Hannibal Season 1 Finale Review: Hannibal Ascendant

Hannibal S01E12 "Savoureux"

Here's an excerpt from Brian Fuller's note to critics that accompanied the screeners for the last two episodes:


"Relevés" is followed by the Season 1 finale, "Savoureux." Traditionally in French cuisine, this is a savory dessert appealing to diners with no interest in a sweet ending to their meal. And we intend to leave FANNIBALS of the series with the same salty bite.


To borrow a line from one Philip J. Fry: "That's the saltiest thing I've ever tasted. And I once ate a big, heaping bowl of salt!"

"Savoureux" was indeed that final, savory bite, and it was well-paired with last week's penultimate episode, "Relevés." Both forewent the physical gore in favor of the mental gore, but where "Relevés" saw Hannibal Lecter putting the final touches on his latest dish—the destruction of Will Graham—"Savoureux" was Lecter serving that dish at an intimate dinner party and then basking in the praise.

It was so elegantly done, too. We've watched all season long as Lecter's slowly chipped away at Will's mind and prepared him to be framed for all these murders, but the small touches—like the ear in the sink or the fishing lures—were what elevated the scheme behind your routine set-up of a man. Planting Abigail's DNA all over Will would've been enough, but the garnishes complemented the meal so nicely that I'm sure Lecter just could not resist.

I think my favorite bit in watching the presentation of the whole meal be presented—apart from the confrontation in the Hobbs home, and we'll get to that—was Will and Hannibal discussing the victims of the copycat murderer, one by one. It was as close as Hannibal had ever come to monologuing, to engaging in that cliché of the villain explaining/gloating about his master plan to the protagonist. Like with all villains, it was motivated by a sense of arrogance, a desire to claim victory before victory is actually achieved.

The difference being, of course, that Hannibal won even though Will figured him out. It was such a lovely subversion of that cliché that it made their encounter at the Hobbs place all the more horrible to watch. Returning to the idea of dread that I discussed last week, I don't think I breathed during the entire scene, until Jack shot Will. I knew things would play out, somehow, with Will being captured—Jack's arrival all but confirmed that—but it didn't matter. I was scared for both men, worried that Hannibal would hurt Will, worried that Will would shoot Hannibal, but I also knew that in either case, because of how well Hannibal had prepared this mean, Will was doomed.

And so Will ended up exactly where he predicted he would: Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Based on his response to Hannibal showing up at his cell, I think it's safe to say that Will remembers his discovery, but knows that if he brings it up now it'll just be chalked up to an unstable, paranoid psyche as opposed to the workings of a brilliant profiler. My guess for next season is that we'll end up with the reverse of Thomas Harris's typical set-up in the novels, with Hannibal helping the FBI catch the serial killers in the field while the agent rots in a cell. The storytelling possibilities for this just delight the mind.

If there was one wild card in this finale, however, it was Gillian Anderson's Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier. Her "veal"/Abigail Hobbs dinner with Hannibal was laced with cryptic double-meanings, especially the part about Hannibal's pattern becoming "noticeable" and the discussion of veal's controversy as a protein selection. She knows—or suspects, I think—that Hannibal's a killer, and I'd even go so far as to say that she may've been the one to push him down that path in much the same way that Hannibal manipulated Will, though with different goals.

When the end of the year rolls around, and we at TV.com discuss the best/our favorite shows of 2013, do not be at all surprised if Hannibal tops my list, because right now it's easily the best thing I've seen so far this year. The series' nightmare logic and imagery showcase the dark side of Fuller's trademark melancholy. His dreams, be they of a girl stuck in a dead-end job talking to inanimate objects or a supernaturally gifted piemaker who can briefly raise the dead, have always had a bit of humor and whimsy to them, either through dialog or aesthetics. Hannibal doesn't lack those touches, but here, they're sadder, heavier, more pessimistic. It's as if the trials and tribulations that Fuller has dealt with on TV have driven him to a more "serious" creative place—though he remains wonderfully charming and upbeat in interviews—and his vision for Hannibal is the result of that.

But if there's another reason that Hannibal will likely top my list, and I mean apart from its stellar performances—someone just give Mads Mikkelsen the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor now, please—it's that the series has really challenged the normal police and serial killer procedural fare. Its characters, especially Will, pay high prices in the aftermath of violence. Hannibal depicts a heightened reality of trauma in a way that few television shows in recent memory have done, or would even think of doing.

The series even implicates its viewers, in that we, at least in the general sense of the mass audience, are the reason that such gruesomeness is possible on TV. We keep tuning in to watch it, to see what neat ways The Walking Dead has come up with to kill zombies or what new serial killer Criminal Minds has concocted or what horrific crime Law & Order: SVU has ripped from our own headlines. The violence is our fault. Like Will, we want to hide from it, but we're also drawn to it for some reason. What does that say about us? What is it doing to us?

It's a navel-gazing way of thinking about the show, but Hannibal invites these questions, and they're questions well-worth considering while we eagerly await Season 2.


À LA CARTE

– I'm well aware that I didn't mention Dead Like Me when discussing Fuller's past work, but he left that show after two or three episodes. While the concept is his, I never felt like it was his show, and I think the way that the series progressed—while fine enough—demonstrates that.

– I'm thankful that we did not see Abigail's death. I don't think I could've handled it.

– "I could use a good scream. I feel one perched under my chin." "Perched under my chin" is officially my new favorite phrase. Also: I really just want to hug Will. He looks so pitiful.

– The dried blood scrapped out from underneath Will's nails was both beautiful (red snow!) and horrifying to me. I have a thing about nails, so stuff like that always freak me out. And, yes, that means Black Swan is one of the most terrifying movies I've ever seen. So much nail trauma.

– "...have Chilton fumbling around in my head." Chilton may actually do more damage to Will than Hannibal ever did. But if it means more of Raúl Esparza next season, I'm all for that.

– "Scales have just fallen from my eyes. I can see you now." "What do you see?" "You called here that morning. Abigail knew. You kept her secrets until she... until she found out some of yours." "You said it felt good to kill Garret Jacob Hobbs. Would it feel good to kill me now?" "No. Garret Jacob Hobbs was a murderer. Are you a murderer, Dr. Lecter?" "What reason would I have?" "You... you... you... have no traceable motive, which is why you were so hard to see. You were just curious what I would do. Someone like me. Someone who thinks how I think. Wind him up and watch him go. Apparently, Dr. Lecter, this is how I go."

– The music at the end was, appropriately, "Vide Cor Meum." I say "appropriately" because it's a composition that was commissioned specifically for the film Hannibal.

– "Hello, Will." "Hello, Dr. Lecter."

– My favorite episodes from Season 1: "Potage," "Entrée," "Buffet Froid," "Relevés," and "Savoureux." What were yours?

What'd you think of the finale, and the season as a whole?

