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Chris Meloni Hopes Benson & Stabler “Keep Trying” at Their Relationship on SVU

The actor dropped hints to NBC Insider about how he feels about the bond between Stabler and Benson on Law & Order.

By Jackie Manno

Chris Meloni has some thoughts about Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson's (Mariska Hargitay) longtime will-they-won't-they relationship on Law & Order: Organized Crime and SVU.

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In a recent interview with NBC Insider, Meloni talked about what his hopes are for the future of Stabler and Benson. 

"What I hope is that we find the space to move forward. I don't know if we have, but I look forward to keep trying it. To keep challenging it. To keep trying to figure it out," he said. 

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Stabler and Benson on Season 3 of Law & Order: Organized Crime 

Stabler and Benson's connection was ultra intense in Season 3 of Law & Order: Organized Crime. When Benson was shot in Season 3, Episode 22, titled "With Many Names," Stabler heroically carried Benson to safety even after being temporarily blinded by tear gas. Stabler paid Benson a visit at the hospital as soon as he could and was overwhelmed with relief to find out that she would survive her injuries. 

Benson later received a gift from Stabler: a diamond-accented compass pendant. It was a moving present from someone Benson has literally held close to her heart for decades. 

"Elliot, this is beautiful," Benson gasped, thanking him. She then joyfully asked  Stabler, "Is this supposed to lead me somewhere... or to something?"

"Lead you to happiness, Liv," Stabler responded. 

Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay on Law and Order

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What to know about Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 4

Season 4 of Law & Order: Organized Crime will premiere Thursday, January 18 at 10/9c. Season 25 of SVU premieres the hour before at 9/8c. 

“I’m pleased to continue my four-decade relationship with Universal Television and NBC,” Executive Producer Dick Wolf said in a statement when the news came out that the shows were being picked up for another season. “...I'd also like to thank our loyal fans who have kept our NBC shows on the air for what will be a cumulative 84 seasons.”

— Reporting by Stephanie Gomulka