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The trap has been set for Hannibal and as he prepares for his departure, he thinks Will is coming with him. Will though is tying up loose ends and preparation for a different kind of departure, not sure if he'll survive the trap he's set. Both Will and Hannibal feel that Jack ought to have the truth. As loyalties are tested, the fated battle between Hannibal and Jack has arrived.moreless
Will offers his help as a profiler when one of the team is found in a grotesque montage. Will tells Jack that it's the work of one person, who is both the Chesapeake Ripper and the Copycat. Dr. Gideon returns to the asylum to verify Will's suspicions, but instead proposes that an end be put to the Ripper once and for all. Will recruits Freddie Lounds to contact his homicidal admirer via her website. Will decides to ask the killer for help dealing with Hannibal. Alana is suspicious about Will's intentions after she reads Freddie's blog and has those suspicions confirmed by Gideon. Alana and Jack hurry to find Hannibal before anything can happen.moreless
In the series finale, Will hatches a cunning plot to slay Francis Dolarhyde, using Hannibal Lecter in his ploy. Bedelia voices concern about the perilous plan as Will continues his game with Hannibal, though Will may have to face his darkest fears.
The BAU team, with Dr. Lecter assisting, are close to finding the source of the discarded bodies when one of the victims escapes and, after a deadly fall, provides the team with valuable forensic evidence. Set on proving his innocence, Will puts together his own plan of manipulation. Hannibal, quicker than the BAU team when it comes to putting clues together, finds the killer's silo and helps him with his deadly montage. Feeling guilty over Will, Dr. Crawford agrees to mandated therapy after Dr. Bloom's derisive report and finds it to be of help. When the BAU team finally find the killer's silo, they find a tapestry consisting of forty-seven bodies patched together with the killer amongst them. A much needed boost to Will's mind comes in the form of a visit by Dr. Bedelia du Maurier.moreless
When a body is found in a meadow with the cranial cavity changed into a beehive, the BAU team is called in to investigate. Beverly continues to secretly consult with Will to decipher the mural killer's human tapestry. Will is adamant that Dr. Lecter put the killer in the mural and begs Beverly to prove Lecter is the actual Chesapeake Ripper and Copycat Killer.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
During therapy, Will shares his vision of how he would kill Hannibal which only seems to strengthen their co-dependency. Hannibal discusses Margot's unfortunate "accident" in a session with Mason. Growing impatient with Will and his progress on catching Hannibal, Jack brings in a surprise witness. When Hannibal's life is jeopardized, Will must decide whether to help him and give Hannibal a chance for revenge.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
Miriam Lass is found alive but her foggy memory is making it difficult to identify the Chesapeake Ripper. Will is exonerated by evidence found at the site of Miriam's rescue and released from the asylum. Will warns Dr. Chilton that his intimate knowledge of the Ripper case may put his life in danger. Jack rebuffs Chilton when he tries to pass on that he agrees with Will's fears about Hannibal. Will is immediately reinstated on the BAU team as they hunt for the Ripper. Jack's suspicions about Hannibal's participation builds after Will and Miriam compare notes. Miriam is the key to finding the answer to the true identity of the Ripper but it's not evident that her memory can be relied on.moreless
Jack and the BAU team discover the truth about Freddie Lounds' disappearance. Confused about Alana's concern, Will encourages her to arm and protect herself. Will and Hannibal become further engaged with Margot and Mason. Mason thinks Margot plans to get pregnant to produce an heir that will usurp him. Will finds it hard to comprehend why Abigail had to die after Hannibal tells him how much Abigail reminded him of his sister.moreless
Missing organs and the artistry of the body of a city councilman found intertwined with a tree suggest the Ripper is continuing his killing spree. Will puts forward the idea that the Ripper is using the victims' organs to load his pantry. Hannibal gives a dinner party and Jack crashes it to collect evidence that the meat is human. Alana is drawn closer to Hannibal even as Jack grows more suspicious. Alana thinks Hannibal is the victim of a witch hunt. The BAU team uses evidence from the man in the tree to pin point a location they think the Ripper used. Upon arrival at the location they discover Miriam Lass - alive.moreless
With Will still in custody for the murder of Abigail, Dr. Lecter steps in to help when bodies wash up on a riverbank. The big question is whether or not Dr. Bloom will be able to help Will regain his memories.
