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Former assistant district attorney Rafael Barba (played by Raúl Esparza) returned in the latest episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, which saw Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) once again contemplating her disappointing love life. If Raúl becomes a more regular fixture on the NBC crime drama next season, could Rafael be the light in the dark Olivia has been looking for?
Viewers were left desperate for another appearance from Rafael after his and Olivia’s stunning admission in the season 23 finale, A Final Call at Forlini’s Bar.
In the final minutes of the episode, Rafael admitted he loved Olivia unconditionally, much like she loves her former partner Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni).