I think we agree!! :) I love that you can't think of any behaviour between the two indicating romance, whereas I can definitely think of a few occurrences in the last two seasons where interactions between Jane and Lisbon have been ambiguous. Maybe not directly indicating that romance exists, but leaving that possibility open. They're rightfully open to both your and my interpretation, and I'm betting that's the intention of the showrunners and writers. That's the beauty of this. Granted, shipping is popular - sometimes ridiculous, sometimes not. However, in this case, I think it's unfair to group all the fans who want a romance into a group-think category of people who want romance just for the sake of it. It's also unfair to assume that they're all wrong. Especially when a show is being written the way The Mentalist is. I wouldn't call myself a shipper (I don't even like the word and all the shipper portmanteaus it comes with), but I have definitely rooted for character relationships (Mulder and Scully, Chuck and Sarah, Castle and Beckett). I'd never rule out a romance on a show simply because it's been done before. If the writers can make it work, which they often can, I'm all for it!
The war between shippers and non-shippers on this show is nuts LOL. I'm modifying an earlier comment below: The reason that some fans are pushing for a romance and other fans aren't is because Heller and company are encouraging exactly that. They're deliberately creating ambiguity in Jane and Lisbon's relationship, and have been for a little while. The show certainly started with them being strictly and wonderfully platonic, but I think they've purposely made things ambiguous to give themselves leeway to go either way if they please. They've as much as admitted so in interviews. The fans that are rooting for a romance aren't making something out of nothing - there's enough to make one wonder. All the people in-universe wondering if they're were a couple. Rigsby admitting that he "shipped" them with no affirmation or denial from Jane. The art thief from a few episodes ago saying he sees the way Jane looks at Teresa. Almost all of Devil's Cherry. It's not unreasonable or silly of fans to interpret all of this as a move towards them having feelings for each other. Likewise, the fans who are on the opposite end of the spectrum aren't wrong either. All of the above examples could just as reasonably be interpreted as non-romantic. We know they love each other platonically, and that doesn't necessarily need to evolve into something romantic. Also, there's every reason to believe that it would never work - Jane doesn't even quite know who he is, much less for knowing how to love Lisbon the way she deserves. I think there's room in the fandom for both theories. The ambiguity is what I'm liking most about this season, and I'm willing to go with wherever the writing takes us.
Part of me feels bad because really, they kidnapped Adalind's baby. Poor woman is going through hell. However, from a story perspective, this is way more interesting. Nasty Adalind is a lot more fun to watch than sappy Adalind. The other part of me feels that this was the best episode in FOREVER - I was on the edge of my seat and I had no idea what was going to happen from one moment to the next. That was a fantastic con.
I really like your comments - they're so well worded and clear. I think the reason that some fans are pushing for a romance and other fans aren't is because Heller and company are encouraging just that. They're deliberately creating ambiguity in Jane and Lisbon's relationship, and have been for a little while. The show certainly started with them being strictly platonic (and I agree, that was great and wonderfully refreshing), but I think they've deliberately made things ambiguous lately to give themselves the opening to go either way if they please. The fans that are rooting for a romance aren't making something out of nothing - there's enough to make one wonder. I don't think it's fair to assume that the fans who want romance for the two of them just want to see them lay each other (I certainly don't). I think that given how much Jane and Lisbon love each other as friends, people just want to see them make each other happy. Is that possible? Remains to be seen. Likewise, the fans who are on the opposite end of the spectrum are also correct. They don't need to be romantic simply because they love each other as friends. And you're all right - Jane doesn't even quite know who he is, much less for knowing how to love Lisbon the way she deserves. I think there's room in the fandom for both theories. The ambiguity is what I'm liking most about this season, and I'm willing to go with wherever the writing takes us.
Normally I don't like spoilers, but I'm glad I saw this. It allows me to mentally prepare myself for all possible outcomes and for an end that will possibly disappoint me LOL
I seriously love your reviews. Freakin' brilliant. Also, Graham was already adorable with the messy hair, but when he walked into Lecter's office? Hello. Fuller's not kidding with the guillotine - that's three characters gone! Katz, Chilton and Gideon. The story is great, but I'm really going to miss Raul Esparza. I enjoyed his work on the show. I think Will and Hannibal have been exchanging the lead for quite some time. I think there was a point where Will was a bit ahead and Hannibal was truly frazzled, but Hannibal collected himself and overtook will with the Miriam Lass/Chilton gambit. I'm looking forward to seeing what Will's plans are now.
It's an adaptation, not a reconstruction. Beverly Katz is also a character alive and well in the novel Red Dragon, but has been killed off in this series which precedes the novel. It's not uncommon with adaptations of novels to small or big screen.
Jane didn't explain, but the answer is she has daddy issues - that clued Jane in on how far she would go to hold on to the father-figure-lover she was having an affair with.
LONGNECKS!! That was the word I couldn't make out. Thanks so much! You're absolutely right...what Pam actually said was "Mike Ducockless" :-D
They sort of had that talk...It was more Alana saying that and Will resigning himself to it.
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