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'Hannibal' - 'Mizumono': I've Got a Story, Ain't Got No Moral

By Cindy Davis | TV Reviews | May 24, 2014 | Comments ()


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Through the courses leading up to “Mizumono,” we watched Will Graham undergo a transformation from young buck to powerful, full grown stag. All the while, Hannibal Lecter nurtured his protege, seeing the hopeful signs of darkness in a kindred spirit; mentoring Will through each stage of his psycho-insectual metamorphosis.The second season finale of Hannibal hearkened back to The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon with its moth references, dinner, and Hannibal’s attack on Will. Reader or not, the glint of that linoleum knife was a terrible surprise. “Fate and circumstance have returned us to this moment when the teacup shatters,” and we can’t help but wish it would pick itself up and come back together again.

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For anyone who thought he knew how this hour would end — after all, we’d already seen that brilliant Crawford/Lecter fight — not only couldn’t we have predicted the multiple twists and turns, but Fuller threw in a couple surprise guest appearances. Hannibal’s growing suspicion has been alluded before tonight; he knew to empty Alana’s gun and his raised eyebrow, alerted by a sharp sense of smell, went full cock. It’s hard not to feel some sympathy for Lecter, who gave Will every chance, practically begging him to back out. “If we disappear now, tonight. Feed your dogs, leave a note for Alana, never see her or Jack again…I don’t need a sacrifice.” But Will is too far gone, too egotistical to give up his trap. This is the last chance to bring his plan to fruition; Will’s confidence is his own (and others’) downfall. Hannibal is smart enough to have accepted Graham’s betrayal; tossing patient journals and diaries, including Will’s own. As the two men pretend to prepare for their next life together, the fire burns away any clues to Hannibal’s soul. Lecter unknowingly foreshadows his future in prison; ” If I’m ever apprehended, my memory palace will serve as more than a mnemonic system. I will live there.”

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What was once his chief weapon, Graham’s duplicitous nature, turns on itself…fools only Will. When Garret Jacob Hobbs pays him a delusional visit, Will points his shotgun out at a sea of stags, unable to differentiate one from the other. Is he aiming at Hannibal, only to shoot himself? With a ticking clock counting the seconds until his plans with Hannibal and Jack play out, Will’s control fades away. In a short visit with Freddie, Will asks her the favor of not writing about Abigail, and Lounds reads Graham’s mind (and ours): “You really don’t know if you’re going to survive him, do you?” All this time as Will waited for Hannibal’s mistake, the fatal ones are all his own.

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Dislikable and sensibly efficient Kade Prurnell points out the flaws and crime in Jack’s plan forcing him — on “compassionate leave” — and his hand. Whether she’s right about the impact of Bella’s illness, Crawford doesn’t seem to be thinking quite clearly; he puts up a miraculously strong defense against Hannibal, but his mental weakness (the moment he believes Lecter incapacitated) may have cost his life. Right before the fight, Will makes his final transformative telephone call (exactly — in “Apéritif” — as Hannibal had phoned his warning to Garret Jacob Hobbs) to Lecter: “They know.” And like Jack, we couldn’t wait for this moment, when Hannibal and Crawford face the clearest moment of their friendship: understanding.

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The (Will-predicted) kitchen fight was no less thrilling the second time around. In fact, it may have been even more compelling in context, and interrupted by Alana’s uninvited house call. The camera work and effects here were absolutely aces, between the fight and Alana’s shocking crash-through-the-window, glass-shattering fall, the slow-motion captures and the rain on both Hannibal and Alana’s faces, everything was breathtakingly beautiful. Eloquent even under the most stressful situations, Hannibal again tries to show someone he cares about the wide open door. “I was hoping you and I wouldn’t have to say goodbye. Nothing seen nor said — you may find that rude…In your defense, I worked very hard to blind you. You can stay blind. Walk away. I’ll make no plans to call on you but if you stay, I’ll kill you. Be blind Alana, don’t be brave.” But no one wants to listen to Hannibal, only to catch a Hannibal. A few have suspected Abigail was still alive but I was not among them, and as such, was caught completely by surprise. When I saw movement behind Alana, I assumed Hannibal had snuck around through some secret door. But no, it was just another of Hannibal’s hapless, helpless, brainwashed victims, following his dangerous directions, with no reward. (So it must have been Abigail that Beverly saw in the basement before meeting her own demise.)

