Hugh Dancy

As ‘Hannibal’ Ends, So Does the Best Love Story on Television

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Before anything else, Hannibal is — let’s face it, probably was — the story of a seduction. Hannibal Lecter saw a kindred spirit in Will Graham, the FBI profiler whose superhuman empathy brought him perilously close to the killers he was attempting to track; Will was terrified of Hannibal, and the part of himself Hannibal identified with so strongly, even as the two formed a genuine connection. With not one, but two cliffhangers, Saturday’s finale may be inherently unsatisfying as a full-stop end to a series. But as a consummation of Will and Hannibal’s tortured, twisted relationship, “The Wrath of the Lamb” was near-perfect.
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‘Hannibal’ Might Be Ending Just as It’s Reaching New Heights

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If Community has taught us anything, it’s that the show’s not over until the fat lady’s contract has run out and she’s confirmed it to a minimum of three separate news outlets. Still, the prognosis for Hannibal is looking grim going into this Saturday’s season finale; two months after NBC announced its cancellation, the drama has yet to find a new home, and streaming go-tos Netflix and Amazon are already out of the running.
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How ‘Hannibal’ Dropped the Procedural Structure and Became TV’s Most Original Show

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“I’ve taken off my person suit,” Hannibal Lecter flatly informs his former psychiatrist in the third season premiere of his namesake show, airing tonight. What Bedelia du Maurier currently is to Hannibal — hostage? accomplice? voice of reason? — is no longer clear, either to viewers or to Bedelia herself. What’s obvious is the transformation Bryan Fuller’s fever dream has undergone between installments, mirroring that of Hannibal himself. Lecter no longer wears his person suit, and Hannibal no longer wears the guise of a crime procedural based in Baltimore.
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‘Hannibal’ Season 2 Finale Recap: “Mizumono”

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Hannibal cold opens are rarely as self-contained or tightly executed as the introduction to last night’s finale. But true to the rest of the episode, one of the most streamlined in Hannibal‘s history, the first three minutes act as a funnel, narrowing Will’s entire trajectory—or at least what the audience has seen of it—since he left the hospital down to a single split-screen shot. Jack and Hannibal each believe Will is theirs; Jack and Hannibal each think Will is the swing vote in their upcoming confrontation. Technically, Will’s already sided with Jack, but the connection he shares with Hannibal is genuine, however duplicitous. 
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‘Hannibal’ Season 2, Episode 12 Recap: “Tome-Wan”

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After last week’s cliffhanger/reveal, Alana and Freddie are spirited away in the season’s penultimate episode to make room for Bedelia du Maurier. Hannibal’s therapist has been tracked down by the FBI (or rather, Gillian Anderson has been tracked down by Hannibal‘s producers) to provide insight into just how the good doctor works his magic. By the end of “Tome-Wan,” Will Graham witnesses a demonstration of how Hannibal’s “persuasion” translates into the grisly final product. Before all everything’s place for Jack and Hannibal to duke it out, it’s only natural that “Tome-Wan” gives us one of our first examples of Hannibal in action.
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‘Hannibal’ Season 2, Episode 11 Recap: “Ko No Mono”

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First things first: Happy Hannibal renewal, everyone! We may not have Community anymore, but at least NBC has ordered thirteen more episodes of elaborate food porn and charred-corpse-‘n’-body-part shrines. There are just two more episodes left in season two, making “Ko No Mono” the perfect opportunity for Bryan Fuller to reveal his hand, lay out the endgame for this season, and set up the next. Sure enough, this was the episode that snapped the entire back half of season two into focus, letting us know just what the hell has been going on since Will got out of the hospital.
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‘Hannibal’ Season 2, Episode 10 Recap: “Naka-Choko”

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Hannibal loves nothing more than a good visual metaphor, and this week’s brings two long-in-the-works developments together in a single soft-core sex scene. We have the tale of Margot and Mason Verger, in whose family drama Hannibal sees the opportunity for another protegé. And we have the moral deterioration of Will Graham, which now appears to be to season two what his psychological deterioration was to season one. Will reaches several points of no return in “Naka-Choko,” and his newfound kinship is underlined to us in bright red ink (literally) multiple times. Of course, none are more obvious than their intercut encounters with Alana and Margot. The “Will=Hannibal” imagery is there, but it also the relationship between Will and Hannibal supersedes any other on the show, no matter how intimate.
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