As Law & Order: Special Victims Unit airs its season 17 finale on Wednesday, May 25, Mariska Hargitay (Olivia Benson) told E!that her character continues to be affected by her romance with Captain Ed Tucker (Robert John Burke) of the Internal Affairs Bureau.That's right, Benson is seeing Ed Tucker (Robert John Burke), a captain in the Internal Affairs Bureau. first teased a mystery person after Benson was depicted popping the cork on a bottle of wine while on the phone with somebody.After all, the family life was a feat unto itself for former partners Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) and Nick Amaro (Danny Pino). No, it wasn't that Hank Abraham (Josh Pais), the deputy commissioner of public information, was involved in a child porn ring, it was the identity of Benson's (Mariska Hargirtay)'s new man.But also have somebody that understands because he's even more complicated and a leader more than her.""He's so masculine and so strong and so powerful that she can [exhale] because he's that, so [Benson] gets to be a different color," the actress continued of the relationship that has received a mixed reaction from fans. Hargitay, an original member and fan favorite of the long-running police procedural, is bound to her character by viewers — much like Richard Belzer‘s Det. Additional good news in the conclusion of this two-part episode, “Unholiest Alliance” shows that there is a future for the series’ newest it-couple, Benson and IAB officer Ed Tucker (John Burke). Olivia Benson’s (Mariska Hargitay) absence on ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” happened within a blink of an eye, and for good reason.
The Emmy-winning actress, 52, explained that Benson's burgeoning romance with Tucker has helped balance out the lieutenant's lows of this season, which have included getting taken hostage at gunpoint."I feel like it's really lonely, and she's been lonely and alone," Hargitay said of the season for her character."And then enter Tucker, which has been such a game-changer for me because not only is he as powerful — she's such a powerful character — to have somebody that energetically matches her has been incredible.