Joyeful

It was dark, wasn't it? Alana is downright scary this way. I do like the idea of Jack being the only sane one. I think Jack is sane because he had Bella to ground him after everything that happened. Alana and Will were left to stew in their own minds the aftermath of it all, and neither of them had someone significant in their life to keep them grounded. As Bella was to Jack, Jack will be to the others.
It'll be interesting to see how he handles how damaged everyone else has become.

Joyeful

We all are! I'm weirdly not worried though. It doesn't seem to me that Hannibal will go without being picked up by another show. The only reason that it even lasted this long is because it's relatively inexpensive; it's mostly filmed in Canada. It's also too much of a critical darling to disappear without fanfare. Worse shows have lived on - if Community could live on Yahoo, Hannibal can live somewhere else. That said, the first stage of grief is denial...

Joyeful

I understand your point - the emotional stakes can seem lower when no one died. Though I will say that there are two dead female characters on the show (Abigail and Beverly), so I doubt their refrain from killing off another character is coming from the gender perspective that you've posited. All these characters are still in the Red Dragon novel (which happens after Hannibal is captured), so it's not surprising that they're still alive. I was actually surprised when Beverly Katz was killed off.

Joyeful

My incredulation at Hannibal's feelings of betrayal was more pointing out that it's incredibly funny and ridiculous, not that it's unlike the character. I'm very aware of his narcissism. I would argue that Hannibal is less of a "textbook" narcissist, and more of antisocial personality disorder (i.e. psychopathy) with comorbid narcissism. He definitely has the grandiosity, arrogance and lack of empathy. However, I don't agree that he is unable to see the world through anyone else's eyes. He is incredibly capable of doing so, and knows why people feel what they feel and do what they do. That's what makes him so adept at manipulating people - which is what makes him more antisocial than narcissist.

Joyeful

I know! I'm sad - but given the state of television, I'm not ruling out the possibility that Hannibal can find another home. It's very well suited for online "networks" like Netflix or Amazon. The producers have said they're already looking into other options, so all hope is not lost! NBC has said that they'll air the whole season, so we will at least get to watch the whole thing.

Joyeful

Thank you so much, Emy! I'm enjoying writing about the show, so I'm glad you're happy with me here! I like not knowing what Will's endgame is. If you recall, last season it took some time before they explicitly showed that Will was playing Hannibal. It was ambiguous for quite a while, and it actually seemed like Will had been changed by Hannibal. For all we know, everything Will said and did this episode was for Chiyo's benefit, so that when they finally find Hannibal, Chiyo would have seen and will present to Hannibal the "Will Graham" than Hannibal wanted. I've given up hoping for characters to stay alive LOL. I like Pazzi as well, but he ain't gonna make it!

Joyeful

That's a good point on Bedelia and her guilt. Though I wonder if Bedelia is self-aware enough to know what her own guilt is. I wasn't a fan of the Hannibal Rising backstory either, and I'd be quite happy if Fuller is making Hannibal less of a victim of circumstance, and more just pure monster.

Joyeful

I agree that Will and Hannibal need to face off. But I'm unsure at this moment what Will thinks he wants or needs from Hannibal. Is he trying to find Hannibal to capture him and bring him to justice? Does he want revenge, want to kill Hannibal? Does he want to see Hannibal to somehow remind himself of who he is? Part of me thinks that Will shouldn't be anywhere near Hannibal Lecter LOL

Joyeful

Yes, she was packed and ready to go that one time, and I do agree that Hannibal intimidates her. But she kinda could leave any time. They're not together all day long. She could hop on that train whenever she goes down to the store and buys her wine, couldn't she? No, they haven't been explicit in the show about her sister yet. In the novels, though, Mischa is killed and eaten by soldiers, and Hannibal is unable to help her. The show seems to be going with a different story, since they seem to be implying that Hannibal did some of the eating.

Joyeful

I can totally understand why you were bored. I enjoyed it because I liked the density of it, but it is a much slower pace than the last two seasons have been.