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Dec 10, 2013
An absolute masterpiece, every single facet of this show is fantastic. Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen have been tremendous in portraying their characters and for me this show far surpasses Red Dragon for quality.
The ending music, "Vide Cor Meum" brought a tear to my eye. Not only is it a beautifully composed piece of music, but the positioning of it in the finale, with the gravity of the scene, made me exclaim "yes!" with delight. A stroke of genius by the creators of the show, for the scene in the film "Hannibal" where the Opera is playing is a fantastic piece of cinema.
Despite the truly gut-wrenching despair for Will, I couldn't help but smile at seeing Hannibal's artwork be completed. I haven't had mixed emotions on that scale from a television show ever.
I am counting down the days for season 2. This is the best show currently on television.
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Oct 12, 2013
It's a shame, the only reason this show wasn't nominated for an Emmy is because it's a network show. If it was on HBO it would be all over the press and it would be nominated.
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Sep 08, 2013
best written show on TV Wright now. Ans the directing is amazing too
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Jul 16, 2013
I just watched the finale again and realized in the Hobbs kitchen there is a brief shot of Will seeing Hannibal in the Stag suit and telling Jack to see. I knew the stag represented the the killer trailing Will, leading him, following him sometimes, it was part delusion part realization of who Hannibal is.
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Jul 16, 2013
Really liked this show am glad they renewed it for a second season. Too many good dramas you get invested in that they can half way through season 1.
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Jul 04, 2013
Why does everyone likes Abigail so much?
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Jun 25, 2013
The entire series was fantastic. Will is practically an empath, far too sensitive for his position as Special Agent, and Doctor Lechter...well, what can I say? Mads is definitely due an Emmy when the noms come up, as is Hugh, and pretty much everyone associated with this amazing and challenging show. Not for the faint of heart. or people who just wish to be mindlessly engaged. If the powers that be ever decide to revive the film franchise, this is the cast who should take over. I never bought Anthony Hopkins in the role; I can take him in a straight fight, pretty easily, so it was always hard to persuade myself that this little old Welshman could do me much harm...
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Jun 25, 2013
Great finale for a great show. Looking forward to next season.
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Jun 24, 2013
One word: fanfuckingtastic. This show just keeps getting better and better. The darker it gets the better it gets.
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Jun 23, 2013
A wonderful artistic show, which has had me and my partner on tender hooks. It is so well written, acted and directed that the network could not give the greenlight to season 2. Its a show which is so raw and symbolic in its storytelling that you can't help but be amazed. Brilliant stuff.
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Jun 23, 2013
I'm not happy with the ending of this season.

I had high hopes for a new enemy for Hannibal next season, one that he would really have to manipulate with all his skills, not a wet bag like Will Graham who my gran could manipulate into thinking he's nuts. This guy is really a very, very dull character. I so hoped he would die in this episode.
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Jun 23, 2013
not seen manhunter or red dragon then?
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Jun 25, 2013
Yes I have. Can you point out the similarities of these films with this show? Exactly, near none. So why not kill off Will?
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Jul 04, 2013
I can't reply on your comment below (How will they drag that storyline out to season 4?) so I do on this one.... well that's exactly what I thought. Ignoring the fact that it's not certain that this show will reach a season 4 (luckly the got picked for 2nd one), and even if they do so, a lot of the original plot has been changed, We'd have to see a season 2 an 3 where Graham recovers his freedom and Hannibal get's locked in Baltimore, kinda hard to pull off without altering the original story.
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Jul 05, 2013
The continuity is reasonably intact. In Red Dragon the book it's mentioned Will was institutionalized (although it's implied after catching Hannibal)
**Spoilery speculations**
2nd season could be Will getting out of Baltimore State hospital for the criminally insane and catching Hannibal.
3th season Will is leaving the Bureau, move to Florida meet his wife and thinking he wil be living happily ever after, but somehow Hannibal still manage to harass Will. Hannibal might even send some of his pen palls his way.
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Jun 25, 2013
Brian Fuller mentioned he wants to stick close to mythology of hannibal (he wants s04 to be Red Dragon) and as it's Will Graham who catches Hannibal your stuck with Will Graham for a while. (s05 Silence of the lambs has no Will Graham.)
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Jun 28, 2013
Well, Graham knows that Hannibal is a serial killer. How will they drag that storyline out to season 4?
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Jun 23, 2013
Hannibal easily tops my list of best shows on TV right now. I had a feeling I was going to like it when I started watching it, but I didn't expect it to become my most anticipated show week after week. The mix of gorgeous imagery, masterful dialog, great acting and an authentic atmosphere of dread make me wonder how this actually made it onto network TV. I'll be waiting for the next season with great impatience.
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Jun 23, 2013
I agree. As I said earlier, I actually see this becoming a great replacement for Breaking Bad if it stays on the air long enough. That's not actually something I would have said a while ago, maybe not even last week, but this show just kept on getting better and growing on me more and more. I love what Bryan Fuller is doing with this series, and hope that he'll be able to bring his whole vision to life.
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Jun 22, 2013
We know Hannibal is a psychopath but i must say I believed that Hannibal felt some kind of empathy for Will, but no: He's just another piece of his manipulations ... an escaping device to avoid being caught. Psychopaths are incapable of feeling any kind of real empathy towards other people or developing meaningful relationships, Also That means Hannibal session's with his therapist are indeed part of his plan to frame Will Graham. Also his pseudo-friendship with his psychiatrist is a manipulation of his. Season finale was surprisingly predictable, Hannibal Have Been sewing Will this spiderweb around for quite some time now. The episode is the confirmation of Hannibal being incapable of feeling like a human being: he only sees other people like ginea pigs, mere sociological subjects of his experiments.

Lecter is so far from the common man that he's only capable of seeing other people like mere lab rats. His relationships are part of a scientific curiosity.

The series is dark, fascinating, surreal and above all beautifully grim. I think i enjoy the show because i do not even try to make a comparisson With The books. The show obviously Have It's own universe and the more we get into it the more we understand the little connection With The Original Material. That's not a bad thing but is something That makes you question the direction of the story telling.
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Jun 27, 2013
I think Hannibal is a lonely character looking for a soul mate. He manipulates everyone in his orbit, his psychiatrist, Jack and especially Will. Hannibal believes that Will is a lot like himself. I do believe he really wants Will to know him and be his partner in crime and all his manipulations are designed toward that end using Will's empathy to mold him into a mirror image of himself. If Hannibal cares for anyone, it is Will. Will was able to hold on to his identity and resist the transformation. Hannibal's is a narcissist, he still controls the players and as long as he believes he can win, he will try to regain Will's trust and turn him toward the dark side. It won't be until Will utterly rejects him that Hannibal's avarice will show itself.
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Jun 22, 2013
So Will is going to have to convince the sleazy head of the state mental prison to help him go after Lectuer. I at least hope that's how it plays out Lectuer would be a juicier catch than Will and being responsible for freeing the wrongly imprisoned agent would blow his ego sky high.
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Jun 22, 2013
Gotta say: it's been a while since a TV show made me genuinely so f-ing angry - some of us would bring up the recent "Red Wedding", but that, I saw it coming, even if I didn't read any of the Martin books, which made it more sad for me than anything else. This, however... goddammit. I commented about last week episode that Graham was so screwed, Fuller would have to pull off a miracle to get his main character away from prison... well, I guess he's keeping that miracle for next season.

