This is exactly the kind of stuff I wanted from this wonderful show. Finally Dr Lecter gets to show a smidge of his colours on screen and finally let there be no doubt over his character, mind and abilities. Everything that went before feels all the colder following the final revelation (a pretty obvious one but not a wholly certain one).
It's a shame that all was tempered by the anemic Gideon.. the show has resisted obvious winking at the audience (with references to chianti and father beans) but Gideon was riddled with half references to SotL that I'm not sure Izzard (a decent if uneven actor) was capable of pulling off.. and yet i don't blame Izzard and I can't whole blame the writing, directing or editing.. it felt like it was sailing close to the wind and riding the parody line uncomfortably too well... the TV version of Uncanny Valley. I liked the knowing nods but at the same time didn't feel them earned.