As the most dysfunctional family reunion in the history of ever continues, we are assured that Jack Crawford is still alive and he is making fast friends with Inspector Pazzi while also explaining to him, and less invested viewers, the intricacies of Will and Hannibal’s relationship. Not to be outdone, Bedelia spent the episode acting as Hannibal’s therapist while they relived everything that has brought Will and Hannibal to this point in their tortured bromance.
“You are going to be caught. It has already been set in motion.”
So, let’s go back to the roots of or our story, shall we? Everyone knows, you can never really go back home and this is especially true for our favorite cannibal. In yet another brilliant nod to the Thomas Harris books, Fuller both acknowledges the most maligned of the series, Hannibal Rising, while simultaneously embracing it and throwing shade at it.
“Nothing happened to me. I happened.”
In the book, it is told that Misha was killed and eaten by soldiers, thus explaining away Hannibal’s taste for long pig, but this incarnation of Hannibal doesn’t get an excuse. He is simply an abomination and he is totally comfortable with that.
The story with Chiyoh is interesting, but it also feels like an exaggerated version of Abigail Hobbs and Bedelia all rolled into one. Hannibal certainly has quite a trail of women whom he has tried to turn into killers, but they refuse and, ultimately, live in prisons of their own design. Also, why is Bedelia the only one who knows not to believe the lies Hannibal tells? She knew he ate his sister, but poor, beautiful Chiyoh accepts this lie and believes it to be the “reason” Hannibal is the way he is. Chiyoh has kept a man imprisoned for something that Hannibal did. Thanks goodness Will was there to set her straight. “Misha doesn’t explain Hannibal. She doesn’t quantify what he’s done.” In the end, everyone who has crossed paths with Hannibal Lecter becomes a murderer.
As always, this was a gorgeous episode, but it seems as if all of the best stuff was saved for Will’s trip to Lithuania. Where else on television can you see fireflies create a halo around a killer as he gazes upon snails feasting on a human being? And if that man strung up like a moth wasn’t a gorgeous nod to the one book that Fuller can’t use, I don’t know what is. Also, happy to see you have fully embraced your dark side, Will. Welcome.
“That may have been impulsive.”
This was an emotionally heavy episode, so the comedic moment where Sogliato got an ice pick to the temple was a nice moment of gallows humor. Even Bedelia agreed that guy was annoying enough to merit the ice pick. Unfortunately, Hannibal is correct when he points out to her that she, technically, killed him. I do believe we have just witnessed the moment that Hannibal’s world begins to unfold. This impulsive moment ranks up there with Walter White watching Jane O.D. Hubris is the death of all intelligent, power hungry men. Hannibal can’t see through all of his mixed emotions over Will Graham and as all of his victims assemble, Hannibal is vulnerable, but doesn’t quite realize how vulnerable he is. Let the games begin.
This tragic love story between Hannibal and Will is just as delicious as the one between Jorah and Daenerys on Game of Thrones.
I seriously couldn’t handle watching Chiyo undress that pheasant. Much easier to watch Hannibal cut up an arm. What does that say about me?
The sexual innuendo was flying when Will explained his relationship with Hannibal to Chiyoh and it was wonderful. “Last time I saw him, he left me with a smile.”
If you don’t understand the Walter White reference, please sit down and watch Breaking Bad immediately. Do not leave your couch until you have finished the entire series. You’re welcome.
2020 Rewatch observations:
As we languish through this pandemic I am very nostalgic for a time when I was writing about Hannibal, Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones. Now I’m excited that Murder She Wrote was just released on a streaming app.
The art installation that Will creates with Chiyoh’s prisoner is still gorgeous, but as a Pinterest Mom I am here to tell you that creating moth wings out of shards of glass would have taken Will at least a month.
Hannibal’s reaction to Bedelia killing Sogliato is downright bitchy and I love it.
Finding a whole new audience with the Netflix streaming means that there is a new audience of fans who don’t immediately love the third season and I say, “Stick with it.” Hannigram is deserving of a little indulgence with over the top beauty.