Seriously, "Hannibal" has deviated so much from the source materials, you have to wonder if Fuller will even intend to get back to Harris' cannon any time soon. Fact of the matter is, we now have a very different monster in Lecter than what the books and the movies gave us, and, although it is definitely fascinating to watch such a well known character act and react in such surprising new ways, I'm personally bother by the god-like abilities this series has given him (I may not be an expert, but I watched enough "CSI" to know how hard it is to successfully planted physical evidence directly on someone to frame him, whether said patsy is asleep or not... and is Minnesota so dam close to DC/Baltimore that someone can easily drive back-and-forth, without anybody noticing him gone, and have enough time to go to someone else's house, after last person TOOK A PLANE to make the same trip, and plant evidences on him? Does Hannibal Lecter owns one of the MIB's cars!?) I'm also bother how nobody is willing to question the good doctor's character at all - granted, he covered his tracks very well and there's no real reasons to assume he has anything to do with any of the killings, but why is so many people seems unwilling to even think of him as anything but a bonafide, irreproachable genius? And there's obvious holes in some of those murders - Will's maybe a shut-in, but there's no way he cannot muster any alibi for at least of those kills...

Anyway... THANK GOD the show wasn't cancelled with such an ending to season 1 - not that I'm a big viewer of this network to begin with, but that would have made me boycott NBC altogether. With the anything-goes, devil-may-care attitude Fuller showed with Harris' materials thus far (which works marvelously, by the way), I, for some reasons, fully expect Clarice Starling to show up next season, because... why not? Will Graham never was falsely imprisoned by Lecter at BSPCI before, so, as I said... anything goes. Except maybe this one thing: however he manages to get out of prison and clear his name (which we all expect him to do), when it is all done, Will Graham better NEVER, EVER, work for or with the FBI again. Do you know who I blame for Graham's downfall? Jack Crawford. Obviously, Lecter is the one who framed him, but Crawford was the jackass who put him in the path of a monster, while knowing full well how unstable (read: vulnerable) he was. If I'm Will, when Jack shows up all apologetic to try to make a mea culpa about arresting him, I would be all "f*ck off, douchebag" and just walk away like a boss. God, I wish that actually would happen!

'Til next year...
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Jun 22, 2013
I must say rewatching this series from the beginning has been quite titillating.

I am surprised how much subtle content was laid out in the first 2-3 episodes.

It occurred to me that the final episode, the entire season in fact, is all the more fulfilling if you pay close attention to Hannibal's first several scenes.
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Jun 22, 2013
Beautiful, absolutely amazing this episode was and the entire season. Best new drama hands down just *flings awards at cast* take them all! It's just bravo guys we have a keeper on our hands. I don't know what else to say, it was amazing especially the soundtrack on this show. I don't think I can wait a year. Lets hope this show gets noticed.
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Jun 22, 2013
can't believe its over :(.....sads! Poor will...and so terribly curious how much Dr Du Maurier actually knows about her patient
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Jun 22, 2013
"Based on his response to Hannibal showing up at his cell, I think it's safe to say that Will remembers his discovery, but knows that if he brings it up now it'll just be chalked up to an unstable, paranoid psyche as opposed to the workings of a brilliant profiler." Sure, it is a possibility, but I think something entirely different has happened: When Will looks from his cell at Hannibal (and we get a nice view from him through the bars), he now does not see the stag or the newly introduced stag-man, but just Hannibal. In a previous scene Will tried to match the stag horns to Hannibal and before it happened, he stopped, only to later on and very much in vain see him as stag-man. To me it means that Will through treating, medicine and manipulation now believes that his idea of Hannibal being the killer is a hallucination.
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Jun 22, 2013
The Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier question. Does she know or does she not? A little from column A and a little from column B, methinks. It seems likely Hannibal "helped" her in murdering and covering up the death of the violent patient either during an actual attack in a session or in retribution for an attack (or even more sinister, she just killed the guy for disclosing that he is a particular sort of scumbag and she decides to eradicate him), so she knows he's a murderer. She thinks they simply share a mutually destructive secret. I highly doubt she knows Hannibal is a serial killing cannibal. Her calm in his presence would be super impressive and the zip code would be teeming with an even more unbelievable number of affluent psychopaths!

Dr. Du Maurier seems like another one of Dr. Lecter's long cons, manipulations, like Will. He set her up with the violent patient. The patient murder bound them together in secrecy, which he uses to leverage his way into continued therapy sessions. Frankly, I think he just wants to sleep with her or make her his Ice Queen. She is essentially his female doppelganger, physically and aesthetically. He has sullied her in blood, he has tried to conscript her as a "friend", he's shown his softer side through choking up over Abigail and Will at various times, and finally he manages to wine and dine her in the season finale. If they're dating next season, I will say, manipulation complete.

Man, I love this show! Never read the books and never made it through the Silence of the Lambs as a kid (bored me to tears, heh). I will probably devour (this show and cannibal puns) all the works once the Fuller series completes.
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Jun 22, 2013
I think that what will be important about this series is going to be an increased look at 13 episode seasons for shows. Not alot of wasted time and the writers have to be on their game. I can see the 20 to 24 episode seasons starting to end. Probably with some going to 16 to 18 episodes or possible a 13 to 15 episode season with a 2 hour or 2 night movie a month or two after the season ends. Or I could be totally off base. What do I know other than computers? But its the way it should go, I think.
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Jun 22, 2013
Yeah, I think it's interesting seeing this kind of thing on the basic channels. We're also getting Fox's "Events" for shorter seasons on there, which they're using for 24's return. Of course, there's pros and cons to this. On one hand, longer seasons allow them to flesh out both the stories and characters more. This series has been doing a great job with the story side of things, but they could definitely use a bit more character development for anybody but Will and Hannibal. But, on the other hand, with this shortened format, they're able to focus more on making the tightest story possible, without much filler. Sure, there were a few killer-of-the-week cases early on, but surprisingly few, and those even episodes always contributed a lot to the overall story/character arcs.
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Jun 23, 2013
I also think that network tv is mainly about copy-catting anything that comes along and is successful. The Following is judged to be a success though that is debatable and Hannibal could also be judged that way also. It still comes down to well written characters that can keep you engaged, background characters that do more than fill up space, and directors that can bring the story to life with camera shots, lighting and sound (or lack thereof). For every Person of Interest and Good Wife, you get a Revenge or OUAT. But I am hard pressed to find bad shows of 13 episode seasons to compare to the good ones. Though I imagine some of you will toss out AHS for that. Shame on you.
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Jun 22, 2013
I think it got 1.98 million viewers. It's a decent show, but people aren't watching it. The fact that it got a second season only means more loss of finance for NBC on a very good show that people aren't fuckin watching. Should have been cancelled. It's a product people aren't using.
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Jun 22, 2013
I think NBC realized it wouldn't be a viewer-draw, despite the franchise attachments. They kept it away from the upfronts so that it wasn't in that conversation with advertisers (which was smart) and held it to late in the season, when standards are lower for success than if you come in the fall, or even January or February.

The other issue to consider is that NBC may not be losing that much on it. The show's international co-production through Gaumont gives it a leg up in non-U.S. market deals, and it's fairly likely that because of this -- and that it's likely doing well overseas -- NBC's licensing fee *probably* isn't that steep. You factor in that Sony is notorious for lowering licensing fees to keep shows on the air, and I think the show's economics don't damage NBC that much, especially when they have next to nothing to air.

