‘Law & Order’ Stars Chris Meloni, Mariska Hargitay Continue Whipping Fans Into Frenzy With Up-Close Pic

by Leanne Stahulak

It’s happening, “Law & Order: SVU” fans. NBC just confirmed in an Instagram comment that a romantic relationship between Benson and Stabler might occur this season!

Let me catch you up. Earlier this week, Eliott Stabler actor Chris Meloni posted a VERY steamy behind-the-scenes pic of him and co-star Mariska Hargitay almost kissing. On the show, Hargitay’s character Olivia Benson built up so much sexual tension with Meloni’s character that it drove fans wild. When Meloni left the show in 2011, fans believed they’d never see their favorite (not-real) couple get together on screen. But now, all that has changed.

Last year, Meloni got his own spin-off series called, “Law & Order: Organized Crime.” Since then, we’ve seen Stabler appear in crossover episodes for “SVU,” and we heard Hargitay might do the same on “Organized Crime” this fall. So, the two have been filming together this week for one or both of the “Law & Order” shows.

When Meloni posted the steamy photo of him and Hargitay almost kissing, he captioned it, “#rehearsing.” Fans understandably freaked out, wondering if he was joking or serious. Now, Hargitay’s followed up the pic with another steamy close-up.

Meloni pulls Hargitay close in the pic and rests his face against hers. In the caption, the “Law & Order” star writes, “#SetLife #SetLove #23Years #PFL #It’sAllHappeningBaby #WhatsInTheLetter #BTS #PeacefulEasyFeeling.”

There’s a lot to unpack from those hashtags. Namely, what letter is she talking about???? But we’ll worry about that later. For now, let’s focus on NBC’s official Instagram account commenting on the post. “Bensler stans, it’s our time to shine,” the corporation wrote.

Cue that “The Office” meme where Michael Scott says, “Oh my god! Okay, it’s happening.”

“Law & Order: SVU” Characters Olivia Benson and Elliott Stabler Might Get Together Next Season

When “Law & Order” fans started imagining Benson and Stabler as a couple, they gave the two a “ship name” that combines the characters’ two names. “Bensler” mashes up Benson and Stabler, and the fact that NBC used it means there’s a high chance to relationship actually happens this season.

On Thursday, Sept. 23, fans will get to see Benson in action for Season 23 of “Law & Order: SVU.” They’ll also see Stabler make his debut in Season 2 of “Law & Order: Organized Crime” the same night. We’re not sure when we’ll see the two together on-screen at the same time, but for NCB’s sake, it better be soon.

Check out fans’ comments on Hargitay’s Instagram post if you don’t believe me. One fan said, “We really are the MVPs of waiting.” Another commented, “Hope you know you can’t take this back!” And another one said, “@nbc It is our time and if you guys pull the rug out from under us, we’ll never forgive you!!”