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.
"An orgy of fireflies" LOL!! Hilarious.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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