Now, if they have a couple of big dramas hit next year, Hannibal's chances may not as bright for a S3, unless NBC conceives of the show as a summer show it can run, but that's a too-far-ahead-looking conversation to have right now.
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Jun 22, 2013
Not to mention the fact that it's a lot easier to work with a smaller budget on a 13 episode season than a 24 episode season, since that money isn't as stretched thin it would be on longer seasons.
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Jun 22, 2013
my issue is Abigail's death. i felt the char was going some where and they mess up with it and killed her off
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Jun 22, 2013
I am not sure about that. She knew Hannibal's secret, he thought perhaps she was someone that he could teach or rear or something. She turned out not to be what he thought she was and thus a potential risk of telling people who he really is, so she had to go.
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Jul 16, 2013
even still it was going back and forth with it
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Jun 22, 2013
Great show and I love Mads' version of Lecter, however, what I do miss from the movies is his habit of cruelly cutting straight to the psychological core of those he interacts with but I understand why it probably seems petulant and out of place in the series perhaps it was the result of his incarceration and Dr Childers experience.

On meeting Graham in Manhunter Hannibal asks "How are you sleeping Will?" knowing full well the answer is not well.

In Silence he reduces Clarice to the overreaching coal miners daughter with the cheap shoes. The barb at the Mayor's phantom itch.

In Hannibal he insults the Florentine cop for his name Pazzi and it's historical context unnecessarily as the policeman had just about walked away satisfied with his interview (it would seem his insults are a flaw in his character or some manifestation of his insanity where perhaps he is indignant at opposition to his cannibalism).

The hard pig farmer who's brother he killed where he says " I imagine your little brother must smell almost as bad as you do by now" or how he responds to Mason;
Mason Verger: I guess now you wish you would've fed the rest of me to the dogs.
Hannibal Lecter: No, Mason, I much prefer you the way you are.

I imagine a barb such as this being directed at Morpheus would silence the room and open up a world of kick ass but I would not be adverse to a minor character or guest star having their insecurities at the mercy of Lecter's wrong touching.
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Jun 22, 2013
One thing you have to keep in mind is that Hannibal was already a known killer in the movies, and therefore free to say whatever he wanted, with no limitations. Here, he's still pretending to be Hannibal, the intelligent and respectable psychiatrist, and wants to make a good appearance to people around him, and in some cases act like their friend. It would be a lot harder to have those kinds of interactions you mentioned while still maintaining this normal appearance. However, he's still a very skillful manipulator in this show, as shown by his ability to push Will over the edge, and to make Jack think that Will's a killer.

I think that, as the series progresses, and especially if it gets to the point where more people know he's a killer, we will be seeing him transform more into that Hannibal. I am a bit worried that, if that happens, the series will lose the great subtle dialogue that it has now, but I'd like to think that Brian Fuller's skilled enough to make it work with the style of writing the show has now.
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Jun 28, 2013
When he was hiding out in Florence he was a fugitive with a false identity not a known killer, the criticism he levelled at the policeman was completely unnecessary and is what put him on the detective's radar. They could of had any number of plot devices to make the detective suspicious but exploiting insecurities seemed an integral flaw to his character.

Having said that, I love the cleverly crafted dialogue on this show, especially the weighty subtext between Will and Jack. I don't need the show saturated or mimicking the movies but I would not be opposed to seeing an example of this "reverse psychiatry".
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Jun 21, 2013
This show just ended up being so f$^#&* good. I was drawn in just because of curiosity. A new take on Hannibal Lecter? Not Anthony Hopkins? Interesting. Oh, and Bryan Fuller is attached?

The first episode was good, the imagery was dark and disturbing, but Fuller's use of the camera, and the way he displayed the horrible imagery, and juxtoposed it with classical music or art or food; made the horror somewhat beautiful.

And then this show got into the meat of it's arc. And Jesus Christ. Hugh Dancy was great. Mads was ridiculous. He does, in fact, need an emmy for this performance. The balls it takes to take a character so well known, and then to play him so different than Cox or Hopkins. His Lecter is a much more subtle one, manipulating things so much more minutely. Mads was absolutely fantastic, and it's a role a lot of people I think would either be too intimidated to play, or if they did play them feel the need to play him as Anthony Hopkins playing Hannibal Lecter. Give him his emmy.

Not to mention the rest of the cast. Abigail Hobbs in particular struck me as doing some great work. And of course Laurence Fishburne.

Most of all, though, I'm still just blown away this show is on NBC. And it's good. And it didn't get cancelled. Way to go, NBC!
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Jun 22, 2013
"Most of all, though, I'm still just blown away this show is on NBC."

I know, right? In that sense (and only that sense), it's kind of like Person of Interest: way too damn good for their channel. That's not to say that NBC has no good shows (I like Parks & Rec, and Community when Dan Harmon's in charge), but they seem to tend to cancel those good shows or mess it up like they did with Community season 4.
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Jun 21, 2013
2013 has been an absolute treat for TV so far! Though I'm not sure I'd give the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor to Mads Mikkelsen, because that category is stacked with spectacular performances. Also, it's definitely in the running for Best New Show, but there's also Banshee, House of Cards, Rectify, Orphan Black and The Americans to consider...
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Jun 22, 2013
Mads Mikkelsen is amazing! Didn't think I'd be impressed so much by the guy, but yeah, The Americans and Homeland also deserve plenty of awards...
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Jun 21, 2013
This show is definitely not for everyone, but it is truly fascinating. So far, I've been a bit reluctant to go back to this masterpiece of a show--perhaps because I just don't want to know. But I do recognize its brilliance. I guess you have to be in the mood, or perhaps some things are better off unsaid. That said, I want to watch it but don't really need too. It's definitely warp factor 9...
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Jun 21, 2013
Edit button!!!
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Jun 21, 2013
all i can say is "Best New Series" on tv! i became a fan of the show right away!! now where Hannibal leaves off Dexter is gonna pick it up!!
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Jun 21, 2013
This was a beautifully performed finale to a season that has blown my mind time after time and many before me have pointed out several valid points, so I'm going to go with something completely different: Am I the only one to notice that Will´s prisoner outfit actually mirrors that of Hopkins`Lecter in Silence of the Lambs?
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Jun 21, 2013
It was a pretty good finale. With shows like this it is always difficult to remind oneself that the characters we are watching don't have the view that we have. Of Course we know that Hannibal is a bad guy, but sometimes it is frustrating that the characters don't see it. I know that Hannibal is supremely intelligent, in a way, especially in this depiction of him, almost mythically so. However, you would think that at some point in time the rest of the group of highly intelligent people would realize that.

Now saying that I really enjoyed the end, and realizing this is a show of fiction. It is however supposedly set in the real world. And with that. Will might be in the asylum, but the rest of them would be starting to look for new work. Because in the real world they all would be fired. Especially Jack, Will was under his command, he brought him back to the field, he gave him the gun, he is inevitably responsible for him. And with that, Will turning out to be a serial killer under his watch, with Jack pushing him the way he did. Jack would be removed from service, likely fired after an investigation and open to civil law suits by the families of Will's supposed victims.

