Joyeful

Nicely put, and I completely agree. I touched on the theme of everyone's metaphorical death during last week's review as well, so we've both noticed that! It remains to be seen how they're going to work in the Red Dragon story with the current state of all the characters. Part of what I loved about the novel was the emotional weight added by Will being torn between his simple, grounded life and the work he was being called to do. But it doesn't seem like this version of Will Graham will ever get to a place where he has that.

Joyeful

Like he said - Will's not dead. Hannibal's lobotomy is seemingly interrupted by Mason Verger's folks, and at the end he's hanging with Hannibal.

Joyeful

I pretty much just came here to say that Gretchen is my new favourite person on Suits. Gretchen for the win. I love her so much that I don't even want Donna back at that desk. I had completely forgotten that Mike had eidetic memory. His scene in the courthouse was great.

Joyeful

That's a really interesting take on it. I saw Chiyo as Will's prototype, a person broken by Hannibal who despises him but is drawn to him nonetheless. But I like your interpretation.

Joyeful

Hey there! During the episode, Jack said that he needs Will to kill Hannibal. I believe that he's leaving Hannibal for Will to kill because he thinks that's the way to save Will. He needs Will to do the deed because he needs Will back to normal, back completely on his side. Will killing Hannibal will mean that he's overcome that part of him that wants to follow Hannibal.

Joyeful

"An orgy of fireflies" LOL!! Hilarious.

Joyeful

LOL....yes, I am indeed a woman. Though I do realize that I look like a fifteen-year-old boy in my profile picture, wearing a Batman shirt and standing with a Batmobile ;-) In Primavera (episode 2 this season), when Pazzi first met Will, he was able to hold Will's attention when he mentioned that he has the same gift that Will does. They bonded over having that same ability to "know". Hannibal left the knife there on purpose. If there's one thing we know about Hannibal Lecter, he's not careless. Later, when he had Pazzi, he mentioned that he had called Verger's hotline to find out the score. Even if he didn't talk to Verger face to face, this is Hannibal we're talking about, and he probably figured that Verger would have wanted some sort of biological verification before dishing out a giant bounty. I think I found the episode mediocre because Will and Chiyo sucked the life out of it. Until Will got thrown off the train, I just was not interested. I actively dread Chiyo's screentime because she bores me to tears.

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.