Great review! This evolution, or this "becoming" as they put it in the therapy session, is a theme from the novel Red Dragon. The killer in the novel, Francis Dolarhyde, believes himself to be going through a process of "becoming". Though they've certainly not stuck with the canon, it's great to see those callouts to the novels. I loved Hannibal's reaction to the discussion of Bedelia Du Maurier. He let his guard down for about half a second and his voice was dripping with contempt for her. This episode did show us one thing: Will isn't unique to Dr Lecter. We've been going on the notion that Hannibal feels a connection to Will, and wants him as a friend and fellow killer. However, Hannibal views killing as a second nature to be encouraged, and as a psychiatrist, he's nurtured and evolved that second nature in anyone who has shown a glimpse of it. He did so with Randall, and is doing so with Margot. What Hannibal is doing with Will is what he always does. Maybe Will isn't so special after all.
Seriously. If THIS happened NOW, I can't even imagine what they have planned for the finale that's 3 episodes away. Have mercy.
WHAT. THE. HELL?!?!?!?! The red herring was literally red...a red hoodie. With Roy and his mirakuru madness being the central conflict of the episode, there was absolutely no indication of what was going to happen in the end. My goodness, what a heart-wrenching scene. The acting was incredible - Stephen Amell, Susanna Thomson and Willa Holland - really brought their A game to that. Nobody should ever have to make a Sophie's choice, and poor Oliver found himself in that situation a second time, and the despair he was feeling was almost tangible. And Moira...oh my goodness, Moira. I wasn't ready for that sacrifice, wasn't ready for her death. It makes sense, but I still wasn't ready for it. Thank you for the gray hair, Arrow. Honestly.
That's an interesting theory, but it might be a stretch...mostly because I got the spelling of the name wrong! I've updated it since - it's actually Abijean :)
I think we agree!! :) I love that you can't think of any behaviour between the two indicating romance, whereas I can definitely think of a few occurrences in the last two seasons where interactions between Jane and Lisbon have been ambiguous. Maybe not directly indicating that romance exists, but leaving that possibility open. They're rightfully open to both your and my interpretation, and I'm betting that's the intention of the showrunners and writers. That's the beauty of this. Granted, shipping is popular - sometimes ridiculous, sometimes not. However, in this case, I think it's unfair to group all the fans who want a romance into a group-think category of people who want romance just for the sake of it. It's also unfair to assume that they're all wrong. Especially when a show is being written the way The Mentalist is. I wouldn't call myself a shipper (I don't even like the word and all the shipper portmanteaus it comes with), but I have definitely rooted for character relationships (Mulder and Scully, Chuck and Sarah, Castle and Beckett). I'd never rule out a romance on a show simply because it's been done before. If the writers can make it work, which they often can, I'm all for it!
The war between shippers and non-shippers on this show is nuts LOL. I'm modifying an earlier comment below: The reason that some fans are pushing for a romance and other fans aren't is because Heller and company are encouraging exactly that. They're deliberately creating ambiguity in Jane and Lisbon's relationship, and have been for a little while. The show certainly started with them being strictly and wonderfully platonic, but I think they've purposely made things ambiguous to give themselves leeway to go either way if they please. They've as much as admitted so in interviews. The fans that are rooting for a romance aren't making something out of nothing - there's enough to make one wonder. All the people in-universe wondering if they're were a couple. Rigsby admitting that he "shipped" them with no affirmation or denial from Jane. The art thief from a few episodes ago saying he sees the way Jane looks at Teresa. Almost all of Devil's Cherry. It's not unreasonable or silly of fans to interpret all of this as a move towards them having feelings for each other. Likewise, the fans who are on the opposite end of the spectrum aren't wrong either. All of the above examples could just as reasonably be interpreted as non-romantic. We know they love each other platonically, and that doesn't necessarily need to evolve into something romantic. Also, there's every reason to believe that it would never work - Jane doesn't even quite know who he is, much less for knowing how to love Lisbon the way she deserves. I think there's room in the fandom for both theories. The ambiguity is what I'm liking most about this season, and I'm willing to go with wherever the writing takes us.
Part of me feels bad because really, they kidnapped Adalind's baby. Poor woman is going through hell. However, from a story perspective, this is way more interesting. Nasty Adalind is a lot more fun to watch than sappy Adalind. The other part of me feels that this was the best episode in FOREVER - I was on the edge of my seat and I had no idea what was going to happen from one moment to the next. That was a fantastic con.
I really like your comments - they're so well worded and clear. I think the reason that some fans are pushing for a romance and other fans aren't is because Heller and company are encouraging just that. They're deliberately creating ambiguity in Jane and Lisbon's relationship, and have been for a little while. The show certainly started with them being strictly platonic (and I agree, that was great and wonderfully refreshing), but I think they've deliberately made things ambiguous lately to give themselves the opening to go either way if they please. The fans that are rooting for a romance aren't making something out of nothing - there's enough to make one wonder. I don't think it's fair to assume that the fans who want romance for the two of them just want to see them lay each other (I certainly don't). I think that given how much Jane and Lisbon love each other as friends, people just want to see them make each other happy. Is that possible? Remains to be seen. Likewise, the fans who are on the opposite end of the spectrum are also correct. They don't need to be romantic simply because they love each other as friends. And you're all right - Jane doesn't even quite know who he is, much less for knowing how to love Lisbon the way she deserves. I think there's room in the fandom for both theories. The ambiguity is what I'm liking most about this season, and I'm willing to go with wherever the writing takes us.
Normally I don't like spoilers, but I'm glad I saw this. It allows me to mentally prepare myself for all possible outcomes and for an end that will possibly disappoint me LOL
I seriously love your reviews. Freakin' brilliant. Also, Graham was already adorable with the messy hair, but when he walked into Lecter's office? Hello. Fuller's not kidding with the guillotine - that's three characters gone! Katz, Chilton and Gideon. The story is great, but I'm really going to miss Raul Esparza. I enjoyed his work on the show. I think Will and Hannibal have been exchanging the lead for quite some time. I think there was a point where Will was a bit ahead and Hannibal was truly frazzled, but Hannibal collected himself and overtook will with the Miriam Lass/Chilton gambit. I'm looking forward to seeing what Will's plans are now.
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