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In the end, Will is forced to watch the last of his power drain away in the form of the dying beast he thought he’d become. Near-gutted by the man who tried to love him, Graham is not only nearly literally eviscerated — also chastised, and shown up for the fool he’s been. “I wanted to surprise you. I knew you wanted to surprise me. Now that you know me, see me. I gave you a rare gift. But you didn’t want it.” Hannibal may have felt something for Will but it didn’t blind him, and in his revenge he takes what he knows Graham loves. Like Abigail’s father before him, Lecter slashes their surrogate child’s throat, leaving a trail of broken (some dead) bodies at Will and Jack’s feet, right where they belong.

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A gorgeous, blue-skyed epilogue called us to Hannibal Lecter’s expected escape plane, crewed by French speaking stewardesses offering juice and champagne. As one might guess, Hannibal chooses the celebratory libation; as any Fuller audience sometimes forgets — the man always has a little surprise waiting — this time it’s Lecter’s travel companion, Dr. Du Maurier.


Deep thoughts:

What a spectacular ending to a brilliant second season. It has been an absolute thrill to watch every episode, and not once to feel let down or like I’d seen a filler hour. Mads Mikkelsen earned an Emmy this year.

My head is full, trying to work out what exactly has happened with Bedelia. She left, clearly afraid of Hannibal. The FBI brought her back. Was it all an act? Was it a pact? It’s hard to believe she could be in a brainwashed state at this point, unless Hannibal’s therapy is that refined. Is she with him because now she feels freed by her immunity agreement? It was hard to tell by the look on her face whether she was there on the plane of her own volition; perhaps he’s kidnapped her? Is Fuller taking Du Maurier on Clarice Starling’s (Harris) Hannibal journey? Ooh, that would be creeptastic, twisted-up perfection.

I wish we could have had more Bella, and more Jack and Bella. What a wonderful couple they are, on and off show.

Book readers know (swipe ahead to see) Will is going to survive — he’ll be okay. It’s in Red Dragon that Graham recalls this attack, which was set up like the one we saw happen to Miriam Lass, right before Jack comes to Will’s home to convince him to help catch a fairy…tooth, that is. I expect everyone else is expendable, but hope Jack will somehow make it through. Laurence Fishburne needs to stay on my television. End book spoiler.

Just dessert (the Japanese course Mizumono is a “seasonal dessert”) or just deserts (not misspelled, as many people thought at the end of “Kō No Mono”)?

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  • F'mal DeHyde

    I had no idea Gina Torres and Laurence Fishburne were married IRL... that makes so much sense now. They played beautifully against each other.

  • Pretty Hate Machine

    Ok, I know I've had my turn to talk about this finale, but I still cannot stop thinking about it, so much so that I have rewatched the episode and ending, re-read this excellent recap, Cindy, and revisited the comment section several times since the recap was posted to read what others were saying about it. I have a couple points that I wanted to throw out here regarding a few of the comments I've read.

