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Mariska Hargitay Returned to SVU's Set with a Unforgettable Bensler Easter Egg

The Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star wore a subtle nod to Stabler for Season 25. 

By Jackie Manno

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is making an epic return for its whopping 25th Season!

How to Watch

Watch the Season 26 premiere of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Thursday, October 3 at 9/8c on NBC.

On November 27, Mariska Hargitay (Olivia Benson) shared a fun snapshot of herself and Ice T (Fin Tutuola) goofing around behind the scenes while filming Season 25. In the picture, Hargitay holds up a massive camera while the rapper strikes a karate pose. 

"Rolling into season 25 like… 🎥📽️🎬 #Season25 #DAYON #WorkFam #BackAtIt #CameraGirl #KarateChop #AndEverybodyWas. #IDoWhatIGottaDo," she captioned the post. 

"Needed this 👏👏👏," the official NBC Instagram page commented. 

Hargitay also shared a selfie with Peter Scanavino (Carisi), who flashed a wedding ring at the camera while in costume. Carisi and Rollins tied the knot in Season 24, Episode 9.

"Just a quarter of a century… no biggie #Season25 #HereWeGo #SetBesties #TisTheSeasonForASelfie #Reunited," she captioned the post.

"Our faves!!!" NBC commented.

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If you look closely, you can see that Hargitay, dressed as Benson, is wearing the same compass necklace that Elliot Stabler (Chris Meloni) gifted her during the Season 24 Finale crossover episode of SVU and Law & Order: Organized Crime

In the scene, Stabler comes into Benson's office and gives her the piece of jewelry as something to "lead [her] to happiness." 

"I sure as hell am gonna try," Benson tells him. 

"Me too, partner," Stabler responds with a smirk. 

But what does Benson wearing the necklace at the premiere of Season 25 of SVU mean? Is it another hint at a possible Bensler moment

Season 25 of Law & Order: SVU will air on Thursday, January 18 at 9/8c on NBC. 

Mariska Hargitay at the Glamour Woman of the Year Awards

Mariska Hargitay poses on the red carpet of the Glamour Women of the Year 2023

Hargitay wore another symbolic necklace while at the Glamour Woman of the Year Award red carpet on November 7. There, she asked photographers to zoom in on her chain. 

"Somebody go super-close on my necklace, because I'm wearing a 'B' for Brooke!" Hargitay asked photographers, referencing her friend Brooke Shields, who was being honored with the award that year. "Can you see it? Can you go super-tight [in the photo]?"

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In 2021, Hargitay herself was given the Glamour Woman of the Year Award, and her pal Chris Meloni was given the honors of introducing her with a poignant speech

“She’s fearless, without the bravado of the warrior stance, but always with the open arms, the open heart. She’s a connector of people because she knows we’re all better when we’re working together. She is as comfortable in the sacred as she is in the profane; she is a soul in the constant search of the beauty and the truth that she knows that this world holds, but she also knows that it requires vigilance, persistence, and insistence to pry magic from the oftentimes mundane reality. Her first instance is to always react with compassion and empathy. She sees hope in the hopeless; she sees the potential in the you, and me, and us," he said.