‘Law & Order: SVU’: Olivia Benson and Elliott Stabler Holding Hands in New Video is Driving Fans Wild

by John Jamison

We’re not sure we’re ready for this Law & Order: SVU/Organized Crime crossover event in December. The official Law & Order Twitter account dropped a teaser trailer the other day, and there’s no shortage of bombs to discuss. But the one that has hands fans going crazy on social media is a seconds-long shared moment between Elliot Stabler (Chris Meloni) and Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay).

The worst part about the whole thing is the sheer amount of time Law & Order: SVU is making us wait. None of this will be officially resolved until the crossover event airs on December 9. And the franchise isn’t making anything easier by teasing us this way. Yes, they know exactly what they’re doing.

Okay, forget Barba’s return as Richard Wheatley’s representation. We’ll get to that later. What we want, no—we need to figure out the meaning behind Stabler and Benson holding hands in the car.

“Whatever happens, we’re going to take it one step at a time,” Hargitay’s iconic character says as she places her hand on top of Stabler’s.

As you may expect, the handhold has been driving Law & Order: SVU fans into a frenzy.

Others are demanding answers.

Barba Returns! The ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Alum Appears to Be on Richard Wheatley’s Side

We told you we’d get to it later. Raúl Esparza is coming back to reprise his role as Rafael Barba. The former Assistant District Attorney appears to have made a career change and is, as far as we can tell, representing Richard Wheatley in the trial of Stabler’s life.

Fans of Law & Order: Organized Crime know that Wheatley’s actions are borderline indefensible. So what gives? It seems we’ll have to wait until December to find out.

Fortunately, Ayanna Bell actor Danielle Mone Truitt broke down some of the trial narrative for TV Insider. Barba may be back, but if he wants to get Wheatley out of trouble, he’ll have to go through his former mentee Carisi (Peter Scanavino).

“Like with any trial, the defense and the prosecution are definitely gonna play a certain narrative, and it’s whatever narrative sticks with the jury best. Carisi is a great lawyer, and so is Barba. And they both are really good at giving a certain perspective to the audience. So we’ll see which one works,” said Truitt.