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Why Did Benson And Stabler Break Up In Law and Order SVU?

Benson and Stabler
Benson and Stabler

Law and Order SVU is a series that none of the detective crime show lovers would have missed. And if you have watched this fantastic series. Then it not possible to miss the deep friendship between the two lead characters Benson and Stabler. And like in every other friendship, there are fights, and this one was no exception. Even these inseparable friends break apart for a while in the series. But first, for those who don’t know what the Law and Order SVU is, it is an American crime drama television series produced by Dick Wolf for NBC.

It stars Mariska Hargitay as the lead detective who later becomes a Captain, Olivia Benson. And is the commanding officer of the Special Victims Unit in a fictional version of the New York City Police Department. On the other hand, Christopher Meloni played the role of other SVU lead detective, Elliot Stabler. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit reflects a lot of similarities to the style of the original Law & Order. In that, some episodes are remotely related to real crimes that have received a lot of media attention. These episodes are often seen as having been ripped from the headlines by the media.

Premise and Characters

Benson and Stabler

Benson and Stabler

The show is based on the NYPD New York City Police Department’s 16th area in Manhattan. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit investigates the dark side of the New York underworld. The detectives of this new elite force, the Special Victims Unit, which is SVU for short, investigate and prosecute various sexually oriented crimes, which majorly include rape, pedophilia, and domestic violence. They also investigate crimes like abuses of children, the disabled, and elderly victims of non-sexual crimes who require specialist handling. And all the while trying to balance the effects of these investigations on their own lives. They try not to let the dark side of these crimes affect them and their lives. The stories sometimes also include interference from politics and social issues. Which mainly concern gender identity, sexual preferences, and equality rights.

In many of the cases, the victim is murdered. But in most of the case, they play a prominent role in the case or the episode. The unit sometimes also works with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office as they prosecute cases and seek justice for SVU’s victims and survivors. They work with precision and a passion for winning and bring a conclusion to the intense investigations carried by the SVU. Many episodes are based on cases that make big headlines. In such stories, they usually take the storyline from the real case and then fictionalize it by changing some details.

The two main characters in the Show are Captain Olivia Benson, who was a detective and later became a captain. And the next is detective Elliot Stabler. The two are partners and share an amazing friendship. The two have also solved many cases together. In the series, Benson has dated on and off. And Stabler is married and also has many kids.

Why did Benson and Stabler Break Apart?

Benson and Stabler

Benson and Stabler

Benson and Stabler pair up for the first 12 seasons in the series. Where they have solved a number of cases together, their friendship is very strong and deep, and they have even promised each other to donate their kidneys if they ever need them. But the two also have arguments while working on some cases. But a major split took place when Stabler asked Benson to put his life at stake and shoot the convicted sex offender. He had kidnapped two small kids and also killed one of them. After this, the two had a major rift, and Benson quits her job and shifts to computer crimes. But the two again reunite in season eight and then stay together till season 12 episode Merchandise.

Where they are temporarily put together as  Special Deputy U.S. Marshals so they can arrest the leaders of human trafficking. After this, both take their badges again. However, Stabler suddenly quits his job and makes no contact with her for 10 years. Later, when the two finally meet, he confesses that he didn’t know how to tell her that he was leaving. And also didn’t have the courage to face her in the past years. Then when Stabler’s car is bombed, and his wife Kyle is heavily injured. At this time, Benson is the captain of SVU and has to stop Stabler from intervening in the investigation. For this, they have a bit of friction. But later on, when Kylie dies, she supports him a lot and promises to find her murderer.

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