Mariska Hargitay Congratulates Chris Meloni On 'Law & Order' Return: 'Welcome Home'

Law & Order fans, rejoice! Christopher Meloni is reprising his role as the fan-favorite 'Elliot Stabler' in a new Dick Wolf spinoff series.

Upon hearing the news, former castmate Mariska Hargitay took to social media in order to help spread the good news, as well as welcome back her longtime friend and colleague to the NYPD.

Christopher Meloni was an original cast members on 'Law & Order: SVU'.


Meloni played 'Detective Elliot Stabler'.

A rough around the edges, hard-nosed street cop with a penchant for beating on bad guys.

For 12 seasons, Meloni was a fan favorite.

'Elliot Stabler'was a relatable and conflicted character.

He did things his own way, which would often land him in hot water with the department 'Brass'.

But then all of a sudden, after more than a decade, he was gone.

Fans were livid at 'Elliot Stabler's' off-screen retirement.

Show supporters felt that their beloved character deserved more.

Another decade passed and fans were convinced they'd seen the last of Stabler.


Say it isn't so, Elliot?!

But luckily, they were wrong!

A recent announcement confirmed that Christopher Meloni would indeed be reprising his old role of Elliot Stabler in a new Law & Order spinoff series!

Fans couldn't wait to welcome back their long lost hero.

And that's when the GIFS began...

It got pretty emotional - even for Twitter.

I wonder how Stabler would handle volunteer Sheriff's Deputy Dwight K. Schrute?

But without a doubt the greatest reaction came from Mariska Hargitay.

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Mariska plays Detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU.

During Stabler's tenure with the NYPD, he and Benson were partners.

The former cast mates were close; both on and off the screen.

Fans practically screamed for a romantic relationship that sadly never developed.

She posted this photo with Meloni via her Instagram page.

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Her comment reads:

"Happy birthday and welcome back Elliot Stabler!"

#itsbeenawhile #missedyou

Since then, this has set the Twitterverse aflame, with fans clamoring for a reunion.

Could we see an on-screen reunion between 'Stabler' and 'Benson' after all?

Some are taking it more seriously than others...

Come on Elliot! We ALL need peace of mind!

While there are rumors of a crossover, nothing has been confirmed yet.

But 'no news' is supposed to be 'good news' - right?

However, Dick Wolf confirmed that the new show will take place in New York.

Supposedly the latest addition to Dick Wolf's universe will also take place in the Big Apple. 'Benson' and 'Stabler' will practically be neighbors!

They just HAVE to reunite...don't they?

Should 'Benson' & 'Stabler' reunite?


What do you think? Are you hoping to see a crossover reunion between 'Elliot' and 'Olivia'?

Would you like a romantic relationship to develop? Leave a comment and let us know!