Popular procedural police Law and Order: SVU used most seasons of the show to focus on stories about solving heinous crimes of sexual assault and murder. However, from time to time, the characters investigating those crimes worry about some of their personal problems. Right now, the dynamics between Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Rafael Barba (Raúl Esparza) are leaving viewers with a lot of questions.
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Olivia, the main protagonist of the show, is the commanding officer of the Special Victims Unit in Manhattan. Prior to her promotion, she worked as a detective. Rafael, on the other hand, is the ADA or Assistant District Attorney of the Sex Crimes Bureau. So what’s going on between the two characters?
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After Rafael agreed to represent Richard Wheatley – the man accused of killing Elliot Stabler’s wife – in court, Olivia cut off all contact with Rafael. At the end of the episode, however, things changed dramatically.
He approached her to discuss her disappointment with the prosecution, telling her, “You are denying. You are deviating. You defend [Elliot]. It’s okay, I get it. That’s what you do when you love someone unconditionally. ” She clapped quickly, saying, “Please don’t tell me how I feel.”
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In response, she broke viewers’ hearts by saying that she knows what it’s like to love someone unconditionally and that she’ll be there waiting for her once she’s ready. What? As of now, she is still in the air as to whether Olivia will allow Rafael to re-enter her life.
When Rafael mentioned Olivia’s desire to stand up for Elliot, it was her way of trying to get Olivia to open up emotionally. Her frustrations with him stem from the fact that she decided to defend Richard, a man she never believed deserved to be defended.
In Olivia’s eyes, defending victims and prosecuting guilty criminals should always be a priority. Since Rafael didn’t stick to that standard, their connection is now hanging by a thread.
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In the past, it always seemed like Olivia and Rafael’s relationship was completely platonic. A Twitter user wrote: “Am I the only one who couldn’t see Olivia and Barba being together? They have more energy than the best friend. I love my best friends with unconditional love, so I don’t understand that it means anything else to them ”.
Other people have expressed the fact that something romantic between Olivia and Rafael would make them want to stop watching the show altogether!
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Since Rafael has never blatantly shown signs of having feelings for Olivia, this narrative feels like it’s coming off the left court for many onlookers.
But Olivia and Rafael share one important thing in common, and it’s their dark childhood memories. She grew up without her father in her life, a detail that Rafael seems stuck on and that he uses to play the psychoanalyst. Rafael, on the other hand, grew up being bullied. They may be able to relate to each other during a traumatic childhood, but the idea of a spark of love between them still seems a bit haphazard to viewers.
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According to people’s response on Twitter, fans are totally divided on whether or not a romance between Olivia and Rafael would be the best path for the show to take. One user posted: “Beard and Olivia give off total brother and sister vibes. Nothing more.”
Another user posted: “Rafael Barba loves Olivia Benson unconditionally. And she misses her ».
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According to Mariska Hargitay’s interview on The Drew Barrymore Show, she had a lot to say about Olivia’s love life in Law and Order: SVU. She said, “The energy is there. Olivia has been in love with him for many years ”.
Elliot and Olivia no longer work together in the justice system, but that doesn’t mean a chance for a relationship is totally impossible. Now that they’re no longer working together, it might even make it easier for them to pursue a romantic connection without letting work get in the way.
Mariska also said: “He is free and I think he has eyes for me. But Olivia Benson is hurt! I mean, she left me in the lurch for 10 years. She is scared. ” There is a lot to unravel in Olivia’s personal life right now, but at the end of the day, she will have to make a decision as to which man is truly the right man for her.