    The first has to do with Alana and people having zero tolerance for her as a character who chose to be with Hannibal. I know I'm probably projecting here, but if we remember the convention of dramatic irony then why think Alana is stupid for choosing to be with Hannibal? She does not see the Hannibal the audience, and Will, has seen. In her educated experience, and to reflect her age, she would be a character who has met many men and probably done a pros and cons list when it comes to whom she gets involved with romantically. If you take face value of Will and Hannibal and don't take into consideration what the audience knows, then Hannibal seems like the more stable of the two to enter into a relationship. Will is smart and educated, and don't forget cute, but he's awkward, unreliable, messy, he's having a hard time keeping a steady job. He spends a lot more time interacting with his pets, etc. Hannibal is educated, has a stable job, dresses well. He's a gentleman who speaks well, cooks well, and converses well. And obviously he is good in bed. Alana's character has been portrayed as a woman who does not make romantic connections in a whimsyquirkalicious fashion, and her choice of Hannibal makes sense in her world. I have a hard time hating her or having zero tolerance for her as some people do because women are told so often to weigh those pros and cons and choose the best mate and even though -->we<-- know she chose poorly, it shouldn't make us less understanding of the devastation she felt in this final, sad reality about the man she chose to visit her lady palace.

    As for the idea of Will and Abigail running away with him, it made me think of a Hannibal who was rebuilding a family, the one he lost in Hannibal Rising. He would have a mother figure in Bedelia, a sister in Abigail and a brother in Will. Will's betrayal was the ultimate rudeness so he of course had to pay for it with possibly his own life and that of Abigail's. Maybe he plans to start over and find someone else to manipulate as he and Bedelia ride off into the clouds.

    And. on a more juvenile Beavis and Butthead note, am I the only one who snickered in Alana's monologue? "I dream darkness comes into me.." It comes and it's insidious..."

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I feel AWFUL for Alana. I mean, if you look at it from her perspective, it was a trusted mentor she's known since college and Will, who is brilliant but pretty unstable on the best days. Sure it's easy to make fun of her when you watch a scene of Hannibal butchering a leg, but really, I feel like she wasn't making crazy decisions when she went with Hannibal.

  • AltheaLecompte

    Some Person does not have Moral value to respect elder .http://cambogiaultraprecio.com

  • lonolove

    Finally just watched the finale and I am completely beside myself-out of my mind...I was absolutely devastated for Hannibal, and the dissipation of his dream life of running away with Will. And then! Oh my god. I think I beat my legs black and blue from slapping them in my screeching consternation during that utter horror-movie of an ending. Will's face when Abigail goes to Hannibal! I can't even formulate sentences...I was unsurprised by the ending until Dr. DuMaurier showed up. WHAT! That faint smile on her face did not seem like a kidnapping to me. Just....10/10. I'm flailing all over my damn apartment. Season 3 cannot come fast enough.

  • Temmere

    I guess I'm the only one who felt a little let down by the ending. After all the mind games and maneuvering, for Hannibal to simply slaughter everyone who stands anywhere near him seemed pointless. By the time he killed Abigail -- for whatever reason he did that -- I wasn't even shocked anymore.

  • gmda

    I feel absolutely wrecked after that finale. Thank you, Cindy, for the recaps! I'll miss them almost as much as I'll miss the show. You really added a lot to my experience.

  • Thank you so much!

  • gerald christie

    Loved the finale in every way possible! I agree, it would being kind of depressing as a series finale though. I still don't know how I feel about Alana though. I liked her character at the beginning but they slowly managed to make me hate. It doesn't help that her actions in this episode kind of intensified that feeling with her stupidity. That being said, she literally slept with evil and she did get thrown out a window….so I don't know. I really like the actress but I'm having some problems with her character. I did feel bad for her, so maybe that's something. Would I really care if her character ends up dead? Now, that's something I still don't know.
    Moving on, what's the deal with Bedelia? It's a known fact that she's scared of him, then she decides to get out of town and is summoned by Jack. Was it all a plan? Was she in on it? So many questions!! I love the character and Gillian and it does look like she'll have a bigger role next season. More Gillian is always a good thing.
    Thank you Cindy! I'll really miss reading these reviews. Seriously, a standing ovation to you!

  • Thank you!

