'Law and Order: SVU' Stars Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni Reunite Ahead of History-Making Season

The two former costars have not been shy about reuniting--off screen.

Benson and Stabler, back together? At least on Instagram. "Law & Order: SVU"  star Mariska Hargitay reunited with her former on-screen partner Christopher Meloni ahead of the long-running show's history-making season 21. Meloni left the series after season 12.

"Sunday night dinner....," Hargitay captioned the series of selfies.

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The two former costars have not been shy about reuniting--off screen. Meloni reportedly left the series after season 12 because of a contract dispute and has only been mentioned, never seen, since. Season 21 of the series makes it the longest-running scripted primetime drama, unseating "Gunsmoke" and "Law & Order." Might we see Meloni's Stabler back in the fold to celebrate the historical season?

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"It's interesting to me. As long as the show is running, I feel like we will--someday, I would hope to see him again," returning showrunner Warren Leight told E! News about Meloni. "I don't know how, I don't know when, but, yeah, that's kind of, I think the fans and Benson and Stabler are owed that."

"Law & Order: SVU" season 21 premieres Sept. 26 at 10 p.m. EST on NBC.

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