Hannibal: Aperitivo


By Carolyn Deas (@carolyndeas)

If you’re like me, you were probably wondering if Will woke up from a coma and just decided to go to Europe to see Hannibal. Was there a back story? What led him there? This week was a great episode that answered a lot of the questions that have been burning in the back of my mind.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

Thursday’s episode of Hannibal didn’t feature much of its title character but I thought that an episode like this is what we needed. It started off with two of Lecter’s victims, Dr. Frederick Chilton and Mason Verger. It sounds like Mason (the guy that owned all of those man-eating pigs) has offered Chilton a reward to find Hannibal. Chilton thinks Mason wants a profiler (like Will) to find him but Mason really wants to understand Hannibal.

And nobody knows him better than Will.

This is where I got really into the episode. They took the story back to Will waking from his coma. It went the same way as the previous episode where the doctor comes in and says he has a visitor, but instead of an imaginary Abigail Hobbs, it’s Chilton.

Chilton: “Expecting someone else?”
Will: “I was hoping for someone else.”

Chilton and Will discuss how Will became similar to Hannibal – Chilton called it “compulsive imitation.” Imitation allows you to understand others and it definitely seemed like Will was starting to mimic Hannibal. Chilton wants to use that to help catch the man that “framed and maimed” them. Will drifts away into a daydream where he and Hannibal are having dinner with Jack and they both attack him. Was this a daydream or a nightmare? Does Will really want to do that?

Well, when Jack goes to visit Will at his house, (because you need to keep in mind that all of this is happening before anybody finds their way to Europe), Will mentions that he and Hannibal were supposed to go together. They were supposed to run away together.

Jack has a great line where he says, “Not all of our choices are consciously calculated. But our decisions are.” How great is that? I love that. It speaks so much to the fact that we can make decisions but how we really feel isn’t anything we decide on. Will comments that he wasn’t decided on whose side he was on when he called Hannibal. He decided when he heard his voice. He warned Hannibal to leave.

Because he was his friend.

And because he wanted to run away with him.

WHAT? The first two seasons painted Will as the “always do right even if nobody believes you” guy and now he’s best friends with a killer? I can’t believe it (well, I can but I don’t want to).

I’m sure you’re also wondering what happened to Alana Bloom. She’s back and better than ever (and by better, I mean meaner).

Dr. Chilton visits her at the hospital. She is in some sort of futuristic restraint pinned into her hips because I’m sure she shattered an awful lot of bones in the fall from the second floor of Hannibal’s house. Chilton explains that she was the closest to Hannibal but she couldn’t see his evil because you can’t see what you won’t see… “Until it shoves you out the window.”

Alana pays a visit to Hannibal’s house. Will is at Hannibal’s, too. He’s there to visit his old friend, like the imaginary Abigail that’s sitting next to him, all bloody and bruised just like the last time he saw her for real as she was being put in a body bag. Alana is there to see Will. She wants him to forget that was done to him, but he doesn’t want to. Alana wants to know why he can still see Hannibal as a friend and Will responds with, “Friendship is a mutually unspoken pact to ignore the worst in each other.”

Jack makes an appearance finally. He’s waking up from what I’m assuming is a coma after the terrible attack from Hannibal and he’s lying next to his wife. He asks his wife if he died and she says he did but he came back. He seems to understand why she wants to end her agony of living with lung cancer, but she tells him that focus is the most important thing and he’s losing focus. But does he know what his focus is now? They’ve more or less forced him into retirement and disbanded his task force. They are more concerned with terrorists than psychopaths now. Later, while his wife sleeps and is struggling to breathe, Jack helps her with her wish – he injects her with some sort of pain reliever (or something else, I’m not up to date on how drugs work). She slowly falls into death.

At the funeral, Will arrives after Jack finds a letter in a bouquet of flowers. Of course it’s from Hannibal. Why wouldn’t it be? This is when Jack tells Will that he knows what’s coming for him. If you remember the previous episode, Hannibal states that he has to eat Will Graham because past actions can predict future actions. Jack doesn’t want to have Will die on him, too.

Cut to Verger’s house. Mason is in the middle of physical therapy. His blood is flowing in his face, his nerves are intact. The scarring shows the power of self-preservation. Mason very much trusts his occupational therapist (or whatever he does otherwise – it seems like they’ve know each other for a long time). He flat out says that he wants to make arrangements for Hannibal to be eaten alive. The man just responds, “Do you have a preference on how you’d like him prepared?” The trick now is to figure out where he is.

There is nobody better to ask than Mason’s new psychiatrist, Alana Bloom.

“Europe is where a man of his tastes will settle. The wine. The truffles. Taste in all things will be a constant.” Alana knows that Mason Verger is preparing the theater of Hannibal’s death. She’s just doing her part to get him to the stage.

You can tell Jack knows something is about to go down, so he makes his way to Will’s house. The only person he finds there is Alana (and the plethora of dogs Will has). “He’s gone already. He already knows what he has to do. Do you?”

The episode ends with Will on a sail boat, no doubt heading to Europe.

Overall, I loved this episode. I think it was a great break in the sequence of events and gave us a better look at the “behind the scenes” of where everyone was. I love that we still don’t know what side Will is on and that’s okay.

Rating: 5/5

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