Photos of Law & Order's Iconic Duo Through the Years

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Olivia Benson & Elliot Stabler: Photos Of The ‘Law & Order’ Pair

When Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler first appeared on ‘Law & Order: SVU’ in 1999, our lives changed forever. The characters, played by Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni, became partners as they investigated all the heinous sex crimes in New York City. Over the years, their bond tightened. These partners would do anything for each other. They fought, they went head-to-head, they sacrificed, all in the name of protecting the other. Fans were shocked with Meloni left ‘SVU’ after season 12. Olivia continued on without Stabler, with ‘SVU’ now being the longest-running live-action show in history.

Meloni returned to the role of Elliot Stabler in a ‘Law & Order’ spinoff show, ‘Organized Crime.’ This brought him back to New York and back into Olivia Benson’s life. Their relationship remains complicated, but those buried feelings are still there. See photos of Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler through the years in our gallery.

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Benson & Stabler In Season 12

At the end of season 12, Stabler resigned from his job and left Benson behind. The news stunned Olivia and the entire unit.

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Benson & Stabler On ‘Organized Crime’

There is plenty of crossover now between ‘SVU’ and ‘Organized Crime.’ Olivia often comes over to help Elliot out. 

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Stabler’s Letter To Benson

After a heart-to-heart that was decades in the making, Stabler gave Benson a letter he wrote to her. Fans have been wondering about the contents of the letter, which remain unknown.

This article originally appeared on Hollywood Life and is syndicated by Cheapism.