Hannibal Review: Rebirth

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Like a phoenix rising from the ashes signifying rebirth (or a bird escaping a woman's corpse stuffed into a horse), so too does Will Graham rise from his own ashes to revive his quest against Hannibal. 

The game of cat and mouse between Hannibal and Will is largely over.

As Hannibal Season 2 Episode 8 demonstrates, it's all about mind games now.

Hannibal is very much enjoying this new version of Will, a man that he really wants to spar with. As Will is in another "therapy" session with Hannibal, and he begins to lay his killing cards out on the table, Hannibal is bathed in contrasting lightness and darkness.

It is indicative of the state Hannibal finds himself in. He wants to continue to be the man that he portrays, the "lighter side of his personality," and Will is starting to bring out his darker side, the one side of himself that he does not want anyone to see.

Will is already finding success in being the lure. 

As the scene ends, Will tells Hannibal: 

I don't want to kill you anymore Dr. Lecter, now that I finally find you interesting.


Hannibal is downright elated to see this new side of Will, but there's some doubt thrown in the mix there too. Hannibal may not have any idea of how to control Will now that Will is not under his control.

Hannibal could only be the true ripper by completely dominating Will's reality; with Will completely adapting to this new scenario between them, it is Hannibal that is suddenly beginning to find himself in need of readjusting his perceptions and realities. 

The end of the installment gives way to Hannibal further shedding light to this new dynamic, as he mentions that he can feed a caterpillar and whisper through the chrysalis - but its own nature takes over.

Will is taking over, too,  following what drives him, and Hannibal is now in the passenger seat. It's only a matter of time before a slip up happens and Jack can made good on his promise to hook him. 

Hannibal helps Will walk back from his potential overreaction to Ingram; it is a reminder that Will is still not completely like Hannibal in all respects. On some level, Hannibal walks Will back precisely for that reason; Hannibal does not want Will to be like him because then their relationship would change once again. 

The case is very much parallel to the relationship that Will and Hannibal once had. Peter, like Will was, is a man trapped inside his own head, and Ingram, much like Hannibal, uses his position of power to manipulate and kill those who are worthy. 

Finally, there's Margot. I have never read the books nor watched the movies from the Hannibal world, so the only information I have on her is that her brother, I assume, is going to be causing hell for Hannibal very soon (feel free to enlighten me in the comments!).

Is your social worker in that horse?


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I was struck by the sex scene between Hannibal and Alana because I could not figure out what I was seeing since it appeared so surreal. I have never seen a scene portrayed like this, wow. big fan of the show because it actually is intriguing to watch the characters and to try to understand what makes them tick, unlike the following where the characters are just down right evil you wish they would die already, they have no depth.


I was struck by how much Peter was like Will physically; some of their mannerisms and movements were so similar.


In the books, Margot has been abused by her brother. Hannibal has been appointed by the court to be the analyst for both brother and sister.Of course he visits Mason and induces the self-mutilation that becomes the heart of Mason's need for revenge against the doctor. Margot comes out as gay, and is in a relationship--she is estranged from the family, but eventually comes back to help her brother. She's also in a relationship (Judy, and there are lots of horses involved), and Marot needs semen from Mason in order to create a baby who will be in the will (Marot is a body builder, taking steriods, and can't have the baby herself--and the will is written to ensure that the kid has to be of Venger genes in order to inherit.). Margot is a very interesting side character--last nights ep quotes a lot from the canon (the butterfly lines, for example). Love your reivew. Let the games begin! Next ep should be amazing....

@ nightcrew

Margot only appears in the 3rd book ("Hannibal" which was the sequel to "Silence of the Lambs"). The story of Mason's mutilation was mentioned in this book was well as her back story. The rest of the plot referenced above occurs as present day events in the book. The action in the episode is based on the novel's back story events (and so far as the information in the novel follows that plot line).


I haven't read the books either, so I really had no clue as to who the girl was other than another patient of Hannibal's. I agree with your assessment that her brother will cause some trouble for Hannibal and of course Hannibal will use her to kill him..........that is if he doesn't do it himself....... I was actually gagging in the first scenes of this episode.......and I usually don't do that........... The cinematography in this show continues to be amazing........... I'd love some inside info on these meals that are prepared............they look gross but it would be interesting to see how they put that together...........


Really good analysis.

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Hannibal Season 2 Episode 8 Quotes

I don't want to kill you anymore Dr. Lecter, now that I finally find you interesting.


Hannibal: You fantasize about how you would kill me. Tell me, how would you do it?
Will: With my bare hands.