, daring rescues, and heartwarming late-night conversations.

Back in 2013, TV editor Samantha Highfill from EW described Benson and Stabler as "partners in every sense of the word." She continued, "They were willing to lay their lives on the line for each other, the attraction between them was undeniable, and they were always there for one another. " When, or if, they will finally become an official couple remains a mystery. 

These behind-the-scenes glimpses into the dynamics between the Law & Order cast members only deepen our connection with the show. As fans continue to hold out hope for a Benson and Stabler romance, we can also appreciate the deep bond that exists between the actors behind these iconic characters. The passion and dedication they bring to their roles make the Law & Order franchise a true treasure of television.