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12 Years of Partnership, Shattered in an Instant! 😭 How 'SVU' Survived the Loss of Elliot Stabler and Came Back Stronger 💪
2024/05/13

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A Partnership Forged in Fire, Tested by Loss 

For Mariska Hargitay, the heart and soul of Law & Order: SVU, revisiting the show's most impactful moments brought a wave of emotions, especially when it came to Christopher Meloni's departure. The sudden exit of Elliot Stabler, Benson's partner for 12 seasons, left a gaping hole in the show and in Hargitay's heart.

Watching the scene where Captain Cragen tells Benson that Stabler won't be returning, Hargitay is visibly moved, tears welling up in her eyes.

"I just remember that. It was so hard because that happened," she says, her voice thick with emotion.  "It was sad. Just brings me back. It was a hard adjustment, because there was so much unknown." The pain in her voice is palpable, a testament to the deep bond she shared with Meloni both on and off screen.

Ice-T, reflecting on the uncertainty of that time, recalls,

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"We just didn't know how the deck was going to get shuffled at that point. Mariska is now out there, she has no partner, who's going to be her partner?"  The show was at a crossroads, its future uncertain. 

Rising from the Ashes

Meloni's departure, stemming from failed contract negotiations, hit Hargitay particularly hard.   "Working with somebody on such an intimate level for 12 years, we were just so close and we built this thing together,"

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