Same with Hannibal for Will being under his care and turning out to be a psychopathic serial killer without him realizing it. Which would say that Hannibal is wildly incompetent at his job, which he is not, or deliberately ignored it for another reason. Either way he would as well be investigated and likely they would take his license.


Other than the real world gripes. It was really really good.

Also, Will has the worst dogs in the history of dogs. How many people came in and out of his house without a peep from them..

I am really looking forward to seeing what they come up with next year and what is going to happen to will.
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Jun 21, 2013
They've only just captured Will at the end of this episode, so there's still a chance that we'll be seeing the effects of that in the second season. Hopefully whatever happens will be just as great as what we've gotten from the first season.
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Jun 21, 2013
I agree with that. However, a the very least right now Jack would be suspended. I am hoping they don't gloss over it.
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Jun 21, 2013
This show is like Fringe, only a hundred times classier and waaaaay sicker. The characters (and the sets and camera) are so much more refined than anything else on TV!
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Jun 21, 2013
Great finale. Not much if you are more interested in action television, but it tied up all of the emotional and psychological loose ends well. However, like everyone else I did not like the distortion of the medical facts and the inconsistencies it presented very well. I think Hannibal winning this round sets up the next season well. I don't think Will will remember much of what he learned about Hannibal. Memory loss would be plausible as an outcome of any brain injury and it does not make sense for him to remember. It would be too great a risk for Hannibal to allow Will to live with that knowledge and there is more material to have Hannibal and others play with Will's mind. I'm glad they actually did not do the villain of the week and took the time to really develop the relationship of the main characters. I did think though, that Alana Bloom's character was underdeveloped.
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Jun 22, 2013
It's a small criticism, because yes, Hannibal is a great show, but I think quite a lot of the secondary cast members need more development, Alana especially. Jack had some in the middle of the season, but I found that his stalled a bit towards the end and just involved reiterating what audiences already knew about him.

The three crime scene investigators need a lot of work too, they're basically just expensive extras at the moment. I hope they do more with Katz in particular since she is main billed and all.
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Jun 21, 2013
"Alana Bloom's character was underdeveloped."

I really hope that the writers use her character, and a few others that were also a bit under-developed, more in future seasons. A 13 episode season isn't a whole lot of time to simultaneously tell this story about Hannibal plotting Will's downfall and flesh out these characters, but if they are able to tell the 7 season story that Brian Fuller wants to tell, that will give him a much better chance to flesh out these characters over time.
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Jun 21, 2013
"I really hope that the writers use her character, and a few others that were also a bit under-developed, more in future seasons"
Good God, no. Nothing can save that Bloom character. The less we will see of her the better.
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Jun 21, 2013
I still hope Will (Hugh Dancy) will somehow be part of the active cast of season 2. I mean to just have Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) as the main actor doesn't seem to be right...
But I don't know maybe it will turn out fine.
We'll see
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Jun 21, 2013
I love this show. I hope NBC doesn't screw up the second season (like cancel before it starts). I still hope other cable shows pick it up as soon as the second season is over.

My favourite part had to be when Hannibal was crying during his session with the lady psychiatrist. There is nothing more creepy than a psychopath faking feelings. I have to give props to Mad Mikkelson. Hannibal did go overboard with framing Will. If he didn't plant the fishing lures, Will would not have a suspected him.

Although Will and the other killers are interesting, I do hope for next season, we get to know more about Hannibal. Why he kills and why he eats people. I'd love to see how Fuller plays that out and how Mads will act it out.
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Jun 22, 2013
Is he faking though? I sometimes wonder.
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Jun 23, 2013
I think it was clear throughout the series that he did actually care for Abigail and Will as well to some extent. So I don't think those tears were faked; not entirely at least.
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Jun 21, 2013
Thank you, Noel, for the thoughtful, intelligent review.
The show is cerebral and will not appeal to Mr./Ms. Average American. Psychological violence, the one perpetrated on Will by Hannibal, is just as scary and upsetting as physical violence; however, such stories require patience and a longer attention span than most people can muster.
I've been following Mads Mikkelsen's career since the Danish "Pusher" series. (BTW, Valhallah Rising and Adam's Apples are two of his best roles). I prefer Mads stoicism. It makes his psychopathic hidden self more believable. And, as this show is not as much a popular success as a critical one, an Emmy for Mads seems unlikely, especially as he's a foreigner.
I love the show but I would have been just as happy to see it end after one season. Sometimes, the second season loses some of the quality of the first season because an originally short story must be drawn out. The whole concept of this show was based on a fragment of the books. Let's see how season 2 plays out.
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Jun 21, 2013
Anthony Hopkins no longer dominates my image of Dr Lecter after watching a full season of Hannibal. Dare I say the id of Hannibal Lecter has found the perfect avatar in Mads Mikkelsen
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Jun 21, 2013
I haven't read the books so I really can't judge how Hannibal really is, but we have yet to see Hannibal (in this show) in prison, which Hopkins' Hannibal was really portraying. I honestly don't think that menacing face mask and being all tied up in a straight jacket, suits Mads Mikkelsen at all.
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Jun 21, 2013
Mads is perfect.
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Jun 21, 2013
The one thing I liked more about Hopkins's portrayal is his facial expressions were more emotive.

Mikkelsen is an EXCELLENT Dr Lecter... but his face is too void of emotion in just about every scene. I understand it's intentional and I see where they're going with it... but I kind of like Hopkins a bit more.

But overall... I love this show and think Mikkelsen nails the role.
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Jun 21, 2013
That was amazing. There's a real chance this will top my list of favorite shows this year too. Everything played out in such a nice way, I want to go back and watch the season to see Hannibal preparing the set up again, because it did take me a while to realize what exactly he was doing with Will, and even now, I don't feel like I've caught all the pieces.

It took me a couple of episodes, but Mads has already turned into my favorite Hannibal Lecter, and I'm a huge fan of both The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon.
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Jun 21, 2013
Wow, i mean just wow, or should i say WOW, that was just beautiful
When i am watching a movie or a tv show i almost always know what is going to happen Who is going to say what now, few movies and tv shows was able to keep me in the dark and most of the times because they are stupid and doesn't follow logic
But "Hannibal(the show)" wasn't trying to hide the fact that Will is going to be fu*** up but i don't think that anyone expected this, even that it was so obvious(naming the show Hannibal means that Hannibal is going to be in it for a long time), the show didn't try to hide the fact that Will was going to prison but i didn't even for a second doubt that Will will be "OK" and out of prison in the end of the episode , but no he is now in the crazies prison for multiple murders,
But i also think that Will doesn't mind it now, because now he can see
"I can see you" Now he knows that he isn't crazy, he isn't a killer, and most importantly, he can see what Hannibal really is
The one mistake Hannibal did was implicating Will in all of the crimes, because like Will said if it was only Abigail he would've believed it, but then i am not sure that Hannibal wanted Will to think he was a killer, not forever anyway
He doesn't want Will dead or destroyed, he wants him damaged so he can see what he will do, he wants him active, he wants to watch him
Jack was so afraid of being biased toward Will that he became biased against Will, Jack doesn't see himself as Will's friend, nor does he see Will as a human, he sees him as a tool to catch murderers, and if that tool got damaged during it's use then no big deal, he wasn't just ready to accept that Will was a crazy killer, but he even suggested without hesitation that Will was Psychopathic killer and that all this time he was acting, he may care for Will but he won't act upon his feelings, if i was to chose who was Will's friend between Hannibal and Jack, i would say Hannibal even after all he did
The show isn't following the story in the book not for one inch, as the show states in the beginning, the show is based on the "Characters" of the book not the whole book
Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy both deserve some kind of an award, the show deserve awards, the writer deserves something, everyone involved in the show deserve something, the special effects, the acting, the writing, the producing, the music, everything was nothing less than great
The only bad thing about the show is is the waiting period between the seasons, i hope they do the same as they did with Dexter this year(airing it earlier) , but i highly doubt it
This year was awesome , with Hannibal - The Americans - Orphan Black and others it's really a great year for tv drama
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Jun 21, 2013
Firstly, thanks for the reviews Noel
I think most people thought the series would end this way - Hannibal free and Will incarcerated - but i still loved the series as a whole and the finale was really good.
I did think Will would have wounded Hannibal before Jack shot him, as it would have made Will seem more out of control to Jack as he enters the room.