  • Vivianne ValdeMar

    I fully applaud your review, and I agree that this was a tremendously compelling hour of television. Having said that, count me in what is probably a camp of 1 of people harboring exactly 0 sympathy for Hannibal. And my sympathy for Will Graham is rapidly decreasing. At this point I see no sense in Doctor Lecter being apprehended and tried according to the law, and given due process or whatever it's called. I would settle for nothing less than seeing him burn (slowly, preferably cooked rare. Very rare). I've said this before, but there needs to be a dexteresque serial killer on TV, who deals death only to killers and psychopaths, and uses their own methods on them. The only problem is, Hannibal's probably the only one who could pull it off. *sulks*

  • Jenn TheYellowDart

    He only eats the rude. I think that's doing us all a service!

  • Vivianne ValdeMar

    See, I just can't see it like that. It's not that I live the stories too realistically (I'm sure everyone here does), it's simply that I cannot feel sorry for anyone with such an utter disregard for life, not even fictionally. I always ask myself WWGaVD (what would Granny and Vimes do, and in the case of Doctor Lecter, I think all bets are off).

  • Thanks, and ...ha! It's absolutely brilliant to me that I can feel sorry for Hannibal.

  • Amy Love

    Considering the vast amounts of blood in this episode, the most terrifying moment was when Abigail took Hannibal's hand while Will bled on the floor. That was just NO.

  • Bhammer100

    Strangely, if NBC hadn't picked this up for a third season (and Fuller didn't have a backup plan), I would have found this a pretty good series finale. No... excellent series finale.

  • Hawkeye Fierce

    Cindy, a remarkable job summing up a complex and heart crushing finale. I've tried to express what I feel about this episode, about this season, but I think I need to do some serious talk therapy in order to figure out how I feel.

    I usually avoid spoilers, but I did read Fuller's post mortem with the AV Club and it was actually helpful. It's spoilery in the vaguest sense and probably won't be anything you don't have flashed in your face before next season begins.

    Your appraisal of Will hurts, but I can't discount it outright. Was it hubris? Was he any more dishonest or manipulative than Hannibal? Yes, Hannibal was betrayed. Only after pulling every sociopathic trick in the book to manipulate others into his preferred positions. He made the classic mistake, even recognizing it, of failing to take into account that a creator actually doesn't control what he creates. And we all know how much Hannibal likes control.

    The scene where Hannibal asks Will to run away with him---I was giggling and I was sighing. This is my first Bryan Fuller show. I begin to believe he might be an evil genius.

    Fucking Abigail. I knew she wasn't dead. Hannibal's dispatch of her was simultaneously one of the most passionate and dispassionate moment for Hannibal. He obviously wanted to hurt Will as much as he could. Total dick move. That revealed how spiteful he was feeling. All with no regard for Abigail and the sick circle it made of her life.

    We viewers are left with a Humpty Dumpty of characters: will we ever be able to put them back together again?

    Damn good tv.

  • Thank you so much!

    Good points. Will's stag (and the transforming visions he had of himself) are symbolic of his growing power, some of the statements he made last week ("I ensnared you"), and the way he became *nearly* a mirror image of Hannibal -- he expected Hannibal's ego to cause a fatal mistake, but instead it was his own. That's my interpretation.

  • Hawkeye Fierce

    I'm seriously going to revisit this notion. It's interesting. I think I have too much Woobie Will in my eye right now to see this whole thing clearly.

    Will Graham: will somebody hug this man?

  • Ryan Ambrose

    Quick question, does anyone know where I can find the melody that played throughout the entirety of Hannibal's last act?

    Seemed like an instrumental variation of Hans Zimmer's "Vide Cor Meum", but I can't seem to find it anywhere. That song accompanied by what followed was perfection.

  • Nadiney

    Aria of the Godlberg Variations arranged by Bryan Reitzell - Last scene

    **from this tumblr-http://hannibalsmusic.t...

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    It's also the piece Hannibal Lecter was listening to in SOtL when he escapes by beating/eating the prison guards in Tennessee.
    Because Brian Fuller is tricksy with his references.

  • Ryan Ambrose

    Let me put it as eloquently and elegantly as I can: fuuuuuuuuuck.

