How ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Fans Feel About Benson’s Relationship With Barba

by Quentin Blount
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Most Law & Order: SVU fans believe that Benson and Stabler should end up together. But there is a growing audience online that thinks Benson’s perfect match is Barba.

Die-hard Law & Order: SVU fans will definitely remember the character of Rafael Barba (played by Raul Esparza). But if you need a reminder, he is the former Cuban-American assistant district attorney that’s assigned to the Sex Crimes Bureau. As a result, he often works with Mariska Hargitay’s character, Olivia Benson, to defend victims. He was promoted to the main cast in Season 15 of the show.

Now, there is no denying that most fans want to see a relationship between longtime partners, Benson and Stabler (Christopher Meloni). However, one person on the popular forum Reddit is making people wonder if Benson and Barba would have been the better couple. They explained as much in a recent post titled “Barbson”.

“The last episode with Barba as ADA was on today and I have never been more convinced of his and Benson’s love. Am I the only one that sees this? Please don’t make her end up with Stabler.”

‘Law & Order: SVU’ Fans Respond to Reddit Post

As you can probably imagine, this particular topic about the show drew a lot of responses. Many fans also saw the connection between Benson and Barba.

“Barba and Benson could have been a power couple but Stabler is the love of her life,” one fan responded. “I guess it’s kind of like real life, we don’t always end up with the perfect partner because our feelings get in the way. Anyway, I’m fine with Bara and Benson being besties. They have great chemistry no matter what their relationship is like and I do like them as friends too.”

Meanwhile, another user on Reddit says that they saw feelings between Barba and Benson as well. They considered them “unspoken” feelings, which is a good way to put it. But they also know that in the end, it makes the most sense for Benson to end up with Stabler.

“They never acted on it but unspoken feelings were there. And plenty of people picked up on it and shipped it hard. But it’s over I guess. She needs to be with Stabler despite everything because otherwise I’m convinced some people would harm themselves. The obsession is that strong. And the ratings and OC depend on it.

Another Law & Order: SVU fan went as far as to call Benson and Barba’s relationship the best thing about the show.

“I rewatched all of Barba’s episodes in the last week and let me tell you. Their relationship is the best thing about the show for all those 6 years. The respect, admiration, how they could’ve counted on each other and fought side by side for survivors. It made the show better.”