Law and Order: SVU spoilers tease that Mariska Hargitay felt devastated when Christoper Meloni left the NBC show, formally titled Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. They were partners on the show for twelve years.
Law And Order SVU Spoilers – Fans Never Moved On When Elliot Stabler DidAccording to Mariska, who has known Chris for twenty-two years, even though she and Chris moved on and the show itself moved on when he left the show in 2011, fans never did. Mariska felt sad because she and Chris started the onscreen partnership and built it over those twelve years together. She was devastated when his contract negotiations fell apart. Mariska says that they went through so many milestones in the show and spent so much time together onscreen they understood many things no one else could.
She went on to say that she had to do a lot of mental gymnastics to reinvent Olivia in her own mind, because Benson and Stabler had been viewed as a unit in many fans' minds. Mariska was a little scared, but the character grew and evolved minus her partner Stabler, at least in the script side of things. Meloni saw things a little differently – he speaks of Mariska, that she was a little left behind in the familiarity of Benson and Stabler. For him, it was about how things fell apart and he called it inelegant, implying things got a little ugly with contract negotiations. For his part, he just said "bye, see ya" and went on to other television projects including appearing in "True Blood" and "The Handmaid's Tale" as well as several films. However, Benson and Stabler stayed connected in the fans' minds.
Law And Order SVU Spoilers – The Old Magic Came Back When The Onscreen Reunion Was FilmedAs for Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni personally, they stayed in touch and maintained their real life friendship. She talks more about the fan grief when a character leaves or dies on a show. Sometimes they retire and return for occasional guest appearances, such as Richard Belzer as Detective John Munch and Dann Florek as Captain Donald Cragen have. She thinks it is a magical thing when fans are so attached to characters that they miss them when they leave for whatever reason. Fans have communicated their desire for Stabler's return for many years, and it sounds like the Dick Wolf crew has listened to their wishes. Often, when actors have an off screen relationship of any type, whether it be friendship or romance, it seems to translate to their work together onscreen. Viewers can see chemistry or rapport from the actors' personal lives in the onscreen interactions of their characters.
The filming has already been completed for the episode of Law And Order: SVU which introduces Elliot Stabler in his new role as the head of an organized crime unit, hence the title Law And Order: Organized Crime. Mariska said their first scene together was very emotional and the old Stabler and Benson onscreen magic was still there! She said it was something that she dreamed about, and Meloni compared it to Pavlov's experiment with his dog; all they had to do was ring that bell, and the Stabler and Benson magic came back immediately! Fans will be able to see that magic on April 1st's episode of SVU, to be immediately followed with the premiere of Law and Order: Organized Crime.