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Jack Crawford asks gifted criminal profiler Will Graham to consult on a case of missing college girls. Jack also seeks out brilliant psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter. What Jack doesn't know is that Lector is a very successful serial killer and a cannibal. When a copycat decides to enter the picture, Hannibal joins with Will to track down the guilty party. The results will be profound for Will.moreless
Jack engages Will's help to search for a killer burying his victims alive. With his trust for Hannibal growing, Will discusses his killing of Hobbs. Freddie Lounds hangs around the investigation.
Jack suspects that Abigail helped her father in his serial killings. Even though Alana is against it, Hannibal escorts Abigail back to Minnesota. Things get worse when a copycat killer murders Abigail's friend. Hannibal suggests they hide a body but secrets carry a price.
While Hannibal tries to put a wedge between Jack and Will, the team tracks a serial killer with a bloody ritual that includes cutting the victims' back flesh to extend it to look like angel wings. Jack's wife Bella turns to Hannibal as her therapist in an effort to come to terms with the fact that she is dying. Beverly decides to put an effort into relating to Will on a personal level.moreless
When Jack's former colleague, Dr. Chilton, contacts him about the identity of The Chesapeake Ripper, matters get complicated when a copy cat murder is committed. When Jack's former protégé Miriam becomes the next victim, he's finds himself dealing with loss on two fronts and consults Hannibal with his grief.
While Jack considers the possibility that the Chesapeake Ripper has resurfaced, Will concludes that the victim is part of an illegal organ harvesting operation. Will begins to have nightmares of himself where he is a killer. Hannibal goes to see therapist Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier even as he gradually works on his seduction of Alana.moreless
As the BAU investigates a killer who exposes the victim's vocal chords, Hannibal figures out the killer is simply trying to get his attention. As things progress, the killer makes an attempt to kill Hannibal. Will turns to Alana, in a romantic way, seeking peace from the noises in his head.moreless
The BAU team looks for a serial killer who uses his victim's bodies to create a totem pole. Abigail is questioned after Nick Boyle's body is found. The body's reappearance gives Will insight into Abigail's secret. Abigail decides to write a book with Freddy Lounds and ends up exposing her biggest secret to Hannibal.moreless
Two murder victims mutilated with a Glasgow Smile keep the BAU busy. Thinking he's responsible for the first murder, Will contaminates the crime scene. The BAU team isn't sure what to make of Will's assertion that he saw a dead-looking woman at the crime scene. An MRI shows Will has Advanced Encephalitis but Hannibal coerces Dr. Sutcliffe to say he's fine. As Hannibal feeds Will's fears, Will decides to have Dr. Sutcliffe run more mental health tests.moreless
Dr. Gideon is loose and he wants to kill the psychiatrists who profiled him, including Dr. Bloom. The BAU team tries using Freddie's blog to track him down but misdirection from Hannibal aims to get Will in the same room as Gideon. Jack narrows in on Dr. Chilton with questions about Gideon's escape.moreless
Will insists that the Copy Cat Killer is still alive after Georgia dies in an explosion. When the BAU team goes to arrest Abigail for being an accessory to the Minnesota Shrike murders, Will has already checked her out of the hospital. Will's hallucinations are getting worse. Hannibal manipulates Jack into believing Will is capable of murder. Hannibal makes an admission to Abigail.moreless
Hannibal turns Will in when he returns from Minnesota without Abigail. When Jack and the rest of the BAU team find evidence that Will killed Abigail and is likely the Copy Cat Killer, Will is arrested. After planning his escape, Will takes Hannibal back to Minnesota to prove he's being framed but things take an unforeseen turn.moreless