Holy hell, I am about to smash all of the tea cups. ALL OF THE TEA CUPS! I need a minute to calm down. Okay…NBC, Bryan Fuller and even David Slade need a standing f*cking ovation at what they accomplished with the season finale of “Hannibal.” It was titled “Mizumono,” and it shattered every expectation I had and literally left me with my jaw dropped. Oh and in case you forgot, THERE ARE SPOILERS BELOW!
Ever since the beginning of this season, we knew we were building up to a bloody climax, but that fight scene we caught a glimpse of months ago was just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. The trap that Will Graham and Jack Crawford have been setting for Lecter is finally coming to fruition. Hannibal has formally invited Jack to dinner where he would reveal his true self. At least that is the plan. And this plan hits a speed bump or two along the way as Cynthia Nixon’s character shows back up to put a stop to it. Jack Crawford is put on a forced suspension and a warrant is put out for Will Graham’s arrest for being an accessory to this “plan.”
There’s a look on Jack’s face when he hands over his badge that we’ve all seen before in movies like Lethal Weapon or Rambo where the crime fighter is going to take the law into his own hands. But because I knew what was coming, I was desperately trying to persuade Jack to take another route by yelling frantically at my television.
It didn’t work.
While Will is finalizing the trap he’s setting with Jack, there’s a scene with Hannibal Lecter as they burn all of his notes and evidence at his office. The prep work is to disappear together and it’s difficult to not see the strange bond between these two even if it’s based in manipulation, lies, and murder. And there’s that moment when Hannibal smells Freddie Lounds on Will. Man, I wish I had the sense of smell this man has!
But who really cares about that? Season 2’s finale delivers the majority of its punch in its second half and I suppose it’s more of a punch, kick, stab, stab, and stab. Jack shows up for his dinner early and thanks Dr. Lecter for his friendship and then boom, all-out chaos happens! I have to give Jack Crawford some credit here because that dude can fight. But alas, much like in the season opener, Jack still gets a shard of glass to the neck and there’s no telling if he lives or dies right there in that pantry.
But dammit, Alana Bloom shows up and becomes a part of the bloodshed. Hannibal tells her to be blind and not brave, advising her to walk away. But she doesn’t and soon finds out her gun is empty. And in her attempt at escaping Hannibal’s vengeance, she runs upstairs and is thrown out the window by ABIGAIL! What the hell? Bryan Fuller and crew really pulled the wool over my eyes (and hopefully yours) as she was supposed to be dead! But still, that happened just in time for Will Graham to pull up in a taxi.
I forgive you, Will. Will you forgive me?
It’s the double realization that Abigail Hobbs is still alive and that Hannibal Lecter didn’t run that seems to devastate Graham. The moment he shares with Hannibal here is almost touching. That is, of course, until Hannibal stabs Will in the gut and then slices Abigail’s jugular right in front of him. Good lord, people! This was such a bloody episode that I get the impression Fuller and crew were prepared to end everything right here in case NBC decided to not pick the program up for another season.
“Mizumono” not only had the characters on screen questioning each other’s loyalties and motives, it had me wondering who was really showing their true selves. I’m still unsure about Will Graham. There’s a moment where he calls Hannibal to warn him that “they” are onto him after the police show up to his own door with that warrant. Why warn someone you are setting a trap for unless you’re playing both sides? Whatever the case, that bromance between him and Lecter is smashed to pieces like a teacup (see what I did there?) when he catches sight of Abigail Hobbs. The grief and love rushed back to him in time to snap him out of whatever spell Hannibal had on him. But like I said, Lecter replied with a knife to his gut.
In the books and films, Will Graham lives with an injury. I’m wondering if this will be his injury in this iteration of the Hannibal Lecter story canon. And this recap can’t be complete without a nod to David Slade’s work in directing this episode. The beautiful ambiance that we’ve grown to know as the look and feel of “Hannibal” seemed in rare form with “Mizumono.” Even as the blood poured, it was hard to look away as it was portrayed in a dark beauty that is rare to find on network TV, let alone any TV.
As the credits rolled, I learned another interesting tidbit that makes complete sense. Jose Andres was the acting culinary consultant on the series. For those of you foodies out there, this should excite you. It excites me. I guess that’s all that really matters.
After the credits, we were delivered a nice little punctuation mark to the season as we found Dr. Hannibal Lecter on a plane to Europe. Accompanying him on this trip is none other than Dr. Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson). Was she in on this the entire time? Honestly, I may need to go back and rewatch season 2 in its entirety. Aside from Abigail’s resurgence in the story, this was one wildcard I was not expecting!
Now we’re here pondering what season 3 will bring. After the massacre at Hannibal Lecter’s house, will we have any survivors? Can this show work without Will Graham and Jack Crawford? I doubt it. Then again, I did mention last week that Laurence Fishburne has a new fall ABC program called “Blackish” he will be appearing in. Here’s hoping that doesn’t mean Jack Crawford is dead and gone. Because a Jack Crawford/Will Graham revenge story would be pretty damn awesome to see unfold next year.
After all is said and done, kudos needs to be given to NBC for keeping “Hannibal” around for at least one more season. Season 2 was leaps and bounds better than the first, which keeps my hopes high that next year will raise the bar even further.
What are your thoughts on last night’s season 2 finale? Slice up your thoughts and plate them in the comments below!
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