    This was quite possibly the most rousing hour of television I've seen ever since Breaking Bad's "Ozymandias". I had goosebumps, I yelled profane expletives at my TV, my heart just sank.

    I love this show and if I ever die in a grand operatic Shakespearean fashion, may the angels sing "Vide Cor Meum" at my funeral.

    I'm sure I'll be able to better articulate my thoughts after the adrenaline dispenses, but still, I fucking love this show.

    Give Mads the goddamn Emmy already.

    And I'm really going to miss these recaps, Mrs. Davis. Thank you.

  • foolsage

    OK, I just noticed that bit about missing these recaps. You mean just for now, because surely Cindy will continue when the show is back on. Right?

    Right?

  • I certainly hope to.

  • Uriah_Creep

    Yay!

  • foolsage

    Excellent. :)

  • I love reading your comments, so thank you!

  • Nadiney

    Seconded. Each week I wait for these recaps, my viewing isn't complete until I read them.

  • You guys are so kind. Thank you.

  • Steve Ward

    My instinctive reaction was to recoil and say "'Ozymandias'? Whoa whoa, let's slow down here." and then I thought about it... and I think I'm on board. I may even use that to pitch Hannibal to my hold out friends.

  • RJSuperfreaky

    Is it possible that what we se in the "stinger" at the end of the episode is not reality, but rather Hannibal's mind castle? It's an idealized version of Hannibal's present, one where he imagines himself impeccably dressed, sipping champagne, seated next to Dr. DeMaurer, rather than incarcerated after being picked up by the cops leaving the scene of a multiple homicide?

  • MHJ

    Nope, Fuller confirmed that it was real and episode 1 of season 3 will be all about Hannibal and Bedelia eating a Royale with Cheese in France.

  • Interesting idea, but I don't think so.

    That said, *anything* is possible.

  • Lauren_Lauren

    Gaaaah, it and it all came crashing down because of stupid Freddie and her stupid hair. Never turn your back on your prey, Will, because they might smell you for evidence.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    She *does* have stupid hair but at least it served a purpose in this episode.

  • Maddy

    I love her hair. I think I'm supposed to hate Freddie but I think she's pretty awesome.

  • AvaLehra

    I read in an interview that it would take TWO AND A HALF TO THREE HOURS to do her hair. They finally got their system down and it only took 90 minutes.

  • emmalita

    Such a beautiful review. I've been a Bryan Fuller fan for a long time, but I think Hannibal is where he's really married style and substance.

  • Thanks!

  • AvaLehra

    He's so talented, I want to pinch his cheeks!

  • Uriah_Creep

    And a defenestration!

  • emmalita

    The entire day was building up to that defenestration and I missed the opportunity. *headthunk*

  • Uriah_Creep

    Yes, BWeaves and I are disappointed that you missed the chance to use that word again. ^_^

  • Greg!

    Anyone catch the after credits scene where Hannibal makes the origami unicorn and gives it to Deckard? How did he know about that dream?

  • Greg!

    So no one else got a heavy Blade Runner vibe from this finale? I thought it was apparent, but the internet seems to confirm that I'm alone on this one.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    No, but I did see a scene where Nick Fury invited Will Graham to join the Avengers initiative.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Wait, does this mean Hannibal and Loki team up? Because I don't think I could handle that much cheekbone awesomeness.

  • AvaLehra

    I was waiting to see Hanni and Bedelia eating shawarma.

  • Hawkeye Fierce

    At this point I think it might take the combined Avengers effort to take down Hannibal. And he'd still probably fuck them up.

    He's approaching mythical monster status.

  • Zirza

    I'm still hoping for a version of The Hunger Games with Hannibal Lecter, Alice Morgan from Luther, and possibly Anton Chigurh.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    This is amazing. Why is this not an actual thing?

  • Kati

    I guess you'll have to watch Blade Runner again and figure it out.

