In most seasons of the popular police procedural Law and Order: SVU, heinous crimes of sexual assault and murder have been the main focus. The characters investigating these crimes, on the other hand, occasionally have to deal with their own personal problems. As of right now, viewers are left wondering about the relationship between Olivia Benson, played by Mariska Hargitay, and Rafael Barba.
The Special Victims Unit in Manhattan is led by Olivia, the show’s central protagonist. She was a detective before her promotion. ADA (Assistant District Attorney) Rafael, on the other hand, is a member of the Sex Crimes Bureau. What’s going on between these two characters?
What happened between Olivia Benson and Rafael Barba?
While Richard Wheatley was being investigated for the murder of Elliot Stabler’s wife, Olivia Benson cut off all communication with Rafael. Things, however, took a dramatic turn by the episode’s conclusion.
Inquiring about her disappointment in the court proceedings, he said to her, “You’re lying. You’re trying to deflect. Elliot is defended by you. It’s fine, I understand. What can you do when your love for someone is unwavering? Then she retorted, “Please don’t tell me how you feel.”
Following up on his promise of unconditional love, he broke the hearts of the audience by telling her that he knows exactly what it feels like to love someone without conditions. What’s going on? As of right now, Olivia isn’t sure if she’ll accept Rafael back into her life.
As Rafael mentioned Olivia’s desire to defend Elliot, he was implying that he was attempting to open Olivia’s, emotional heart. The root of her displeasure with him is his decision to stand up for Richard, a man she never thought deserved to be protected.
Victims’ rights and criminal justice reform are inextricably linked, according to Olivia. They are now only connected by a thread because Rafael didn’t live up to that standard.
Are Rafael Barba and Olivia Benson’s relationship complicated?
Until recently, it appeared that Olivia and Rafael’s relationship was strictly platonic. “Am I the only one who couldn’t see Olivia and Barba ever being together?” asked one Twitter user. They have a lot more best friend chemistry. For me, it has no additional significance because I love my best friends unconditionally.
Several viewers have stated that if there is any romantic chemistry between Olivia and Rafael, they will be forced to stop watching the show altogether!
Because Rafael has never blatantly expressed his feelings for Olivia, this storyline may appear to some viewers as if it’s coming out of nowhere.
Rafael and Olivia do have one thing in common, and that is their childhood trauma. As a child, she was raised without a father in her life, which Rafael uses as a way to play psychoanalyst. Rafel, on the other hand, was subjected to years of abuse at the hands of his peers. Viewers may be able to relate to them because of their traumatic childhoods, but the idea of a romance between them still seems a little out of place.
Other than that, what do ‘Law and Order: SVU fans think of Olivia and Rafael’s relationship?
Fans on Twitter are split on whether or not Olivia and Rafael should have a romantic relationship in the show, based on their responses. According to a commenter, “Barba and Olivia exude total brother and sister vibes.” Nothing else.”
Another user wrote, “Rafael Barba has a deep and abiding love for Olivia Benson. Moreover, she’s missing him.
What about Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson?
During her appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show, Mariska Hargitay opened up about her role as Olivia Pope on Law and Order: SVU’s love life. ‘The energy’s there,’ she said. Since she first met him, Olivia has been infatuated with him.
The fact that Elliot and Olivia are no longer in the justice system does not rule out the possibility of a romantic relationship. It’s possible that they’ll be more open to pursuing a romantic relationship now that they’re no longer working together.
Mariska also said, “He is free, and I think he has eyes for me. The problem is that Olivia Benson is in pain! For a decade, he basically abandoned me. “She’s apprehensive.” At the end of the day, Olivia will have to make a decision about which man is truly the right one for her. There is a lot going on in her personal life right now.