Hannibal Review: The Truth Comes Out

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"Savorueux" was both the conclusion we’ve been anticipating and the beginning we’ve been craving for. Will finally figured out what kind of man Lecter is and Lecter put the finishing touches on his plans for Will.

You catch these killers by getting into their heads, but you also allow them into your own. | permalink

Proving His Innocence

Alana’s conversation with Will in the interrogation room was heartbreaking. Hannibal Season 1 has never been about silver linings and positivity, but the emotional upheaval between Alana and Will was far more hair raising than any amount of gore Hannibal displays. It was an emotionally gory scene; particularly during this small moment between Will and Alana:

Will: I guess you dodged a bullet with me.
Alana: I don't feel like I dodged a bullet. I feel wounded. | permalink

Alana knows what kind of man Will is and she’s searching for the man she knows while being confronted with what the evidence is telling her. Alana is surrounded with objectivity and clinical diagnoses. She is the only one who wants to follow her gut in finding something, anything, that can prove his innocence.

Sadly, as Alana is confronted with more evidence that convicts Will, she begins to lose faith in him. She too eventually succumbs to her clinical tendencies, even as she correctly diagnoses Will with encephalitis.

I’ve had this episode for almost two weeks now and Hugh Dancy’s performance still gives me chills. Will’s gradual realizations about who Hannibal really is, and the process of understanding he goes through, is phenomenal. Will starts from an honest belief that he’s committed these murders because so much of his timeline is in pieces, but using context and time he begins to realize that he never had opportunity to be the copycat killer.

So if he isn’t the copycat killer, there’s no way in hell he killed Abigail Hobbs. That if-then statement is the only thread Hannibal has to connect and coax Will into his own version of events.

The Stag Will continues to see is a symbolization of what he has always known, but is never quite willing to make the leap towards. The vision began once he met Hannibal, and continues to make its appearance throughout the season, even collapsing at one point - and when Will finally makes his way into Hannibal’s office, he finally makes the connections he needs to. Will sees the sculpture of the stag and also sees sculptures of Hannibal’s copy killings.

Will’s desire to bring Hannibal to the Hobbs home is indicative of his plans. Will was not going to let Hannibal leave there alive (much like Abigail and her family):

Will: I know who I am. I'm not so sure I know who you are anymore, but I am certain one of us killed Abigail.
Lecter: Whoever that was killed the others. | permalink

Will: I am who I have always been; the scales have fallen away from my eyes. I can see you now. | permalink

Sadly for Will, Hannibal’s version of events is also Jack’s version of events, and, while Jack has his doubts, he follows where the evidence goes. But these manipulations are necessary and it escalates the cat and mouse game between Will and Hannibal even further.

Hannibal’s interactions with Maurier (played by the awesome Gillian Anderson – I still miss my X-Files) lead us to believe Hannibal thinks he’s won by his desire to visit Will to say goodbye. The final scene with Will in jail and Hannibal looking at him with a knowing smile was the perfect end cap to the season.

The game has changed and the friendship between Hannibal and Will is over. Hannibal’s curiosity might end up killing him.


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@Greg Long, I'm 99% certain that Abigail is gone. Hannibal doesn't let anyone who knows his secret live. More important his conversation with Maurier about veal and the controversies around killing something so young is an allusion to Hannibal's killing, and now eating, of Abigail.


That smile that Mags pulled out as Lecter at the end was PERFECTION!


This show has exceeded all my expectations - what a perfect way to cap an (almost) perfect season. The performances have been great, the production more so and all in all this show has truly become a favorite and one of the best shows on tv.
Can't wait for season 2 to begin!


Okay, this is the fourth review I am doing this in. So, Abigail ear, check. Abigail small body part for fishing lure, check. Abigail blood under Wills' fingernails and all over the wall of the Minnesota hunting lodge, check. Abigails' body? No check. We never see Lecter killing her. Period. And given how he is winding Will up, her alive next season would be priceless to Hannibal for screwing with Will. Just saying.


...His confidence in his superiority may be what ends him.


@J - what a great insight! You're totally right, Lecter totally was the Wendigo in Will's eyes at the end. What a harrowing, tense, insane hour of television. Every character was put through the ringer. The tension between Will and Alana was just so raw and painful. I wanted to cry for Will, watching him be abandoned and doubted by everyone around him, actually becoming as alone as he's felt all along. Seeing the guilt flood over Jack Crawford when he realizes that this was his fault. Watching Lecter spew lie after lie - and his incredible psychopathic performance as he "cried" to Scully DuMaurier. Amazing - all around. One thing worth noting in this is that Hannibal - as far ahead as he thinks - is capable of mistakes. He would have gotten away scot-free without Will suspecting a thing, had he just framed him for Abigail's murder. But his curiosity, setting Will up to take the fall for murders that Will KNOWS he didn't do - that may be his downfall. His confidence in his superiority may be what ends him.


GOD! such tension in that interrogation room between Alana&Will! great acting. I wonder what they will do next now Will found oud who Hannibal really is, excited for season 2!


hey, you forgot in your quotes, one of the most giddiest scenes..."Will" "Dr. Lecter"


I'm surprised that no one has connected the stag in Will's dreams with the Wendigo myth. In fact, that is what Hannibal appeared as near the end.


Love this show!!!!!!!! Thanks for explaining what the Stag meant. Both actors who play Will & Dr. Lector are great. As well as L. Fishborne

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Hannibal Season 1 Episode 12 Quotes

I am who I have always been; the scales have fallen away from my eyes. I can see you now.


Wind him up and watch him go.