There was a duality in place on Hannibal Season 2 Episode 13.
It played mostly on the relationship Will has with Hannibal and the FBI, but it was clearly true for Hannibal as well.
As the river of red snaked its way through Hannibal's home at the end of the installment, the two sides to Hannibal and Will were crushed and salvageable.
Will has shown that he can possibly live in two worlds, one where he knows Hannibal is alive and on the lamb - and his call to Hannibal before Jack's arrival was indicative of this. Much like Hannibal did a "professional courtesy" for Abigail Hobbs' father on Hannibal Season 1 Episode 1, so does Will here when he calls Hannibal.
He's warning a friend and mentor about the impending doom.
However, Will and Hannibal also talk about running away together and starting a new chapter in life. So it is very possible that Will wants Hannibal to leave so Jack is safe, as the last few installments have led us to believe that Will is ultimately looking out for the safety of those in Hannibal's crosshairs.
Will and Hannibal both talk about change, and while neither side wants to fully admit he has changed because of the other, Will recognizes the changes he's made in Hannibal. He knows because his plan was successful. Until Hannibal catches a whiff of Freddie on Will, he truly took the bait Will sets out for him.
Hannibal is quite literally sharing his feelings with Will and the ruse he set up for him as he guts him completely in the kitchen. He's disappointed with Will, believing they could have gotten a new start somewhere.
Yet he is devastated about the loss of the friendship as he embraces Will after gutting him.
As Hannibal steps over all the destruction he has done around him - while stepping over Alana's broken and battered body lying in the rain - he stops for a moment to let the drops wash over him.
While he is not starting a new life with Will and Abigail, the rain offers him a chance to scrub away his ideas about what he is leaving behind with the FBI, Jack, Will, Abigail and Alana... and to begin somewhere new (with Maurier no less!).
The amount of characters in flux is tremendous. Abigail Hobbs (who is suddenly alive again - can anyone on this show just stay dead?) is potentially dead again and she is yet another person held captive by Hannibal.
Abigail knows what Hannibal is capable of and she is entirely unsure of what to do to survive. So she does the best she can by following Hannibal along for the ride. But, in the end, Hannibal has his own master plan and he has the ability to use those he needs at precisely the right time.
Without Abigail, Alana's fate could have been very different; Alana could have had the opportunity to truly save everyone in the home, but her complete shock at finding out Abigail is alive allows Hannibal to use her to turn the tides of his emotional aggression.
Alana could very well be gone as well, but that's not the point. The rather morbid point is Alana's body. Hannibal steps over her in the rain, but there are a multitude of reasons why he does so.
It could be the relationship they once share; that the cops that are on their way; or that he believes she is truly a goner and lets her suffer after trying to be a hero. Alana gets the short end of the stick in Hannibal Season 2. She has a relationship with Hannibal, and she does not acknowledge Will's warning, later learning that Hannibal is purposely doing his best to keep her in the dark.
She warns Will about what the FBi is planning to do and she even tries her best to save Jack from Hannibal. Unfortunately for Alana, at every opportunity for a turn she ends up taking the wrong one.
Even with all the characters bathing in blood, with the amount of non-death (minus Beverly and Chilton, may they Rest in Peace) this season regarding the main characters, it's hard to say who will truly end up being a goner.
In the end, I believe Will and Jack are safe, but Alana and Abigail can go either way. What is clear is at least one has to go, that much violence can only end in death for at least one characters.
With Hannibal heading elsewhere (to France I presume) and Dr. Maurier in tow, the latter ends up being the biggest enigma of all. Is she like Abigail Hobbs, following Hannibal to survive? Or is her curiosity getting the better of her?
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Nick McHatton is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.Tags: Hannibal, Reviews