I believe Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier does know what Hannibal is, and that she has used him previously. - possibly why her only patient is Hannibal now. After seeing how Hannibal connected with Abigail through covering up her murder, i wouldn't be too surprised if he did the same for Dr. Du Maurier.

I think Mads Mikkelsen should at least be nominated for an Emmy, but may not win this time due to other series ending - they generally do this with shows that have been critically acclaimed but ignored at previous awards.

Season 2

Firstly - Its possible Abigail is not dead, Hannibal pins Will's set up on her and she gets killed before she can implicate Hannibal. He cut off her ear to frame Will and placed the physical evidence - but there is no body yet, so the blood could just be from cutting off the ear.
This would be how Will gets out of the loony bin and how he would be able to work with Hannibal again

I think the first episode will be a mix of Will getting visitors and flashbacks to Hannibal setting the physical evidence

Hannibal will consult with the FBI, but he will get Will's help to interpret the evidence - like Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon, but with the roles reversed

I think Dr Bloom will be a bit more prominent next season, due to the fact that her displays of emotion were a lot more pronounced in this episode.

Jack Crawford gets rid of the soul patch - worst facial hair on TV
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Jun 21, 2013
Am i the only one who thinks that Mads Mikkelsen is not the supporting actor but the leading one whereas i consider hugh Dancy as supporting actor
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Jun 21, 2013
Exactly! Mikkelsen is at least the 2nd lead along with Dancy.
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Jun 21, 2013
I consider them both leads, but Mikkelsen nominated himself in the Best Supporting category (Dancy nominated himself as Best Lead).
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Jun 21, 2013
I think that's smart, it's hard to compete in the Best Lead category
But in my opinion they both deserve some kind of an award, they both had difficult characters to act, and they both done it in a way i don't think any other actor could.
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Jun 21, 2013
"But if there's another reason that Hannibal will likely top my list, and I mean apart from its stellar performances—someone just give Mads Mikkelsen the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor now, please—it's that the series has really challenged the normal police and serial killer procedural fare."

This!!! I love that this show has the look of a procedural but it's SOOOOOOOOOOO much more than that. This is what procedurals should aspire to. A fairly graphic, beautifully shot, well acted, awesome show.
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Jun 21, 2013
I think there's still room for that procedural fare, but it's also about time for broadcast television to interrogate that genre, and Hannibal does that nicely.
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Jun 21, 2013
" I'm thankful that we did not see Abigail's death. I don't think I could've handled it."

But i'm pretty sure she did not die. There were no reasons for us not to see her dead, nor were they any reason for Hannibal to hide the body, in fact it would have been more incriminating for Will if they had found the body.
On the other hand, Abigail was about to be arrested and now that everybody thinks she's dead, she can escape. Hannibal said "I'm sorry I couldn't save you in this life" and I think the "In this life" is important here. He failed to save the identity of Abigail like he wanted to, but it doesn't mean that he killed her. The season focused a lot on this difference between a person as a body and his/her identity and so I wouldn't be surprise to see Abigail reappear as someone else at some point in the next season.
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Jun 22, 2013
Missing an ear, heh heh.
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Jun 21, 2013
The theory is that Will was "acting" like Hobbs. Killing his daughter in the way he could not. In the kitchen where Hobbs almost killed her. Had Hobbs killed Abigail they would not have found her body as he would have honoured every part of her. So Hannibal got rid of Abigail so it was more believable the will acting as Hobbs killed her.
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Jun 21, 2013
Not finding the body, as Hannibal notes, is just as incriminating as finding it since under the assumption that Will was acting within Garret Jacob Hobbs's mindset, he would've "honored" every part of Abigail, and few, if any, traces of her would've been found. While the lack of a body may become a plot point later, Hobbs's pattern and Will's instability, it likely wouldn't be necessary.

Also: I'm pretty sure that the "veal" was Abigail.
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Jun 21, 2013
I don't think Abigail was the veal. Earlier in the season Hannibal said he's not interested in sheep if not as a meal (or something like that). Sure Hobbs would honor every part of its victims and that would explain why there is no boddy, but Lecter doesn't think like that, he doesn't eat people to honor them but simply because he finds the people he eats irrelevent as human beings.
However that's not the way he felt about Abigail. She was different, unique, which is why he considers her as a real person and not as a sheep, so I don't think he would eat her because, unlike Hobbs, he would be deshonoring her by doing so.
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Jun 21, 2013
I always wonder though, don't people KNOW what veal tastes like? I mean, I don't know what human tastes like, but I can't imagine it tastes like veal, and pork, and venison, and beef, and chicken, and... Well, everything tastes like chicken. Point is it disturbs me that no one realises that the meat they're eating doesn't actually taste like what Lecter says it is, regardless of how good a cook he is.
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Jun 21, 2013
In the episode he invites another psychiatrist to diner they debate about food concluding that the taste of the food is dependent of the idea we have of the food itself. Like they say, knowing if what he serves them taste like what he tells them it tastes is irrelevant for his guests already believe that it's veal (or chicken, etc).

We actually had a scandal in Europe quite recently when medias discovered that a specific brand of lasagna was made not with beef as we thought but with horse meat. The fact is, as long as you think you're eating beef you think it tastes like beef. Moreover Hannibal makes complex dishes in which savors are probably even more difficult to identify.
Finally, and it's only a theory, but I don't think he always cook people. The show just want us to believe that it might be people in order to make us a bit paranoid.
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Jun 21, 2013
I agree with you. Also, I think it's actually more effective this way. Sometimes violence is more effective when we don't actually see it. In this case, I think it's more unsettling that you don't know what he did to her. IMO, gore of the scene would have diluted the darkness and cruelty of Hannibal's act in a way.
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Jun 21, 2013
Great review Noel - it's been great having you review Hannibal which I also find is the best new show this season. Personally I have not found any other drama of any appeal this whole season which is a shame after we just lost Fringe.