  • Steve Ward

    It's probably not the most original thought in the world, but holy shit, just imagine if NBC had cancelled the show. I don't even know what I'd be doing right now if that was the series finale instead of a season finale...

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    While I agree that it's wonderful Hannibal continues, I have to say this would have been a badass series finale. Like, the ultimate mic drop from Hannibal and he walks away, leaving us all to feel exactly like Will - gutted.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Don't even, that's exactly what happened to The Hour.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Ugh, that made me so upset! I spent months mentally writing another season so I wouldn't have to wonder about poor Freddie.

  • I still mourn The Hour. What happened to Freddie!?

  • Pretty Hate Machine

    It's a bitch to have Hannibal break up with you! I knew the "break up" of Hannibal and Alana was going to be terrible, but I never anticipated she would plummet to her (possible?)death. Did I notice earlier in the episode that there was blood in her tears when she was talking to Will? It was almost too much as she was falling and it was raining and I thought back to those tears. I kind of wish she had chosen to remain blind instead of brave. I guess that's not fair to brave women characters in fiction.

    When I watched the season 2 premiere fight scene, I just thought how cool the action and stunts were, but seeing it all in context changed the entire viewing of it this time.

  • Nadiney

    I just literally have too many feelings about this finale to actually speak about it. It was fucking, fucking perfection. I was amongst the 'Abigail Lives' group but I didn't actually expect to see her again like we did. Maybe like Miriam, maybe in another season. But not like this.

    Just holy fucking SHIT, that's all I got. Holy fucking SHIT.

  • KellyGarrett

    Mmmmm. I hope Season 3 delves into Hannibal's past. I imagine the references to his Memory Palace (I believe they were taken directly from "Hannibal," the novel) could foreshadow where they find him and capture him. I also feel the foreshadowing for the series finale - with Hannibal and Clarice together in Europe. The Will / Hannibal seduction this season feels so similar and a respectful nod to the conclusion of "Hannibal," the novel - which I have always found, although initially stunning, quite logical, appropriate, and even lovely as a finale for both Clarice and Hannibal. Here's to hoping.

  • Bhammer100

    Bryan Fuller has said that season 3 will be a mash-up of Hannibal Rising and Hannibal. So we will dive into Hannibal's past along with Mason Verger's revenge.

  • AvaLehra

    I am still reeling from last night. I just saw it again and it took my second viewing to see that Hannibal took Will's coat off of Alana and wore it as he left. Hannibal's murder husbands wish wasn't meant to be.

    I mean...I still have no words for this lovely piece of work. Bryan Fuller = simultaneous dream squasher and dream maker.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Fuller managed to break my little brain. I just kept chanting "oh my god, oh my god, no, no, oh my god". My husband was next to me, gape-mouthed.
    And you're right I didn't catch the little beats (like Hannibal taking the coat) until a repeat viewing. It was such a rich piece of storytelling.

  • Nadiney

    Did he?! I didn't see that at all! Cold motherfucker! I'll be re watching this one loaaaaaads.

    One other thing he did that even Will didn't realise; Hannibal burned all the proof he had that Will was manipulated by Hannibal, that Will's sickness was behind much of the strange behaviour he displayed that led to his arrest.

    Because Hannibal is a cold motherfucker.

  • AvaLehra

    But sentimental as all get go taking that damn coat. *sniff*

  • brightlight

    Per Bryan Fuller the 3rd season will the chase and Hannibal's past. A mix of the book/movie 'Hannibal' & 'Hannibal Rising' but *none* of the movie version of 'Hannibal Rising'. So we get to see the Verger's again.

    A season 4 would be 'Red Dragon' and 5 maybe 'Silence of the Lambs' but that's not a given because they don't have the film rights to it yet.

  • e jerry powell

    Will it go round in circles?
    Will it fly high like a bird up in the sky?

    (Cindy: What? I'm old. Did you think I wouldn't know?)

