Hannibal: “Su-zakana” Review

hannibal-season-2-release-dateSo we didn’t hear anything about the state of Chilton’s well-being—is that a definite yes on him being dead, then?—and in fact, this episode seemed like it was meant deliberately to slow the pace of Season 2 way down.

Usual Hannibal trigger warnings behind the cut. Read with care!

This episode centered around a particularly gory case in which a woman had a bird placed into her chest and then the woman herself was sewed into the uterus of a dead horse. Yeah. Interestingly enough, Will quickly identifies a suspect, and this time Will’s identifying him early on doesn’t actually mean that the guy is a red herring. Peter Bernardone, who was kicked in the head by a horse some years ago and continues to suffer from physical and emotional impairment from the accident, works with animals at the stables where the dead woman was found. Will easily bonds with Bernardone, and tells Jack that while he doesn’t think Bernardone is the murderer, Bernardone probably knows who the murderer is.

The FBI bring in Bernardone’s social worker, Clark Ingram, and our Interviewer-in-Chief, Alana, gets to talk to him. Ingram claims that he definitely did not kill the woman in the horse, nor did he kill any of the numerous other women whose corpses they’ve found in association with this case. Will and Hannibal, though, go back to the stables—Will has a sneaking suspicion that something’s going to happen. When they arrive, they see Bernardone stitching up another dead horse, and Ingram is nowhere to be seen. Bernardone tells Will that Ingram deserves to die, and Will tells him yes, but Bernardone “doesn’t deserve to kill him”. Then Ingram crawls out of the horse, coughing up blood as he goes, and Will threatens to shoot him before Hannibal gets him to put his gun down.

That’s the crux of the episode, I think—Bernardone and Ingram as a sadder version of the Will and Hannibal relationship. At one point during the episode, Will tells Jack that “[Ingram] is in a position of trust and he has betrayed that trust”—Ingram is Bernardone’s social worker, and he’s meant to take care of Bernardone. Instead, Ingram pinned the murders of numerous women on him, and when Bernardone tried to tell other people, no one would believe him. Sound familiar? Will can clearly recognize his own situation when he sees it here, as he tells Bernardone: “What was done to you was cruelty for cruelty’s sake”.

hannibal su-zakanaThe other theme was rebirth, and it did seem like the episode turned a corner in the season, slowing down after the mid-season finale feel of the previous episode. This episode both reiterated Will’s and Hannibal’s relationship thus far, through our case of the week: at the start of our climax scene, Bernardone tells Will, “I used to have a horrible fear of hurting anything. But—he helped me get over that.” This is what Hannibal’s done to Will, too. And Hannibal is still intent on manipulating Will—he tells us that Will has come out of his chrysalis (one assumes he means the prison that he put Will in) and now Will is free, he’s acting of his own accord—but that doesn’t mean he can’t still help “guide” Will to killing as would befit Hannibal’s own exacting standards.

I don’t have much else to say about this episode, although I’m seriously wondering why the fuck Hannibal is still allowed around crime scenes, especially after he himself even said he was “stepping back” after the orderly almost killed him?! But either way, it seems like this episode is just setting the tone for the latter half of the season, even if the path ahead seems a little foggy at the moment. We did get a few brief glimpses of Margot and (I assume) Mason Verger, so it looks like we’re wandering ever closer to the books…

As food for thought before the next episode airs, though, I’ll leave you with this picture.

hannibal end of su-zakanaEpisode Tally:

Weird eye transitions: two
Cruelty to animals: two
Trippy imagery: toooo much