I thought the finale (which one could argue took place over the last two episodes) was very well done. My only qualm is the final Hobbs' kitchen scene in that it was a little too much serendipity for Jack to arrive just as Will was threatening Hannibal with the gun. Also, I found Hannibal loves his own survival too much to risk getting shot by Will but perhaps he knew Will wouldn't shoot him or perhaps he was willing to take a bullet wound for the sake of his 'art'? Will's escape from the ambulance also felt a little unlikely just as that of the other doctor a couple of weeks ago.

In the end I am equally angry at Will's demise even if not fatal as I am impressed that the show did not compromise and tried to provide a happy ending or any sort of hope for Will. Even if /when Hannibal gets caught (this is a prequel so we know where Hannibal is headed), it feels as if the damage done to Will and to his reputation will have been too great. It was sort of sad to see the forensics team at the FBI, Jack and even Alana eventually believe in Will's guilt.

Hannibal has been renewed for one more season in spite of weak ratings. I would love if there were more seasons no matter how unlikely that is and I wonder how the writers face the dilemma that they need to provide a satisfying end to Season 2 but open enough in case it is renewed for a 3rd season?
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Jun 21, 2013
Hannibal may love his own survival (which, in light of his discussion about his life and his reputation, may be disputable to an extent now...), but I think curiosity gets the best of him (tragic flaw, perhaps), and getting shot by Will would've been that last nudge Will needed to go over the edge completely? Plus, consider the fact if Will had shot or even killed Hannibal, Hannibal's goal of pushing Will around is still complete: Will ends up incarcerated, and there's even less of a way to prove that Hannibal was the copycat AND the Chesapeake Ripper. A trade-off of pushing Will to his "true self" (i.e., a serial killer).
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Jun 22, 2013
Hannibal does discuss immortality with his psychiatrist and like the Lance Henrickson serial killer and his totem pole I imagine Hannibal would eventually want a "legacy" or credit for his murderous art. I do not think he contemplated Will daring to murder him in cold blood but perhaps that is a question for the writers.
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Jun 21, 2013
If the show does get a premature cancellation, I'm hoping it gets at least a 3rd season. I'd obviously be thrilled to see his full vision come to life, so if it gets cancelled, I'm hoping it gets picked up by somebody else who would be fine with the numbers it's getting (possibly a cable channel, or a streaming company like Netflix). But I think 3 seasons would be a good run for the show if it has to end early.
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Jun 21, 2013
One of the things that initially drew me to "Dexter" (as it did with many, I am sure) was the psychology. Inside a killer's mind the way you don't truly get on "Criminal Minds" or SVU. This show just blows those away. And I'm with you, Noel, I think Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier has a VERY good idea about Hannibal, indeed I think there's still even more to that story about Hannibal saving her life that we got in a previous episode than has been revealed. This show has been nothing short of superb for the entire season, and the metaphor of preparing a meal was both subtle and obvious, both delighting us in its whimsy for the more cannibalistic natures of Hannibal as well as the underscoring of just exactly what he was doing to Will. And now we have the two officially squaring off for next season... problem being that Will is publicly seen as a psychotic killer and Hannibal a respected psychiatrist. The juxtaposition is brilliant and so extremely well done. And here I was thinking that "The Americans" stood easily alone atop the pile as the best new TV show of the year. "Hannibal" rocks. I cannot wait to see more.
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Jun 21, 2013
I'm glad you mentioned The Americans, as it's a show that "objectively" should be pretty high on my personal list, but it isn't. I liked it a great deal, and respected it and its goals (which it accomplished with ease), but it never really grabbed me for some reason. It's incredibly well-made, but I always left it feeling just a touch cold.
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Jun 21, 2013
I thought I was the only one who felt that way...
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Jun 21, 2013
This was a perfect finale to an incredible season and I cannot imagine it being done any other way.

If you've seen other Red Dragon/Hannibal material, then the subtle references to older works are an exceptional treat but the show in no way requires that you have knowledge or understanding of past works.

The entire season of Hannibal has been rather brilliant, from script, to acting, to filmography and that brilliance rang through to the final moment of this episode.

If I had to point out one thing with which I disagreed, it was the smirk given by Hannibal at the end of the episode. Perhaps Hannibal has resolved himself to the fact that Will can no longer be manipulated any further (as hinted by his inhaling the aroma of the holding block) but I still thought it out of character because...

I think it is too early to put Hannibal in chase mode and I'd personally enjoy a full season of Hannibal's development (who must figure out how to do his thing without being caught by a skill very dangerous Will) juxtaposed against Will slowly working his way out of captivity and back into his role as pursuer.

So, if Season 1 was "Cognition," then Season 2 would be "Role Reversal," Season 3 would be "Give and Take," and the final Season 4 would be "Chase."
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Jun 21, 2013
Fingers crossed that there may be 4 seasons but even having a second one is a bit of a miracle as the ratings have been declining dramatically from so-so to woeful (even for NBC)
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Jun 21, 2013
Fuller said in an interview that NBC hadn't picked it up for a second season that some other network or channel had already made noise that they would pick it up for a second season. He didn't specify who, but the show's lucrative non-U.S. market deals are making it very attractive to prospective buyers. If the show keeps its ratings and acclaim next season, but NBC passes, I'd have to think someone would pick up a third season. They beauty, of course, is that TV ego would drive NBC insane if someone picked up the show and made it a huge success, so they may not allow it to leave to prevent that from happening.
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Jun 22, 2013
This interest by other networks will only remain if the buzz and critical acclaim the show received this reason remains for the next one. If season two is anything like the first one in terms of quality, this shouldn't be a problem. I don't want to get my hopes up though.
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Jun 21, 2013
I'm so glad there's interest in this show from other places outside of NBC, and hope that interest stays strong, so that it can continue even if NBC cancels it. I'd be happy with a 3 season run, but... I WANT THE FULL 7 SEASONS, DAMN IT!!!

I'm starting to think that, if this show lasts a while, it will be a fantastic replacement for Breaking Bad once that ends, just like Person of Interest is a great replacement for Fringe.
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Jun 21, 2013
So I'm curious to see how they handle the fallout next season. Will they have Will forget everything, will he be trying to convince everyone Hannibal's a killed, or will he keep quite until he has more evidence on Hannibal? Will Hannibal know he remembers if he remembers and is keeping quite? Will Will be working in the field again? There are so many questions left unanswered I praise God that this got a second season otherwise I would have to hunt down Bryan Fuller and ask him what he had planned.
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Jun 21, 2013
Man I can't see anyone take the emmy from Mikkelsen....which of course means he won't win.
I felt the same with John Noble year after year.
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Jun 21, 2013
I'm cautiously optimistic about Mikkelsen's chance at landing an Emmy nomination, at least. But I think the Golden Globe are way more likely for him, and the show overall, give the Hollywood Foreign Press's love of movie stars on TV shows, and Mikkelsen's profile is much higher outside the U.S. than it is inside.
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Jun 21, 2013
"...Mikkelsen's profile is much higher outside the U.S. than it is inside."
For now! As a big fan of Mikkelsen's work for years I knew he would nail it as soon as I heard of Bryan Fuller's show and him being cast. I hope his profile went much higher in the US after Hannibal's first season and future seasons(fingers crossed for seasonS).
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Jun 21, 2013
First let me say I love this series!!! It is one of my highest ranked guilty pleasures. It is a fantastic and outstanding series! I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone who is an adult and mental stable.

