Hannibal Season 3 Episode 2 – Primavera


By Carolyn Deas (@carolyndeas)

Were you wondering whatever happened to Will and the rest of the crew at the end of Season 2? They were left fighting for their lives on the floor of Hannibal Lecter’s home while Hannibal walked out and started his new life in Europe. This week’s episode has a few more answers for those of us dying to know.

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

The episode starts off reminding us of the last conversation that Will had with Hannibal. Will finds out that Abigail is still alive and is shocked to find Hannibal behind him. If you remember, the original plan was for Will and Hannibal to get out of town and start new lives, and it was hard to tell whose side Will was on. Is he really partnering with Hannibal or is he really working with Jack Crawford? I don’t think Will even knows.

We all know how that plays out – Will gets gutted and Abigail gets her throat cut for the second time. Before leaving, Hannibal says “Fate and circumstance have returned us to this moment. I forgive you, Will.”

Bringing it back to the now.

Will is in the hospital, waking up from a coma. He has survived Hannibal’s attack and doesn’t seem worse for the wear. Abigail appears to be fine, too. She isn’t confined to a bed and has a similar wrap around her neck for her new wound. Abigail still wants to find Hannibal. She was promised a new world and she is convinced that Hannibal didn’t want them to die.

Will says, “Everything that happens can happen. It has to end well and end badly.” Abigail refutes that Hannibal wants them to find him. They don’t have an ending yet.

Eight months later, Will and Abigail arrive at a church in Italy. It’s the church where the last body was found. The body that was wrapped in itself and put on display in the center of the church. The detectives on the scene see Will and go speak to him. That’s where he meets Inspector Rinaldo Pazzi.

Pazzi has read everything on Will Graham and his methods. He has studied his ways and he feels a close connection to Will because they have similar skills. Pazzi mentions that Will came to town and very soon, a body was discovered. He wonders if the body is here just because of Will.

Pazzi tells Will of similar crimes that happened here 20 years ago. Someone was taking bodies he’d killed and making them into artwork. That’s right. He set the bodies up like famous paintings. He mentions watching a young man at the art museum who would copy the paintings in pencil every day. The inspector shows Will a picture of the man – it’s a young Hannibal Lecter. They call him the Monster of Florence.

Once the inspector leaves Will alone in the church, Will has one of his brain blasts (I know that’s a Jimmy Neutron reference, but that’s what Will’s little episodes remind me of). “I skinned you, bent you, twisted you, and trimmed you.” In his mind, the body unfurls itself and takes the shape of a stag. The same stag that was following him around in previous episodes and that seemed to die when Will thought he was dying.

Abigail pulls Will from his trance. Will suspects that Hannibal left them his broken heart. Of course, he didn’t know they were there but he knew they’d come. He misses them. Abigail still wants to find Hannibal, still wants to be a part of the new world he’s creating. Will is honest with Abigail, saying that the only world she can live in now is the one that he created her. The one in his head.

Abigail isn’t really there. She died after the attack but Will has been keeping her alive in his head.

Will gathers his senses and speaks with the Inspector again. He suggests that Pazzi lets “El Monstro” go, but the inspector can’t do that any better than Will can. He’s bound and determined to find him. The inspector needs Will because Hannibal let Will know him. “He sent you his heart. Where has he gone now?”

Will knows something. He says that Hannibal is still here. With a light flickering in the corner, Will is drawn into what seems to be a tunnel system beneath the church. The inspector follows behind, wanting more information. When Will finds him, he says, “You shouldn’t be down here alone. You don’t know whose side I’m on.” (But I don’t think Will knows, either.) The inspector wants to know what is going to happen when they find Hannibal and Will is curious about that himself.

Will sends the inspector away and continues to wander around. He can sense that Hannibal is present.

Then he says quietly, “Hannibal, I forgive you.”

I’m glad Will is back in the picture. He obviously didn’t get the closure he wanted, but at the same time, I don’t know what he really wants. Does he stay loyal to Jack and catch the monster or does he become one himself? With such dreamy episodes, it’s hard to keep straight what is actually happening and what is just in the imagination of the characters. Will we ever find out these answers? Is this one of those instances where perception = reality so it can be taken in so many ways that no one really knows the story anymore? That’s why I like this show so much.

Rating: 5/5

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