    ;-)

  • Since people rarely comment on them, I'm always happy when someone catches a lyric reference.

  • foolsage

    I always feel a bit odd about pointing out that I caught a reference, so I am generally silent on the matter. It's a combination of expecting that everyone has that same trivial knowledge, and not wishing to appear more arrogant than I doubtless already do.

    I think I catch most of them, but then if I'm missing some I probably wouldn't know. ;)

    Please don't stop though, regardless; allusions and quotations are much appreciated.

    [Not trying to throw any shade on ejp; you rock, man. Carry on.]

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • Ozioma

    ....I feel wounded AND poisoned.

  • fuzzwuzz

    A bloody amazing season finale. It'll be interesting to see who makes it to season 3 - Will's a given, but Alana? Jack? I imagine this is the last we'll see of Abigail, however. Such a heart-wrenching demise, if so.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    I basically feel gutted today, as I did last night. Goddammit. The true power of this show is to make Hannibal Lecter at once a sympathetic and terrifying being. Heartbreak was written all over the episode, from the betrayal of Jack, to the betrayal of Alana, and finally the betrayal of Will. Mads Mikkelsen earned a whole slew of Emmys just in this episode alone, portraying Hannibal's quiet despair at once again being rejected in tiny little shivers on his face and a look in his eyes that is damn near impossible to stare at for long periods of time. Whereas the finale of season 1 was operatic, this one is nigh-Shakespearean, prompting many fannibals to dispiritedly joke today: "I didn't sign up for Hamlet."

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    It was such an amazingly tragic ending. And while I'm thrilled that they have another season, this could have potentially been one of the most heart breaking and surprising series finales of all time.
    As to Mikkelsen, the fact that he eats people, murders, and lies constantly should mean that I don't feel sorry for him - yet Mads makes me really feel sorry for Hannibal, who totally thought he could have a murder family with Will. He's a monster, and I know that intellectually, but damn if I didn't feel a little bad when I saw the heartbreak tremor across his face.

  • foolsage

    Another heartbreaking pair of betrayals: Abigail defenestrating Alana, then Hannibal slitting Abigail's throat in front of Will. It's been a while, but Alana and Abigail were close for a while back in the first season.

  • Ryan Ambrose

    Yeah, this may have been the most nihilistic ending I've ever seen on TV, which is a tad ironic given how even True Detective still managed to have a rather "uplifting" finale.

    It kind of makes me think, though, if the thing Beverly saw inside Hannibal's basement was Abigail and if perhaps she was subdued by her instead of him when the bullet went through the ceiling, which would only add to the betrayal.

  • foolsage

    Four sympathetic characters perishing from mortal wounds at the end of the episode/season... yeah, that's pretty damned bad.

    I just watched the basement attack again (s2e4, 42 minutes in). The figure in the background is definitely Hannibal. The screen cap I took is low res, and everything is a bit blurry, but you can clearly see who's behind Beverly.

  • There was a moment (if I recall correctly, right before a commercial?), where Beverly sees something behind all that plastic, and she gasps or stands open-mouthed. That's when I think she saw Abigail.

    In other words, Abigail would be in front of Beverly right now.

  • foolsage

    It's surely possible. I rewatched closely just now to see if there's a reflection or any visual clue that Abigail is present in that scene, but I couldn't spot anything. Beverly comes down the stairs with her gun and flashlight held high. She pauses, opens her mouth a bit in surprise, and lowers her weapon. That's the moment in question (41:58 in). Then she turns and we see Hannibal behind her.

  • Guest

    Here's another shot.

  • foolsage

    Bah, Disqus is not good with attached photos. Anyhow, those two make it pretty plain.

  • Steve Ward

    The argument is that Beverly is looking at Abigail (who is standing behind the camera position), before she turns to Hannibal, and that in the unseen brawl it may have been 2-on-1.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    My heart went to Alana, especially in the beginning of the episode. She looked like a shadow of her former self.

  • foolsage

    She had a really, really bad day.

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