This all said. I can't say I want to watch the series until it either is several season into its life OR complete on blu-ray. Why? For three related reasons:

1) Short seasons (12 episodes), which is 100% fine, except for #2 and #3.
2) A full year's wait between seasons, which is especially true because of #3.
3) I guess the most important (personal reason), cliff hangers such as the current one!!

I don't mind cliff hangers and fully support them. I do have an issue with them when the next episode is 9 months from now. Beside having lost the feelings in that time and remembering all the little details, it is quite a break in time. You can have a child in that time, for one. LOL! But seriously, the normal 3 to 4 months break is about all people typically can accept.

This is why other short series will have a several episode around the holidays. It keeps people thinking and with the characters during the long wait for the main season again.

I know the creator only wants to do 12 per season, but I'd ask either for 2 seasons per 12 months OR say 1.3333 to 1.5 seasons per year (12 episodes and the 4 to 6 episodes finishing up the cliff hanger and starting something new with a mini-cliff hanger). An example is "The Closer," "Royal Pains," and others.

The alternative is to wait for the series to go to the Bu-ray when several season are available. Of course, one "benefit" is no commercials, but does that really help the series? Come on, keep us coming back and don't dangle us along, please!

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Jun 21, 2013
I agree waiting sucks but did you really feel there was a cliffhanger? If anything it would be a very soft cliffhanger... The way I read it is that pure and simple Hannibal won and he was going to see Will one last time just to say goodbye (that is what he said to Dr. Bedelia at dinner), perhaps to enjoy the fact that he could have someone truly see him, for the psychopath (right?) that he is.

Cutting that final scene after the Hello-Hello was somewhat intriguing but not sure that is a cliffhanger as such? I suppose it is just a question of degrees but to me it was not very cliffhangery....
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Jun 21, 2013
P.S. To my note below: Will has to be very much a free man in this series because by of the "Red Dragon" movie and all subsequent movies. After all at the start of "Red Dragon," Will has a wife, Son, a job, catches Hannibal, etc. This means -- I suspect -- we'll get to see Will fall in love, marry, and have a Son in THIS series!

I'm hoping the series ends with:

1) The details leading up to Will going to the dinner party he attended (per Red Dragon), then going to talk to Hannibal, and the events where they both end up fighting for their lives. (Will from stab wounds and Hannibal from gun shots.)

2) The final scene is six / 12 months later with Will coming to see Hannibal in his new home (his cell) to ask for his help on the Red Dragon case.... (fade to black) End of Series.

I also hope this final episode is at least 11 more seasons for a total of 12 season at 12 episodes each or 144 episodes. Its a hope and I doubt it will last that long given the creator is only doing 12 episodes per year and keeping people together so long isn't easy.

As I like to say: Time will tell the tale!
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Jun 21, 2013
Ah, Will is a key character and has to be back in the FBI by the end of the series. Why? It is Will who catches Hannibal!! He can't catch Hannibal, if he's locked up for murder, now can he?!

While I do like the Hannibal character it is the Will character and Hannibal that gets me coming back. Hannibal by himself is simply a well educated and well refined cannibal.

The cliff hanger is how is Will going to get back into the good graces of the FBI plus get rid of his brain infection.
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Jun 21, 2013
Oh, add to the cliff hanger not just how Will gets back into the good graces of the FBI, gets rid of his brain infection, but ALSO how Hannibal comes out smelling like a ROSE!! Why? Hannibal is still working for the FBI and is Will's friend & psychiatrist right up to when Will catches him at the start of "Red Dragon!!"

The series are the events leading up to and hopefully the first 15 minutes or so of "Red Dragon." The fun is seeing how it all leads to "Red Dragon." To see:

1) Hannibal before prison.
2) Will, who I really enjoyed in "Red Dragon" and wanted to see more. Thank you for this series!!
3) Events leading up to Hannibal's capture, including Will falling in love, getting married, having a Son, etc.

This trip will be so much fun!!!
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Jun 21, 2013
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Jun 21, 2013
Can I just say how much respect I have for Gillian Anderson and how incredibly talented and beautiful she is?

Her character was one of the best things on the show for me.

As for the show, the whole episode was slow, and dreadful, leading to unsatisfying finale for me. I find it hard, if not impossible to believe that it took so much time for Will to finally realize it was Hannibal who was setting him up. Hell, I even laugh at the stupidity of Jack and the lady psychiatrist's characters. Seriously, JACK is the head of the FBI and is willing to lock up one of his own based on planted evidence and is willing to take Hannibal's word over Will's even though he never fully trusted Hannibal?(it just sounds unrealistic and poorly written)

I think the whole ending with Will going to jail for murders he hasn't commited was the worst possible thing they could have done. IT should have been the other way around.

Hannibal should have been locked up and not Will.
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Jun 22, 2013
I enjoy laughing at Jack's 'stupidity'. When Alana told him that he pushed Jack too far, and then he replied, 'I kept pushing him', I couldn't help but laugh. He's a flawed character, so I understand his actions in the context of the show, but I can't help but giggle at his ridiculousness from time to time.
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Jun 21, 2013
Totally agree about Gillian Anderson! She is a fascinating female character this show needed. Bloom is just another cliche, the journalist is a caricature, and Abigail was just a kid. The forensic lady is pretty interesting though.
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Jun 21, 2013
I'll differ with you on that entire paragraph of critique.

re: Jack - He may not have fully trusted Hannibal, but he doesn't trust himself more, as the episode that highlighted Miriam Lass's disappearance demonstrated. So deferring to Hannibal and Alana provides him with opinions that he can insulate himself from. I suspect he'll suffer fallout at the FBI between Lass's disappearance and Will's incarceration, so a reckoning for his decisions is likely coming.

re: Will - This is I have even less of a problem with. As Will himself stated, Hannibal has no discernible motive which is why it was difficult to parse out. Factor in Will's trust of Hannibal (he does go to Hannibal's office to hide, after all), then it's not a leap to see how Will would struggle to put it all together.
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Jun 21, 2013
If you thought that was slow and dreadful then why on earth did you even watch the show up to the finale? Because the entire season has been presented and paced in the same way.

Based in everything else you said I think you should stick to the uniform, predictable crime dramas. The killer is almost always caught in one episode which sounds like it would suit you.
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Jun 21, 2013
I enjoyed almost every singe episode up until this one...

Some more than others. Actually Will going to prison was predictable. And no I don't like cop/crime dramas.
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Jun 21, 2013
Please read more carefully. If I thought the show is boring, I wouldn't have watched it or cared to comment at all. It's like you ignored everything else I said.

It was pretty obvious that Hannibal would frame Will for all those murders, it wasn't surprising at all. So yes, him going to prison wasn't intresting. It just made me cringe, and hate the writer's for the poor writing. Every other episode was decent but not the finale. ^
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Jun 21, 2013
It's like going to a fine restaurant and complaining that there is no ketchup...
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