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
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
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
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
The BAU team look into the case of a truck driver's body that appears to have been torn apart by two different animal species. Will meets Hannibal's strange new patient after one of his sessions, and they begin to compare notes on Hannibal's alternative therapy. Determined to find Will's true self, Hannibal devises a test but the results surprise him.moreless
Hannibal and Will grow closer after Will shows his willingness to go to dark places. The BAU team investigate the montage made of Randal Tier and his exoskeleton. Hannibal gives Margot advice about her concerns over her brother Mason's violent nature. Her fear increases when Mason shows her how he's trained pigs to eat human flesh. Will grants Freddie Lounds an interview for her book and finds out she's checking out Will's allegations of Hannibal's possible guilt.moreless
As Will's trial starts, he watches as those closest to him are forced to take sides. Dr. Crawford accepts his responsibility for pushing Will over the edge. When an enthusiastic fan starts recreating crimes similar to the ones that Will is accused of committing, those closest to Will start to doubt his guilt. One last key victim will determine the outcome of the entire trial.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.
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
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
Hannibal proposes that Will be brought in to help when a woman's body is found inside a horse. Will appears to have shed his distrust of Hannibal but Alana isn't convinced and worries about Hannibal's safety. Although the FBI question the man they think is the killer, they can't hold him for lack of evidence. But Will's own judgment may be in peril as he and Hannibal rush to keep a witness safe.moreless
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.
Will and the FBI devise a risky plan to lure Francis Dolarhyde into an ambush. Meanwhile, Bedelia Du Maurier gives Will a warning as his empathy for Dolarhyde begins impacting his fragile psyche, and Dolarhyde launches a terrifying endgame.
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.
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
Hannibal and Will are delivered to Mason's Muskrat Farm. Alana plots Will's rescue. Hannibal reminds Margot not to trust Mason to keep his promises. Jack lets Chiyoh know Hannibal's location.
Hannibal has been imprisoned for three years at the Baltimore State Hospital when a new villain emerges in one Francis Dolarhyde. Jack reaches out to Will to help him track down the brutal serial killer.
Dolarhyde finds a way to approach and communicate directly with Dr. Lecter. The Tooth Fairy believes that only Hannibal can help him gain a better understanding of himself. Will starts to feel uneasy with his frequent consultations with Lecter fearing that the bond will become more powerful and ultimately lead him to his destruction. Will decides to seek the help of Dr. du Maurier believing she is the only person who can make him understand about his current plight. Carvings depicting the Great Red Dragon seen from the crime scenes help the Bureau and Will gain more insight on Francis Dolarhyde's twisted and disturbing psychology.moreless
The Red Dragon threatens to strike very close to those who are hunting him. Will and Jack suspect that he'll soon kill again, yet they lack a solid lead. Meanwhile, Hannibal is offered a chance at redemption, and Dolarhyde grapples with his feelings for his coworker.
Will and Jack reunite and renew their alliance, yet Jack questions Will's true loyalty. Meanwhile, Hannibal and Bedelia sense their time in Florence is reaching its end as Hannibal plots his final stand, and Mason Verger plans Hannibal's capture.
The hunt for Hannibal heats up, as Crawford and Pazzi seek clues that will lead them to Hannibal's location. Elsewhere, Will and Chiyoh journey to Florence in a quest to track down Hannibal, and Alana continues to work with Mason Verger.
The search for serial killer Francis Dolarhyde heats up as Will delves into dangerous territory. He envisions himself in Dolarhyde's psyche and contacts Hannibal Lecter for help in profiling the killer. Meanwhile, a new woman enters Dolarhyde's life.
Season 3 picks up after the shocking events of last season with Hannibal on the run in Europe, accompanied by his psychiatrist Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier. Hannibal has assumed a new identity and life in Florence, Italy working at the Palazzo Capponi Museum. He hasn't rid himself of his insatiable appetite and opulent tastes which are still on display. Glimpses into the past help enlighten his relationship with Bedelia, a pairing not clearly defined as friend or foe.moreless
It's been eight months since the fight that almost took his life and with his wounds now healed, Will Graham heads to Europe in search of closure with Hannibal. Will arrives in Palermo, Italy to find a disturbing gift. Inspector Rinaldo Pazzi is suspicious of Will's arrival. Twenty years earlier Pazzi pursued a Florentine killer known as "Il Mostro" and, after reading Will's file, is sure that Hannibal Lecter and "Il Mostro" are one and the same. Pazzi tries to enlist Will's help in catching Hannibal, but Will is unsure of where his own allegiance lies.moreless
Dr. Chilton returns after surviving a disfiguring gunshot and rallies support to capture Hannibal, using Will as bait. Meanwhile, Jack urges Will to abandon the dangerous notion of finding Hannibal.