It’s been a truly wild ride, fellow fannibals, and let me be the first to say I’m glad to be with you all, here at the end of all things. There was no end to my speculation last week regarding how the finale would turn out, but I’m not sure if anyone could have predicted this particular ending.
Spoilers after the jump, and a trigger warning for suicide, gore, heavily implied auto-cannibalism, and other Hannibal-typical content.
Holy fuckballs, kiddos, this episode was fast-paced, intense, and downright difficult to watch in places. The final pieces of the Red Dragon story are falling into place, and with only one more episode of the show to go (c’mon, internet streaming websites, there’s still time to rescue it), I’m still on the edge of my seat wondering what’s going to happen next.
Like I said, though, this ep was really hard to watch: trigger warning for cannibalism, gruesome violence, body horror, and general awfulness (and spoilers) after the jump.
As we pointed out a couple weeks ago, there’s a bit of confusion regarding the titles of a few of Blake’s paintings in the source material. No, it’s not the same title as last week. This week we spend a lot of time with Bedelia and Reba, two contrasting women who are clothed with and in the celestial radiation of their serial killer men. Will’s still on the trail of the Tooth Fairy, and Hannibal’s up to something. So let’s dive in, shall we?
Scariness and spoilers below, as well as some violence, mild gore, and general Hannibal-ness.
Our plot train has left the station and continues to chug along in this week’s episode of Hannibal. “Dolce” is both a meal course and a musical term: for food it means sweet, in music it means sweetly and softly. While many elements of this episode gave the illusion of sweetness and delicacy, its ending was far from it.
Spoilers, trigger warnings for gore and the usual Hannibal fare below!
A “Secondo” is a formal Italian meal’s second true course, and usually has a meat or fish dish. Think something like turkey, salmon, steak, or lamb. And fittingly, it’s in this episode that we get our first real mentions of lambs, a nice homage to Silence of the Lambs.
While last week gave us a pretty meditative and surreal episode, this week is much more plot-heavy. Hannibal and Bedelia get up to their usual shenanigans in Italy (murder and psychoanalyzing murderers), Will Graham travels to Hannibal’s childhood home in Lithuania, and Jack comes to Italy searching for Will.
Spoilers and the usual Hannibal trigger warnings below (gore, cannibalism, lots of snails, artsy crime scenes, you know the drill).
If you’ve ever been to a marginally fancy restaurant (or, like, an Olive Garden), you know that “antipasto” essentially refers to an appetizer. While last season’s cuisine-terminology titles sometimes didn’t seem to be relevant to their episodes, an appetizer is exactly what we got last night.
Spoilers for last night’s episode, and all the prerequisite trigger warnings for Hannibal (cannibalism, gaslighting/emotional abuse, general gore and violence, you know the deal).
Lordy, lordy. It seems like forever since the dramatic and murderiffic finale of Hannibal‘s second season aired, and in the time that’s passed I almost forgot how hyped I can get about this freaky-ass show. Continue reading →
In the second to last episode of the season, we focus heavily on the relationship between Will and Hannibal. We’re also treated to the return of Dr. Du Maurier, and what might be the final act in the story of Mason Verger. This episode was intense and dark, but I couldn’t help but be delighted by how funny it was. Maybe Hannibal’s done a number on my sense of humor.
Some fairly intense drug-fueled self-harm, plus the usual Hannibal trigger warnings, after the cut. Also, spoilers! Continue reading →
While last week’s season premiere was heavily concerned with reminding us of just how much hot water Will Graham’s sitting in, this week’s episode, “Sakizuke”, gives us much more to chew on. Although Will is still very much in the spotlight, this episode offers us more insight into Hannibal’s mind, and Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier gets to be a badass.
Don’t be like me and watch this right before you try to go to bed. Consider this your requisite violence, gore, cannibalism, horror trigger warning. This ain’t for the weak-stomached, folks.